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
Political conditions under which governments implement egalitarian reforms; political regime transitions and stability; politics under dictatorship; clientelism; civil conflict

Fernando Alvarez, Department of Economics

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

Jessica Swanston Baker, Department of Music

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

Maria Angélica Bautista, Harris School of Public Policy

Political, economic and social consequences of state-led repression

Christopher Blattman, Harris School of Public Policy

Colombia, Africa
Dynamics of poverty and participation, and development programs; poverty, violence, and crime

Dain Borges, Department of History

Modern Latin America, especially Brazil and the Caribbean; intellectual history; history of the family

Larissa Brewer-García, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures [on leave Autumn 2017]

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

Claudia Brittenham, Department of Art History

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
Critical study of health, medicine, the state, subjectivity, psychoanalysis, and the body

Chad Broughton, Department of Public Policy Studies, the College

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

Leonardo Bursztyn, Department of Economics

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; the interconnections between myth and empire during the rule of the Habsburgs

Daniel Desormeaux, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Haiti, 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
Causes and consequences of conflict and crime in the developing world; the role of employment opportunities in engaging at-risk Muslim youth;  the role of trauma in post-conflict recovery; the role of gender in conflict

Brodwyn Fischer, Department of History

Brazil, Latin America
Comparative legal studies; urban studies; poverty and inequality; race

Cécile Fromont, Department of Art History [on leave 2017–18]

Brazil, Colombia
Visual, material, and religious culture of Africa and Latin America with a special emphasis on the early modern period and on the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic World

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; poetics and politics; literature and war; comparative modernism; multilingual poetics; Oulipo and formal constraint; translation

Laura Gandolfi, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures [on leave 2017–18]

Mexico, Argentina
Nineteenth- and twentieth- century Mexican literature and culture, with  emphasis in the intersections between literary production and material culture; visual studies; gender and sexuality; animal studies

Angela García, School of Social Service Administration

US, Spain
International migration; law and society; race and ethnicity; political sociology; social policy

Yanilda María González, School of Social Service Administration

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia
Consequences of violence and inequality for state capacity, democratic citizenship, and the relationship between citizens and state institutions

Ramón A. Gutiérrez, Department of History

Chicano history; race and ethnicity in American life; Chicano/Latino studies; Indian-White relations in the Americas; social and economic history of the Southwest; colonial Latin America; Mexican immigration

Susan Gzesh, Human Rights Program

Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador
Human rights of aliens and citizens; human rights in Mexico; the use of international human rights norms in the United States; inter-relationship between human rights and migration policy; Mexico-U.S. relations

James Heckman, Department of Economics

Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, Brazil
inequality; social mobility; discrimination; skill formation and regulation

Thomas Holt, Department of History

African American, Southern, and British-Caribbean history; Jamaica's economy, politics, and society after slavery

Dwight N. Hopkins, Divinity School  

Contemporary models of theology; various forms of liberation theologies (especially black and other third-world manifestations); multidisciplinary approaches to the study of religious thought, especially cultural, political, economic, and interpretive

Robert Kendrick, Department of Music

Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua
Latin American music; historical anthropology; visual arts

Alan Kolata, Department of Anthropology

Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala
Agroecological systems; human-environment interactions; the human dimension of global change; agricultural and rural development; archaeology and ethnohistory, particularly in the Andean region

Emilio Kourí, Department of History

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
"Criminal conflict" (organized armed violence involving non-state actors who are not trying to topple the state); prison gangs'  effect on state authority; how paramilitary groups use territorial control to influence electoral outcomes

Ana Maria Lima, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Portuguese language; language pedagogy; Brazilian culture

Victor Lima, Department of Economics

Monetary economics; social effects; unemployment effects of labor regulation

Maria Cecilia (Nené) Lozada, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

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

John Lucy, Department of Comparative Human Development

Mexico, Caribbean
Using cross-cultural and developmental perspectives to explore the interface among the symbolic structures of language, culture, and self; the impact of grammatical diversity on thought and the particular importance of metalinguistic capabilities in human social interaction; the role of language in the development of conceptual thought and self during middle childhood; languages and cultures of the Mayan peoples

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures [on leave 2017–18]

Nineteenth-century Latin American literature; 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

Political economy of development, particularly the relationship between taxation, accountability, and governance

Miguel Martínez, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Latin America
Cultural and literary histories of early modern Iberia and colonial Latin America; the ways in which early modern historical processes such as the printing and military revolutions, or the first globalization, contributed to a partial democratization of literary practices

Alicia Menendez, Harris School of Public Policy

Argentina, Latin America
Development economics; education and health; labor markets; and household behavior

Salikoko Mufwene, Department of Linguistics

Caribbean, Atlantic World
Development of "creoles," taking into account the ecology of these processes; grammaticizaiton; kinship semantics; lexical semantics; language typology

Angela V. Olinto, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

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

Stephan Palmié, Department of Anthropology

Ethnographyand history of Afro-Caribbean cultures, with an emphasis on Afro-Cuban religious formations; practices of historical representation and knowledge production; systems of slavery and unfree labor; constructions of race and ethnicity; conceptions of embodiment and moral personhood; medical anthropolog; anthropology of food and cuisine

Mercedes Pascual, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Theoretical ecology; infectious disease 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 and economic development; root causes of conflict; relationship between poverty and the institutions of a society; how institutions emerge out of political conflicts

Mario Santana, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures 

Latin America
Twentieth-century Latin American literature, narrative and film; literary historiography; literary theory (hermeneutics and reception, narratology, systemic and institutional approaches to literature); cultural studies

Victoria Saramago, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures [on leave 2017–18]

Brazil, Latin America
Twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American literature, with a focus on Brazil; ecocriticism and fiction theory; theoretical approaches to the representation of forest and rural areas in Latin American fiction

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

Megan Sullivan, Department of Art History [on leave 2017–18]

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

Mauricio Tenorio, Department of History [on leave Autumn 2017 and Winter 2018]

Political and cultural histories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Mareike Winchell, Department of Anthropology

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

Political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Iraq

Alan Zarychta, School of Social Service Administration

Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua
Politics of social services in Central and South America, especially in the areas of public health and environmental policy; the sources and effects of institutional reforms aiming to improve local service delivery