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More than 50 faculty members, lecturers, and postdocs from throughout the University devote considerable time to teaching and/or research related to Latin America. Our affiliates offer a full range of disciplinary and regional coverage of Latin America with areas of remarkable depth. To learn more, please explore the list below.

MICHAEL ALBERTUS, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela
Political conditions under which governments implement egalitarian reforms; political regime transitions and stability; politics under dictatorship; clientelism; civil conflict

FERNANDO ALVAREZDEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

Argentina
Dynamic general equilibrium models applied to asset pricing, search and insurance

JESSICA SWANSTON BAKER, DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Caribbean
Contemporary popular music of and in the Circum-Caribbean; tempo and aesthetics; coloniality, decolonization; race/gender and respectability

MARIA ANGÉLICA BAUTISTA, HARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Chile
Political, economic and social consequences of state-led repression

NATALIA BERMUDEZ, PROVOST'S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS

Latin America, Caribbean
Documentation and description of grammatical, historical, and typological aspects of indigenous languages of Latin America and the Caribbean; Naso (Chibchan, Panama)

CHRISTOPHER BLATTMAN, HARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Colombia, Africa
Dynamics of poverty and participation, and development programs; poverty, violence, and crime

DAIN BORGESDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY (on leave Autumn 2018–Winter 2019)

Brazil
Modern Latin America, especially Brazil and the Caribbean; intellectual history; history of the family

LARISSA BREWER-GARCÍA, DEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Caribbean, Andes
Colonial Latin American studies; cultural productions of the Caribbean and Andes and the African diaspora in the Iberian empire; relationship between literature.and law; genealogies of race and racism; humanism and Catholicism in the early modern Atlantic; and translation studies

CLAUDIA BRITTENHAMDEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY (on leave 2018–19)

Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras
Art and identity in ancient Mesoamerica; intercultural interaction; materiality of art; and the politics of style

P. SEAN BROTHERTONDEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY (on leave)

Cuba, Caribbean, Argentina
Critical study of health, medicine, the state, subjectivity, psychoanalysis, and the body

CHAD BROUGHTONDEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES, THE COLLEGE

Mexico
Urban poverty and development in the US and Mexico; globalization; welfare reform; sociology of work

LEONARDO BURSZTYN, DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

Brazil
Political economy; development economics; behavioral economics

MIGUEL CABALLERO VAZQUEZ, COLLEGIATE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, HUMANITIES

Brazil, Mexico
Public and private spaces; literature, architecture, art and urban planning

HONEY CRAWFORD, HARPER-SCHMIDT FELLOW, COLLEGIATE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, THEATER AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES

Brazil
Global feminisms, critical race theory, public spectacle, protest; Afro Brazilian cultural performance, intersections between ritual performance and self-making through a repertoire that includes carnival, media activism, radical theatre, and the performance of everyday life

SHANNON DAWDYDEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Cuba, Mexico
Informal economies and piracy; aesthetics, affect, and temporality; sexuality and hospitality; cities and urbanity; landscape and urban planning; death and disaster

FREDERICK DE ARMASDEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Spain
Literature of the Spanish Golden Age (Cervantes, Calderón, Claramonte, Lope de Vega); the politics of astrology; magic and the Hermetic tradition; ekphrasis; the relations between the verbal and the visual particularly between Spanish literature and Italian art; the interconnections between myth and empire during the rule of the Habsburgs

DANIEL DESORMEAUXDEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Haiti, Caribbean
Historical and anthropological link between French literature and culture and French Caribbean literatures and cultures since the Haitian Revolution

OEINDRILA DUBE, HARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Latin America, Africa
Causes and consequences of conflict and crime in the developing world; the role of employment opportunities in engaging at-risk Muslim youth; the role of trauma in post-conflict recovery; the role of gender in conflict

BRODWYN FISCHERDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY (on leave 2018–19)

Brazil, Latin America
Comparative legal studies; urban studies; poverty and inequality; race

RENÉ D. FLORESDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

US, Latin America
International migration, race and ethnicity, social stratification; social consequences of subnational restrictionist immigration policies in the US; determinants of perceived immigrant illegality; effect of non-ethnic factors on ethnoracial identity in Latin America; adaptation of Latino and Asian immigrants in the US using social media data.

