Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Opportunities for Graduate Students

Luke Browne
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Project: How does fruit abundance influence seed dispersal and predation by vertebrates in the Choco forests of Ecuador?
Research Site: Ecuador

Baird Campbell
Latin American Studies
Project: The Mapuche and the LGBTQ Movement: A reluctant but budding partnership
Research Site: Chile

Cherif Diatta
Latin American Studies
Project: Nation and Diaspora: Identity and Community Politics in the Fiction of Earl Lovelace
Research Site: Trinidad

Keith Esch
School of Public Health
Project: Socio-demographic and economic determinants of mercury poisoning associated with illegal gold mining in a rural population of Tambopata, Peru
Research Site: Peru

Maille Faughnan
Payson Center for International Development
Project: Cultural Heritage, Urban Revitalization and Human Development in Panama City’s Historic District
Research Site: Panama

Emily Floyd
Latin American Studies / Art History
Project: Investigating the Printed Image in Colonial Peru
Research Site: Peru

Sarah Fouts
Latin American Studies
Project: Reworking Notions of Citizenship and Culture: Post-Katrina Migrant Workers and their Return to Honduras
Research Site: Honduras

Norah Friar
School of Public Health
Project: Human Fine Scale Movement and its Relation to Dengue Fever in Iquitos, Peru
Research Site: Peru

Kaitlyn Henderson
Project: Culture’s Continuity: Building a National Cuban Cultural Consciousness, 1860-1965
Research Site: Cuba

Julia (Klenk) O’Keefe
Art History
Project: Ideology of Containment in Aztec Culture
Research Site: Mexico

Alejandra Leyton
School of Public Health
Project: Evaluation of Primary Health Care in Bolivia: A quantitative approach
Research Site: Bolivia

Maggie MacPherson
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Project: Estimating physiological consequences of roosting densities in the austral migrant Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Research Site: Guyana

Camilo Malagon
Spanish & Portuguese
Project: Production, Consumption and Dissemination of the Indie Latin Music in Colombia through the Blogosphere
Research Site: Colombia

Kyrstin Mallon Andrews
Project: Markets in the Time of Cholera
Research Site: Dominican Republic

Matthew Olson
Project: Contesting Decentralization: Agricultural Production, Peasant Movements and International Development in Haiti
Research Site: Haiti

Evan Parker
Project: An Archaeological Examination of an Ancient Maya Community at Escalera al Cielo, Yucatán, México
Research Site: Mexico

Xosé Pereira-Boán
Spanish & Portuguese
Project: La configuración periodística del bandido en Cuba: batallas impresas
Research Site: Spain

Dustin Reuther
Project: Comparative Historical Ecology of Amazonian Geoglyphs
Research Site: Brazil

James Robak
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Project: Identifying factors mediating the survival of Panamanian Atelopus populations
Research Site: Panama

Shearon Roberts
Latin American Studies
Project: Haitian broadcast media’s coverage of Haiti’s reconstruction
Research Site: Haiti

Gregory Sclama
Payson Center for International Development
Project: Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Research Site: Bolivia

Diana Soto
Latin American Studies
Project: Political Culture of Protest and Mobilization in Contemporary Mexico City
Research Site: Mexico

Vanessa Vosteen
School of Public Health
Project: Access to Health Care Services and Healthcare Capacity in Women’s Prisons in Northeast Brazil
Research Site: Brazil

Shannen Winfield
Art History
Project: Comprehensive Visual Analysis of Sculptural Representations of Tlaloc, the Aztec Rain God
Research Site: Mexico

Sonya Wohletz
Latin American Studies / Art History
Project: Viceregal Painting and Sculpture in Quito
Research Site: Ecuador





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Apply for the Summer 2018 Teaching Brazil Teacher Institute

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Teaching Brazil: Expanding Perspectives on Colonial History
K-12 Educator Summer Institute

Salvador, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil | July 7 – July 17, 2018


The centers for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, with support from the University of Georgia will take K-16 educators in various disciplines to Brazil. The institute will approach Brazilian culture from a multidisciplinary perspective focused on colonialization. The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks of overseas travel. The institute will explore the cities of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo to focus on their respective role in colonial history.

Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past five years by the three institutes provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of each institution’s strength, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for deploying that approach themselves in their K-12 classrooms, creating a model that is generative of innovative approaches to K-12 education more broadly.


  • Advance and disseminate knowledge of Brazil by providing opportunities fro K-12 educators to experience first-hand the history, politics, language, and culture of Brazil;
  • Provide introductory Portuguese language training that emphasizes regional linguistic variations;
  • Contribute to the development of internationalizing curriculum that accurately and effectively brings Brazil into the classroom through standards-based approaches.


Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant, this program is able to provide a special opportunity for educators to participate as Curriculum Writers at a reduced program cost. There are limited spots to participate as a curriculum writer so please get your applications submitted early! Please note that curriculum writers are responsible for submitting a curriculum by August 1, 2018. See the Curriculum Writer Guidelines for more information and check below on how to apply.

Curriculum Writer program cost: $1373 + internal airfare estimated at $300
Deadline to Register as a Curriculum Writer EXTENDED: MARCH 9, 2018

Regular Program Cost: $2,744 + internal airfare (approximately $300)
Deadline to Register: MARCH 15, 2018


  • 10 nights lodging;
  • 2 meals a day;
  • gratuities;
  • in-country transportation;
  • internet;
  • liability insurance;
  • medical evacuation insurance


  • International round-trip airfare TO Brazil (we meet in Salvador and leave from Sao Paulo)
  • Hotel extras;
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional activities covered by individuals;
  • Individual travel insurance;
  • Visa fees

Cards will be charged 50% on March 19, 2018 and the remainder April 19, 2018.

In order to register, please:

1) Complete the registration form
2) Apply to be a Curriculum Writer (see instructions below).


  • February 26, 2018: Deadline to apply for Curriculum Writer Scholarship
  • February 28, 2018: Winners of Curriculum Writer Scholarships will be notified
  • March 5, 2018: Deadline to accept conditions of Curriculum Writer Scholarship and return letter of commitment to Denise Woltering Vargas [] and Colleen McCoy []
  • March 15, 2018: Final Deadline to Register for Brazil Institute 2018

Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and The University of Georgia are able to provide funding for K-16 teachers interested in developing a curriculum as part of their participation in this 2018 summer teacher institute to Brazil. Curriculum writers will be charged a discounted in-country program fee of $1373 + internal airfare (apx. $300) and international airfare. You must commit to writing a curriculum project – check out the Curriculum Writer Guidelines here. There are limited spots for this opportunity, please apply early. If you would like to apply to be a curriculum writer for this summer’s teacher institute in Brazil, please:

1) fill out the contact form HERE
2) submit the CURRICULUM WRITER APPLICATION by FEBRUARY 26, 2018 to or mail to Denise Woltering Vargas at Tulane University, 100 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118.
Please call 504-862-3143 with any questions.

La Hora del Cuento: Summer Bilingual Story Hour at the Pebbles Center

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This summer, join us for La hora del cuenta bilingual readings series at the Pebbles Centers of the New Orleans Public Libraries!

On the first and last Saturday of every month, we will read a bilingual book at the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library beginning on Saturday April 28 until Saturday, August 25. Children and parents welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, May 5
2:30 PM

Saturday, June 2
2:30 PM

Saturday, July 7
2:30 PM

Saturday, August 4
2:30 PM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, April 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM

Saturday, June 30
12:00 PM

Saturday, July 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
12:00 PM