Research Focus: The role of contracts and institutions in shaping agricultural land use in the historical U.S. and contemporary Brazil, including the Amazon, and the important role of institutions in the economy
Geographic Research Area: Mexico, Central America, Caribbean
Research/Teaching Focus: Political Economy of Development, Global and Comparative Sociology, Economic Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Sex and Gender, Latin America and the Caribbean, Labor and Labor Movements, Organizations.
Title/Department: Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies
Geographic Research Area: Mexico, Latin America
Research/Teaching Focus: Research: Mexican Masculinities; Gend er, Sexuality, and Migration; Global History of Sexuality; Crime and Criminality in Mexico and Latin America. Teaching: Global Gender Studies, Sex Work and Sex Trafficking, Mexican History (Modern Period), Latin American History (Modern Period)
Title/Department: Associate Director and Anthropology Instructor, Global Studies RAP; Faculty-in-Residence Aan Instructo, Sustainability And Social Innovation RAP; Program Director, Bolivia Global Seminar
Geographic Research Area: Bolivia
Research/Teaching Focus: Latin America, Bolivia, democracy, drug policy, Social Movements, International Development, U.S. Foreign Policy, Globalization, Public Anthropology, Service Learning
Title/Department: Assistant Professor, Art and Art History
Geographic Research Area: Colonial Latin America
Research/Teaching Focus: Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin American art, specifically, the roles and representation of gender, ethnicity, and sanctity in colonial Latin American cultures, as well as relations between text and image in colonial visual culture.
Title/Department: Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Spanish and Portuguese
Geographic Research Area: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela
Research/Teaching Focus: The depiction of the diverse forms of rural insurgency labeled “banditry” in postcolonial Latin American culture, and the relationship between banditry and the imagination of the nation-state.
Title/Department: Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Research/Teaching Focus: Latin American Historical Fiction, Crime Fiction, Latin American Urban Fiction. Teaching: Latin American Non-Fiction, Prison Narratives, Media and Literature in Latin America, Authorship and Cultural Agency in Latin America.
Research/Teaching Focus: My research examines ideas about what makes good coffee, and what makes coffee good, across the commodity chain, from producers to consumers. In so doing I bring together the wide lens economic and historical anthropology and the intimate focus of belonging, identity, and distinction.
Title/Department: Director, Latin American Studies Center; Associate Professor, Anthropology
Geographic Research Area: Brazil, Argentina
Research/Teaching Focus: Research: Pharmaceutical Politics, Science Studies, Cold War, Nuclear Energy, Health, Environment, and Toxicity, Neoliberalism, Globalization, Crime and Violence in Latin America. Teaching: Political Economy and Power, Critical Medical Anthropology, The Anthropology of Latin America, Race, Class, and Gender in Brazil, Southern Cone Dictatorships, Latin American Films
Title/Department: Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Research/Teaching Focus: Research focus: Political competition and territorial expansion in Late Postclassic Mesoamerica; Geographic Information Systems for social sciences; Archaeology and the history of ancient disasters. Teaching focus: Mesoamerican archaeology and ethnohistory
Title/Department: Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Geographic Research Area: Mexico; Spanish Caribbean; Argentina
Research/Teaching Focus: Contemporary Spanish and Spanish American poetry; Women writers from Spain and Spanish America; Literature of the Spanish Caribbean; Contemporary Jewish Writing in the Hispanic World
Title/Department: Senior Instructor, Spanish and Portuguese
Geographic Research Area: Mexico, United States
Research/Teaching Focus: My research can be divided into several interrelated areas: 20-21st Century Mexican Literature and Culture; Cross-cultural Communication and Exchange between Latin America and the United States; Globalization and Cultural Identity; Ethics in Relation to International Business, and Spanish for professional uses. These areas reflect my intellectual commitment to contributing quality work to the fields of literature and cultural studies while also seeking meaningful connections between academic theories about identity and concrete experience. In addition, my research compliments my teaching areas since language and culture are integral element in the Spanish for business course and because I also teach literature and Latin American culture classes in the department.
Title/Department: Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
Geographic Research Area: Mexico; US/Mexico border
Research/Teaching Focus: As a Chicana historian, feminist theorist and creative writer, I have attempted to traverse various scholarly and creative interests since earning my PhD in History at UCLA. My past research has included archival research in Yucatan, Mexico where I combed the archives for documents on the social and cultural history of the women who held the feminist congresses in Merida in 1916.