Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Economics, Politics & Society in Latin America at Tulane University

Graduate Studies in Economics, Political Science and Sociology at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies

At Tulane University, you have a unique opportunity to specialize in the social sciences 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 in our social science track are active participants in the intellectual life of Tulane’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, which includes a residential community of five post-doctoral fellows, faculty fellows, and visiting scholars who participate in a rich series of lectures, workshops, seminars, and inter-hemispheric initiatives devoted to the production and dissemination of academic research and knowledge about critical policy issues facing the Americas. 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 not only in political science, sociology, and economics, but also in anthropology, communication, history, and public health.

Our areas of specialization are broad and diverse, and all our Latin Americanist social scientists share a common commitment to rigorous research that is socially engaged, policy-relevant, high-impact. Our faculty are experts in fields as broad as economic development, political economy, comparative politics, social movements, poverty and inequality, environmental justice, and religion. As a graduate student, you can study the electoral consequences of indigenous protests against mining in the Andes based on in-depth interviews, combine archival and social network analysis to trace the routes of Chinese investment in Central America, or statistically estimate cross-country differences in the incidence of government transfer on income inequality. Likewise, you can learn how to perform a quantitative analysis of the impact of financialization on poverty reduction across the region, conduct ethnographic research on how racial and gender identities shape resistance against GMO crops in rural Argentina, develop a comparative framework to understand uneven responses to market reforms in different countries, or investigate the religious conversion processes among victims of crime and violence in contemporary Venezuela through a mixed-method design.

Faculty in Economics, Political Science and Sociology

Moises Arce, Ph.D., New Mexico. Professor of Political Science and Scott and Marjorie Cowen Chair in Latin American Social Science. Political Economy, Market Reform and Resource Extraction, Peru.

Mary Clark, Ph.D., Wisconsin. Associate Professor of Political Science. Health policy in Central America and the United States.

Martin Dimitrov, Ph.D., Stanford. Associate Professor of Political Science. Cuba, Asia, Post-Communist Regimes.

John Edwards, Ph.D., Maryland. Associate Professor of Economics. Labor, Education.

Patrick Egan, Ph.D., North Carolina. Assistant Professor of Political Science. International Political Economy, Latin American and European Politics, International Relations.

Ludovico Feoli, Ph.D., Tulane. Research Professor of Latin American Studies, Permanent Researcher and CEO, CIAPA, and Executive Director of the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research. Latin American Political Economy, State Building.

Amalia Leguizamón, Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY. Assistant Professor of Sociology. Development and Environmental Sociology, Argentina.

Camilo Arturo Leslie, Ph.D., Michigan. Assistant Professor of Sociology. Sociology of Law, Economic Sociology, Venezuela.

Nora Lustig, Ph.D., UC Berkeley. Professor and Samuel Z. Stone Chair in Latin American Economics. Development Economics, Poverty and Income Distribution, Social Policies and Protection, Globalization, Mexico.

Virginia Oliveros, Ph.D., Columbia. Assistant Professor. Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Argentina.

Felix K. Rioja, Ph.D., Arizona. Associate Professor of Economics and Scott and Marjorie Cowen Chair in Latin American Social Science. Macroeconomics, Latin American Development Economics.

G. Eduardo Silva, Ph.D., UC San Diego. Professor of Political Science and Lydian Chair of Political Science. Latin American Politics, Environmental Politics, Sustainable Development.

David Allen Smilde, Ph.D., Chicago. Professor of Sociology and Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations. Sociology of Religion, Venezuela.

Raymond Taras, Ph.D., Warsaw. Professor of Political Science. Comparative Communism, Eastern European Relations with Latin America.




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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.

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