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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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 www.internationalizingsocialstudies.blog 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 internationalizingsocialstudies.org. 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.

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Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and AfterCLASS at Tulane University. For more information, please email crcrts@tulane.edu.