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.

Each academic year the Center for Latin American Studies brings 3–4 Tinker Visiting Professors to campus to teach courses in a variety of disciplines and topics. To support their courses, CLAS appoints advanced doctoral graduate student teaching assistants through an internal competition.


CLAS encourages students who meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Students who have defended their dissertation proposal or who intend to defend it prior to the courses's start 
  • Students whose disciplinary training or academic interests align with the Tinker Visiting Professor(s) and/or their course(s)

Teaching Responsibilities

Teaching Assistants complete all reading assignments, attend class lectures, hold office hours for students where needed, and provide course support through assisting with course design, arranging for library course reserves and text copies, assisting with and managing the Canvas site, assisting with grading, and other relevant course duties as assigned and approved by CLAS. These positions requires 11 hours of work per week per the UChicago student employment guidelines.

2019-20 Tinker Visiting Professor Courses

Autumn 2019

LACS 25122/35122
Historia Cultural: Dinámicas Identitarias y Culturales
Antonio García de León de Griego, Romance Languages and Literatures

In recent decades we have undergone a radical transformation in the ways in which we look at and understand representation and identity. The complex relationship between globalization and localism, the restructuring of borders, and the large flow of migrants from the ‘underdeveloped’ world to the United States and Europe have reinforced the importance of identity, even putting into question current forms of citizenship and social census. The object of this course is to review the traditional understanding of ‘culture’ through the history of anthropological approaches to small communities, the changes to the understanding of culture posed by postmodern anthropology, as well as the current debates that bring culture closer to history and economy and invoke the concept of identity.

Note: This course will be taught in Spanish


LACS 25123/35123
The Mexican Political Essay
Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, History

Alfonso Reyes famously described the essay as a centaur. A hybrid form of expression: part literature and part science. This course introduces students to the rich tradition of the Mexican political essay. Students will discover the value of these open aproximations to history, institutions, culture, identity. As a literary form, it may ellude the methodological rigours of political science, but it represents a peculiar perspective to understand change and continuity in Mexican history, to question authority and tradition, to offer guidelines to action. We will discuss the value of the essay form as opposed to the academic production of political science. Identity and democracy, the meaning of history and the urgency of action; the role of intellectuals and the nature of Mexico’s contradictions will be considered in the course through the imaginative observations of Emilio Rabasa, Luis Cabrera, Jorge Cuesta, Alfonso Reyes, Octavio Paz, Rosario Castellanos, Gabriel Zaid and other Mexican essayists.


Questions? Please contact Jamie Gentry