Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

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From its foundation in 1834, Tulane University has pursued a mission of advancing progressive and cutting-edge study and research in Latin America. Our core faculty of seventy Latin Americanists represents the largest contingent of faculty associated with any department or program at the University. Students and faculty benefit from the holdings of the Latin American library and a network of contacts with public officials, non-governmental organizations and academic leaders in Latin America.

Andrés Roldán Tonioni

Andrés Roldán is a PhD student at the University of Chile and a visiting at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research. Here he will…

Caitlin Andrews-Lee

Caitlin Andrews-Lee is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University. She received her Ph.D. in Government from…

David De Micheli

David De Micheli is a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University. He received his PhD from the Department…

Francisco Rodríguez

Francisco R. Rodríguez is a Venezuelan economist and currently director and founder of Oil for Venezuela, a non-profit organization focused on finding solutions to Venezuela’s…

Gabriela Alemán

Contact Info maleman@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Latin American Studies Degrees *PhD, Tulane University, Spanish & Portuguese, 2003 *Magíster en Letras Latinoamericanas, Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar, 1996…

Gonzalo Gómez Bengoechea

Gonzalo Gómez Bengoechea is a professor of Economics at Comillas – ICADE Univestity, in Madrid. During his stay at the Center for Interamerican Policy and…

Maria Akchurin

Contact Info makchurin@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Center for Inter-American Policy and Research After CIPR, Maria Akchurin accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola…

Rachel Schwartz

Rachel Schwartz is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science…

Stefanie Israel de Souza

Stefanie Israel de Souza is a sociologist with research interests in comparative urban marginality, criminology, culture, political sociology, social movements, race and ethnicity, and qualitative…

Handy Acosta Cuellar

Born in Havana, Handy Acosta Cuellar has a track history as a young leader in the field of the environment and youth participation in Cuba.…

Laura Rosanne Adderley

Contact Info adderley@tulane.edu Department Affiliation History Biography I am a historian of comparative black experience around the Americas, with particular interest in the different ways…

Julie Henriquez Aldana

Contact Info jhenriquez@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Newcomb College Institute Degrees B.A., Louisiana State University M.S., Louisiana State University Ph.D., Louisiana State University Academic Experience Instructor, Louisiana…

Iñaki Alday

Contact Info ialday@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Tulane School of Architecture Degrees MArch, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona, 1992 Academic Experience Dean, Richard Koch Chair in Architecture,…

Daniela Alvarez

Daniela Alvarez is a native of New Orleans and assumed the position of administrative secretary at the Stone Center in May 2016. She has had…

Adrian Anagnost

Contact Info aanagnos@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Art history Biography My work considers site, space, and the politics of embodiment in modern and contemporary art, with a…

E. Wyllys Andrews, V

Contact Info wandrews@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees A.B., Harvard College, Anthropology, 1964 Ph.D., Tulane University, Anthropology, 1971 Academic Experience Professor Emeritus, Tulane University, 2009- Professor,…

Katherine Andrinopoulos

Contact Info kandrino@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Health Systems and Development Degrees B.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Public Health, 1999 M.H.S., Johns Hopkins, International Health,…

Moises Arce

Contact Info marce@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Biography I have studied the causes and consequences of social conflicts over the extraction of natural resources due…

Rebecca Atencio

Contact Info ratencio@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Biography My research specialty is late twentieth and twenty-first century Brazilian literature, cinema, and television with a…

Idelber Avelar

Contact Info iavelar@tulane.edu Biography My books and scholarly articles encompass a relatively wide range of countries and periods in Latin America, but they are all…

Mia Bagneris

Contact Info mbagneri@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Art history Degrees A.B., Harvard-Radcliffe College, Women’s Studies and Afro-American Studdies, 1999 Ph.D., Harvard University, African and African American Studies,…

Melissa Bailes

Contact Info mbailes@tulane.edu Department Affiliation English Degrees B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, English and History, 2001 Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, English, 2012…

William Balée

Contact Info wbalee@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Biography I am a cultural anthropologist with a long-term focus on the peoples, societies, and landscapes of the Amazon…

Octavio Barajas

Octavio Barajas received his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and his M.A. in Latin American Studies form the University of Texas…

Tiffany Barnes

Tiffany D. Barnes is an Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Kentucky and affiliated faculty with the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and…

Antonio Barrios

Contact Info abarrio@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Urology Degrees M.D., Universidad de San Carlos School of Medicine, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1974 M.P.H., Tulane University, Health Systems Management,…

