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 118 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.

2018–2019 Tinker Visiting Professors


Mariana Castillo Deball, Visual Artist/Academy of Fine Arts, Münster—Autumn 2018

In her sculptures, drawings and editorial projects, Castillo Deball explores the role objects have in our understanding of identity and history. She takes a kaleidoscopic approach to her practice, drawing trajectories between archaeology, anthropology and science through research and collaboration, creating works that arise from the collision of these different languages. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at the Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico (2018), SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah Georgia, USA (2018), Galerie Wedding, Berlin, Germany (2017), San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA (2016), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico (2015), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2014); CCA, Glasgow, UK (2013); Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2013); Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico (2011); and Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, USA (2010). Group exhibitions include the 8th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany (2014); Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2013); and 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Germany (2011). Castillo Deball earned an MA in Fine Art from the UNAM, Mexico City. In 2003, she completed a postgraduate program at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Deball was awarded the Prix de Rome, Amsterdam (2004), Zurich Art Prize (2012), Henry Moore Fellowship (2012), and Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013). She completed a DAAD residency in Berlin in 2011. Her solo exhibition Petlacoatl will be on view from November 16, 2018—January 13, 2019 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago.
Host: Department of Visual Arts
Course: The Audience, the Archaeologist, and the Art Historian

Alexandre Ramos, Universidade de São Paulo—Autumn 2018

Ramos is a professor and researcher at the Universidade de São Paulo, with appointments in the medical school’s Department of Radiology and Oncology, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Complex Systems, and the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. He has been politically and socially engaged on Brazilian policy questions, notably atomic energy. He has consulted for Electronuclear, the national Brazilian nuclear power agency, and has taken part in public debates on the future of nuclear power in Brazil. His current work, which involves a geometric model to quantify contact inhibition during tumor progression,  breaks new ground by integrating theory and experiment. The results have potential utility for the diagnosis and prognosis of cancer as well as for the development of novel treatment strategies.
Host: Department of Ecology and Evolution
Course: The Brazil-Argentina Nuclear Cooperation Agreement and the Hydroelectric to Thermoelectric Transition in Brazil

José María Portillo Valdés, University of the Basque Country, Spain—Winter 2019

Portillo Valdés is one of the leading legal historians of the connections between New Spain and the larger Spanish Empire. He is the author of 11 major monographic books and numerous articles and edited volumes. His Crisis Atlántica. Autonomía e independencia en la crisis de la monarquía hispana (2006) launched him as the leading revisionist legal historian of the Spanish empire, New Spain, and Peru. Portillo Valdés’s work has impacted the history of the empire, of Mexico’s independence, and of the political functioning of New Spain.
Host: Department of History
Course: Territorial Identities, State Formation, and the Experience of Modernity in the Iberian World

Antonio Sérgio Guimarães, Universidade de São Paulo—Spring 2019

Guimarães is a leading scholar of race relations, racial identities, and racial politics in Brazil, and the author of more than eight monographs and edited volumes. His honors include recognition with the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit in 2008. In his work, Guimarães supplements survey data with qualitative analysis of field interviews and with political and intellectual history of antiracist social movements. He also conducted empirical research on the implementation of anti-racist laws. Some of his work is available in English: “Racism and Anti-racism in Brazil: A Postmodern Perspective,” in Racism and Anti-racism in World Perspective, ed. Benjamin Bowser  (1995) and “The Misadventures of Nonracialism in Brazil,” in Beyond Racism: Race and Inequality in Brazil, South Africa, and the United States  (2001).
Host: Department of Sociology
Course: Historical Sociology of Race and Racism 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 2019 for the 2020–2021 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.


  • Tamara Kamenszain, Writer/Universidad Nacional de las Artes (Argentina)
    Host: Department of English
    Course: Nuevas formas de la intimidad en las escrituras latinoamericanas actuales 
  • David Alonso, Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (Spain)
    Host: Department of Ecology and Evolution 
    Course: Stochastic Processes in Continuous Time: Ecology and Epidemiology 
  • Miriam Escudero, Universidad de la Habana (Cuba)
    Host: Department of Music 
    Course: Research and Performance: Latin American Baroque Music
  • Olívia Gomes da Cunha, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janiero/Museu Nacional (Brazil)
    Host: Department of Anthropology 
    Course: History in Practice: The Maroon Societies in South Americ


  • Sérgio Assad, Musician (Brazil)
    Host: Department of History
    Course: History in Practice: Musical Multiculturalism in Brazil
  • Erika Pani, El Colegio de México
    Host: Department of History
    Courses: Revolutions, Constitutions and War: A Continent Transformed. The United States and Latin America, 1850–1880 (Autumn 2016); From “Mestizaje” to the “Mexican genome”: Imagining Mexican Society during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Winter 2017)
  • Joy Langston, CIDE
    Host: Harris School of Public Policy
    Course: Clientelism and Elections in Latin America


  • 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