RACHEL GALVIN, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH (on leave 2018–19)

US and Latin America
Twentieth and twenty-first-century poetry and poetics in English, Spanish, and French; comperative poetics; US Latino/a poetry; poetry of the Americas; poetics and politics; literature and war; comparative modernism; multilingual poetics

ANGELA GARCÍASCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION

US and Spain
International migration; law and society; race and ethnicity; political sociology; social policy

YANILDA MARÍA GONZÁLEZ, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia
Consequences of violence and inequality for state capacity, democratic citizenship, and the relationship between citizens and state institutions.

STEFANIE GRAETER, CLAS LECTURER

Peru
Environmental sciences; anthropology; ethnographical environmental politics; how medical anthropology approaches and engages with cross-disciplinary social science

RAMÓN A. GUTIÉRREZDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Mexico
Chicano history; race and ethnicity in American life; Chicano/Latino studies; Indian-White relations in the Americas; social and economic history of the Southwest; colonial Latin America; Mexican immigration

SUSAN GZESHHUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM

Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador
Human rights of aliens and citizens; human rights in Mexico; the use of international human rights norms in the United States; inter-relationship between human rights and migration policy; Mexico-US relations

JAMES HECKMANDEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, Brazil
Inequality; social mobility; discrimination; skill formation and regulation.

THOMAS HOLT, DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Jamaica
African American, Southern, and British-Caribbean history; Jamaica's economy, politics, and society after slavery

DWIGHT N. HOPKINS, DIVINITY SCHOOL  

Cuba
Contemporary models of theology; various forms of liberation theologies (especially black and other third-world manifestations); multidisciplinary approaches to the study of religious thought, especially cultural, political, economic, and interpretive

RYAN JOBSON, PROVOST'S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Caribbean
Anthropology and African American Studies; historical anthropology; visual arts; energy and extractive resource development; technology and infrastructure; states and sovereignty; histories of racial capitalism in the colonial and postcolonial Americas

SARAH JESSICA JOHNSON, PROVOST'S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Caribbean
Seventeenth through nineteenth-century archives of slavery and marronage in the United States and Caribbean; questions of how certain resistance practices refuse or reject textual and visual representation, and the resulting challenges such escapes from representation pose for historical authors and literary scholars today; transnational literary histories of slave and maroon narratives, early constructions of race and forms of bondage in North America

ROBERT KENDRICKDEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua
Latin American music; historical anthropology; visual arts

ALAN KOLATADEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY (teaching abroad Winter–Spring 2019)

Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala
Agroecological systems; human-environment interactions; the human dimension of global change; agricultural and rural development; archaeology and ethnohistory, particularly in the Andean region

EMILIO KOURÍDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY (on leave 2018–19)

Mexico
Modern Mexico; agrarian studies; social and economic history of Latin America; the history of ideas; Cuba and the Spanish Caribbean; US Latino history

ALI KULEZ, COLLEGIATE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, HUMANITIES

Argentina, Brazil, Cuba; Latin America
Modern Latin American literature and culture; avant-garde literature, performance, and art in Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba; deconstruction and biopolitics; critical food studies; Marxist aesthetics; and continental philosophy; cultural encounters between Latin America and the Middle East from the nineteenth century to the present

BENJAMIN LESSINGDEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

Mexico, Colombia, Brazil
"Criminal conflict" (organized armed violence involving non-state actors who are not trying to topple the state); prison gangs'  effect on state authority; how paramilitary groups use territorial control to influence electoral outcomes

ANA MARIA LIMADEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Brazil
Portuguese language; language pedagogy; Brazilian culture

VICTOR LIMADEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

Chile
Monetary economics; social effects; unemployment effects of labor regulation

MARIA CECILIA (NENÉ) LOZADADEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Peru, Mexico
Spanish language; South American bio-archaeology; human osteology

JOHN LUCY, DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Mexico, Caribbean
Using cross-cultural and developmental perspectives to explore the interface among the symbolic structures of language, culture, and self; the impact of grammatical diversity on thought and the particular importance of metalinguistic capabilities in human social interaction; the role of language in the development of conceptual thought and self during middle childhood; languages and cultures of the Mayan peoples

