Maria Akchurin, Buffett Postdoctoral Fellow, is a sociologist studying political processes around social and environmental policies in Latin America. Her dissertation research compares the privatization of urban water supply systems in Argentina and Chile from the late 1980s to the present, analyzing the implementation of the market paradigm in water and sanitation as well as social mobilization around water. In another recent project, she analyzed how the rights of nature were introduced into the Ecuadorian constitution. Her broader interests are in political sociology and mobilization, economy and society, and historical sociology.
Frances R. Aparicio is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University. She has previously taught at Stanford University, University of Arizona, University of Michigan, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include Latina and Latino literary and cultural studies, the cultural politics of U.S. Latino/a languages, Latino/a popular music and dance, literary and cultural translation, cultural hybridity, transnationalism, Latinidad, and mixed Latino/a identities. She is author of the award-winning Listening to Salsa: Gender, Latin Popular Music and Puerto Rican Cultures (Wesleyan 1998), and co-editor of various critical anthologies, including Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad (University of New England Press, 1997), Musical Migrations (Palgrave, 2003), and Hibridismos culturales (Revista Iberoamericana, 2006). A founding editor of the Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest Book Series at the University of Illinois Press, she has facilitated and fostered book publications and new research on Latino/as in the Midwest. She is currently co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literatures (with Suzanne Bost) and is also writing on “intralatino/a subjects,” individuals who are of two or more national Latin American origins.
Pablo J. Boczkowski (PhD, Cornell University) obtained his Ph.D. in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University in 2001, under the direction of Trevor Pinch. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2005 he was Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Assistant Professor of Organization Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. His research program looks at the transition from print to digital media, with a focus on the organizational and occupational dynamics of contemporary journalism and increasingly examined by adopting a comparative lens. He is the author of Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (MIT Press, 2004); News at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance (University of Chicago Press, 2010); The News Gap: When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge (MIT Press, November 2013; co-authored with Eugenia Mitchelstein); Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality and Society (MIT Press, forthcoming in February 2014; co-edited with Tarleton Gillespie and Kirsten Foot); and over twenty journal articles and fifty conference presentations. His current major project, undertaken jointly with his doctoral students Eugenia Mitchelstein and Ignacio Siles, is an ethnographic study of the demise of print newspapers in Chicago, Paris, and Buenos Aires, as a window into larger dynamics of institutional decay.
César Braga-Pinto (PhD, University of California Berkeley) specializes in Brazilian and Lusophone African cultures and literatures.
Lina Britto (Ph.D. New York University, 2013) is an historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work situates the emergence and consolidation of illegal drug smuggling networks in the Caribbean and Andean regions of Colombia, particularly marijuana, in the context of a growing articulation between the country and the United States during the Cold War.
Sherwin K. Bryant (PhD, The Ohio State University) specializes in colonial Latin American history with a particular emphasis upon slavery and emancipation, race and difference, free black life in the Americas, and the modern African Diaspora.
With a focus on Mexico and Mexican immigrants, Héctor Carrillo (Sociology, Gender & Sexuality Studies) investigates the intersections between sexuality, immigration, and health. He also conducts research on the sexualities of non-gay identified men who are sexually attracted to both women and men. At Northwestern, Carrillo teaches courses on the sociology of sexualities, global sexual cultures, sexuality and public policy, and transnationalism. In 2013-14, Prof. Carrillo is the Interim director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program.
Rifka Cook (M.A., Universidad Pedagógica Libertador in Linguistics) teaches first- and second-year Spanish language courses. She lived in a Caribbean Island (Margarita) for 20 years and was very involved with the insular community-- both Jewish and non-Jewish groups. In addition, Rifka is a Member of the Language Proficiency Committee (for Spanish language). She received two Residential College Fellow Assistant Research Awards (FARA) 2012-2013 with her project: “Mafalda and El Chavo: Bridging Worlds” and in 2013-1014 with her project: “Merging the Borderline: music of Venezuela and the American West”. In 2013 she was among the Technology Innovators Nominees Submitted by Readers – The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2010-2011 was Faculty Affiliate of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities . Her research interests and publications include the Judeo-Spanish language, Latin-American culture (Venezuela and the Caribbean), Teaching and learning styles; and using technology in foreign languages classrooms: PPT, Clickers.
