Affiliated Faculty

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More than 40 faculty members from throughout the University devote considerable time to teaching and/or research related to Latin America. Our affiliated faculty offer a full range of disciplinary and regional coverage of Latin America with areas of remarkable depth. To learn more, please explore the list below.

Michael Albertus, Department of Political Science

Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela; Politics of redistribution; democracy and dictatorship; clientelism; civil conflict; political economy of land reform in Latin America

Fernando Alvarez, Department of Economics

Argentina; Dynamic general equilibrium models applied to asset pricing, search and insurance

Jessica Swanston Baker, Department of Music

Caribbean; contemporary popular music of and in the Circum-Caribbean, tempo and aesthetics, coloniality, decolonization, and race/gender and respectability

Christopher Blattman, Harris School of Public Policy

Colombia, Africa; poverty and violence in developing countries

Dain Borges, Department of History

Brazil; Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American culture and ideas; Latin American history, comparative nineteenth-century transformations, ideologies of national identity, and culture in the African diaspora

Larissa Brewer-García, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Caribbean, Andes; colonial Latin American studies; cultural productions of the Caribbean and Andes and the African diaspora in the Iberian empire, with interests in relationship between literature and law, genealogies of race and racism, humanism and Catholicism in the early modern Atlantic, and translation studies

Claudia Brittenham, Art History Department

Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras; Art and identity in ancient Mesoamerica; intercultural interaction, materiality of art; and the politics of style

P. Sean Brotherton, Department of Anthropology

Cuba, Caribbean, Argentina; Medicine, the state, subjectivity, the body, political economy of health

Chad Broughton, Department of Public Policy Studies, the College

Mexico; Urban poverty and development in the US and Mexico; globalization; welfare reform; sociology of work

Leonardo Bursztyn, Department of Economics

Brazil; political economy, development economics, behavioral economics

Shannon Dawdy, Department of Anthropology

Cuba, Mexico; Informal economies and piracy; aesthetics, affect, and temporality; sexuality and hospitality; cities and urbanity; landscape and urban planning; death and disaster

Frederick de Armas, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Literature of the Spanish Golden Age (Cervantes, Calderón, Claramonte, Lope de Vega); the politics of astrology; magic and the Hermetic tradition; ekphrasis; the relations between the verbal and the visual particularly between Spanish literature and Italian art; and the interconnections between myth and empire during the rule of the Habsburgs

Daniel Desormeaux, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Caribbean; Historical and anthropological link between French literature and culture and French Caribbean literatures and cultures since the Haitian Revolution

Oeindrila Dube, Harris School of Public Policy

Latin America, Africa; political economy of conflict and development

Brodwyn Fischer, Department of History

Brazil; Cities, Citizenship, Law, Migration, Race, Urban Poverty, Informality, and Social Inequality

Cécile Fromont, Department of Art History

Brazil, Colombia; The relationship between artistic form and religious thought, the role of art and architecture in the political history of the kingdom of Kongo and of the Portuguese colony of Angola, the role of Christian art and rituals in the experience of enslavement in colonial Brazil, art and colonialism, visual epistemologies of late colonial Brazil

Rachel Galvin, Department of English

US and Latin America; twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry and poetics in English, Spanish, and French; comparative poetics, U.S. Latino/a poetry, poetry of the Americas, Hemispheric Studies, poetics and politics, literature and war, comparative modernism, multilingual poetics, Oulipo and formal constraint, and translation

Laura Gandolfi, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Mexico, Argentina; Mexican Literature and Culture; XIX and XX Latin American Literature and Culture; Transatlantic Studies; Media and Visual Culture; Material Culture; Migration Literature (Latin America and Europe); Gender and Sexuality Studies; Psychoanalysis; XX and XXI Italian Literature; Sephardic Literature in Eastern Europe (Serbia and Bosnia)

Angela García, School of Social Service Administration

US, Spain; international migration, law and society, race and ethnicity, Latino/a sociology, political sociology, social policy, and mixed and comparative methods

Yanilda María González, School of Social Service Administration

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia; consequences of violence and inequality for state capacity, democratic citizenship; relationship between citizens and state institutions in the Latin American context

Ramón A. Gutiérrez, Department of History

Mexico; Colonial Latin America, Social Science Theory and Methodology, Archives and Record Management, Spanish Borderlands, American History, Kinship, Family, and Sexuality in Latin American, Chicano/Latino History, Mexican Immigration

Susan Gzesh, Human Rights Program

Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador; US immigration and refugee law; constitutional rights of aliens; Mexican immigration and refugee law and policy; rights of foreigners under Mexican law; Mexico-US migration and relations; contemporary issues in human rights

James Heckman, Department of Economics

Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, Brazil; Social inequality and labor markets in Latin America: evaluation of social programs, econometric models of discrete choice and longitudinal data and alternative models of the distribution of income

Thomas Holt, Department of History

Jamaica; Transition from slavery to freedom in the United States and the Caribbean; race and politics in Jamaica

Dwight N. Hopkins, Divinity School  

Cuba; Contemporary models of theology, black theology, and liberation theologies; multidisciplinary approaches to the study of religious thought, especially cultural, political, and economic

