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…

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 Maria Akchurin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research and…

Lucia Abramovich

Lucia Abramovich is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint Latin American Studies & Art History Ph.D. program. Her doctoral dissertation, titled, “Precious Materiality in colonial…

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 Degrees B.A., Yale University, History, 1989 M.A., University of Pennsylvania, History, 1990 Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, History, 1996 Academic…

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 Degrees B.A., Oberlin College, Art History and Chemistry M.A., Columbia University, Modern Art Ph.D., University of Chicago, Art…

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,…

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…

Rebecca Atencio

Contact Info ratencio@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees B.A., Johns Hopkins University, Latin American Studies, 2000 M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Portuguese, 2003 Ph.D., University…

Idelber Avelar

Contact Info iavelar@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees B.A., University of Minas Gerais, Brazilian/Anglo-American Literatures, 1990 M.A., University of North Carolina, Luso-Brazilian Literature, 1992…

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…

Agustina Monasterio Baldor

Contact Info mmonaste@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees B.A., University of Salamanca, Hispanic Philology, 2006 M.A., Universidad Autónoma and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2008…

William Balée

Contact Info wbalee@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Anthropology Degrees B.A., University of Florida, Anthropology, 1975 M.A., Columbia University, Anthropology, 1979 M.Phil., Columbia University, 1980 Ph.D., Columbia University,…

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 Degrees B.A., Southern Oregon State College, History, 1977 M.A., University of Texas, History, 1982 Ph.D., University of Texas, History,…

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…

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-…

Allison Caplan

Allison Caplan is a Ph.D. candidate in Tulane’s joint Art History and Latin American Studies program. Her dissertation, “Their Flickering Creations: Value, Appearance, Surface, and…

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,…

Gabriel Chouhy

Contact Info Department Affiliation Degrees Academic Experience Research & Teaching Specializations: Political Sociology, Political Economy, Education Policy, Chile Related Experiences Distinctions Languages: Spanish Overseas Experience…

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 Degrees B.A., Newcomb College of Tulane University M.S.W., Tulane University of Social Work Ph.D., Tulane University, History Academic Experience…

Mary Clark

Contact Info maclark@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Degrees B.A., Latin American Studies, Carleton College, 1984 M.A., University of Wisconsin, Political Science, 1987 Ph.D., University of…

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 Degrees B.A., Florida State University, History, 2007 M.A., The University of Texas at Austin, History, 2010 Ph.D., The University…

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 Degrees B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, Government and French, 1998 Ph.D., Stanford University, Political Science, 2004 Academic Experience…

Christopher Dunn

Contact Info cjdunn@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Spanish and Portuguese Degrees B.A., Colorado College, History, 1987 M.A., Brown University, Brazilian Studies, 1992 Ph.D., Brown University, Brazilian Studies,…

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 Degrees B.S., Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, International Affairs, 1975 Ph.D., University of Maryland, Economics, 1986 Academic Experience…

Patrick Egan

Contact Info pegan1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Degrees B.S., Georgetown University, Foreign Service, 1999 Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Political Science, 2011 Academic Experience Assistant…

Ludovico Feoli

Contact Info lfeoli@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Center for Inter-American Policy and Research Ludovico Feoli is the director of the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR)…

Sefira Fialkoff

Contact Info sefira.fialkoff@gmail.com 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 Degrees B.A., Pitzer College, Political Studies and Literature, 1997 M.A., California State University, Latin American Studies, 2001 Ph.D., University…

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-Hirons

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 Degrees B.A., Dartmouth College, Spanish and Latino Studies; Portuguese minor, 2003 M.A., Tulane University, Latin American…

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.,…

Daniel Gough

Contact Info dgough@tulane.edu Departmental Affiliation Stone Center for Latin American Studies Degrees B.Mus., Music Performance, University of Georgia, 2006 A.B., History, University of Georgia, 2006…

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,…

Joseph Hiller

Joe earned his B.A. in Gender, Women‘€™s & Sexuality Studies with Honors from Grinnell College in 2012. During his time as an undergrad, he completed…

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 a 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research at Tulane University, following which she will join the University…

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…

Sara Kittleson

Sara Kittleson graduated from Grinnell College in 2012 with a B.A. in Anthropology. In 2009, she volunteered with the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages…