Associate Professor and Chair Jorge Coronado (PhD, Columbia University), specializes in modern Latin American and Andean literatures and cultures. His courses range across the 19th and 20th centuries and draw from various disciplines and cultural practices, such as history, anthropology, political science, music, film, photography, and literature. His book, entitled The Andes Imagined: Indigenismo, Society, and Modernity, appeared in the Illuminations Series at the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2009. He has written articles on indigenismo, photography, and the avant-garde. He is currently working on The Andes Pictured: Photography and Lettered Culture, 1900-50 (under contract at University of Pittsburgh Press), a cultural history of photography in the southern Andes. At Northwestern, he has been active in building the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program.
Drew Edward Davies (PhD, University of Chicago) researches music and sound in New Spain (colonial Mexico) with attention to issues of transatlantic cultural diffusion and adaptation in cathedral repertoires. He has published and revived the compositions of Santiago Billoni, a Roman composer who worked in 1740s Durango, and frequently collaborates with performing musicians. He also participates in a long term workgroup at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México to catalogue and study colonial manuscripts at Mexico City Cathedral.
Jesús Escobar (PhD, Princeton) is trained as an architectural historian and explores the built and spatial environment of cities in the early modern Spanish world. His research and publications touch upon Spanish cities such as Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, and Seville, as well as other imperial centers such as Lima, Mexico City, Palermo, and Antwerp. His courses at Northwestern consider the breadth of cultural production in the Spanish Habsburg empire from printmaking and painting to architecture and urbanism.
Harris Feinsod (A.B., Brown, Ph.D., Stanford) teaches 20th and 21st century US and Latin American literature and culture. His research focuses on comparative poetics and the history of poetry in English and Spanish, modernism and the historical avant-gardes in Europe and the Americas, transnational literary studies (especially hemispheric literary and cultural relations), oceanic studies, and the inter-ethnic and postmodern cultures of the US "new west.” Formerly, he was Geballe Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2010-11), College Fellow at Northwestern (2011-12), and Mellon Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center (summer, 2012). In 2015-16, he is the Early Career Fellow in residence at the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center. His writing has appeared in American Literary History, American Quarterly, Arcade, Centro, Chicago Review, Telos, and the 4th edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012), for which he served as an assistant editor.
Fernández Morera's (PhD, Harvard University) main fields are Comparative Literature and Golden Age Spanish literature. His writings include books and editions published in Europe and the United States, and articles and review articles in English and Spanish on critical discourses and methodology, cultural issues in Latin America, Spain, and the United States, contemporary political events, modern poetry, the encounter between Europeans and Amerindians, Modernism, Cervantes, Garcilaso de la Vega, Fray Luis de León, and Vicente Aleixandre.
Badi Foster, Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar (PhD, Princeton University) has an extremely varied background, extending from higher education and nonprofits to the corporate world and federal government. Born in Chicago, Foster spent his adolescent years in Morocco. He earned his bachelors degree in international relations at the University of Denver and received his PhD in Politics from Princeton University. As a Fulbright fellow, his doctoral research focused on the impact of rapid urbanization in Africa. Foster has held several positions at Harvard University, including Director of Field Experience Program, Graduate School of Education and Assistant Director of the Kennedy Institute of Politics. Foster has also held teaching positions at Princeton University, Rutgers, and the University of Massachusetts. He currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Joan Kroc Center for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University. He is a Fellow at the W.E.B. Dubois Institute of African and African American Studies at Harvard University where he continues work on his book length manuscript on leadership and organizational change in the fight against anti Black and anti American Indian racism (1911-2011).
Marcela Fuentes’s work focuses on the relationship between performance and digital technology in late 20th and early 21st century protest and interventionist art. Her book manuscript, In the Event of Performance: Bodies, Tactical Media, and Politics in the Americas, under contract with the University of Michigan Press, investigates the changing relationship between embodied performance and mediation as techniques of control and resistance within neoliberal states. Professor Fuentes’s teaching interests include politics and performance, performance art, social art tactics, transnational performance, theories of embodiment and affect, the digital humanities, and performance as research. Professor Fuentes’s work has been published in academic journals, edited volumes, and reference books. She serves as a Board Member of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and has been a founding member and Managing Editor of e-misférica, the institute’s online peer-review journal. Professor Fuentes also works as a performer, director, and dramaturg.
