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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Kaqchikel Language Table

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Hosted by expert instructor Mtro. Byron Socorec (aka Oxlajuj B’atz’), the Sept. 23 session will focus on where we come from. Bring a picture of a special place and come ready to describe your hometown.

Link to join: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93988469399?pwd=bkk3eDIzOEhQVjVEV1ZxTHFDTnJvQT09

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.

Qué Vola, Nola? - Live Book Reading!

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Join us for a live bilingual reading of their book Qué Vola, Nola?. From the vibrant jazz scenes and Spanish-colonial architecture to the food and weather, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Havana, Cuba, have much in common. And they are both home to anole lizards who love jazz! After a jazz song lures Ramito through a hotel window in Havana, he crawls into in a convenient, comfy suitcase for a nap. When he awakens, Ramito can’t quite find the way back to his tree. His new friend Bernard, an American anole lizard, unsuccessfully tries to convince Ramito that he’s in New Orleans. Is he? Readers of all ages will find the lush, tropical illustrations and the frustrated refrain of “but that is something we have in Havana” endlessly entertaining. In fact, they just might agree that the cities, and their inhabitants, share a lot! We are honored to welcome local author, Abigail Isaacoff and illustrator originally from Cuba, Ramiro Díaz for a bilingual story time at both Pebbles Center locations. Check below and make sure to join us at one of these events. Families will explore this unique story and learn to create their own craft based on the book.

Saturday September 18 at 2 pm
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive

Saturday, September 25 at 1 pm
Children’s Resource Center
913 Napoleon Avenue

This event is a program of the Pebbles Center which is a collaborative project of the New Orleans Public Library and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Please follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information on these programs. For more information, email crcrts@tulane.edu.

Teach Central America: Exploring Garifuna Culture

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Sign up by Friday, September 24 to get a copy of the up and coming book Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed which explores the Latinx diaspora.

In honor of Teach Central America Week (October 4 – 10, 2021), Tulane University presents in collaboration with Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia an educator workshop exploring the diversity of Central America. Over the course of three years, we have produced annual summer teacher institutes to enhance the teaching of Central America at the K-16 level. We are excited to continue the professional development series by providing this online panel open to K-16 educators of any subject area.

There are currently over 600,000 Garifuna around the world. Central America has the highest population; 100,000 in Honduras and 8,000 in Nicaragua, which was one of the last settlements in 1912. Guatemala has a small, isolated population which has retained much of the original culture. The United States has the second highest population, with about 100,000 residing in New York City. There are also populations in Chicago, Louisiana, and California. The number in the US increases every year as more people leave Central America. The Carib populations in Central America have almost entirely vanished, so the Garifuna are now considered the last descendants of the Amer-Indian tribes in South America.

Join us Thursday, October 7th for a discussion with three Garifuna writers/artists leading a discussion on Garifuna culture and identity through performance, writing, food and more. Join the conversation to explore new resources and perspectives to incorporate into your teaching on Central America. Participants in this program will explore Garifuna identity through the work of the three writers and cultural scholars. Janel Martinez, Saraciea Fennell and Isha Sumner. Participants will receive a copy of the up and coming WILD TONGUES CAN’T BE TAMED on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up by Friday, September 24 to guarantee your copy. REGISTER HERE

Janel Martinez is a writer and the founder of the award-winning blog, Ain’t I Latina? an online destination celebrating Afro-Latinx womanhood. The Bronx, NY native is a frequent public speaker discussing media, culture and identity, as well as diversity at conferences and events for Bloomberg, NBCU, SXSW, Harvard University and more. She’s appeared as a featured guest on national shows and outlets, such as BuzzFeed, ESSENCE, NPR and Sirius XM, and her work has appeared in Adweek, Univision Communications, Oprah Magazine, Remezcla and The New York Times. The Honduran-American has been nominated for the 20th Annual Rosoff Award in the 20-Something Category and won the Afro-Latino Festival of New York’s Digital Empowerment Award and, in 2018, was recognized at City Hall by the New York City Council, the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and the Bronx Delegation to the NYC Council for her contributions as a woman of Garifuna descent. Her work will be included in the forthcoming YA anthology, WILD TONGUES CAN’T BE TAMED, which will be published in November 2021 by Flatiron Books.

Isha Sumner immigrated to the US at the age of 15, the foundation of her Garifuna ethnicity and culture remains central to her identity and sharing that has been a major part of her life for the past 25 years. As a professional Garifuna dancer, Isha was a member of the International Folkloric Garifuna Ballet of Honduras, which toured throughout Honduras & Europe in the early 1990s. From 1995-2000, she was a member of Wanichagu, a Garifuna dance company based in NYC, and performed at the likes of Lincoln Center and Harvard University. Isha’s passion to perform onstage transitioned to more formal acting and included a featured appearance speaking Garifuna in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in 2007. In 2016 she completed her Associate‘€™s Degree in acting at William Esper School in Manhattan. With a continued passion to share and preserve her own Garifuna culture, Isha has dedicated much of the past 5 years to documenting Garifuna cuisine in Weiga, Let’s Eat.

Saraceia Fennell is a Brooklyn born Black, Honduran writer from the Bronx and the founder of The Bronx is Reading, and Honduran Garifuna Writers and Friends. She is also a publicist who has worked with many award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors. Fennell is board chair of Latinx in Publishing, and on the Advisory Board for People of Color in Publishing. Her forthcoming anthology WILD TONGUES CAN’T BE TAMED will be published by Flatiron Books in November 2021. For more information visit SaracieaFennell.com and follow her on social @sj_fennell.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Sign up by Friday, September 24 to get a copy of their latest book Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed.

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Kaqchikel Language Table

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Hosted by expert instructor Mtro. Gonzalo Ticun (aka Sotz Aq’ab’al), the Oct. 8 session will focus on the creatures that share our homes and lives. Bring your favorite animal friend to join the discussion.

Link to join: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93988469399?pwd=bkk3eDIzOEhQVjVEV1ZxTHFDTnJvQT09

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.

Kaqchikel Language Table

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Participants in the Oct. 28 session will get the chance to read the short story “Ri töp chuqa’ ri kär”/“The Crab and the Fish” alongside its author, Mtra. Magda Sotz (aka Ixkamey).

Link to join: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93988469399?pwd=bkk3eDIzOEhQVjVEV1ZxTHFDTnJvQT09

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.

Kaqchikel Language Table

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Nov. 12 is game day with Mtro. Edy Rene Guaján (aka Lajuj B’atz’)! Come prepared to play along and laugh.

Link to join: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93988469399?pwd=bkk3eDIzOEhQVjVEV1ZxTHFDTnJvQT09

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.