Ignacio Martín Baró Prize Lectureship


The Ignacio Martín-Baró Program was established to honor the memory of slain colleague and distinguished member of the University of Chicago community, Father Ignacio Martín-Baró, who lived a life committed to the human values of democracy, social justice and service to the poor, silenced, and dispossessed. Ignacio Martín-Baró was an ordained Jesuit priest, born in Spain in 1942. Upon joining the Jesuit order, Martín-Baró was sent to El Salvador where he studied psychology. He came to the University of Chicago in 1976 to pursue graduate studies and three years later received his doctorate in Social Psychology. Upon returning to El Salvador, he found himself in the midst of a violent civil war, which had been ravaging the country for more than a decade. Despite many death threats and brutal acts of repression suffered by colleagues, students and friends, Father Martín-Baró continued to pursue a brilliant teaching and research career as pastor of a rural parish on the outskirts of San Salvador. On the morning of November 16, 1989, Father Martín-Baró, along with five Jesuit brothers, their housekeeper, and her daughter, became victims of their commitment to the dispossessed of El Salvador. That morning armed soldiers took them away and executed them. The Ignacio Martín-Baró Endowed Program was created by then-President of the University of Chicago Hannah Holborn Gray to honor the life and memory of this extraordinary individual. The endowment is administered by the Center for Latin American Studies and supports an annual lectureship awarded to an advanced graduate student to teach a course of his/her design related to politics and human rights in Latin America. Each year CLAS invites advanced doctoral students from all divisions and disciplines  to apply for an Ignacio Martín-Baró Prize Lectureship in Latin American Studies. This award supports the teaching of a one-quarter undergraduate course of the recipient's own design, focusing on a major Latin American political issue or question pertaining to human rights in Latin America. Priority is given to course proposals appropriate for cross-listing in Human Rights. Pending funding, one lectureship will be awarded, with a salary of $5,000. To be eligible, the student must have defended the dissertation proposal, or have scheduled the dissertation proposal defense for no later than the quarter in which the course is to be taught.



The application deadline for the 2015–16 Ignacio Martín-Baró Prize Lectureship has passed; applications for 2016–17 will be available in early 2016.




Emlio de Antunano Villareal
The Right to the City in Latin America
Winter 2015

This course will explore one simple, yet crucial, question: Have twentieth-century Latin America cities constituted spaces of emancipation and inclusion or spaces of political and social exclusion? At the heart of this question lies the paradox of millions of people consistently and willingly migrating into cities often characterized by gross inequality, poverty, and political oppression. Dealing with these matters asks for an understanding of several historical processes–global and rural-urban migration, urbanization, and demographic growth–that have transformed Latin American societies from rural communities into urban ones. But answering the normative side of the question additionally demands an understanding of the historicity of political concepts such as citizenship, equality, democracy, and human rights, without which we cannot make a reckoning of twentieth-century Latin American cities.


2013–14 | Gregory Duff Morton 

Social Rights and the New Social Democracies in Latin America 

2012–13 | Adrian Anagnost
Art History

Art and Politics in Twentieth-Century Latin America

2012–13 | Meghan Morris

Human Rights and the Environment in Latin America  

2011–12 | Laura Zoe-Humphries

Intellectuals and the Cuban State 
Spring 2012


2010–11 | Erica Simmons
Political Science

From Castro to Chiapas: Contentious Politics in Latin America
Winter 2011

2010–11 | Amy Cooper
Comparative Human Development

Medicine in Modern Latin America: History, Politics, Lived Experience
Winter 2011

2009–10 | João Felipe Gonçalves

Cuba in Socialism and DIaspora
Spring 2010

2008–09| Patrick Iber

U.S. Imperialism in Latin America
Autumn 2008

2007–08 | Sarah Osten

Women and Revolution in Latin America

2006–07 | João Felipe Gonçalves 

Cuba in Socialism and DIaspora
Spring 2007

2005–06 | Aaron Ansell

THe Rise of Left-Wing Governments in Latin America
Spring 2006


Please contact  Jamie Gentry