Doris L. Garraway's research and teaching interests include Francophone Caribbean literature and historiography from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, the Haitian Revolution, early modern French cultures, gender and slavery, postcolonial studies, law, and performance. She is the author of The Libertine Colony: Creolization in the Early French Caribbean (Duke UP, 2005; reprint 2008), and editor of Tree of Liberty: Cultural Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World (University of Virginia Press, 2008). She has published articles on a range of authors including Marie Chauvet, Aimé Césaire, Patrick Chamoiseau, Denis Diderot, Baron La Hontan, Moreau de Saint-Méry, and various early colonial ethnographers in venues such as Research in African Literatures, The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Callalou, Romanic Review, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, and in the edited volume The Postcolonial Enlightenment (Oxford UP, 2009). Two of her most recent articles draw on her ongoing research on early postrevolutionary Haiti: “Empire of Liberty, Kingdom of Civilization: Henry Christophe, Baron de Vastey, and the Paradoxes of Universalism in Postrevolutionary Haiti” in Small Axe16.3 (2012): 1-21; and “Abolition, Sentiment, and the Problem of Agency in theSystème colonial dévoilé,” in The Colonial System Unveiled, edited by Chris Bongie (Liverpool UP, 2014). Garraway has been awarded fellowships from Princeton University's Davis Center for Historical Studies, the National Humanities Center, the John Carter Brown Library, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and she was named the Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor at Northwestern for 2011 to 2014, and she was a fellow at Northwestern's Kaplan Center for the Humanities for the academic year 2013-14.
The Libertine Colony: Creolization in the Early French Caribbean
Duke Univeristy Press, 2005
Professor Gibson's (PhD, Columbia University) research and teaching interests include comparative politics, democratization, Latin American politics, and American Political Development. He is the author of Boundary Control: Subnational Authoritarianism in Federal Democracies (2012). Boundary Control won the V.O. Key Award for the Best Book on U.S. Southern Politics, as well as the Latin American Studies Association’s Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book in Latin American Political Institutions. He is also author of Class and Conservative Parties: Argentina in Comparative Perspective (1996), and editor of Federalism and Democracy in Latin America (2004). Professor Gibson has won several teaching recognitions, including Northwestern University’s John Deering McCormick Professorship in Teaching Excellence.
Paul Gillingham (D.Phil, Oxford, 2006), is a historian of modern Mexico and Latin America. His first book, Cuauhtémoc's Bones: Forging National Identity in Mexico (University of New Mexico, 2011) examines nationalism through the story of the forged tomb of the last Aztec emperor. He is currently working on three projects: a history of political violence in post-revolutionary Mexico, a national history of Mexico and a co-edited volume on journalism and censorship.
Also affiliated with the Department of Anthropology.
Stefanie Graeter’s work examines the knowledge and politics of environmental contamination, human health, and mineral extraction in Peru. Her dissertation focused on the heavy metal lead, a lucrative product and toxic byproduct of mining, which became emblematic for the fraught moral disagreements over Peruvian neoliberal extractivism. This project drew from eighteen months of ethnographic research with community leaders, affected residents and workers, Catholic environmental scientists, NGOs, and corporate and state representatives. Currently, she is developing her book manuscript, Mineral Incorporations, which discusses the political possibilities and limits of environmentalism and human rights in Peru. The analysis highlights how lead exposure science translated local moral injustices of poverty and illness into evidentiary claims that offered newfound political recognition and material opportunities. The text also negotiates the various impasses which have hindered the scientific and political legitimacy of impacted citizens and their advocates within neoliberal economic governance, models of corporate social responsibility, and entrenched networks of corruption.
Stefanie teaches two courses in the Department of Anthropology and Science in Human Culture. “Ecology, Environment, Nature” (Winter) examines anthropological concepts of human-nonhuman milieus in historical and political context. “Toxicity, Knowledge, Politics” takes a look at global contestations over toxicity, scientific knowledge, and the valuation of human life.