Bethany Beachum

Bethany Beachum is a graduate student in the Latin American Studies M.A. program. She earned her B.A. in International Development from Calvin College in 2011…

Jane Bertrand

Contact Info bertrand@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Health Systems and Development Degrees B.A., Brown University, French, 1971 M.A., University of Chicago, Social Science Communication, 1973 Ph.D.,…

William E. Bertrand

Contact Info wbertran@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Degrees B.A., Louisiana State University, 1966 Ph.D., Tulane University, 1972 Academic Experience Professor, Tulane…

Antonio Bojanic

Contact Info abojanic@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Economics Degrees Ph.D., Auburn University, Economics, 1994 B.A., Saint Mary’s College, Economics and Biology, 1990 Academic Experience Professor of Practice,…

Elizabeth Boone

Contact Info eboone@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Art history Degrees B.A., College of William and Mary, Fine Arts, 1970 M.A., University of Texas, Art History, 1974 Ph.D.,…

James Boyden

Contact Info jboyden@tulane.edu Department Affiliation History Biography I am an historian of Spain, with research concentration on the Castilian court and aristocracy in the fifteenth…

Victoria Bricker

Contact Info vbricker@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees B.A., Stanford University, Philosophy and Humanities, 1962 M.A., Harvard University, Anthropology, 1963 Ph.D., Harvard University, Anthropology, 1968 Academic…

John Eric Brown

John Brown is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology in Maynooth University, Ireland. He is a Fulbright Student Awardee. His research focuses on…

Michael E. Brumbaugh

Contact Info meb@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Classics Degrees A.B., Colgate University, Classics, 2004 M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Classics, 2007 Ph.D., University of California, Los…

Myrlene Bruno

Contact Info brufamy@gmail.com Department Affiliation French Degrees Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016 M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2012 M.A., Florida International University,…

Pierre Buekens

Contact Info pbuekens@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Public Health and Tropical Medicine Degrees M.D., Free University of Brussels, 1979 M.P.H., Free University of Brussels, 1982 Certification in…

Michael Burke

Contact Info mburke1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Freeman School of Business Degrees B.A., University of Notre Dame, Psychology, 1977 M.S., Purdue University, Industrial Psychology, 1980 Ph.D., Illinois…

Carolina Caballero

Contact Info icaballe@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees B.A., Wofford College, History and Spanish, 1994 M.A., University of North Carolina, Romance Languages, 1997 Ph.D.,…

Hortensia Calvo

Contact Info hcalvo@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Latin American Library Degrees Licenciatura, Philosophy, Universidad de Los Andes, Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia, 1980 M.A., Spanish and Spanish American…

Marcello Canuto

Contact Info mcanuto@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees A.B., Harvard University, Anthropology, 1991 Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Anthropology, 2002 Academic Experience Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2009-…

Vanessa Castañeda

Vanessa Castañeda graduated with her bachelors in Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She worked as a Spanish medical…

Arachu Castro

Contact Info acastro1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Arachu Castro, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in…

Christopher Chambers-Ju

Contact Info cchambersju@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Center for Inter-American Policy and Research Christopher Chambers Ju received his PhD in political science from the University of California,…

M. Pia Chaparro

Contact Info pchaparro@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Degrees B.S., Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, 2002 M.A., University of Hawai’i at Mānoa,…

John Charles

Contact Info jcharles@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees A.B., Brown University, Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, 1992 M.A., Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 1998 M.Phil,…

Claudia Chávez Argüelles

Contact Info cchavezarguelles@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Department Degrees Ph.D., University of Texas in Austin, 2016 M.A., Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social…

Gabriel Chouhy

Contact Info gac27@pitt.edu Department Affiliation Stone Center for Latin American Studies Degrees Licentiate in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Universidad de la República (UdelaR), Uruguay…

Eugene Cizek

Contact Info ecizek@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Architecture Degrees B.A., Louisiana State University, Architecture, 1964 M.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, City Planning and Urban Design, 1966 Dr.…

Emily Clark

Contact Info eclark@tulane.edu Department Affiliation History Biography My research focuses on the Atlantic world, exploiting the opportunity that Louisiana’s successive French, Spanish and US sovereignties…

Mary Clark

Contact Info maclark@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Biography I chose my dissertation topic during the “lost decade” of the 1980s when the debt crisis had…

Keith Clay

Contact Info clay@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Degrees Ph.D., Duke University, Botany, 1982 B.S., Rutgers College, Botany, 1977 Academic Experience Professor and Chair,…

Adrienne Colella

Contact Info acolella@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Freeman School of Business Degrees B.A., Miami University, Psychology, 1983 M.A., Ohio State University, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1987 Ph.D., Ohio State…

Felipe Fernandes Cruz

Contact Info fcruz1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation History Biography My historical research focuses on the role of technology—and cultural ideologies behind technological developments—in shaping modern Brazil and…

Steven Darwin

Contact Info darwin@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Degrees B.A., Drew University, Botany, 1971 M.A., University of Massachusetts, Botany, 1973 Ph.D., University of Massachusetts,…

Roxanne Dávila

Contact Info rdavila@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish & Portuguese Degrees A.B., Harvard University, Romance Languages and Literatures, 1990 Ph.D., Yale University, Spanish and Portuguese, 1999 Academic…

Dave Davis

Degrees B.A., University of New Orleans, Philosophy, 1972 M.Phil., Yale University, Anthropology, 1974 Ph.D., Yale University, Anthropology, 1975 Academic Experience Visiting Professor, Tulane University, 2001-…

Mark S. Davis

Contact Info msdavis@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy Tulane University ByWater Institute Degrees M.L.T, Georgetown University, 1983 J.D., Indiana University, 1979…

Diogo de Lima

Contact Info ddelima@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Theatre and Dance Training Pavillion Arts Center, São Paolo, Brazil Academic Experience Senior Professor of Practice, Tulane University, 2018 -…

Martin Dimitrov

Contact Info mdimitro@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Biography I was born in Bulgaria and grew up in Varna, a resort town and a large port…

Christopher Dunn

Contact Info cjdunn@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Biography My research is primarily devoted to modern Brazilian literary and cultural studies with a particular focus…

Renata Durães Ribeiro

Contact Info rduraes@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Degrees B.S., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Ecology, 1998 M.S., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Ecology,…

John Edwards

Contact Info edwards@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Economics Biography I am a microeconomist with a strong interest in Latin America. I grew up in Uruguay and I…

Patrick Egan

Contact Info pegan1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Biography I was born in South Carolina and grew up in Clemson, in the northwest corner of the…

Ludovico Feoli

Contact Info lfeoli@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Center for Inter-American Policy and Research Biography I am a political scientist interested in understanding how groups of individuals at…

Sefira Fialkoff

Contact Info sfialkof@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Center for Inter-American Policy and Research Sefira Fialkoff is the assistant director of the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research…

Maisoon Fillo

Maisoon Fillo graduated in 2015 with her bachelors in Psychology and Hispanic Studies at The College of William and Mary. She studied abroad in La…

Megan Flattley

Megan Flattley is a student in the joint Art History and Latin American Studies PhD program. Her research looks at the artistic influence and exchange…

George C. Flowers

Contact Info flowers@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Earth & Environmental Science Degrees B.S., University of South Alabama, Geology, 1975 M.A., University of California-Berkeley, Geology, 1977 M.S.E., Tulane,…

Guadalupe García

Contact Info ggarcia4@tulane.edu Department Affiliation History Biography Guadalupe García specializes in the history of cities and colonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her research…

Cynthia Garza

Cynthia Garza holds a Masters degree from the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and is currently completing a PhD in the…

Amy George

Contact Info ageorge@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees B.A., Tulane University, Spanish and Latin American Studies, 1995 M.A., University of Arizona, Latin American Studies,…

Annie Gibson

Contact Info agibson3@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Department of Global Education Biography My research explores how performance becomes a staging ground to construct a sense of group…

Antonio Daniel Gómez

Contact Info agomez@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish & Portuguese Degrees B.A., Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Literature, 2000 M.A., University of Pittsburgh, Latin American Literature, 2003 Ph.D.,…

Samantha Greenspun

An Oakton, Virginia native, Samantha Greenspun earned her B.A. degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania in 2005 with a major in Political Science and a…

Alex R. Gunderson

Contact Info argunderson3@gmail.com Department Affiliation Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Degrees Ph.D., Duke University, 2013 M.S., College of William and Mary , 2007 B.S., Minnesota State…

Eduardo Guzmán-Saenz

Degrees B.A., Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Business Administration & Public Accounting, 1973 M.B.A., Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Business Administration,…

Susanne Hackett

Susanne Hackett joined the Stone Center in 2010. Her research interests include the African Diaspora and ethnomusicology.

Benjamin M. Han

Contact Info bhan5@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Communication Degrees B.S., University of Texas at Austin, Radio-TV-Film, 2003 M.A., University of Southern California, Critical Studies, 2006 Ph.D., New…

Günther Handl

Contact Info ghandl@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Law Degrees Dr.Jur., University of Graz, 1969 L.I.B., Cambridge University, 1973 J.S.D., Yale University, 1978 Academic Experience Eberhard P. Deutsch…

Dan M. Healan

Contact Info healan@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees B.A., Georgia State University, Anthropology, 1967 M.A., University of Missouri, Anthropology, 1970 Ph.D., University of Missouri, Anthropology, 1973…

Christine Hernández

Contact Info chernand@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Latin American Library Degrees B.A., University of Illinois, Anthropology and Spanish, 1988 M.A., Tulane University, Anthropology, 1991 Ph.D., Tulane University,…

Claudia Herrera

Contact Info cherrera@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Public Health and Tropical Medicine Degrees B.S., Microbiology, University of Los Andes, 1994 M.S., Microbiology, University of Los Andes, 1998…

Yuri Herrera-Gutiérrez

Contact Info yherrera@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees B.A., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Political Science, 1997 M.F.A., University of Texas at El Paso,…

Laila Hlass

Contact Info lhlass@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Law Degrees B.A., Rice University, 2001 J.D., Columbia Law School, 2006 L.L.M., Georgetown University Law, 2014 Academic Experience Professor of…

Oliver Houck

Contact Info ohouck@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Law Degrees B.A., Harvard University, English, 1960 J.D., Georgetown Law Center, 1967 Academic Experience Professor, Tulane University School of Law,…

Harry Howard

Contact Info howard@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish & Portuguese Degrees B.A., University of North Carolina, Interdisciplinary Studies, 1980 M.A., Cornell University, Linguistics, 1988 Ph.D., Cornell University,…

James D. Huck, Jr.

Contact Info jhuck@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Center for Latin American Studies James D. Huck, Jr., rejoined the Center for Latin American Studies in January of 2001.…

Martha Huggins

Contact Info mhuggins@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Sociology Martha K. Huggins, Charles and Leo Favrot Professor Emerita (Sociology, 2012), continues to be recognized for her research on…

Laura-ZoÃ" Humphreys

Contact Info lhumphreys@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Communication Degrees B.A., Anthropology and Women’s Studies, McGill University, 2000 M.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2004 Ph.D., Cinema and Media…

Suyapa Inglés

Sue Inglés has been with the University since 1981 and assumed the position of Assistant Director at the Stone Center in 1991. She is responsible…

Katharine Jack

Contact Info kjack@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees B.S., University of Calgary, Physical Anthropology, 1992 M.A., University of Calgary, Physical Anthropology (Primatology), 1995 Ph.D., Physical Anthropology…

Katherine Jensen

Katherine Jensen is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center…

Margarita Jover

Contact Info mjover@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Tulane School of Architecture Degrees MArch, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona, 1995 Academic Experience Associate Professor in Architecture, Tulane University,…

Jordan Karubian

Contact Info jk@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Degrees B.S., University of California, San Diego, Ecology, 1993 M.S., University of Chicago, Ecology and Evolution,…

Carl Kendall

Contact Info ckendall@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Degrees B.A., Swarthmore College, Anthropology, 1969 M.A., University of Rochester, Anthropology Ph.D., University of…

Brittany Kennedy

Contact Info bkenned1@tulane.com Department Affiliation Department of Spanish and Portuguese Degrees Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2009 M.A., University of South Carolina, 2006 B.A., Louisiana…

Thomas A. Klingler

Contact Info klingler@tulane.edu Department Affiliation French & Italian Degrees B.A., Manchester College, French, 1983 M.A., Indiana University, French Linguistics, 1986 M.A., Indiana University, General Linguistics,…

Xelaju Korda

Xela Korda was awarded her M.A. in Latin American Studies with distinction from Tulane in 2006 after completing a thesis entitled “Aesthetics of (In)Security: Mentally…

Patricia Alexander Lagarde

Patricia Alexander Lagarde is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint Art History and Latin American Studies program. Her dissertation, “Facing Pilgrimage: Tenon Head Sculptures at…

Kris Lane

Contact Info klane1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation History Biography I am a historian specializing in the history of the Andes region of South America. Going back to…

Carlos Ignacio Juan Lozano

Contact Info cjuanloz@asu.edu Department Affiliation Department of Spanish and Portuguese Degrees Ph.D., University of Valencia, 2015 M.A. University of Valencia, 2009 B.A., University of Valencia,…

Amalia Leguizamón

Contact Info aleguiza@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Sociology Biography I am a sociologist interested on the political economy of the environment in Latin America. I am curious…

Camilo Arturo Leslie

Contact Info cleslie1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Sociology Biography I work in the areas of economic sociology and the sociology of law, with a comparative focus on…

