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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.

Nominations for Visiting Professors, Visiting Scholars, and Associate Members must be made by a University of Chicago faculty member. Self-nominations are not accepted.

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, often leading 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.

2020–21 Tinker Visiting Professors

Leonardo Waisman
Spring 2021

Leonardo Waisman, a musicologist with a PhD from UChicago (1988), taught for many years in Buenos Aires and Córdoba. He recently retired from his position as Senior Research Fellow at CONICET, followed by a term as the Bolívar Visiting Chair at the University of Cambridge. Waisman was one of the first scholars to study the music of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Jesuit reducciones in present-day Paraguay and Bolivia. His most recent book, Una história de la música colonial hispanoamericana, is a kind of summa of his 40 years of work on “colonial” music. As a conductor specializing in Baroque music, he has toured America, Europe, and Asia, and has recorded two CDs for the Melopea label.
Host: Department of Music
Course: Races, Castes, and their Relations in Latin American Colonial Music


Vera Tiesler
Spring 2021

Tiesler is currently a research professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, where she heads the Laboratory of Bioarchaeology. Key books include Smoke, Flames, and the Human Body in Mesoamerican Ritual Practice (2018), co-edited with Andrew Scherer; the re-examination of a foundational Maya tomb in Janaab’ Pakal of Palenque. Reconstructing the Life and Death of a Maya Ruler (2006), co-edited with Andrea Cucina; and a number of works on cranial modification. By exploring skeletal information jointly with pre-Columbian art, artifacts, and ethnohistoric sources, Tiesler’s research addresses ancient lifestyles and death practices, physical appearance and permanent body enhancement, violence, sacrifice, and body processing.
Host: Department of Anthropology
Course: Body Modifications, Sociocultural Meanings, and Beauty in Ancient Mesoamerica

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. We will send a call for nominations for the 2022–2023 academic year in Winter 2021. Please contact Natalie Arsenault for more information.

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