AGNES LUGO-ORTIZ, DEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES 

Caribbean
Nineteenth-century Latin American literature; nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean cultural history; relationships between cultural production and the formation of modern socio-political identities

LUIS MARTINEZ, HARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Colombia
Political economy of development, particularly the relationship between taxation, accountability, and governance

MIGUEL MARTÍNEZDEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Latin America
Cultural and literary histories of early modern Iberia and colonial Latin America; the ways in which early modern historical processes such as the printing and military revolutions, or the first globalization, contributed to a partial democratization of literary practices

ALICIA MENENDEZHARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Argentina, Latin America
Development economics; education and health; labor markets; and household behavior

SALIKOKO MUFWENEDEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS

Caribbean, Atlantic World
Development of "creoles," taking into account the ecology of these processes; grammaticizaiton; kinship semantics; lexical semantics; language typology

ANGELA V. OLINTO, DEPARTMENT OF ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

Argentina and Latin America
Theoretical astrophysics; particle and nuclear astrophysics; cosmology; leads the science case and analysis for the Pierre Auger Observatory in Malargue, Argentina

STEPHAN PALMIÉ, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Cuba
Ethnographyand history of Afro-Caribbean cultures, with an emphasis on Afro-Cuban religious formations; practices of historical representation and knowledge production; systems of slavery and unfree labor; constructions of race and ethnicity; conceptions of embodiment and moral personhood; medical anthropology; anthropology of food and cuisine

KANEESHA PARSARD, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Caribbean (British West Indies)
Caribbean literature and visual arts, representations of the aftermath of slavery and Indian indentureship; how the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds have long been connected through imperialism, labor, and trade

MERCEDES PASCUAL, DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

Latin America
Theoretical ecology; infectious disease dynamics; ecological networks; spatio-temporal dynamics of infectious diseases in large cities of the developing world

JAMES ROBINSON, HARRIS SCHOOL FOR PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES

Haiti, Colombia, Latin America
Political and economic development; root causes of conflict; relationship between poverty and the institutions of a society; how institutions emerge out of political conflicts

DANIELLE ROPER, DEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Peru, Colombia, Jamaica
Hemispheric blackface; countering discourses of racial democracy; mestizaje and non-racialism in Latin America and the Caribbean

MARIO SANTANADEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES 

Latin America
Twentieth-century Latin American literature, narrative and film; literary historiography; literary theory (hermeneutics and reception, narratology, systemic and institutional approaches to literature); cultural studies

VICTORIA SARAMAGO, DEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES 

Brazil, Latin America
Twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American literature, with a focus on Brazil; ecocriticism and fiction theory; theoretical approaches to the representation of forest and rural areas in Latin American fiction

PAUL SERENO, DEPARTMENT OF ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY AND ANATOMY

Argentina, Mexico, Chile
Paeleontology; evolution; fossil record in Argentina

SALOMÉ AGUILERA SKVIRSKYDEPARTMENT OF CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES

Latin America
Latin American cinema; documentary; ethnographic film; labor and cinema; race and cinema; Third Cinema; racial melodrama

SUSAN STOKES, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

Latin America
Democratic theory and how democracy functions in developing societies; distributive politics; and comparative political behavior

MEGAN SULLIVAN, DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY (on leave Autumn 2018)

Brazil, Argentina
Twentieth-century Latin American art; global history of modernism; relationship of modernism and modernization in peripheral countries; artistic engagements with landscape, nature, and territory in Latin America

MAURICIO TENORIO, DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Mexico
Political and cultural histories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

MAREIKE WINCHELL, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY (on leave Autumn 2018)

Bolivia
Indigeneity and governance, intimacy and exchange, materiality and mediation; how histories of agrarian servitude have shaped the terms of citizenship and political inclusion in the present

AUSTIN L. WRIGHT, HARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Colombia
Political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Iraq

ALAN ZARYCHTA, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION

Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua
Politics of social services in Central and South America, especially in the areas of public health and environmental policy; the sources and effects of institutional reforms aiming to improve local service delivery

ERIK ZYMAN, PROVOST'S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS

Mexico
Theoretical syntactician, research languages have included P'urhepecha and Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec