Politics

Ana Arjona

Ana Arjona

Program Area(s):  Politics

Ana Arjona (PhD, Yale University) is an Assistant Professor in political science. She studies political violence and conflict, the foundations of political order, state building, local governance, and the links between crime and politics. Her current research projects investigate the causes and consequences of institutional change and individual agency in contexts of violence. She is the author of Rebelocracy: Social Order in the Colombian Civil War (Cambridge University Press) and co-editor of Rebel Governance in Civil War (Cambridge University Press). Her work focuses on Latin America, especially Colombia, and combines qualitative and quantitative methods.

Pablo J. Boczkowski

Pablo J. Boczkowski

Program Area(s):  Ethnography; Politics

Pablo J. Boczkowski (Ph.D., Cornell University, 2001) is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina--a joint initiative between Northwestern University and Universidad de San Andrés (meso.com.ar). His research program examines the transition from print to digital culture. He has written three books, three edited volumes, and over thirty journal articles and twenty book chapters. He is an avid soccer fan and, like his compatriot Francisco, never loses faith in his beloved San Lorenzo de Almagro. 

Marcela A. Fuentes

Marcela A. Fuentes

Program Area(s):  Literature; Transnationalism/Globalization; Immigration/Emigration; Music; Politics

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.

Edward Gibson

Edward Gibson

Program Area(s):  Mexico and Central America; Politics

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.

James L. Mahoney

James L. Mahoney

Program Area(s):  History; Politics

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.

Reuel R. Rogers

Reuel R. Rogers

Program Area(s):  Politics; Immigration/Emigration; Race

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.

Frank Safford

Frank Safford

Program Area(s):  History; Politics

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.