Tinker Visiting Professors

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The Center's most robust visiting scholar program is its Tinker Visiting Professorship, which has brought more than 100 distinguished scholars to teach and conduct research at the University of Chicago since being endowed by the Edward Larocque Tinker Foundation in 1981.

The Tinker Foundation’s generous endowment to CLAS has allowed us to host 115 residencies by distinguished scholars at the University of Chicago since 1981. These residencies allow for collaboration and relationship building with colleagues from Latin America, and often lead to joint scholarly events and publications with UChicago faculty and provide local contacts for graduate students doing fieldwork in the region.

Our Tinker Visiting Professorship has opened productive and ongoing dialogue between our faculty and students and a network of distinguished scholars and practitioners in Latin America.

2016–2017 Tinker Visiting Professors

Sérgio Assad, Musician
Autumn 2016

Sérgio Assad is one of the world’s most renowned classical guitarists; he is also a prolific composer with a longstanding interest in the history of Brazilian music. Assad has an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Arizona. He currently teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has also taught at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Conservatoire Royal de Mons, and Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in Belgium. He has recorded 33 albums of classical and erudite popular music since the 1970s, most often as part of the acclaimed guitar duo the Assad Brothers. He has recorded and performed internationally, collaborating with musicians such as Yo Yo Ma and Paquito D’Rivera.
Host: Department of History
Course: History in Practice: Musical Multiculturalism in Brazil


Erika Pani, El Colegio de México
Autumn 2016 and Winter 2017

Erika Pani is Research Professor at El Colegio de México and serves as Chair of the Centro de Estudios Históricos there. Pani is one of the leading scholars of nineteenth-century Mexico and one of the pioneers of the internationalization of Mexican history. Her book Para mexicanizar el Segundo Imperio. El imaginario politico de los Imperialistas relaunched the contemporary treatment of the Mexican second empire. Pani has published two single-authored monographs, various edited volumes, and many articles and essays. She has taught at CIDE, Instituto Mora, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, and other institutions.
Host: Department of History
Courses: Revolutions, Constitutions and War: A Continent Transformed. The United States and Latin America, 1850–1880 (Autumn); From “Mestizaje” to the “Mexican genome”: Imagining Mexican Society during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Winter)


Joy Langston, CIDE
Spring 2017

Joy Langston is a Professor of Political Science at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, Mexico’s leading institution in the social sciences. Her work deals with public policy, electoral processes, and party competitions. She has published widely in the major peer-reviewed journals in Political Science—on themes related to changes in Mexico’s PRI’s party organization, issues of legislative recruitment and od electoral campaigning in new democracies. Langston is a transnational scholar, integrated into the Mexican political science establishment and one of the few scholars today publishing in both English-language and Mexican journals.
Host: Harris School of Public Policy
Course: Clientelism and Elections in Latin America


The Tinker Visiting Professorship is intended to provide prominent scholars (and other professionals) the opportunity to take up academic residence at the University of Chicago for the purpose of teaching, conducting research, and interacting with faculty and students at the University. Each spring, CLAS collects nominations from interested faculty sponsors; Tinker Visiting Professors must be nominated by University faculty and endorsed by University departments. Direct applications from scholars are not accepted. Our next deadline will be in April 2018 for the 2019–2020 academic year. Please contact Natalie Arsenault for more information.

Past Tinker Visiting Professors

A list of Tinker Visiting Professors from the past five years is included below. You can also download a full list of Tinker Visiting Professors since 1981.


  • Anna Caballé, University of Barcelona
    Host: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    Course: Ethics, Gender and Biography in the History of Spanish and Latin American Literature

  • Keila Grinberg, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
    Host: Department of History
    Courses: Slavery and Freedom in South American (Autumn 2015), Public History and the Memory of Slavery in Brazil and the United States (Winter 2016)

  • Diego Pol, CONICET – Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio
    Host: Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
    Course: Morphology in Time & Space


  • Eduardo Manzano, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
    Host: Department of History
    Course: The Social Memory of Convivencia: Muslims, Jews, and Christians and Historical Nationalism in Contemporary Spain
  • Verena Stolcke, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
    Host: Department of Anthropology
    Course: Identities Are Not Born but Made: What Has Race to Do with Sex?
  • Mariza Soares, Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil)
    Host: Department of History
    Course:Slavery in Brazil: Historiography and Trends
  • Evani Viotti, Universidade de São Paulo
    Host: Department of Linguistics
    Course: Aspects of Brazilian Portuguese Grammar


  • Ricardo Basbaum, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
    Host: Department of Visual Arts
    Course: The Production of the Artist
  • Christopher Domínguez Michael, Historian, literary critic, essay writer, novelist
    Host: Department of History
    Courses: Theories and Histories of Mexican Culture (Autumn 2013) and La Historia de las ideas en America Latina, Siglo XX (Spring 2014)
  • Samuel Araújo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
    Host: Department of Music
    Course: Music and Social Justice; Emerging Approaches in Applied Music Research


  • Antonio Azuela, Centro de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    Host: Department of History
    Course: State Formation, Natural Resources and Property Relations
  • Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco, Instituto de Etnomusicologia–Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
    Host: Department of Music
    Course: Music, Nation, and Empire
  • Marco Curatola-Petrocchi, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
    Host: Department of Anthropology
    Course: The Oracles of the Ancient Andean World
  • José Rodríguez Garrido, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
    Host: Department of Comparative Literature
    Course: Colonial Spanish American Theatre


  • Aloisio Araujo, Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada and the Graduate School of Economics, Fundação Getúlio Vargas
    Host: Department of Economics
    Course: Credit Markets, Bankruptcy Laws, and Banking Crises: Brazil
  • Jose Miguel Wisnik, Universidad de São Paulo
    Host: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    Course: Brazilian Popular Song
  • Alfredo Jocelyn-Holt, Universidad de Chile
    Host: Department of History
    Course: Comparative Revolutions: Argentina, Chile, and Mexico
  • Sandro de Souza, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Brazil
    Host: Department of Ecology and Evolution
    Course: History of Evolutionary Thought and Religious Tradition in Brazil
  • Cesar Martinelli, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
    Host: Department of Economics
    Course: Topics in Political Economy