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Each year, CLAS hosts academic visitors—who teach, conduct research, meet with faculty and students, and engage in the intellectual life of the community—from institutions across the US and the world.

Visiting Professors are hosted through the Tinker Visiting Professorship and through the Center's institutional relationships, and teach courses in addition to conducting research. 
Visiting Scholars conduct short-term research in our libraries, often in collaboration with University faculty. 
Associate Members are scholars based at institutions other than the University of Chicago who reside in the Chicago area or are in Chicago frequently and can participate in CLAS activities.
Nomination for Visiting Professors, Visiting Scholars, and Associate Members must be made by a University of Chicago faculty member.

Tinker Visiting Professors

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. These quarter-long 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.

2018–19 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 April 2019 for the 2020–2021 academic year. Please contact Natalie Arsenault for more information.

You can download a full list of Tinker Visiting Professors since 1981.

Visiting Scholars

Reynaldo Yunuen Ortega Ortiz [Katz Center for Mexican Studies]

Reynaldo Yunuen Ortega Ortiz is Professor of Political Science at the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de Mexico. Ortega received his doctorate from Columbia University. His research interests include comparative politics, transition to democracy, presidential elections, political parties, and bilateral relations between Mexico and the United States. During his visit, he is working to finish his book Presidential Elections in Mexico between 1970 and 2012, where he discusses the main factors that explain political change in Mexico during these years, the changes in Mexicans’ electoral behavior over the last four decades, and the factors that explain electoral behavior today.

Associate Members

Julio Postigo

Julio Postigo is a senior research scientist at NORC. He received his BA in anthropology in 1996 from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, and his MA in Latin American Studies (2006) and PhD in geography (2012) from the University of Texas at Austin. Broadly speaking, his research focuses on climate change, vulnerable populations, and natural resource security largely in the global south and with an emphasis on Latin America. His empirical work is guided by the perspectives of social-ecological systems, legacies and path dependency, social vulnerability and is matched by his methodological interests in both qualitative and quantitative methods, including remote-sensing, GIScience, ethnography, in-depth interviews, and vegetation plots. Postigo also serves as Liaison Scientist for the Andes Collaborative Crop Research Program of the McKnight Foundation, where he provides technical assistance to projects researching small farming, food security and climate change in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. In addition to his research, Postigo has experience crafting policy on national and international stages and relaying scientific evidence to diverse audiences, including academics, NGOs, government officials, and the media.