Paul Lewis

Contact Info rip@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Degrees A.B., University of Florida, Political Science, 1960 Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Political Science, 1963 Academic Experience…

Jack C. Ling

Contact Info jling@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Degrees B.A., Syracuse University, Journalism, 1954 M.A., Stanford University, Communication/Journalism, 1955 Academic Experience Clinical…

Jana Lipman

Contact Info jlipman@tulane.edu Department Affiliation History Biography My first book told the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay (GTMO) from the point…

Ana M. López

Contact Info lopez@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute Biography My research is focused on Latin American/Latino film and media and is transnational in…

Ana María López Caldwell

Ana María López Caldwell received her B.A. in Business Administration from Stevenson University. While in college, she founded a non-profit organization called Feed-the-Mind focused on…

M. Casey Kane Love

Contact Info mkane1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Degrees Ph.D., Tulane University, Political Science, 2005 M.A., Tulane University, Latin American Studies, 2000 B.A., Tulane University Academic…

Megwen Loveless

Contact Info mloveles@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish & Portuguese Biography My academic trajectory has taken me in two very different directions, starting with my graduate work…

Nora Lustig

Contact Info nlustig@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Economics Biography I am a development economist with a focus on Latin America interested in studying the dynamics of economic…

Colin M. MacLachlan

Contact Info cmaclac@tulane.edu Department Affiliation History Degrees A.B., University of the Americas, Latin American Studies, 1959 M.A., Long Island University, United States History, 1962 Ph.D.,…

Judith Maxwell

Contact Info maxwell@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees B.A., Michigan State University, TESOL, 1970 M.A., Michigan State University, Linguistics, 1976 Ph.D., University of Chicago, Anthropology and…

Vicki Mayer

Contact Info vmayer@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Communication Biography I am driven to understand how and why people work with media and through media and communications industries.…

Sabia McCoy-Torres

Contact Info smccoytorres@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees B.A., International Politics, Oberlin College M.A., Anthropology, Cornell University Ph.D., Anthropology, Cornell University Academic Experience Assistant Professor, Tulane…

Erin McCutcheon

Erin L. McCutcheon is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint Latin American Studies and Art History program. Her expertise lies in modern and contemporary Latin…

Valerie McGinley

Contact Info vmcgmar@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Stone Center for Latin American Studies Valerie McGinley has been with the Stone Center since 1995. Her responsibilities include overall…

Amy Medvick

Amy Medvick holds a BA in Jazz Performance awarded jointly by Humber College and Thompson Rivers University, and an MA in ethnomusicology from the University…

Sedrick Miles

Sedrick Miles holds a Master’s degree in Psychology Research from The New School For Social Research and a B.A. in Psychology from Morehouse College. Both…

Marilyn Miller

Contact Info mgmiller@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish & Portuguese Degrees B.A., Biola University, English, 1983 M.A., University of Washington, English Literature, 1986 M.A., University of Oregon,…

Ann Mische

Contact Info amische@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Latin American Studies Degrees Ph.D., New School for Social Research, Sociology, 1998 M.A., New School for Social Research, Sociology, 1992…

Nancy Mock

Contact Info mock@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Health Systems and Development Degrees B.S., Yale University, Biology, 1976 M.P.H., Tulane University, International Health, 1979 Dr.P.H., Tulane University,…

Rubén Morales Forte

Rubén Morales Forte is getting his M.A. in Latin American Studies. He finished a BA and Licenciatura in Archaeology at the Universidad del Valle de…

Tatsuya Murakami

Contact Info tmurakam@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees B.A., Kanagawa University, Spanish, 1996 M.A., University of Tokyo, Cultural Anthropology, 1998 Ph.D., Arizona State University, Anthropology, 2010…

Laura Murphy

Contact Info lmurphy2@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences Degrees B.S., Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering, 1983 Ph.D., University of North Carolina, City and…

Stephen A. Nelson

Contact Info snelson@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Earth & Environmental Science Degrees B.A., University of California-Berkeley, Geology, 1973 M.A., University of California-Berkeley, Geology, 1975 Ph.D., University of…

Jason S. Nesbitt

Contact Info jnesbitt@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees B.A., Simon Fraser University, Archaeology, 2000 M.A., Trent University, Anthropology, 2003 M. Phil., Yale University, Anthropology, 2007 Ph.D.,…

Julia O'Keefe

Originally from Austin, Texas, Julia O’Keefe is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the joint Latin American Studies and Art History program. She attained her B.A.…

