Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University


Core faculty of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies hold regular faculty appointments, engage in research in Latin America, and teach one or more Latin American content courses or direct M.A. theses or Ph.D. dissertations on the area. Associate faculty are regular faculty who engage in research in Latin America or teach Latin American content courses. Affiliate faculty are regular faculty or administrators with demonstrated research interests in Latin America. Visiting faculty occupy post-doctoral, adjunct, or visiting faculty positions and have demonstrated research interests in Latin America.

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  • Nayana Abeysinghe

    Mellon Fellow
  • Rosanne Adderley

    Associate Professor - History
  • Adrian Anagnost

    Assistant Professor - Art History
  • E. Wyllys Andrews, V

    Professor Emeritus - Anthropology
  • Katherine Andrinopoulos

    Assistant Professor - International Health & Development
  • Rebecca Atencio

    Assistant Professor - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Idelber Avelar

    Professor - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Mia Bagneris

    Visiting Assistant Professor - Art History
  • Agustina Monasterio Baldor

    Assistant Profesor
  • William Balée

    Professor - Anthropology
  • Antonio Barrios

    Adjunct Assistant Professor - Health Systems Management
  • Daniel Bausch

    Associate Professor - Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • William E. Bertrand

    Professor - Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • Jane Bertrand

    Professor - Health Systems Management
  • Antonio Bojanic

    Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Elizabeth Boone

    Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Studies
  • James Boyden

    Associate Professor - History
  • Harvey Bricker

    Professor Emeritus - Anthropology
  • Victoria Bricker

    Professor Emerita - Anthropology
  • Michael E. Brumbaugh

    Assistant Professor - Classical Studies
  • Pierre Buekens

    Professor and Dean - Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • Michael Burke

    Professor - Business
  • Carolina Caballero

    Senior Lecturer - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Hortensia Calvo

    Doris Stone Director - The Latin American Library
  • Marcello Canuto

    Director - Middle American Research Institute, Associate Professor - Anthropology
  • Arachu Castro

    Senior Associate Research Fellow - Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America
  • John Charles

    Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Eugene Cizek

    Professor Emeritus - Architecture
  • Mary Clark

    Associate Professor - Political Science
  • Emily Clark

    Professor - History
  • Adrienne Colella

    Professor, A.B. Freeman Chair -  Business
  • Colin Crawford

    Professor, Director, International Development Studies and Payson Graduate Program for Global Development
  • Felipe Fernandes Cruz

    Assistant Professor - History
  • Steven Darwin

    Professor - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Roxanne Dávila

    Lecturer - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Dave Davis

    Director - Institutional Research
  • Diogo de Lima

    Professor of Practice - Theatre & Dance
  • Elizabeth Derryberry

    Assistant Professor - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Martin Dimitrov

    Associate Professor - Political Science
  • Christopher Dunn

    Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese
  • John Edwards

    Associate Professor - Economics
  • Patrick Egan

    Assistant Professor - Political Science
  • Ludovico Feoli

    Executive Director - Center for Inter-American Policy & Research
  • George C. Flowers

    Associate Professor - Earth & Environmental Science
  • Guadalupe García

    Assistant Professor - History
  • Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier

    Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Professor
  • Amy George-Hirons

    Language Program Director - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Annie Gibson

    Administrative Assistant Professor - Department of Global Education
  • Antonio Gómez

    Assistant Professor - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Eduardo Guzmán Saenz

    Visiting Professor - Business
  • Eduardo Guzman-Saenz

  • Günther Handl

    Professor - Law
  • Dan M. Healan

    Professor - Anthropology
  • Christine Hernández

    Curator of Special Collections
  • Yuri Herrera-Gutiérrez

    Assistant Professor
  • Robert Hill

    Professor - Anthropology
  • Oliver Houck

    Professor - Law
  • Harry Howard

    Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese
  • James D. Huck, Jr.

