CLAS Welcomes New Members of Our Community

As we begin the new 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 and students who are joining us this year.


Stefanie Graeter (CLAS Lecturer) analyzes lead exposure politics as a key nexus of ethical debates about Peru’s transnational mining industry, one of the world’s top metal commodity producers. Graeter's work integrates environmental and medical anthropology and engages with cross-disciplinary social science and humanities scholarship on Latin America as well as literatures on race, inequality, political ecology, and social movements.

Ximena Cadena, former Deputy Minister General in the Colombian Ministry of Finance, is a lecturer at the Pearson Institute at the Harris School.

Visiting Professors

Tamara Kamenszain (Writer/Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Argentina) joins us as a Tinker Visiting Professor for the Autumn quarter in the Department of English. She is teaching Nuevas formas de la intimidad en las escrituras latinoamericanas actuales.

David Alonso (Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes, Spain) joins us as a Tinker Visiting Professor for the Autumn quarter in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. He is teaching Stochastic Processes in Continuous Time: Ecology and Epidemiology.

Miriam Escudero (Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana, Universidade de la Habana, Cuba) will join us as a Tinker Visiting Professor for the Spring quarter in the Department of Music. She will teach Research and Performance: Latin American Baroque Music.

Olívia Gomes da Cunha (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/Museu Nacional) will join us as a Tinker Visiting Professor in the Spring quarter in the Department of Anthropology. She will teach The Maroon Societies in South America.

Leopoldo Fergusson (Universidad de los Andes) is visiting professor at The Pearson Institute of the Harris School. His research focuses on political economy and development economics, especially as it relates to the relationship between incentives and conflict.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Miguel Caballero Vazquez (Collegiate Assistant Professor, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts) studies how public and private spaces—monumentality, domesticity, and intimacy—are constructed in 20th and 21st century literature, architecture, art and urban planning. Caballero is appointed for four years and will teach in the Humanities.

Ryan Jobson (Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow 2017–2019; Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Anthropology 2019–) engages issues of energy and extractive resource development, technology and infrastructure, states and sovereignty, and histories of racial capitalism in the colonial and postcolonial Americas.

Visiting Scholars

Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak (Pro­fessor Adjunto in Economic Sciences at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) is researching the role of the Ford Foundation in shaping the social sci­ences, and particularly academic economics, in Brazil during the 1960s and 1970s.

Reynaldo Ortega (Professor in Political Science at the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de México) is working on a book on presidential elections in Mexico from 1970 to 2012.

Fernão Pessoa Ramos (Professor in Cinema Studies at the State University of Campinas, Brazil) is visiting scholar in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. He is founding president of SOCINE (Brazilian Society of Film Studies), which he directed from 1997 to 2001.

LACS MA Students

In addition to new Latin America-focused graduate students in various departments across campus, CLAS would like to extend a warm welcome to our 2017–18 MA cohort: Colin, Charles, Jack, Ámber, Jorge, and Cesar.

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.