Richard Oberhelman

Contact Info oberhel@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences Degrees B.A., Rice University, Spanish, 1977 M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical, 1981 Academic…

Virginia Oliveros

Contact Info volivero@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Biography Since July 2013, I have been an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Research Fellow at…

Hannah Palmer

Contact Info hpalmer@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Stone Center for Latin American Studies Hannah Palmer, who joined the staff in 2019, oversees summer abroad initiatives and academic-year…

Tatjana Pavlovic

Contact Info tpavlov@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish & Portuguese Degrees M.A., University of Washington, Spanish, 1991 Ph.D., University of Washington, Romance Languages and Critical Theory, 1996…

Valerie Paz-Soldán

Contact Info vpazsold@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Degrees B.A., Stanford, Psychology, 1992 M.P.H., San Jose State, Community Health Education, 1996 Ph.D.,…

Scott Pentzer

Contact Info spentzer@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Center for Global Education Degrees B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, 1988 M.A., Tulane University, Latin American Studies, 1993…

Erika Pettersen

Erika Pettersen is an M.A. candidate at the Stone Center Latin American Studies program. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Amherst College and a…

Stephanie Porras

Contact Info sporras@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Art History Degrees B.A., Claremont McKenna College (Pomona College), Art History, 2003 M.A., University College of London, History of Art,…

Mauro Porto

Contact Info mporto@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Communication Biography My research explores how the interactions between media and political systems affect processes of democratization, with a focus…

Catherine Prechtel

Catherine Prechtel graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Anthropology from Pacific University in Oregon in 2014. While at Pacific University, she co-taught poetry classes…

Lance Query

Contact Info lquery@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Latin American Library Degrees B.S., University of Missouri, Education, 1966 M.A., Indiana University, Latin American History, 1972 M.A., University of…

Linnette F. Reed

Contact Info lreed2@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees M.A., Universidad de Salamanca, History, Art History and Geography, 1980 M.A., Texas A & M University,…

Wayne Reed

Contact Info wreed@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Physics Degrees B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Physics, 1975 M.S., University of Washington, Physics, 1976 Ph.D., Clarkson University, Physics, 1984 Academic…

Carol McMichael Reese

Contact Info creese1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Architecture Degrees B.A., Trinity University, Psychology, 1970 M.A., University of Texas, Art History, 1979 Ph.D., University of Texas, Art History,…

Thomas F. Reese

Contact Info treese@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Stone Center for Latin American Studies Thomas Reese has been with the Stone Center since 1999 as Executive Director. His…

Felix K. Rioja

Contact Info 504-862-8354 Department Affiliation Economics Biography I am an economist that studies Latin American growth and development. In particular, I have recently been studying…

Fernando Rivera-Díaz

Contact Info friverad@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish & Portuguese Degrees B.A., University of San Agustin, Literature and Linguistics, 1994 Licentiate, University of San Agustin, Literature and…

Christopher Rodning

Contact Info crodning@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees A.B., Harvard University, Anthropology, 1994 Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anthropology, 2004 Academic Experience Professor,…

Lauren Romaguera

Lauren Romaguera is a Ph.D. candidate at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. As a Miami native and daughter of Cuban exiles, she has…

Diego Rose

Contact Info diego@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Global Community Health and Behavioral Science Degrees B.S., University of California-Berkeley, Nutritional Sciences, 1977 M.P.H., Unviersity of California-Berkeley, Public Health…

Jesús Ruiz

Jesús Guillermo Ruiz earned his B.A. in Spanish/Caribbean and Latin American Studies from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, where he studied and researched…

Oana Sabo

Contact Info osabo@tulane.edu Department Affiliation French and Italian Studies Degrees B.A., University of Timisoara, English and French M.A., University of Southern California, Comparative Literature Ph.D.,…

Ana Sánchez-Rojo

Contact Info a.s.rojo@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Music Degrees B.A., University of the Americas- Puebla, 2003 M.M., University of Texas at Austin, Historical Musicology, 2008 Ph.D., University…

Susan Schroeder

Department Affiliation History Degrees B.A., University of California-Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1976 M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, Latin American History, 1977 Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles,…

Daniel Sharp

Contact Info dsharp@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Music Biography My research focuses primarily on how traditional and experimental music is intertwined in the Americas, with a specific…

Maureen E. Shea

Contact Info mshea@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish & Portuguese Degrees B.A., Frostburg State College, Spanish, 1975 M.A., Colorado State University, Hispanic Literature, 1978 Ph.D., University of…

Thomas Sherry

Contact Info tsherry@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Degrees B.A., Dartmouth College, Biology, 1973 M.A., Dartmouth College, Biology, 1975 Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles,…