    SCLAS Assistant Director for Graduate Programs
  • Martha Huggins

    Professor Emerita - Sociology
  • Katharine Jack

    Associate Professor - Anthropology
  • Marky Jean-Pierre

    Visiting Assistant Professor- French and Italian
  • Jordan Karubian

    Associate Professor - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Eamon Kelly

    President Emeritus - Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Carl Kendall

    Professor - Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Thomas A. Klingler

    Associate Professor - French & Italian
  • Kris Lane

    France Vinton Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History
  • Amalia Leguizamón

    Assistant Professor
  • Paul Lewis

    Professor Emeritus - Political Science
  • Jack C. Ling

    Emeritus Clinical Professor - International Health & Development
  • Jana Lipman

    Associate Professor - History
  • Ana M. López

    Director - Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Professor - Communication, Associate Provost - Office of Academic Affairs
  • M. Casey Kane Love

    Senior Professor of Practice - Political Science
  • Megwen Loveless

    Senior Lecturer
  • Nora Lustig

    Senior Associate Research Fellow - Director of the CEQ Institute (CEQI) - Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Latin American Economics
  • Colin M. MacLachlan

    Emeritus - History
  • Judith Maxwell

    Professor- Anthropology
  • Vicki Mayer

    Professor - Communication
  • Marilyn Miller

    Associate Professor and Chair - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Toby Miller

    Greenleaf Visiting Professor
  • Nancy Mock

    Associate Professor - International Health & Development
  • Tatsuya Murakami

    Assistant Professor - Anthropology
  • Laura Murphy

    Clinical Associate Professor - International Health & Development
  • Rachel Navarre

    CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Stephen A. Nelson

    Associate Professor - Earth & Environmental Science
  • Jason S. Nesbitt

    Assistant Professor - Anthropology
  • Pamela Jane Neumann

    Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow
  • Richard Oberhelman

    Professor and Chair - Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences
  • Alfredo Ocampo

    Adjunct Professor - International Development
  • Virginia Oliveros

    Associate Research Fellow - Assistant Professor - Political Science
  • Tatjana Pavlovic

    Professor - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Valerie Paz-Soldán

    Clinical Assistant Professor - International Health & Development, Director - Health Office for Latin America
  • Scott Pentzer

    Associate Dean for Global Education
  • Claudiney Pereira

    Professor of Practice - Economics
  • Stephanie Porras

    Assistant Professor - Art History
  • Mauro Porto

    Associate Professor - Communication
  • Jessica J. Price

    CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Lance Query

    Director Emeritus - Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
  • Wayne Reed

    Professor - Physics
  • Thomas F. Reese

    SCLAS Executive Director. Professor - Art History
  • Carol McMichael Reese

    Associate Professor - Architecture
  • Fernando Rivera-Díaz

    Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Christopher Rodning

    Associate Professor - Anthropology
  • Diego Rose

    Professor - Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • Brad Rosenheim

    Adjunct Professor - Earth & Environmental Science
  • Oana Sabo

    Assistant Professor
  • Stanley Samarasinghe

    Adjunct Associate Professor - International Development
  • Ana Sánchez-Rojo

    Assistant Professor
  • Susan Schroeder

    Professor Emerita - History
  • Daniel Sharp

    Assistant Professor - Music
  • Maureen E. Shea

    Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese
  • Thomas Sherry

    Professor - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Dale Shugar

    Assistant Professor- Spanish & Portuguese
  • G. Eduardo Silva

    Senior Associate Research Fellow - Friezo Family Foundation Chair in Political Science
  • David Smilde

    Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Social Relations
  • Felipe Smith

    Associate Professor - English
  • Nanette Archer Svenson

    Adjunct Assistant Professor - International Development
  • Raymond Taras

    Professor - Political Science
  • John M. Trapani, III

    Professor - Business
  • Beverley Trask

    Associate Professor - Theatre & Dance
  • Constantino Urcuyo

    Academic Director - Centro de Investigación y Adiestramiento Político Administrativo
  • Sunshine A. Van Bael

    Assistant Professor - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • John Verano

    Professor - Anthropology
  • Grete T. Viddal

    Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow
  • Dawn Wesson

    Associate Professor - Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • Edward D. White

    Associate Professor - English
  • Toby Wikstrom

    Assistant Professor - French and Italian
  • Edith Wolfe

    SCLAS Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs
  • Justin Wolfe

    Associate Professor - History
  • Ralph Lee Woodward

    Professor Emeritus - History
  • Marc Zender

    Visiting Assistant Professor - Anthropology
  • Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé

    Assistant Professor - English





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Upcoming Events

Honduran Environmental Rights Activist Speaks on Behalf of Her Mother Berta Cáceres

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Environmental Studies program, Tulane’s Office of Multicultural Affairs the Newcomb College Institute and the local organization, Amigos de Nuestra América are pleased to present a lecture by Olivia Marcela Zúñiga Cáceres, the daughter of Berta Cáceres the Honduran environmental activist assassinated in 2014. Zúñiga Cáceres will discuss her mother’s legacy and plans to continue work on environmental issues in Honduras particularly among indigenous people.