Mark Hauser's (PhD, Syracuse University) research is primarily concerned with inequality in (historical) context through things typical overlooked and left out of the documentary record. Specifically, I have focused on the ways in which enslaved and freed peoples of African descent created and transformed social and economic landscapes within the context of Caribbean plantation societies. At the center of all of my research I have centered social theory articulated in the Caribbean, (Fanon, Winters, Williams, Ortiz, Goveia, and Rodney) and have tried to show their relevance to the study of ancient societies and political constellations of the more recent past.
Mei-Ling Hopgood is a journalist and writer who has written for various publications, ranging from the National Geographic Traveler and Marie Claire to the Miami Herald and the Boston Globe. She has worked as a reporter with the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and in the Cox Newspapers Washington bureau, and has been a recipient of the National Headliner Best in Show, ICIJ Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and several other investigative and enterprise journalism awards. Hopgood worked as a correspondent based in South America for more than seven years, and is the author of Lucky Girl (April 2009) and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm (Feb. 2012). She oversees the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications residency program in Argentina, teaches a class in Spanish-English bilingual reporting and storytelling, and has led reporting trips to Argentina, Chile and Nicaragua.
Forrest Hylton's (Ph.D. New York University, 2010) archival research focuses on indigenous power, politics, culture, and consciousness in the Andes and the Caribbean, where he has lived and worked for over a decade. It spans the colonial and modern periods, and is supplemented by ethnographic fieldwork and documentary filmmaking. His first book manuscript, entitled Reverberations of Insurgency: Indian Communities, the Federal War of 1899, and the Regeneration of Bolivia, explores indigenous self-government, confederation, and communal land use. Using a pan-Caribbean perspective that links North and South Atlantic borderlands, as well as Africans, mixed-race people, and Native peoples, his second book project, Atlantic Homeland: Empire, Law, and Authority in the Guajira Peninsula (New Granada), 1696-1831, argues that Native peoples like the Guajiros grew out of and shaped the Atlantic world, and frequently set the terms of their engagement with it. This approach reverses the conventional optics on colonialism. With Lina Britto, he is co-producer and co-author of Espíritus Guerreros: La presencia de las luchas del siglo XVIII (Spanish-Wayuunayki with English sub-titles, Universidad de los Andes, 2012/Northwestern University 2014, 38 mins.).
Lucille Kerr (PhD, Yale): 20th century Latin American literature; Boom & post-Boom literary culture; Latin American Jewish literature & history; narrative fiction & theory; fiction & film; testimonial theories & texts; close reading
Teaching the Latin American Boom
Editor(s): Lucille Kerr, Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola
Laura M. Leon Llerena (PhD, Princeton University) specializes in Colonial Latin American Studies, with particular emphasis on Andean history and literature.
Emily A. Maguire (PhD, New York University): Caribbean literature and intellectual history; Race in the Americas; Latin American ethnography; science fiction and cyberpunk.
James Mahoney (PhD, University of California Berkley) Department of Political Science and Department of Sociology Professor Mahoney's interests include comparative-historical research and national development, political regimes, and qualitative methodology.
Gemma McNulty obtained her PhD in International Relations and Politics from Dublin City University (2014). Her work focuses on the relationship between social movements and political parties in Latin America. In particular, her research explores the role of social movements in electoral politics using the case of indigenous social movements and their relationship with the radical left in Bolivia and Peru over the last decade. Dr. McNulty employs both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research. Other research projects include the dynamics of gender and ethnicity in the Andes, political dynasties in the Southern Cone and more generally democratisation and social capital theory. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.
J. Michelle Molina (PhD, University of Chicago) studies the Society of Jesus in the early modern period. Her book, To Overcome Oneself: The Jesuit Ethic and the Spirit of Global Expansion (University of California, 2013) explores Jesuit spirituality in an effort to understand how individuals – both elite and commoner – approached and experienced religious transformation. In particular, she has been interested in examining the impact of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises – a meditative retreat geared toward self-reform – on early modern global expansion and the development of ideas about self and religious subjectivity in New Spain.
