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.

Fall 2019 Instructor Office Hours

  • Associate Professor
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Race and ethnic relations

Globalization, labor, social movements, race and ethnic relations, Latin American Studies.

  • Professor
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Mesoamerican art | Culture theory

 Maya hieroglyphic history, Mesoamerican art, experimental archeology, science studies, culture theory.

  • Professor
  • Global Studies
  • Security Politics

 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.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Sociology
  • Migration | Social Stratification
  • Social Studies and Media Science Bldg. rm. 3123
  • Assistant Professor
  • Global Studies
  • Environmental politics
  • Professor
  • Feminist Studies
  • Political Philosophy | Gender Studies

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

  • Professor
  • Theater & Dance
  • Dance History
  • Professor
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Contemporary Peninsular Literatures
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies

 Contemporary Peninsular Literatures, Transatlantic Studies, Latin America (Peru) and Spain's stateless nations (Galicia).

  • Professor
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies

Cultural studies; development studies; feminist studies; social representation.

  • Associate Professor
  • History
  • Medieval Europe

 Medieval Europe, medieval and early modern Spain, cross-cultural interaction in the medieval Mediterranean, comparative slavery.

  • Professor
  • History & Anthropology
  • Sociocultural Anthropology

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
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Politics

 Democratization, political parties, social mobilization, Mexico, Brazil.

  • Professor
  • Global Studies
  • International human rights

International human rights

 

  • Professor
  • Linguistics
  • Sociocultural linguistics

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
  • Religious Studies
  • Race and Religion

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.

  • Professor
  • Theater & Dance
  • Intercultural Studies

 Golden Age Drama and poetry; Spanish, Caribbean, and South American theatre and performance; intercultural studies.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistic description and theory | Language and Culture

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

  • Associate Professor
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • U.S Spanish-language media

U.S. Spanish-language Media, Radio and Sound Practices, Language Politics, Migration and Masculinity, Latino/a popular culture

 

  • Professor
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • 19th and 20th-century Spanish-American Literature

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.

  • Associate Professor
  • History
  • Mexican and Chicana/o History | Gender History

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

 

  • Professor Emerita
  • Colonial Latin American history

Colonial Latin American history generally, Atlantic world history, globalization, and in comparative studies of gender, race, ethnicity, religion and colonialism.

  • Assistant Professor
  • LAIS Vice-Director
  • Director of LAIS Graduate Studies
  • History
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).

 

  • HSSB 4224
  • Phelps Hall 3212, LAIS Vice-Director's Office
Corrêa de Sá
  • Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Portuguese and Luso-African Literatures and Cultures, Comparative Literature, Medical Humanities, Environmental criticism

  • Professor
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Spanish Literature

 Spanish Golden Age and medieval literature, humanism, Latin and vernacular.

 

  • Professor
  • Sociology
  • Race and ethnic relations

 Race and ethnic relations; comparative and historical sociology; comparative race and culture, Brazil.

 

  • Assistant Professor
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Chicana/o and Latina/o Performance Studies
  • 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
  • Education (Gevirtz School)
  • Educational measurement | Bilingual education

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

 

  • Professor
  • Sociology
  • Social movements/revolutions

 Social movements/revolutions; development and social change; Third World cultural studies; Latin America, Middle East; historical-comparative

  • Researcher Affiliate
  • Mesoamerican Research Center
  • Mesoamerican archaeology

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

  • Professor
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Chicana/o history

 Chicano movement, immigration communities/generational approaches, civil rights struggles, oral history, and Chicano Catholic history

  • Lecturer
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Spanish-American Literature

20th-century Spanish-American Literature; Poetry and Poetics; Gender and Cultural Studies; Peruvian Literature and Culture; Heritage Language Learner Studies

  • Professor
  • Anthropology
  • Economics of exchange and food production

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

Charles R. Hale
  • SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences
  • Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies
  • Associate Professor
  • Music
  • Performance studies

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

  • Associate Professor
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory

 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
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Cultural Studies | Critical theory/feminist theory

 Critical theory/feminist theory, Mexican immigration, cultural studies, folklore/oral traditions, colonial literature of the Southwest, Chicana and Chicano literature, the Mexican/Chicano corridor

  • Associate Professor
  • Anthropology
  • Sociocultural Anthropology

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

 

 

  • Professor
  • Geography
  • Atmospheric Science

Precipitation variability, extreme events, weather forecasts, predictability studies, regional modeling, monsoon systems, and climate change.

