Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Faculty Bookshelf: Recent Publications

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New Negroes from Africa: Culture and Community Among Free African Immigrants in the Nineteenth-Century Caribbean (2006)

Copán: The History of An Ancient Maya Kingdom (2005)

The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics (2004)

The Untimely Present: Postdictatorial Latin American Fiction and the Task of Mourning (1999)

Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology: Studies in the Neotropical Lowlands (Editor with C. L. Erickson, 2006)

The Drama of the Portrait: Theater and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain (2008)

Approaches to Teaching Early Modern Spanish Drama (Editor with with Margaret R. Greer, 2005)

Liliana Porter and the Art of Simulation (2008)

Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate (2007)

Understanding Early Classic Copan (Editor with Ellen E. Bell and Robert J. Sharer, 2004)

Gradual Economic Reform in Latin America: The Costa Rican Experience (2001)

Subject to Colonialism: African Self-Fashioning and the Colonial Library (2001)

Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory and Criticism (Editors, 2005)

Brutality Garden: Tropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture (2001)

Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization (Editor with Charles Perrone, 2001)

Kaqchikel Chronicles (2006)

Taking Back Eden: Eight Environmental Cases That Changed The World (2009)

Down on the Batture (2010)

Mexico: A Global Studies Handbook (2008)

Women Fielding Danger: Negotiating Ethnographic Identities in Field Research (Editor with Marie-Louise Glebbeek, 2008)

Violence Workers: Brazilian Torturers and Murderers Reconstruct Atrocities (2002)

Latin Fascist Elites: The Mussolini, Franco, And Salazar Regimes (2002)

Guerrillas and Generals: The “Dirty War” in Argentina (2002)

Guantánamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution (2008)

The Microeconomics of Income Distribution Dynamics in East Asia and Latin America (Editor with Francois Bourguignon and Francisco Ferreira, 2005)

Declining Inequality in Latin America: A Decade of Progress? (Editor with Luis F. López-Calva, 2010)

Mexicans in Revolution, 1910-1946 (With William H. Beezley, 2009)

Argentina: What Went Wrong (2006)

El Gran Pueblo: A History of Greater Mexico. 3rd ed. (With William H. Beezley, 2004)

A History of Modern Brazil: The Past Against the Future (2003)

¿La ütz awäch?: Introduction to Kaqchikel Maya Language (With R. McKenna Brown and Walter E. Little, 2006)

Producing Dreams, Consuming Youth: Mexican Americans and Mass Media (2003)

Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race: The Cult of Mestizaje in Latin America (2003)

100 Years of Spanish Cinema (2008)

Televisão e política no Brasil: a Rede Globo e as interpretações da audiência (2007)

Culture and Customs of Guatemala (2000)

Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America (2009)

Understanding Ethnic Conflict: Domestic and International Dimensions. 4th ed. (With Rajat Ganguly, 2006)

Liberal and Illiberal Nationalisms (2002)

The Everyday Nation-State: Community, Ethnicity and Nation in Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua (2007)




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Upcoming Events

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, April 29, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Teaching Aztec History through Art
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community. This workshop has moved online and will consist of a 60 minute online webinar that includes an introduction to teaching Aztec history, a discussion of different art objects that the Aztecs created which reveal insights into their history, and a discussion of new online resources to incorporate into your teaching.

The webinar is free an open to educators of all grade levels. In order to access the session, please register here.

Virtual Summer Teacher Institute: Central America People & Environment

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The 2020 summer teacher institute is the second in a four-year series that will explore Central America with a focus on people and environment. Hosted online by the University of Georgia (UGA), the 2020 Virtual Summer Institute will highlight diverse topics related to Central America and provide teacher participants with training in Instructional Conversations (IC) pedagogy, pioneered by faculty in UGA‘€™s College of Education. Teachers will work together in virtual breakout groups to develop shared, subject-specific IC lessons based on institute content and corresponding to grade appropriate educational standards. Teachers and organizers will also explore ways of integrating digital tools and technologies to facilitate and improve education via online formats.


The institute is ideal for educators of high school and community college, and pre-service students teaching History, World Geography, Science, and Environmental Science. This four-year series of institutes is sponsored by the Centers for Latin American Studies at The University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University, and Tulane University. Register Now.

Questions? Contact Derek Bentley [].

Global Read Webinar Series 2020

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Diverse Books for the K-12 Classroom
February – June 2020 – All webinars are 6 PM CST
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Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Freeman Book Award, Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award) will sponsor a 60-minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards. Each webinar features a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. Please read along with us this spring as we explore the world through these award-winning books. We encourage all readers to join in on the conversations each month and ask the author your own questions live.

Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2020ReadingAcrossCultures. Visit for more information and to register for free.

  • AFRICAFEBRUARY 26, 2020 Africana Book Award
    Grandpa Cacao, A Tale of Chocolate from Farm to Family by Elizabeth Zunon
  • MIDDLE EASTMARCH 18, 2020 Middle East Book Award
    Darius the Great is Not OKAY by Adib Khorram
  • SOUTH ASIAAPRIL 14, 2020 – South Asia Book Award
    The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock
  • LATIN AMERICAMAY 11, 2020 – Américas Award
    Auntie Luce‘€™s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour
  • ASIAJUNE 23, 2020 – Freeman Book Award
    Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman

All sessions are free and open to the public. Register by visiting Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, the African Studies Outreach Council, and The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

Online Summer Book Group for K-12 Educators

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For pre-service, early career and veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature who want to explore award-winning books for the middle and early high school classrooms. Join us as we read four books that explore stories of coming-of-age from multiple perspectives. Participants will receive a copy of each book and participate in an open discussion with other K-12 educators. We will launch the book group with The Other Half of Happy. The group will meet online and explore the real story behind this award-winning book with the author Rebecca Balrcárcel. Join us this summer as we discover new stories and books for your classroom.

Register here for $15 (includes all 4 books).

All online Zoom meetings are at 7:00 PM CST.


Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and AfterCLASS at Tulane University. For more information, please email