Robert Kendrick, Department of Music

Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua; Music in Caribbean culture; music, ritual, and urbanism in early modern Europe; gender and music; music and politics in post-WWII Europe; performance practice; traditional repertories in Italy, Spain, and Portugal; Italian chant repertories; Central America and the Caribbean; Andean ethnomusicology

Alan Kolata, Department of Anthropology

Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala; Agricultural development; human-environment interactions; Latin American archaeology and ethnohistory; pre-industrial urbanism and architecture; the human dimension of global change; agricultural and rural development

Emilio Kourí, Department of History

Mexico; Modern Mexico; agrarian studies; social and economic history of Latin America; the history of ideas; Cuba and the Spanish Caribbean; US Latino history

Benjamin Lessing, Department of Political Science

Mexico, Colombia, Brazil; Comparative politics; drug trafficking, violence and crime; methodology

Ana Maria Lima, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Brazil; Portuguese, language pedagogy, Brazilian culture

Victor Lima, Department of Economics

Chile; Labor Markets and Unemployment, Industrial Organization, Political Economy, Monetary Economics

Maria Cecilia Lozada, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Peru, Mexico; Spanish language acquisition, South American bio-archaeology, human osteology

John Lucy, Department of Comparative Human Development

Mexico, Caribbean; Advanced educational psychology, psychological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, Mesoamerican languages and cultures, social science theory and method

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Caribbean; Nineteenth-century Latin American literature, and in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean cultural history. Relationships between cultural production and the formation of modern socio-political identities

Luis Martinez, Harris School of Public Policy

Colombia; political economy of development, particularly the relationship between taxation, accountability and governance

Miguel Martínez, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Latin America; colonial Latin America; effects of early modern historical processes on literary practices, war writing, book history, travel literature, autobiography, and popular culture; linguistic history, translation, Luso-Hispanic relations, and cultural competition

Alicia Menendez, Harris School of Public Policy

Argentina; Development Economics, Labor Economics, Latin America and Africa

Salikoko Mufwene, Department of Linguistics

Language evolution, from a population genetics and ecological perspective; development of creoles; language endangerment; colonization, globalization, and language; semantics and syntax; major languages of study: English, Gullah, African American English, Caribbean English creoles, Bantu

Angela V. Olinto, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Theoretical astrophysics, particle and nuclear astrophysics, and cosmology; leadership of the science case and analysis for the Pierre Auger Observatory in Malargue, Argentina

Stephan Palmié, Department of Anthropology

Cuba; Historical anthropology/anthropology of history; racializing ideologies and practices; African-American and Afro-Caribbean anthropology; migration studies; the black Atlantic world; history of the Caribbean; colonial Latin American history

Mercedes Pascual, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Theoretical ecology, infectious disease (e.g., cholera, malaria) dynamics, ecological networks; spatio-temporal dynamics of infectious diseases in large cities of the developing world

James Robinson, Harris School for Public Policy Studies

Haiti, Colombia, Latin America; political economy, comparative politics, and economic and political development in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa; political economy, comparative politics and economic and political development, with a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa 

Mario Santana, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures 

Spain; Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature; Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature; Catalan Literature; Spanish Cinema; Literary History; Reception Theory; Narratology; Systemic and Empirical Approaches to Literature; Nationalism

Victoria Saramago, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Brazil, Latin America; twentieth- and twenty-first-century Brazilian literature within a Latin American framework; ecocriticism and fiction theory; theoretical approaches to the representation of forest and rural areas in Latin American fiction

Julie Saville, Department of History

Atlantic-world, Caribbean; Slavery, social history of plantation slavery in southern U.S. and Caribbean, comparative perspective, African American studies

Paul Sereno, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy

Argentina, Mexico, Chile; Paeleontology; Evolution; Fossil Record in Argentina

Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, Department of Cinema and Media Studies

Latin American cinema; documentary; ethnographic film; labor and cinema; race and cinema; Third Cinema; racial melodrama

Megan Sullivan, Department of Art History

Brazil and Argentina; Twentieth-century Latin American art, global history of modernism (especially abstraction), the relationship of modernism and modernization in peripheral countries, and artistic engagements with landscape, nature, and territory in Latin America

Mauricio Tenorio, Department of History

Mexico; Political and cultural histories of the 19th and 20th centuries

Robert Townsend, Department of Economics

Analyzing the role and impact of financial systems on developing economies by studying applied general equilibrium models and contract theory; Arrow-Debreu models; the revelation principle; the costly state verification approach; optimal multi-period contracts; decentralization of economies with private information; money with spatially separated agents; financial institutions and economic growth; study of risk and insurance in developing countries

Mareike Winchell, Department of Anthropology

Bolivia; indigeneity and governance, intimacy and exchange, materiality and mediation; how histories of agrarian servitude have shaped the terms of citizenship and political inclusion in the present

Austin L. Wright, Harris School of Public Policy

Colombia; research leverages microlevel data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Iraq

Alan Zarychta, School of Social Service Administration

Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua; governance and the politics of social services, health sector reform, non-governmental organizations and political behavior in newly democratic settings, environmental policy