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.
2019–20 Tinker Visiting Professors
Antonio García de León Griego, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
García de León is a foremost cultural and social historian, linguist, and musicologist who has written extensively on colonial Mexico, popular culture, the early modern Caribbean, and indigenous insurgency, among many other topics. He has achieved international recognition and has been decorated with some of the highest national and international distinctions. In 2016, the American Historical Association awarded him the Haring Prize, given to the Latin American author who has published the most outstanding book on Latin American history during the five years preceding the year of the award. In 2015 he was recognized with Mexico’s National Award for the Arts and Sciences. García de León is the author of many scholarly articles and of a number of crucial books, spanning several disciplines and adding up to a vast and coherent scholarly career. In addition, García de León is one of the foremost scholars in the study of popular music and poetry in the Great Caribbean, from the colonial to the modern period. Equally important in this regard has been his activity as a folklorist and practicing jaranero. He has collaborated on a number of records, among efforts to preserve the musical patrimony of the son jarocho and other popular genres.
Host: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Course: Historia Cultural: Dinamicas Identitarias y Culturales
Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)
Silva-Herzog is one of Mexico’s most brilliant and prominent public intellectuals, a leading voice in national discussions and debates concerning democracy, political culture, justice, and the humanities, especially literature. His career combines academic teaching with a broad range of highly visible activities in media: a widely read weekly column in Mexico’s top newspaper, Reforma, a monthly column in NEXOS magazine, TV talk shows on politics and ideas in national broadcast networks, regular appearances in TV news programs, and a very strong presence on social media. He is the author of five books on politics, democracy, and political culture, one of which (The Idiocy of Perfection) was translated into English. The essay is, however, his preferred medium: he has published dozens of them on intellectual history, political ideas and institutions, literature and culture.
Host: Department of History
Course: The Mexican Political Essay
Tomás Straka, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
Straka is associate professor and director of the Master’s programs of History of the Americas and History of Venezuela at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. He is also president of the Rómulo Betancourt Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at UNAM and a Fulbright Scholar at Pomona College. Straka has a remarkable knowledge of Venezuelan history since independence and has written broadly about many topics as well as being one of the editors of the Historical Dictionary of Venezuela that came out last year. Of particular importance for this topic is his knowledge of the era of caudillismo and autocratic liberalism in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century. He has published several books, including La voz de los vencidos. Ideas del partido realista de Caracas, 1810–1821 (2000); Hechos y gente. Historia contemporánea de Venezuela (2001); La épica del desencanto. Bolivarianismo, historiografía y política en Venezuela (2009); and La república fragmentada. Claves para comprender a Venezuela (2015). He is a frequent contributor to various publications and online media, such as Nueva Sociedad, Debates IESA, El Nacional and Prodavinci. Host: Harris School of Public Policy
Course: State Formation in Latin America (co-taught with James Robinson)
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.
PAST TINKER VISITING PROFESSORS
You can download a full list of Tinker Visiting Professors since 1981.
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.