People

The program in Latin American and Iberian Studies draws on faculty members all across campus. Faculty affiliates are based in their home departments and contribute to the Latin American and Iberian Studies program by offering courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, mentoring students, and participating in program activities. You can search the program website for individual faculty members under Faculty – Alphabetical. Their individual listings are linked to their departments’ or their own websites. 

Professional researcher affiliates are included under the Faculty – Alphabetical and Faculty-Fields. Although they do not offer courses on a regular basis, they are valuable participants in the program with expertise in Latin American and Latino issues.

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Sociology: UC Riverside. Globalization, labor, social movements, race and ethnic relations, Latin American Studies.

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., History of Science: Harvard University. Maya hieroglyphic history, Mesoamerican art, experimental archeology, science studies, culture theory.

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Politics: New York University. Security politics, police-military relations, humanitarian law and authoritarian states, as well as state violence against racial and sexual minorities in the cities of Latin America and the Middle East.

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Political Science: Harvard University. Political philosophy & social theory, identity & intersectionality, Chicana/Latina feminist thought, ace, ethnicity and politics, especially U.S. Latina/o Politics, gender studies.

  • Professor

Ph.D., University of Southern California. Contemporary Peninsular Literatures, Transatlantic Studies, Latin America (Peru) and Spain's stateless nations (Galicia).

  • Professor

Ph.D., University of Cambridge. Cultural studies; development studies; feminist studies; social representation.

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto. Medieval Europe, medieval and early modern Spain, cross-cultural interaction in the medieval Mediterranean, comparative slavery.

  • Professor

Borderlands History; Anthropology and History; Gender & Violence, the Professoriate in the 21st Century

Sociocultural Anthropology (borderlands, indigenous studies, ethnohistorical methods and theory, comparative slavery, non-profit missions, management and governance, the professoriate in the twenty-first century.

  • Professor

Ph.D., Political Science: Stanford University. Democratization, political parties, social mobilization, Mexico, Brazil.

  • Professor

International human rights

 

  • Professor

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Sociocultural linguistics; language and identity; language and youth; language and race; language, gender, and sexuality; African American English; Chicano English and Spanish; language in California; discourse, cognition, and culture

 

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Ethnic Studies: UC Berkeley. Religion & race in the United States; Asian American/Pacific Islander religions; Chicano/Latino religions; American religions; religion in the American West & Pacific Rim; syncretism/hybridity and religious change; Religion under colonialism; Religion & science fiction.

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Hispanic Studies: Harvard University. Golden Age Drama and poetry; Spanish, Caribbean, and South American theatre and performance; intercultural studies.

  • Assistant Professor

Linguistic description and theory, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, language documentation, typology, lexical semantics, lexicography, language and culture, Mesoamerica, Otomanguean languages

  • Assistant Professor

Ph.D., American Culture: University of Michigan. U.S. Spanish-language Media, Radio and Sound Practices, Language Politics, Migration and Masculinity, Latino/a popular culture. Latino Popular Culture.

 

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Romance Lang. and Lit.: Havard University. Nineteenth and early twentieth-century Spanish-American literature. Special focus on Romanticism, Modernismo, and the Spanish-American Avant-garde. Additional areas of interest: poetry and poetics; history of ideas; contemporary literary theory; Cuban and Puerto Rican literature; nineteenth century Peninsular and contemporary Spanish-American literature.

  • Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Gender History, Labor History, Chicana/o History, Transnational Migration and Family History

 

  • Research Professor

Ph.D., History: UC Los Angeles. Colonial Latin American history generally, Atlantic world history, globalization, and in comparative studies of gender, race, ethnicity, religion and colonialism.

  • Assistant Professor
My research to date has been concerned with questions of race, language, law, and religious conversion in colonial Latin America, with a special emphasis on the New Kingdom of Granada, which was the region broadly corresponding to modern-day Colombia. This was a peripheral region in Spanish America, but was nevertheless closely connected to the global networks of exchange of knowledge, people, and ideas that spanned the early modern world. My work has sought to apply interdisciplinary and comparative methods to take advantage of this distinctive perspective to throw new light on important themes in early-modern social and cultural history, and at the same time to refocus the study of this region by exploring it in a broader, global context.
 
              My first book, Mestizos heraldos de Dios, was concerned with emerging ideas of race and difference in the early modern world by setting a controversy over the ordination of priests of mixed indigenous and European descent, mestizos, in New Granada against the backdrop of similar debates at the time in other regions of Spanish America, East and West Africa, India, and Japan.
 
