As we do each academic year, CLAS would like to welcome back our continuing faculty and students and extend a hearty welcome to new members of the UChicago Latin Americanist community. Read on to learn more about the scholars who are joining us this year.

New Faculty Members and Postdoctoral Fellows

Natalia Bermúdez (Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Linguistics) studies the documentation and description of grammatical, historical, and typological aspects of indigenous languages in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work combines empirical, humanistic, and anthropological approaches to analyze how individual speakers and groups creatively manipulate and play with language(s) for a range of sociolinguistic purposes.

Honey Crawford (Harper-Schmidt Fellow, Collegiate Assistant Professor in Theater and Performance Studies) conducts research on global feminisms, critical race theory, public spectacle, and protest. She specializes in Afro Brazilian cultural performance as both a scholar and practitioner, exploring intersections between ritual performance and self-making through a repertoire that includes carnival, media activism, radical theatre, and the performance of everyday life.

René D. Flores joins the Department of Sociology as Neubauer Family Assistant Professor. Prof. Flores's interests are in the fields of international migration, race and ethnicity, and social stratification. His current research projects include an experimental study of the determinants of perceived immigrant illegality, an investigation of the effect of non-ethnic factors on ethnoracial identity in Latin America, and a set of papers assessing the adaptation of Latino and Asian immigrants in the U.S. using social media data.

Sarah Jessica Johnson (Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English) conducts research on questions concerning maroon narratives, slave narratives, African American and Caribbean literary history, the francophone US, resistance and revolution, archives of slavery, transatlantic flight and fugitivity. In her work, Johnson explores how historical marronage is represented differently than other forms of flight and freedom from slavery. Her research incorporates both Anglophone and Francophone US and Caribbean texts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Aresha Martinez-Cardoso (Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Public Health Sciences)  is an interdisciplinary public health researcher with an interest in understanding the biosocial mechanisms by which racial inequities shape population health and health disparities. Martinez-Cardoso examines the effects of immigration raids and anti-immigration policies on Latino health, novel biomarkers of stress and aging, and trajectories of cardiovascular health among Mexican migrants in the United States in order to understand how race, migration and social policies affect Latino communities.

Kaneesha Parsard (Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English) is a Caribbean cultural critic whose research concerns the aftermath of slavery and Indian indentureship. She analyzes these issues through the lens of literature and visual arts within the English-speaking Caribbean. Parsard's first book manuscript, Improper Dwelling​, examines British West Indian housing and planning as a project of racial and spatial order.

Erik Zyman (Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Linguistics) is a theoretical syntactician who seeks to elucidate the rules and principles governing how words (and smaller linguistic units) can and cannot be licitly combined to form larger units in human languages, as well as how those rules and principles do and do not vary across languages, and what their cognitive (and other) underpinnings are. His recent work investigates the properties of certain English adverbs and what they reveal about how and when optional modifiers are inserted into syntactic structures; cross-linguistically unusual types of phrase movement in P'urhepecha, and what they tell about the grammatical "driving force" that causes a phrase to move from one position in a sentence to another; and certain unexpected orders of morphemes within Latin verbs.

Visiting Professors

Mariana Castillo Deball (Visual Artist/Academy of Fine Arts, Münster) joins us as a Tinker Visiting Professor for the Autumn quarter in the Department of Visual Arts. She is teaching The Audience, the Archaeologist, and the Art Historian.

Alexandre Ramos (Universidade de São Paulo) joins us as a Tinker Visiting Professor for the Autumn quarter in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. He is teaching The Brazil-Argentina Nuclear Cooperation Agreement and the Hydroelectric to Thermoelectric Transition in Brazil.

José María Portillo Valdés (University of the Basque Country, Spain) will joing us as a Tinker Visiting Professor for the Winter quarter in the Department of History. He will teach Territorial Identities, State Formation, and the Experience of Modernity in the Iberian World.

Antonio Sérgio Guimarães (Universidade de São Paulo) will join us as a Tinker Visiting Professor for the Spring quarter in the Department of Sociology. He will teach Historical Sociology of Race and Racism in Latin America

Did we miss someone? If you or someone you know is new on campus and would like to be part of the CLAS community, please contact Natalie Arsenault, Associate Director.