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 Degrees B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, History & Latin American Studies, 1991 Ph.D., University of Minnesota, History, 1996 Academic Experience…

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 Degrees B.A., McKendree College, Sociology, 2004 M.A., Queens College, CUNY, Sociology, 2009 M.Phil., The Graduate Center, CUNY, Sociology, 2010…

Camilo Arturo Leslie

Contact Info cleslie1@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Sociology Degrees B.A., English Literature, Columbia University, 1999 J.D., University of Michigan, 2010 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2015 Academic…

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 Degrees B.A., Brown University, History, 1996. M.A., Yale University, History, 2001 M.Phil., Yale University, History, 2003. Ph.D., Yale University,…

Ana M. López

Contact Info lopez@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute A long-standing faculty member of the Stone Center, Ana M. López became the director of…

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 Degrees B.A., Tulane University, Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American Studies, 2000 M.A., Social Anthropology, Harvard University May…

Nora Lustig

Contact Info nlustig@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Economics Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute…

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 Degrees B.A., Brown University, Independent Major, 1993 M.A., University of California-San Diego, Communication, 1997 Ph.D., University of California-San Diego,…

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,…

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…

Erin M. Morrissey

Erin is a dual-degree J.D./M.A. candidate in Law and Latin American Studies. She is a FLAS Fellowship recipient studying Portuguese. Her interest in Latin America…

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…

Adriana Obiols

Adriana Obiols is a student in the joint Art History and Latin American Studies Ph.D. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 2016,…

Virginia Oliveros

Contact Info volivero@tulane.edu Department Affiliation Political Science Virginia Oliveros joined the Political Science Department at Tulane University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2013. She…

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 Degrees B.A., Universidade de Brasília, Communication,1988 M.A., Universidade de Brasília, Political Science,1993 Ph.D., University of California-San Diego, Communication, 2001…

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 Degrees Ph.D., Economics, Arizona State University, 1997 M.A., Economics, University of Virginia, 1992 B.S., Economics, James Madison University, 1989…

Fernando Rivera-Díaz

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Critical Issues in Democratic Governance: Spring 2019 CIPR Series

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Latin America faces major threats to democratic governance, but there are also new opportunities for grassroots mobilization and social policy expansion. In Critical Issues in Democratic Governance the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research will host speakers to discuss emerging issues that have surfaced in democratic governance in the region. In Brazil, the AIDS movement constructed a powerful new advocacy coalition, with coordination between bureaucrats and activities. In Argentina and Brazil, there are sharp contrasts in the social welfare policies that governors and mayors have implemented, with profound consequences for livelihood of the poor and marginalized. Finally, the outbreak of violence across Latin America, under democratic regimes raises questions about how criminal organizations compete for influence over transnational illicit networks and infiltrate the state.

Spring 2019 Schedule

February 8, 2019
State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil
Jessica Rich, Marquette University

February 22, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room in Jones 100A
Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America
Sara Niedzwiecki, University of California, Santa Cruz

April 5, 2019
Homicidal Ecologies: Illicit Economies and Complicit States in Latin America
Deborah Yashar, Princeton University

Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

Workshop and panel discussion of Azul at the Southern Rep Theatre

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The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University, in collaboration with the Southern Rep Theatre, are proud to announce two events in celebration of the reopening of the Southern Rep Theatre and the spring premiere of the play Azul written by Christina Quintana, a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots, and Estefanía Fadul, a Colombian-born, New Hampshire-raised, New York City-based director and producer. In this evocative new play, lifelong New Yorker Zelia struggles to center herself after the loss of her Cuban-born mother. As Zelia digs into her mother’s legacy, she learns of her tía-abuela, the great-aunt who remained in Cuba for the love of another woman. Echoes of the past inform Zelia’s own relationship with her wife and her struggle to place herself between worlds. A workshop with Christina Quintana will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM in the Greenleaf Conference Room (100A Jones Hall). There will also be a Panel Discussion before the play at the Southern Rep Theatre on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

The 13,000-square-foot former St. Rose de Lima Church on Bayou Road has given Southern Rep Theatre a permanent home, something it had lost since leaving Canal Place. The history of the project and more information about the theatre space may be found in the New Orleans Advocate article Southern Rep finds new home in former church.