              I am currently preparing a monograph concerning the profound transformations undergone by indigenous communities in the central highlands of New Granada — known as the Muisca — in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a result of the efforts of the colonial administration to convert them to Catholic Christianity, in the broader context of the global movement of religious renewal and reformation that was spearheaded by the Council of Trent. I am interested, on one hand, on the changing concerns and priorities of European Catholic missionaries active in New Granada, who proposed a variety of strategies and methods. And on the other, on how these efforts were received by the Muisca: how the incidence of these global trends created new means through which they could engage with Christianity, negotiate their place in colonial society, and pursue their interests during a period of intense change.
 
              I am also engaged in collaborative projects concerning early modern legal history, religious social institutions, and indigenous languages.
 
             Alongside my work as an historian, I co-founded a non-profit foundation devoted to digitising the holdings of endangered archives and libraries in Colombia, making the results available and accesible online for free, and promoting the digital humanities (www.neogranadina.org).

 

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., UC Berkeley. Spanish Golden Age and medieval literature, humanism, Latin and vernacular.

 

  • Professor

Ph.D., UC Los Angeles. Race and ethnic relations; comparative and historical sociology; comparative race and culture, Brazil.

 

  • Assistant Professor
  • Chicana/o and Latina/o Performance Studies
  • Chicana/o and Latina/o Visual Culture
  • Chicana/o and Latina/o Cultural Studies
  • Afro-Latina/o Diaspora Studies
  • Chicana/Latina Feminisms
  • Afro-Latina/o Diaspora Studies
  • Chicana/o and Latina/o Theater History
  • Chicana/o and Latina/o Ethnomusicology  
  • Dramaturgy
  • Acting Methodology
  • Professor

Ph.D., Ethnic Studies: UC Berkeley. Educational measurement; bilingual education, design and evaluation of literacy interventions for at-risk students, cognitive psychology: cognition, intelligence, memory; psychosocial development.

 

  • Professor

Ph.D., Sociology: UC Berkeley. Social movements/revolutions; development and social change; Third World cultural studies; Latin America, Middle East; historical-comparative

  • Researcher Affiliate

Ph.D. Mesoamerican archaeology with research on the evolution of settlement and environment patterns, demystifying traditional views of the ancient Maya.

  • Professor

Ph.D., UC San Diego. Chicano movement, immigration communities/generational approaches, civil rights struggles, oral history, and Chicano Catholic history

  • Professor

Ph.D., Anthropology: University of New Mexico. Economics of exchange and food production, problems of small-scale collective action, based on fieldwork in Paraguay Bolivia, among two groups of South American Amazonian forager-horticulturalists

  • Associate Professor

PhD., Ethnomusicology/Dance Anthropology.

Performance analysis; Latin America, music/dance/theatre, identity politics

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Enligsh Literature: UC Berkeley. 20th Century American literature and Cultural Studies, Chicana/o and Latina/o literature and cultural production, Gay/Lesbian studies and queer theory, comparative Sexualities: U.S. Pan-Latina/o formations

  • Professor

Ph.D., Hispanic Studies: UC Los Angeles. Critical theory/feminist theory, Mexican immigration, cultural studies, folklore/oral traditions, colonial literature of the Southwest, Chicana and Chicano literature, the Mexican/Chicano corridor

  • Assistant Professor

Sociocultural Anthropology (ecological and economic anthropology, cattle raising and cowboy cultures; Latin America, Brazilian Amazon)

PhD, University of Florida

 

  • Associate Professor

PhD, UC Davis, (Land, Air, and Water Resources), 1994

 

  • Assistant Professor

American Politics, Identity, Latino Politics, Immigration, U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics, Public Opinion and Political Behavior

  • Assistant Professor

I am a historian of the African Diaspora in Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean. I am a Venezuelan of Haitian descent. By now I am a person shaped by larger worlds: I have lived for years in the Northeast of the United States and, before that, I spent two years in Socialist Eastern Europe and West Africa respectively. My first profession and interest, conservation biology, brought me to the U.S. and later took me to Cameroon, where I came across the roots of several Venezuelan and Latin American cultural elements. I began to question silenced African contributions to the hemisphere.

In Philadelphia, I created the Annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium (going to its 21st consecutive year), at Taller Puertorriqueño, Inc.http://tallerpr.org/event/20th-arturo-schomburg-symposium/. This event brings together scholars, professionals, activists, and artists to share their expertise about African contributions to Latina/o and Latin American history and cultures with a wide audience. My thirst for understanding Latin America’s racialization processes and the ways these have shaped power dynamics in the region, since the colonial period, led me to fall in love with the discipline of history.f the African Diaspora in Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean. I am a Venezuelan of Haitian descent. By now I am a person shaped by larger worlds: I have lived for years in the Northeast of the United States and, before that, I spent two years in Socialist Eastern Europe and West Africa respectively. My first profession and interest, conservation biology, brought me to the U.S. and later took me to Cameroon, where I came across the roots of several Venezuelan and Latin American cultural elements. I began to question silenced African contributions to the hemisphere.