 

  • Assistant Professor
  • History
  • African Diaspora

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 of the African Diaspora in Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean. 

  • Professor
  • Comparative Literature
  • Latin American Literature

Latin American literature, comparative literature, literary translation.

  • Professor
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Literary History

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

  • Professor
  • Sociology
  • Political sociology

Political sociology, comparative historical sociology, Latin American society and politics, and comparative institutions

  • Professor
  • Geography
  • Global environmental change

Human dimensions of global environmental change, land use/cover change, migration, fertility, health, rural poverty and development, Latin America

  • Associate Professor
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Comparative Literature | Hispanic Caribbean

 Hispanic Caribbean; poetry and poetics; literary and critical theory; modern French literature; comparative literature; literature and science

  • Researcher Affiliate
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Second language acquisition

 Second language acquisition, language teaching methods and pedagogy, heritage language

  • Professor
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Latin American Literature

Contemporary Latin American literature; Latin American cultural studies; U.S. Latino literature; literary theory; visual and verbal semiotics; mass culture; womens writing

  • LAIS Director
  • Associate Professor of History
  • Latin American Studies (Andes)

 Andean history, state formation, national identities

  • HSSB 3255, History Department Office
  • Phelps Hall 3212, LAIS Director's Office
  • Professor
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Linguistics

Linguistics, phonetics/phonology, language change, and discourse analysis, Sound System of Mexican Dialects

  • Professor
  • Theater & Dance
  • Chicana/o and Mexican theater

 Chicano and Mexican theater

  • Professor
  • Department of English
  • Latin American Studies

Olguín’s interdisciplinary areas of expertise include Chicanx and Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, American and Latin American Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Speculative literature and film, Human Rights theory and praxis, Marxist and materialist theories, Medical Humanities, and Creative Writing. His research, writing, teaching, and service activities explore the complex relationships between vernacular culture and performances of power and counter-power in local, transnational, cross-border, and hemispheric venues.

  • Professor
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Mexican and Spanish American Literature

 XIX and XX century: Mexican and Spanish American Literature, Colonial Mexican Literature

  • Lecturer
  • LISO
  • Teacher education | Learning

 Teacher education; educational philosophy; educational equity; learning; anthropology; social interaction; social relations, comparative education systems

  • Professor
  • Religious Studies
  • Arabic language and literature

 Arabic Language and Literature, autobiography, performance studies, oral and musical traditions of the Middle East, ethnographic fieldwork methodologies

  • Professor
  • Sociology
  • Macro and comparative sociology

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

  • Professor
  • Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
  • Adolescent development

Child and adolescent development, cultural perspectives & comparative education

  • Researcher Affiliate
  • Anthropology
  • Race in the Americas

Race in the Americas, Indigenous Mexicanidad in Mexico and the U.S., and Theories of Mestizaje

  • Professor
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Cyber and millennial studies

Cyber and millennial studies, third space feminism, critical media theory and production, oppositional consciousness, social movements.

  • Professor
  • Sociology
  • Chicana/o studies | Gender studies

Chicana/o Studies, feminist studies, gender, family, work, race-ethnic relations

  • Associate Professor
  • Black Studies
  • Comparative Caribbean cultural studies

Comparative Caribbean Cultural Studies: Religion, History, and Sexuality

Edward Telles
  • Professor of Sociology
  • 805 893-2090
  • Social Sciences and Media Studies (SSMS) 3423
  • Associate Professor
  • Feminist Studies
  • Genders and sexualities | Popular culture

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
  • Anthropology
  • Geography in Mesoamerica and the southeastern United States.

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
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Latin America and Latino media

 Latin American and Latino media, international cinema, media and digital technologies

  • Professor
  • Anthropology Department Chair
  • Anthropological political economy

Anthropological political economy;  Mexico and Mexico-US borderlands; water; agriculture; history of anthropology in Latin America.