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.

2017–2018 Tinker Visiting Professors

Tamara Kamenszain, Writer/Universidad Nacional de las Artes (Argentina)
Autumn 2017

Tamara Kamenszain is a prize-winning poet, critic, and scholar and currently affiliated with the Universidad Nacional de las Artes in Buenos Aires, where she has established the first accredited creative writing degree program in Argentina. A prolific author, among her many works are El texto silencioso,Tradición y vanguardia en la poesía sudamericana, La casa grande, Vida de living, La edad de la poesía, Tango bar, El Ghetto and Solos y solas. Her poetry has been translated into English, French, Portuguese, German, and Italian. Kamenszain has been awarded a number of prizes, such as the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal, among others. She also has a distinguished public profile, and has been a regular contributor to major Argentine periodicals including Eñe, Diario Clarín, and Página 12.
Host: Department of English
Course: Nuevas formas de la intimidad en las escrituras latinoamericanas actuales

David Alonso, Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), Spain
Autumn 2017

David Alonso's primary research interests lie in the interdisciplinary study of ecology and evolution on the basis of the integration of physics, mathematics, biology and computer simulation. In practice, he has been working essentially on two research topics: the evaluation of risks of spread and emergence of infectious diseases as a consequence of human-induced global environmental change and the study of the variety of mechanisms involved in the origins, maintenance and loss of species in ecological communities. Community ecology, population biology, infectious diseases, biodiversity research, climate change, environmental forcing, stochastic birth-death processes, non-linear interactions, self-organization, and complex systems are all common key-words on which his research agenda is focused.
Host: Department of Ecology and Evolution
Course: Stochastic Processes in Continuous Time: Ecology and Epidemiology

Miriam Escudero, Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana, Universidad de la Habana, Cuba
Spring 2018

Miriam Escudero is recognized as one of Cuba’s leading musicologists. She is Director of the “Esteban Salas” Musical Heritage Department at the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana. She is also Professor at Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo, where she coordinates graduate studies in musical heritage preservation, and at The University of Arts of Cuba (ISA), where she teaches graduate-level courses. Among her recent publications is Música Sacra de Cuba, Siglo XVIII, a nine-volume annotated collection of transcriptions of works by Esteban Salas (1725–1803) and Cayetano Pagueras (Havana, fl. 1790–1814). Escudero’s research has earned her important national awards, including Premio de la Academia de Ciencias de Cuba and the 2013 Premio Academia Cubana de la Lengua.
Host: Department of Music
Course: Research and Performance: Latin American Baroque Music

Olívia Gomes da Cunha, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/Museu Nacional
Spring 2018

Olívia Gomes da Cunha is a graduate of the doctoral program in anthropology at Rio de Janeiro’s Museu Nacional, Brazil’s premier graduate institution in the field. She initially taught at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro before returning to the Museu Nacional in 2007. She received her PhD with a dissertation on the juridical and criminal-anthropological production and reproduction of race in mid-twentieth century Brazil; the result is the prize-winning monograph, Intenção e Gesto: pessoa, cor e a produção cotidiana da (in)diferença no Rio de Janeiro, 1927–1942 (2003), published by the Arquivo Nacional. After completing her PhD, Gomes da Cunha strategically began to branch out in two directions: a comparative focus on the interconnected histories of anthropological engagement with African American societies in Brazil, the US South, and Cuba; and an ethnographic focus on Cuba and Suriname.
Host: Department of Anthropology
Course: The Maroon Societies in South 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 April 27, 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.


  • 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