Paul Ramírez (PhD, University of California Berkeley) is a social and cultural historian of Mexico in the late colonial and national periods (roughly 1700-1900). His research centers on the ways states interact with society through European and American intermediaries. His current book project, tentatively titled Minerva’s Mexico: Enlightenment Battles against Epidemic Disease, examines how theology, Catholic liturgy, priests, pastoral letters, rituals of statecraft, village politics, and indigenous families facilitated the adoption of new kinds of medical practice and knowledge toward the end of Mexico's colonial period, including inoculation and vaccination against smallpox. He has also published on shrine devotions in Mexico City and is currently undertaking a study of commodity production and Catholic confraternities in the regions of Puebla and Oaxaca in the nineteenth century.
Ramón H. Rivera-Servera's (PhD, University of Texas-Austin) has research focuses on contemporary (post-1950) performance in North America (Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.) and the Caribbean with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, gender, and sexuality are negotiated in the process of (im)migration. His work documents a wide array of performance practices ranging from theatre and concert dance to social dance, fashion, and speech.
Cynthia Robin is an anthropological archaeologist who studies everyday life, gender, and class in ancient Maya society. Through her research she strives to show how ordinary people make a difference in society and are not the mere pawns of history or prehistory. She has just completed a decade long project on the 2000 year history of the ancient Maya farming community of Chan.
Professor Rogers' (PhD, Princeton University) main interests are in American politics. His research and teaching focus primarily on race, ethnicity, immigration, urban politics, political behavior, and African-American politics. He is the author of the award winning book, Afro-Caribbean Immigrants and the Politics of Incorporation: Ethnicity, Exception, or Exit (Cambridge University Press 2006). His current research focuses on black suburbanization.
Monica Russel y Rodriguez is an ethnographer with broad disciplinary interests that include Anthropology, Latina/o Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies. She works primarily with US Latina/o populations and larger questions of representation of Latinas/os in academe, public policy, and the media. Her interests are gender, sexuality, race and class in Latina/o communities. Her research areas include Los Angeles, Denver, rural New Mexico, and Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.
Frank Safford's research deals primarily with economic and political topics in Spanish America in the nineteenth century. Much of his work deals with nineteenth-century Colombia. His most recent publication dealt with the formation of national states in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia, but he currently is writing a book focusing on the economy and entrepreneurial history in nineteenth-century Colombia.
Rebecca Seligman (PhD, Emory University) is a psychological and medical anthropologist whose research has explored the connection between mental health and religious participation in Brazil. This research examines the ways in which political-economic and social structures of power shape the embodied subjectivities of many Afro-Brazilians in Salvador, capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia, and how participation in the spirit possession religion, Candomblé, positively affects health and well-being of Afro-Brazilian participants by reshaping their embodied selfhood. Her book based on this research is forthcoming. Seligman’s current research explores the subjective experiences of Mexican youth in psychiatric treatment in the US, and will ultimately include a transnational comparative element examining adolescent psychiatry in Mexico and the US.
Possessing Spirits and Healing Selves: Embodiment and Transformation in an Afro-Brazilian Religion. Culture, Mind, and Society Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Krista Thompson (PhD, Emory University) is in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University. She researches and teaches the art and visual culture in the Africa diaspora, with an emphasis on photography. She is author of An Eye for the Tropics (2006) and articles in American Art, Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Representations, The Drama Review, and Small Axe. Thompson, the recipient of fellowships and grants from the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Warhol foundation, is working on The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (forthcoming, Duke University Press) on the intersections among black vernacular forms of photography, performance practices, and contemporary art in the Caribbean and the United States and The Evidence of Things Not Photographed, a book that examines notions of photographic absence and disappearance in colonial and postcolonial Jamaica.
Alejandra Uslenghi (PhD, New York University) specializes in 19th and 20th century Latin American Literature with an emphasis on visual culture and comparative modernisms studies. Other research interests include: travel narratives, theory of photography, geopolitics of modernism.
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Mary Weismantel (PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). Professor Weismantel's research areas and interests include cultural anthropology, sex/gender, and race; her area of research and teaching expertise is Latin America generally and the Andean region in particular. Professor Weismantel is currently writing about sexuality, death, and the relationship between humans and animals as themes in the art of the ancient Moche, who created thousands of remarkable ceramics on the north coast of Peru between 200 and 800 C.E.