Over the summer, CLAS welcomed a new assistant instructional professor, student affairs coordinator, and librarian.

Diana Schwartz Francisco has returned campus as Assistant Instructional Professor at CLAS. Schwartz Francisco earned her PhD in History from the University of Chicago (2016). Her dissertation, “Transforming the Tropics: Development, Displacement, and Anthropology in the Papaloapan, Mexico, 1940s–1970s,” examines the ideas, practices, and effects of state-led development programs in indigenous communities of Mexico. Her work integrates economic development, indigenous politics, and environmental issues in interesting and creative ways. As CLAS Lecturer, she will teach the required BA Colloquium and MA Proseminar, as well as courses of her own design; advise BA and MA students; work on curriculum design and promote our degree programs; and develop new experiential learning opportunities for students.

Lindsay Ortega also joined CLAS as student affairs coordinator/office manager. Ortega holds an MA in Political Science/International Affairs and graduate certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of South Florida. She has managed programs at AmeriCorps, coordinated the Global Citizens Project and international internship programming at the University of South Florida, and worked as a GIS analyst. CLAS alumna Jamie Gentry (LACS MA’11), who had served in this position since 2012, has moved on to be senior program manager in the Social Sciences Division.

In July, David Woken joined the Library as the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian. He previously served as the History and Latin American Studies Librarian at the University of Oregon, where he sought out titles from small alternative and independent publishers, including Latin American zines, cartonera publishers, and radical or avant-garde small presses. In addition, based on the research interests of UO faculty, he focused on information resources on immigrant and transnational migrant communities, Latin American water and resource extraction politics, anarchist and horizontalist political radicalism, and Latin American queer literature and queer theory. At UChicago, Woken will support research, teaching, and learning for faculty, students, and staff by providing research services such as consultations and customized instruction as well as developing the library collections for Latin America.