In Philadelphia, I created the Annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium (going to its 21st consecutive year), at Taller Puertorriqueño, Inc.http://tallerpr.org/event/20th-arturo-schomburg-symposium/. This event brings together scholars, professionals, activists, and artists to share their expertise about African contributions to Latina/o and Latin American history and cultures with a wide audience. My thirst for understanding Latin America’s racialization processes and the ways these have shaped power dynamics in the region, since the colonial period, led me to fall in love with the discipline of history.

  • Professor

Ph.D., Psychology: UC Irvine. Conversation analysis and social aspects of grammar, social life of very young children.

  • Professor

Ph.D., New York University. Latin American literature, comparative literature, literary translation.

  • Professor

Ph.D., University of New Mexico. Literary history, Chicano literature (particularly narrative theory), New Mexico Studies, Latin American Literature (the novel, and regional studies on Central America, Mexico, Chile).

  • Professor

Ph.D., Political Science: UC Los Angeles. Political sociology, comparative historical sociology, Latin American society and politics, and comparative institutions

  • Professor

Ph.D., Geography: University of North Carolina. Human dimensions of global environmental change, land use/cover change, migration, fertility, health, rural poverty and development, Latin America

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Comparative Literature: Harvard University. Hispanic Caribbean; poetry and poetics; literary and critical theory; modern French literature; comparative literature; literature and science

  • Researcher Affiliate

Ph.D. Second language acquisition, language teaching methods and pedagogy, heritage language

  • Professor

Ph.D., UC San Diego. Contemporary Latin American literature; Latin American cultural studies; U.S. Latino literature; literary theory; visual and verbal semiotics; mass culture; womens writing

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., State University of New York. Andean history, state formation, national identities

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park. Linguistics, phonetics/phonology, language change, and discourse analysis, Sound System of Mexican Dialects

  • Professor

Ph.D., Theater: University of Texas, Austin. Chicano and Mexican theater

  • Professor

Ph.D., El Colegio de Mexico. XIX and XX century: Mexican and Spanish American Literature, Colonial Mexican Literature

  • Lecturer

Ph.D., Stanford University. Teacher education; educational philosophy; educational equity; learning; anthropology; social interaction; social relations, comparative education systems

  • Professor

Ph.D., Folklore: University of Pennsylvania. Arabic Language and Literature, autobiography, performance studies, oral and musical traditions of the Middle East, ethnographic fieldwork methodologies

  • Professor

Ph.D., Sociology: University of New Mexico. Macro and comparative sociology, globalization and transnationalism, political economy, political sociology, development and social change, Latin America and the Third World, and Latina/o studies.n America and the Third World

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Political Science: UC Los Angeles. Child and adolescent development, cultural perspectives & comparative education

  • (805) 893-3081
  • Education 3133
  • Researcher Affiliate

Ph.D., Sociology: New School for Social Research. Race in the Americas, Indigenous Mexicanidad in Mexico and the U.S., and Theories of Mestizaje

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz. Cyber and millennial studies, third space feminism, critical media theory and production, oppositional consciousness, social movements.

  • (805) 893-3363
  • South Hall 1701
  • Professor

Ph.D., Sociology: UC Berkeley. Chicana/o Studies, feminist studies, gender, family, work, race-ethnic relations

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Literature: UC San Diego. Comparative Caribbean Cultural Studies: Religion, History, and Sexuality

  • Associate Professor

LGBTQ Studies, queer theory, genders and sexualities, race and nation, performance studies, social justice, transnational American studies, popular culture, ethnography, cultural politics, political economy, visual art and culture, museum and archive studies

  • Professor

Ph.D., Anthropology: Univ. of N. Carolina at Chapel Hill. Geography in Mesoamerica and the southeastern United States.  Foodways studies, the origins and maintenance of agricultural systems, gender and food-related activities, violence and warfare.

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Critical Studies/School of Cinema-TV: USC. Latin American and Latino media, international cinema, media and digital technologies

  • Associate Professor
  • LAIS Director

Ph.D., Anthropology: New School for Social Research NY, NY. Anthropological political economy;  Mexico and Mexico-US borderlands; water; agriculture; history of anthropology in Latin America.

  • (805) 893-2339
  • HSSB 2081
  • LAIS Director's Office, Phelps Hall 3212