Dale Shuger

Contact Info dshuger@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish & Portuguese Degrees B.A., Harvard University, Romance Languages, 2001 Ph.D., New York University, Spanish & Portuguese, 2008 Academic Experience…

Reut Shuker

Reut Shuker is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Latin American Studies. She earned her BA and MA in Latin American studies from the…

G. Eduardo Silva

Contact Info gesilva@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Biography At its core my research focuses on state-society relations and the politics of policy change. A core…

Lee Skinner

Contact Info leeskinner@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees Ph.D., 1996, Emory University, Spanish B.A., 1991, Brown University, Comparative Literature Academic Experience Professor and Dean…

Alexander Slaski

Contact Info aslaski@princeton.edu Department Affiliation Center for Inter-American Policy and Research Xander Slaski completed his doctoral degree in Politics at Princeton University. His research lies…

David Smilde

Contact Info dsmilde@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Sociology Biography I am a Latin Americanist specializing in social mobilization and how cultural and religious practices facilitate it. I…

Diana Soto

Diana Karina Soto was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but grew up in Michoacán and Ciudad Juárez where she received her BA in Economics from the…

Rachel Stein

Contact Info rstein7@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Latin American Library Biography Rachel Stein joined The Latin American Library as Research & Instruction Librarian in June 2018. She…

Raymond Taras

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Caz Taylor

Contact Info caz@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Degrees B.S., Southampton University, United Kingdom, Mathematics, 1988 M.S., New York University, Biology, 1999 Ph.D., University…

Selamawit D. Terrefe

Contact Info sterrefe@tulane.edu Department Affiliation English Degrees Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2017 M.A., University of California, Irvine, 2010 M.A., New York University, 2006 B.A.,…

Carolina Helena Timóteo de Oliveira

Carolina Helena Timóteo de Oliveira completed her undergraduate studies in English Linguistics, Literature and Teaching at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo…

John M. Trapani, III

Contact Info jtrapan@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Business Degrees B.A., University of Texas-Arlington, Economics, 1968 M.A., University of Texas-Arlington, Economics, 1969 Ph.D., Tulane University, Economics, 1972 Academic…

Beverly Trask

Contact Info btrask@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Theatre & Dance Degrees B.S., University of Southern Mississippi, 1970 M.F.A., Southern Mississippi, 1977 Academic Experience Associate Professor, Tulane University,…

Constantino Urcuyo

Contact Info curcuyo@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Center for Inter-American Policy and Research Degrees Lic., University of Costa Rica, Law and Notary, 1972 Ph.D., University of Paris…

Jorge Valenzuela

Originally from Lima, Peru, Jorge Valenzuela graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru in 2005. He worked for several…

Sunshine A. Van Bael

Contact Info svanbael@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Degrees B.A., University of Chicago, Biology, 1996 Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Animal Biology, Ecology…

John Verano

Contact Info verano@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees B.A., Stanford University, Anthropology, 1977 M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1980 Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, Anthropology,…

Dawn Wesson

Contact Info wesson@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Public Health & Tropical Medicine Degrees B.A., North Central College, Biology and Spanish, 1983 M.S., University of Chicago, Illinois, Ecology,…

Edward D. White

Contact Info ewhite9@tulane.edu Department Affiliation English Degrees B.A., George Washington University, French Literature, 1987 M.A., University of Vermont, English, 1990 M.A., Cornell University, English, 1993…

Sonya Wohletz

Sonya Wohletz is a Ph.D. student in Tulane’s Art History and Latin American Studies departments. She specializes in colonial art of Quito and has diverse…

Edith Wolfe

Contact Info ewolfe@tulane.edu Edie Wolfe joined the Stone Center in July 2005. Her responsibilities include advising undergraduate students in the major and minor programs in…

Justin Wolfe

Contact Info jwolfe@tulane.edu Department Affiliation History Biography I am a historian of post-colonial social and cultural history, particularly focused on the construction of identity within…

Denise Woltering-Vargas

Contact Info dwolteri@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Stone Center for Latin American Studies Denise manages educational and community programs for Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American…

Hayley Woodward

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Ralph Lee Woodward

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Marc Zender

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Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé

Contact Info kzumhagen@tulane.edu Department Affiliation English Degrees B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University, Philosophy and Political Science M.A., University of Virginia, Philosophy Ph.D., University of California,…

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Lunch with LAGO featuring Ruben Luciano

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Join the Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) on Friday, 1/24 at 12pm for the latest installment of our bi-weekly lunch series. Ruben Luciano is a Ph.D. student in the Tulane University History department, specializing in modern Latin American (specifically, Dominican) history, the military under dictatorship, intersectionality, and gender. He also has two Master’s degrees in the Social Sciences and Health Communication. He’ll be speaking on his thesis project, entitled “Queering the Trujillato: Reinterpretations of Loyalty, Criminality, and Homosociality in the Dominican Military from 1930-61.” Afterwards, we’ll open the floor for a Q & A, allowing for further conversation about Ruben’s work, more practical questions about the dissertation research and writing experience, and navigating the grants application process as a Ph.D. student.

