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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 BERMÚDEZ, DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS

Latin America, Caribbean
Documentation and description of grammatical, historical, and typological aspects of indigenous languages of Latin America and the Caribbean, esp. Naso (Chibchan, Panama); verbal art (linguistic forms that are interpreted as salient, e.g., ideophones, puns, poetic couplets); multilingual expressions and experiences of Latinx and queer identities

CHRISTOPHER BLATTMAN, HARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Colombia, Africa
Poverty, political engagement, the causes and consequences of violence, and policy in developing countries

DAIN BORGESDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Brazil, Caribbean
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American culture and ideas; intellectual history; history of the family

NEIL BRENNER, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

Latin America (collaborations with colleagues in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia)
Cities and urbanization within the social sciences, the environmental humanities, the design disciplines and environmental studies; theoretical, conceptual and methodological dimensions of urban questions; challenges of reinventing our approach to urbanization in relation to the crises, contradictions and struggles of our time

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

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

P. SEAN BROTHERTONDEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

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

CHAD BROUGHTONDEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES, THE COLLEGE

Mexico, US
Labor studies and trade and immigration policy; crime, justice and policing, and desistance from crime, with a particular interest in Chicago

LEONARDO BURSZTYN, DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS (On leave Autumn 2020)

Brazil
Role of social pressure and social norms in shaping important economic decisions; educational, labor market, financial, consumption, and political decisions, in developing and developed countries

MIGUEL CABALLERO VAZQUEZ, HUMANITIES

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

HONEY CRAWFORD, 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
How landscapes and material objects mediate human relationships and how shared cultural experiences affect our perceptions of time (past, present, future); death, disaster, sensuality, and histories of colonialism and capitalism; pirates

FREDERICK DE ARMASDEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Spain, Cuba
Literature of the Spanish Golden Age (Cervantes, Calderón, Claramonte, Lope de Vega), from a comparative perspective; has published two novels about Cuba, set before Castro and in 1960

OEINDRILA DUBE, HARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Latin America, Africa
Political economy of development; links between poverty and conflict; how institutions affect health service delivery and the spread of epidemics; how economic shocks affect violent conflict; whether the gender identity of leaders determines their tendency to engage in war

BRODWYN FISCHERDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Brazil, Latin America
Inequality and its persistence; informality, cities, citizenship, law, migration, race, slavery

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

US, Latin America
Twentieth and twenty-first-century poetry and poetics in English, Spanish, and French; comparative modernisms; hemispheric studies; US Latinx literature; wartime literature; multilingual poetics; the Oulipo; translation theory and practic

ANGELA S. GARCÍASCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION

US, Spain
International migration; law and society; race and ethnicity; urban sociology; social policy; consequences of socio-legal inclusion and exclusion for undocumented immigrants across the United States, Mexico, and Spain

EDGAR GARCIA, ENGLISH

The Americas
Hemispheric literatures and cultures of the Americas, principally of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; indigenous, Latinx, and Chicanx studies; American poetics; environmental criticism; theory of law; intersection of poetry and anthropology

RAMÓN A. GUTIÉRREZDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Mexico, US
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
Inter-relationship between human rights and migration policy; the domestic application of international human rights norms; Mexico-US relations

JAMES HECKMANDEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

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

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, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Caribbean
Energy and extractive resource development; technology and infrastructure; states and sovereignty; histories of racial capitalism in the colonial and postcolonial Americas; relationship between modern energy regimes (i.e., plantation slavery, carbon-based fuels) and the modern political ideal of sovereignty

SARAH JESSICA JOHNSON, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Caribbean
Seventeenth- through nineteenth-century archives of slavery and marronage in the United States and Caribbean; how resistance practices and flight from enslavement by Black and Native individuals in the Caribbean and North America shaped textual and visual production in the colonial period; constructions of gender, race, and forms of bondage before 1850

ROBERT KENDRICKDEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

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

ALAN KOLATADEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

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

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

ALI KULEZ, 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; continental philosophy; cultural encounters between Latin America and the Middle East from the nineteenth century to the present

BENJAMIN LESSINGDEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE (On Leave 2020–21)

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

AGNES LUGO-ORTIZ, DEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES 

Caribbean, Latin America
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 (On leave Winter 2021)

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; household behavior

SALIKOKO MUFWENEDEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS

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

SARAH NEWMAN, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Mesoamerica
Archaeology and ethnohistory; waste, refuse, and reuse; zooarchaeology; human-animal relationships; landscape archaeology; human-environment interactions

STEPHAN PALMIÉ, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Cuba
Ethnography and 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

PABLO PENA, DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

Mexico
Empirical economics and human capital theory; use of large data sets to test economic theories of behavior

JAMES ROBINSON, HARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

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 (On leave Autumn 2020–Winter 2021)

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

DIANA SCHWARTZ FRANCISCO, CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES/DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Mexico, Latin America
Indigenous politics; environment and human ecology; economic development; history and politics of human sciences; race in the Americas

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

FERNANDA SOBRINO, HARRIS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Mexico
Intersection of development economics, crime economics, and industrial organization; how the opioid crisis affected drug trafficking activities across Mexico

SUSAN STOKES, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

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

MEGAN SULLIVAN, DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY

Brazil, Argentina
Modern and contemporary Latin American art; abstraction; modernism in a global context; the relationship of aesthetic modernism and social and economic modernization outside of the North Atlantic; artistic and intellectual exchanges between Latin America and other regions over course of the twentieth century

MAURICIO TENORIO, DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Mexico
Political and cultural histories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

MAREIKE WINCHELL, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Bolivia
Critical indigenous studies; ethnographic approaches to history and temporality; environmental design, materiality, and extractivism; sexual cultures and kinship; property and colonial reparation; racial hierarchies and exchange practices in the Andes

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, DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS

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