In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam. Cáceres grew up during the violence that swept through Central America in the 1980s. In 1993 she confounded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) to address the growing threats posed to Lenca communities by illegal logging, fight for their territorial rights and improve their livelihoods. Death threats to Cáceres continued until March 3, 2016 when she was killed by gunmen in her home. Her death sparked international outrage. Dutch development bank FMO and FinnFund have since suspended their involvement in the Agua Zarca project.

Free and open to the public. Presentation will be in Spanish with interpretation in English provided. For more information, please visit or call 504.865.5164.

Tulane Art History Works-in-Progress Colloquium

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Presenting an art history works-in-progress colloquium where two of the department’s Ph.D. students will be giving dry runs of upcoming conference talks.

  • Julia O’Keefe, Ph.D candidate in Art History and Latin American Studies will be outlining her talk- Manifesting the Sacred: Aztec Stone Boxes as Landscapes of Exchange
  • Jennifer Saracino, Ph.D candidate in Art History and Latin American studies will be outlining her talk- The Glyphic Landscape: Place Glyphs as Indicators of Changing Environmental Perceptions in the Mapu Uppsala.

Bate Papo! Speak Portuguese

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Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats. It’s Happy Hour em português! Start off your weekend conversando! This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Jessica Glass at

Stone Center Undergraduate Showcase/Open House

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As a part of Tulane Homecoming and family weekend 2016. Explore the programs and activities offered through Tulane’s renowned Stone Center for Latin American Studies, including international and local service-learning, summer and semester abroad programs at Tulane’s Costa Rica campus and beyond and students’ post-Tulane careers. This event is sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.
For more information, please contact Edie Wolfe, or call 504.865.5164.

Trends in Latin American Literature: A Conversation with Jorge F. Hernandez & Yuri Herrera

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A Conversation with Jorge F. Hernandez & Yuri Herrera

Wednesday, November 9th from 6:00 pm-9:30 pm. Together, writers Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Herrera will explore past and present trends in Latin American literature. Their dialogue will take place at the Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center from 6:00 pm-7:15 pm. Please join us at the Latin American Library afterwards for a reception and an exhibit, from 7:30pm-9:30pm. This talk is part of a Big Read program for Sun, Stone, and Shadows, edited by Hernandez.

The Latin American Library of Tulane University is partnering this year with the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society in presenting a community-wide BIG READ, funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts. The BIG READ program provides support for community groups to read and discuss one book together. This year’s focus book, Sun, Stone, and Shadows, is a collection of the best Mexican short fiction curated, edited, and translated by Mexican author Jorge F. Hernandez. One of Mexico’s leading journalists and author of both non-fiction and fiction, Hernandez currently lives in Madrid, where he writes for the leading newspaper in Spain, El Pais. Recent events have brought to the fore the importance of understanding our neighbors to the south and there is no better way to familiarize oneself with a nation’s people than through their literature. Sun, Stone, and Shadows serves as a window on the soul of the Mexican people, containing prized jewels of short fiction, work by such Mexican masters as the late Carlos Fuentes.

The evening will begin with a conversation between Hernandez and the young Mexican fiction writer Yuri Herrera, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Herrera and his translator recently were awarded the highly prestigious Best Translated Book Award for Fiction. Herrera’s work explores ongoing societal issues surrounding Border culture and employs incredibly inventive language for his characters. His latest novels, both translated into English, are Signs Preceding the End of the World and The Transmigration of Bodies. Their dialogue will explore past and present trends in Latin American literature. The discussion will be followed by a reception at the library unveiling a new exhibition of rare treasures from the the Latin American Library’s collections of Mexican literature, art, and cultural artifacts. The reception will feature Mexican culinary treats and music.

This event is sponsored by the Latin American Library, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the National Endowment of the Arts BIG READ program.

For more information visit the event webpage

Exploring the 2016 US Elections

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities


  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.