The Labyrinth will be serving mini paninis, bagels, savory spreads and dips, desserts (including tres leches cake) and fresh juices. Please come hungry!

Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

This collaborative workshop is designed for middle to high school Social Studies educators to enhance the teaching of the Tunica community while highlighting this group as part of a series of ancient civilizations currently taught at the K-12 level. This workshop is the first one in the series aimed at increasing and extending the current teaching of ancient civilizations in the Americas. The local focus on Louisiana indigenous people and culture will enable educators to create deeper connections when teaching about indigenous identity across the Americas such as the Maya, the Aztec and the Inca.

This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Language Instructors Donna Pierite and Elisabeth Pierite Mora of the Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP) will share the history of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe beginning in 1541 up to the 1700s when the tribes reached the Avoyelles Prairie. Through story, song and dance they will share the Tunica language and Tunica-Biloxi culture. They will highlight the cultural educational initiatives of LCRP, and provide a list of online resources and samples of pedagogical materials for attendees.

Sponsored by the Middle American Research Institute, S.S. NOLA, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Bate Papo! Primavera 2020

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome! Meetings take place on Fridays at different hours and locations. See the full schedule below:

January 17th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de maracuja

January 24th, 3 PM, Boot
Treat: Suco de caju

January 31st, 4PM, Cafe Carmo (527 Julia St.)
Treat: Suco de caja

February 7th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Agua de coco

February 14th, 11 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Guarana

February 21st, 12PM, PJs Willow
Treat: Cha de maracuja

February 28th, 2PM, Sharp Residence Hall
Treat: Cafe brasiliero

March 6th, 10 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Cha matte

March 13th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de goiaba

March 20th, 3 PM, Greenbaum House
Treat: Limonada a brasiliera

March 27th, 12 PM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Batido de abacate

April 3rd, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de acai

April 17th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Caldo de cana

April 24th, 2 PM, Boot
Treat: Groselha

Graduate Student Writing Group

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The Graduate Student Writing Group convenes on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. These structured writing sessions are open to Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Ancient Civilizations K-16 Series for Social Studies Educators

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Ancient Civilizations
K-16 Educator Workshop Series
Spring 2020

For educators of grade levels: K-12

Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS), S.S. NOLA, and AfterCLASS will host a professional development workshop series open to all K-16 school professionals. These workshops will challenge educators to learn about the unexpected impact and connections of Ancient civilizations from Central America to the Gulf South. In particular, the workshops will foster a deeper comprehension of how to incorporate art, language and food across the disciplines. Participants will learn unique ways to incorporate the Tunica, Maya and Aztec cultures into the classroom in a variety of subjects. Registration for each workshop is $5 and includes light snacks, teaching resources, and a certificate of completion.

The workshop series will prepare teachers:

  • To utilize digital humanities resources in the classroom;
  • To design culturally appropriate primary and secondary research projects;
  • To teach about Pre-Columbian and ancient civilizations, language, geography and foods;
  • To encourage student self-determination through meaningful and relevant cultural projects.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Tunica of the Lower Mississippi River Valley
Middle American Research Institute – Seminar Room
6823 St. Charles Avenue
This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Participants will explore the physical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the region. Representatives of the Tunica community will introduce their language and culture and the work they do to preserve their language.

Friday, March 6, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Understanding Maya Fare: Beyond Tamales and Cacao
AfterCLASS – Taylor Education Center
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. #4003
In collaboration with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, this workshop focuses on foods of the Maya. Participants will explore the foods of the Maya focusing on the role of food over time. Join us as we hear from chocolate specialists and our Kaqchikel language scholar will discuss the importance of corn. REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, May 2020
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community. Date TBD

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2020
Cost: $3580

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and the Cuban national literacy campaign.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 15, 2020.

Additional materials needed:
  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school) Please email your recommenders the PDF above. They submit via email the complete recommendation letter.
  • Copy of Passport
  • $200 program deposit

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to/from the U.S.: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.

APPLICATION

Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.

Preview the Itinerary here