Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Arts, Media, Culture & Politics in Latin America at Tulane University


Graduate Studies in Arts, Media, Culture, and Politics in Latin America at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies

At Tulane University, you have a unique opportunity to specialize in the arts, humanities, and cultural studies with an area focus on Latin America. Tulane is a Research 1 University with a high concentration of Latin American specialists. The possibility of combining academic strength and engaged learning gives our program a special flavor. The Stone Center offers highly competitive tuition-waivers and stipend support for highly qualified students pursuing M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Latin American Studies. Students engaged in research on the arts, media, and politics are active participants in the intellectual life of the Stone Center and Latin Americanist researchers As a graduate student you will have many opportunities to participate actively in weekly seminars, research projects, and fieldwork activities, as you immerse yourself in an intense academic life led by a community of scholars who are doing cutting-edge research on Latin America.

Our areas of concentration are broad and diverse, but a significant core of Tulane’s Latin Americanist faculty in anthropology, art history, communication, ethnomusicology, film studies, history, literature, and cultural studies share an interest in the examination of the close interconnections among the arts, media, and politics. In fact, over half of the tenured and tenure-track faculty in these departments and fields work on Latin America, where they share a common commitment to rigorous research that advances cross-disciplinary dialogue and generates novel perspectives on wide-ranging cultural and political phenomena.

As a graduate student, you will have the opportunity to work with scholars who are studying topics that include narratives of dislocation, the phenomenology of collectivity, the spatialization of social inequality, entanglements of traditional and experimental creative expressions, and transcontinental movements and connections. Faculty have explored the production and circulation of printed books in the culture, commerce, and administration of the Hispanic monarchy, popular music and political protest, intercultural performance in the context of global exchanges, the reception and impact of television news and telenovelas interpretations of political issues, how festivals, museums, television, and tourism steep musicians’ performances in national-cultural nostalgia, how artworks construct cultural identity as well as notions of time and history, how radiophonic practices impacted the narrative practices of early sound cinema, feminist rereading of autobiographical writings by left-wing militants and revolutionaries, and the political economies of communications industries and infrastructures, among many others.



Faculty in Arts, Media, Culture and Politics

Adrian Anagnost. Ph.D., Chicago. Assistant Professor of Art History. Art, Urbanism, Brazil.

Rebecca Atencio. Ph.D., Wisconsin. Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Contemporary Brazilian Literature and Culture, Political Violence and Memory, Gender and Sexuality.

Idelber Avelar. Ph.D., Duke. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Postdictatorial Culture, Southern Cone and Brazilian Literature and Culture, Identity and Latinamericanism.

Mia Bagneris. Ph.D., Harvard. Associate Professor of Art History. African and African American Studies, History of Art and Visual Culture.

Carolina Caballero. Ph.D., North Carolina. Zemurray-Stone Senior Professor of Practice in Latin American Studies. Contemporary Latin American Literature, Cultural Studies, Cuba.

Hortensia Calvo. Ph.D., Yale. Doris Stone Librarian and Director. Spanish and Spanish American Literary Baroque, Social History of Print.

John Charles. Ph.D., Yale. Associate Professor. Latin American Literature. (?)

Christopher Dunn. Ph.D., Brown. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Brazil, Cultural Studies, Brazilian Culture, African Diaspora Studies, Popular Music.

Felipe Fernandes Cruz. Ph.D., Texas. Assistant Professor of History. Modern Brazil, History of Technology.

Annie Gibson. Ph.D., Tulane. Administrative Assistant Professor. Director of Study Abroad. Brazil, Cuba, Cultural Studies.

Antonio Daniel Gómez. Ph.D., Pittsburgh. Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Argentina, Cuba, Literature of Exile.

Benjamin M. Han. Ph.D., NYU. Assistant Professor of Communication. Cinema and Film Studies. Cross-Cultural Communication, Asia and Latin America.

Yuri Herrera-Gutiérrez. Ph.D., UC Berkeley. Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Mexican Cultural Studies and Border Studies.

Laura-Zoe Humphreys. Ph.D., Chicago. Assistant Professor of Communication. Cuban and Latin American Cinema, Critical Social Theory.

Ana López. Ph.D., Iowa. Professor of Communication. Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Director, Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute. Mass Communication, Film, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture.

Megwen Loveless. Ph.D., Harvard. Senior Professor of Practice/Director, Basic Language Program in Portuguese. Brazil, Portuguese Language, Ethnography of Brazilian Music.

Vicki Mayer. Ph.D., UC San Diego. Professor of Communication. Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Curriculum. Mexican Americans, Mass Media and Cultural Citizenship.

Sabia McCoy-Torres. Ph.D., Cornell. Assistant Professor. Afro-Diasporic Circum-Caribbean. Race, Gender/Sexuality, Popular Performance.

Marilyn Miller. Ph.D., Oregon. Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Colonial literatures of Latin America, Postcolonial Theory, Caribbean and Trans-American studies.

Tatjana Pavlovic. Ph.D., Washington. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Film Studies, Feminism, Critical Theory.

Stephanie C. Porras. Ph.D. Courtauld Institute of Art. Assistant Professor. Flemish Artists and the Americas, Mexico and Brazil.

Mauro Pereira Porto. Ph.D., UC San Diego. Associate Professor of Communication. Brazil, Media and Politics.

Carol McMichael Reese. Ph.D., Texas. Professor of Architectural History. Argentina, Mexico, Urban Studies, Architecture and Urbanism in the Americas, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Thomas F. Reese. Ph.D., Yale. Professor of Art History. Executive Director, Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Thomas F. Reese and Carol M. Reese Distinguished Chair in Latin American Studies. Argentina, Mexico, Art/Art History, Area Studies, Latin American and Iberian Art, Architecture and Urbanism.

Ana Sánchez-Rojo. Ph.D., Chicago. Assistant Professor of Music. Historical Musicology, Spanish Colonial Music History, Hispanic Identity.

Daniel Sharp. Ph.D., Texas. Associate Professor of Music. Ethnomusicology, Brazil.

Rachel Stein. Ph.D., Columbia.‘€¯Research & Instruction Librarian. Latin American & Iberian Press and Print Cultures.

Selamawit D. Terrefe. Ph.D., California. Assistant Professor of English. African Diasporic Literature and Visual Culture, Critical Theory.

Edith Wolfe. Ph.D., Texas. Administrative Faculty of Latin American Studies. Assistant Director/Undergraduate Programs. Latin American Art, Modernism in Latin America.

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Bate Papo! Primavera 2020--NOW ONLINE!

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Bate Papo will now be held virtually! Join the conversation!

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, 9:30 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

Pebbles Center Launches Virtual La hora del cuento/Story Time

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Join us every Thursday at 3 PM CST for a live reading of books in Spanish from the Pebbles collection. Books from this collection share stories of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latinx community in the U.S. The Pebbles collection is a collaborative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library. Author and educator, Andrea Olatunji shares the latest top Spanish language picture books. Originally scheduled to share her work at the Tulane Book Festival (cancelled due to COVID-19), she is now jumping online to help young readers explore Latin America in Spanish from home. Check out her work www.cuentacuento.com to learn more.

Make sure to ‘like’ The Pebbles Center on Facebook to receive updates. This program takes place live on this Facebook page.

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
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community.