Southern Rep Theatre will be showing Azul beginning March 27 continuing through April 14, 2019. Group tickets will be available for classes or student organizations. Tickets will be available at a reduced price for students, educators and young professionals at the following prices:
  • All student rush tickets are $10 at the door with ID, plus box office fees = $13 (subject to availability)
  • All teacher tickets are available in advance or at the door (subject to availability) for $25 plus fees
  • All under-35 tickets (“young professionals”) are available in advance or at the door (subject to availability) for $25 plus fees

For more information about tickets, please contact Kaylene Torregrossa, Patron Services Coordinator at boxoffice@southernrep.com.

Presented in partnership with the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, a project of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Bate Papo! Practice you Portuguese during the spring semester

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Every Friday during the Spring 2019 semester, practice your Portuguese in an informal setting where students can enjoy some delicious homemade Brazilian treats and conversation! Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at portuguese@tulane.edu. These events are sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

25 de janeiro, 11hrs / January 25, 11 AM
LBC “Pocket Park”
We’re getting back into the groove. Join us for peanut-flavored brigadeiro, called cajuzinho. We’ll be in Pocket Park or inside the LBC near the water features in case it‘€™s too cold outside.

1 de fevereiro, 14hrs / February 1, 2 PM
LBC “Pocket Park”
Special edition bate-papo! Join Tulane, Loyola and Xavier students and faculty from Africana Studies, Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Studies as we celebrate Black History Month. We will be doing a bilingual poetry reading of O Navio Negreiro followed by bate-papo. We will eat cocada, a reference to the millions of lives destroyed on the sugar cane plantations of the northeast of Brazil. This event is sponsored by Africana Studies, TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

8 de fevereiro, 16:30hrs / February 8, 4:30 PM
4th floor Howard Tilton Library
Special edition bate-papo! Join us on the 4th floor of the Howard Tilton library for an Amazon-themed bate-papo before the Amazônia Ocupada event in the Latin American library. We’ll dine on açaí-infused brigadeiros to get you ready for the visceral photographic exhibit.

14 de fevereiro, 19hrs / February 14, 7 PM
Warren Residence Hall
Special edition bate-papo! We’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a recent LGBT film Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho. Also, free beijinhos. And by that we mean coconut-flavored brigadeiros, not kisses.

22 de fevereiro, 12hrs / February 22, 12 PM
PJs Coffee on Willow
Join us as we put PJs coffee to shame with our very own brigadeiro cappuccino. We’ll meet at PJs on Willow at noon to add some zip to your day.

1 de março, 14hrs / March 1, 2 PM
Sharp Residence Hall
Special edition bate-papo! Up late last night? This will get you out of bed! Join us in the lobby of Sharp Hall for a professional dessert chef’s particularly decadent take on our cuisine theme: bolo de brigadeiro. That basically translates to a brigadeiro lava cake; not to miss.

15 de março, 10hrs / March 15, 10 AM
LBC Mezzanine
Welcome back, everyone! Join us this week for brigadeiro de leite ninho in the LBC Mezzanine. See you at 10 AM!

22 de março, 13:30hrs / March 22, 1:30 PM
Labyrinth Café on 7102 Freret St.
Special edition bate-papo! Join us for a bate-papo alongside a special film showing of Alapini. Instead of popcorn, we’ll have brigadeiro de biscoito maria as a snack.

29 de março, 15hrs / March 29, 3 PM
Greenbaum House
Special edition bate-papo! We’ll be learning the art of brigadeiro in the Greenbaum House. Join us to learn how to make a brigadeiro de Nutella. Don’t worry: we’ll be sure to sample as we go.

5 de abril, 12hrs / April 5, 12 PM
LBC Mezzanine
This week we‘€™re bringing two great chocolate traditions together: brigadeiro and oreo cookies. Join us for a taste in the LBC Mezzanine at noon.

12 de abril, 11hrs / April 12, 11 AM
LBC “Pocket Park”
Special edition bate-papo! This week we celebrate gaúcho culture. We’ll be drinking chimarrão alongside our brigadeiro de tapioca and someone will leave with a mate gourd. Find us at 11 AM in Pocket Park.

26 de abril, 14hrs / April 26, 2 PM
O “Boot”
We made it! Celebrate the end of classes with some strawberry sweet: brigadeiro bicho de pé. Meet you outside the Boot at 2 PM.

The 2019 Afro-Brazilian Film Series at Tulane University

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This spring, join the Africana Studies Program, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Departments of Spanish & Portuguese, the Latin American Library, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University in collaboration with The Labyrinth-NOLA Wesley for the 2019 Afro-Brazilian Film Series. The films are free and open to the public.

2019 Spring Schedule

Friday, February 22
Black Orpheus

Friday, March 22
1:30 PM
Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil + Bate Papo

Friday, April 26
2:00 PM
Ebony goddess: Queen of IleÌ’ AiyeÌ’

2019 Global Read Webinar Series: Diversity in children's literature for the classroom

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This spring, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Middle East Book Award, South Asia Book Award, and the Freeman Book Award) will sponsor a free 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom.

The 2019 Global Read Webinar Series will focus on the theme diversity in children’s literature. Each webinar will feature a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. The books are appropriate for students in grades 7 – 12. 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 #2019ReadingAcrossCultures.

To register and learn more information about the Spring 2019 series, please visit:
internationalizingsocialstudies.blog

Webinar Schedule

January 22, 2019
Middle East Book Award
The first webinar of the series is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and the Middle East Outreach Council. The webinar will explore the book, The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Joukhadar, winner of the 2018 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. The Map of Salt and Stars is part cartography, part poetry, and part call to action. The gripping narrative interweaves the journeys of two strong and intelligent female protagonists: Nour, a Syrian-American girl escaping the violence of the civil war, and Rawiya, a 12th-century girl who dresses as a boy to become apprentice to the famous mapmaker al-Idrisi. Beautifully written descriptions of Nour’s synesthesia help us understand her experiences in new ways.

February 15, 2019
Africana Book Award
This month’s book award is sponsored by the Africana Book Award. Please join us in learning more about the book, When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina. This fictionalized account of a student uprising that began in Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, unfolds through the first-person narratives of four young adults from different backgrounds whose lives intersect. An African student, Zanele, secretly organizes the protest against the Afrikaans Medium Decree Act, which required the use of English and Afrikaans (“the language of the oppressors”) in schools. Her apolitical friend Thabo heads a local gang, extorting money from an Indian store owner, whose daughter Meena, is sympathetic to the students. Meanwhile, Jack, a white Afrikaner, meets, befriends, and comes to love Zanele.

March 20, 2019
Américas Book Award
We will explore the book, Lucky, Broken Girl by Ruth Behar a 2018 Honorable mention Américas Book and winner of the 2018 Pura Belpré award. In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age novel – based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s – a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time. Additional support generously provided by Florida International University, Tulane University, University of Florida, University of Texas at Austin and the University of Utah.

April
Freeman Book Award
Join the Freeman Award for an evening with author Alan Gratz and his book, Grenade. It’s 1945, and the world is in the grip of war. Hideki lives on Okinawa, an island near Japan. When he is drafted to fight for the Japanese army, he is handed a grenade and told: Don’t come back until you’ve killed an American soldier. Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. This is Ray’s first-ever battle and all he knows is that the enemy is everywhere. Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding clashes and dangerous attacks. But when the two of them collide in the middle of the battle, the choices they make in that single instant will change everything.

May 8, 2019
South Asia Book Award and picture books from all book awards
The South Asia Book Award highlights the work of Mitali Perkins with her work, You Bring the Distant Near. Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity.

All sessions are free and open to the public. All times listed refer to Eastern Standard Time (EST). Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, and African Studies Outreach Council, and The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

Mexican Cultural Institute's showcasing new exhibition by artist Carmen Mariscal

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in conjunction with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation will be showcasing a exhibition titled Calladita te ves mas bonita by Carmen Mariscal from March 21 to May 24, 2019.

The opening reception will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 PM on March 21 at the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans (901 Convention Center Blvd, Suite 118). Entrance to the gallery is on Andrew Higgins Blvd.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.

Cover photo credit: Headdresses 1/6/2013/, printed in 2018