Visiting Professors, Visiting Scholars, and Associate Members

Each year, CLAS hosts visitors from institutions across the US and the world. These guests conduct research, meet with faculty and students, and engage in the intellectual life of the community in various ways.

Visiting Professors are hosted either through the Tinker Visiting Professorship or through the Center's institutional relationships, and teach courses in addition to conducting research. Visiting Scholars conduct short-term research in our libraries, often in collaboration with University faculty. Associate Members are  scholars based at institutions other than the University of Chicago who reside in the Chicago area or are in Chicago frequently and can participate in CLAS activities. Nomination for Visiting Professors, Visiting Scholars, and Associate Members must be made by a University of Chicago faculty member.



Edward C. Davis IV

Professor Davis is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Anthropology at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, as well as chair of Social Sciences and District Discipline Chair of Africana Studies. He is a socio-cultural anthropologist and linguist who conducts international research on a variety of topics (including Religion and Ritual; Political History; Multilingualism; Migration & Transnational Diasporas; and Indigenous People’s Education). He has shared  recent research on multilayered Caribbean identities forged by flows of migration and globalization with the CLAS-sponsored Haitian Language and Culture Roundtable as well as at the international Caribbean Studies Association conference. In addition, he has interests in Brazil and in Indigenous People’s Education (IPEd) and Afro-Brazilian culture.

Rogério de Souza Farias

Dr. Farias earned his 2012 Ph.D. in International Relations from the Universidade de Brasília (UnB), with a prize-winning dissertation on the history of economic diplomacy, and he holds a continuing appointment as Researcher at the Núcleo de Estudos sobre as Relações Internacionais do Brasil Contemporâneo of the UnB, a leading international relations research group, while in residence in the city of Chicago. Dr. Farias holds a 2014–15 research fellowship (Pós Doutorado no Exterior) from Brazil’s research funding agency.  His current research addresses the evolution of the Brazilian diplomatic corps in the field of economic diplomacy from the 1890s through the beginning of the military regime in the 1960s.

Julio Postigo

Dr. Postigo earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin (Geography, 2012). His dissertation, Responses of Plants, Pastoralists, and Governments to Social Environmental Changes in the Peruvian Southern Andes, won the Outstanding Dissertation Award at the University of Texas at Austin. Using methods from the natural and social sciences he documented the upward shift in plants’ upper limit as they colonize the ice-free soil on the forelands of the Quelccaya ice cap. Further, he demonstrated that Andean pastoral social ecological systems’ (PSES) responses to socio-environmental change are based upon a dynamic and flexible polycentric social organization. From this research, he developed pathways for synergistic actions between populations and governments to respond to social and environmental change. Dr. Postigo engages in ongoing research with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and activities to monitor social-environmental changes in Andean ecosystems with the Consorcio para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Ecorregion Andina.

Alberto Simpser

Dr. Simpser is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City. The general focus of his work is the comparative political economy of developing regions, with a specialization in three interrelated substantive areas of active research, reflecting the broader theme of political malfeasance: elections and electoral manipulation; corruption; and authoritarianism, democracy, and governance. The empirical component of his work has broad geographical coverage, with emphasis on Latin America and especially on Mexico, his native country. In his 2013 book Why Governments and Parties Manipulate Elections (Cambridge University Press, Series on the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions) he argues that there is substantially more at stake in manipulating elections than winning the election at hand: excessive and blatant manipulation can be utilized to convey an image of strength, enhancing the manipulator’s subsequent bargaining power and discouraging future opposition.

For more information, please contact Natalie Arsenault, Associate Director, at or 773.702.9741.