Carmen Méndez was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1975. She studied English Philology, specializing in English and American Literature, at Complutense University, Madrid and was a visiting researcher at Harvard University, Massachussets, in 2001 and 2002. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled The Rhetorics of Schizophrenia in the Epigones of Modernism (2003). Current research interests include Trauma Theory, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, 20th Century American and British Literature, Modernism and Postmodernism, and Psychology as applied to Literature.
Her publications and presentations have applied these interests to writers such as Doris Lessing, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, Beat Generation writers - including W. S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg -, Ken Kesey, Peter Shaffer, Theodore Roethke, and Emily Dickinson.
Currently, she is assistant professor of English and American Literature at the English Philology Department at Complutense University, Madrid (UCM). She is also a member of two research groups, dealing with Modernist Poetry and Chicana writing analyzed from the perspectives of Trauma Theory.