Faculty & Staff

  • Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Spanish

    B.A., University of Georgia; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

    Poet, human rights activist, literary critic. Interested in Jewish literature and literature of human rights in the Americas; women writers of Latin America; migration, identity, and ethnicity.

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  • Lecturer in Engineering; Director of Engineering Studies

    B.S., M.S., Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches engineering education and the development of consumer-oriented technologies that can benefit under-served populations worldwide.

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  • Assistant Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of Texas (Austin)


    Research interests include the group identity, political behavior and transnationalism of Afro-Latin Americans and their descendants.

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  • Professor of Religion

    B.A., Stetson University; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Scholar of the history of Christianity and contemporary Catholicism with special attention to the Virgin Mary and to women’s spiritual writings.

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  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

    B.A, Washington University; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; A.M., Ph.D., Brown University

    Socio-cultural anthropologist whose research centers on the politics of foreign aid, democracy promotion, judicial reform, and conflict in Latin America.

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  • Diana Chapman Walsh Assistant Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

    B.A., Binghamton University ; M.S., University of Lyon; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Research interests include sociolinguistics, language variation & change, varieties of English, and the language varieties of the African diaspora. 

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  • Associate Professor of Music

    B.A., University of California (Los Angeles); M.A., University of California (San Diego); Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Popular music scholar of Brazil and Latin America; Jazz and the African Diaspora; Music in Film and Audiovisual Media; Music Industry; Music and Disability

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  • Associate Professor of Art

    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware

    Art historian examining African and African American identities, music, the body, and feminism in 20th century and contemporary art. 

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  • Associate Professor of Spanish

    B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Specializes in gender, race, and philosophy of language in colonial Latin American literature and visual culture; digital humanities and blended learning; history of clothing and of food; cultural exchanges between Eastern Europe and Latin America.


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  • Associate Professor of Spanish

    B.A., Soka University of America; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

    Specialized in 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; also interested in trans-pacific studies.

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  • Senior Lecturer in Spanish

    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Specialized in 19th- through 21st-century literature with a focus on Hispanic American narrative and the literary and cultural history of modern Mexico, I am a bilingual scholar, book editor, translator and teacher.

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  • Lecturer in Portuguese

    B.A., University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth); M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Research interests include Contemporary Lusophone African, Brazilian and Portuguese Literature and Film in general, and the short story in particular. 


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  • Assistant Professor of Art

    B.Arch, University of Houston; M.F.A, New York University

    Video and installation artist working at the intersection of landscape, history, and memory.

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  • Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Sociology

    B.A., Brandeis University; M.S., Columbia University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Associate Professor of American Studies

    B.A., M.A., New Mexico State University; Ph.D., University of California (San Diego)

    Interests include Chicana/Latino literature and culture; and analysis of gender, labor, immigration, sexuality, and representation in cultural production.

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  • Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies; Professor of Economics

    B.A., University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign); M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Research in the economics of education, development economics, and Latin American education and social policy.

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  • Senior Lecturer in Art

    B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Yale University

    Specialist in Latin American art, focusing on modern Mexican art and architecture, through museum as well as academic projects.

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  • Associate Professor of History

    B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Scholar of urban history and political culture in the Spanish Habsburg world.

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  • Professor of Psychology

    B.A., Smith College; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Research interests include the relationship between language and cognition, bilingualism, the psycholinguistics of sign languages, and the role of iconicity in language.

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  • Barbara Morris Caspersen Professor of Humanities; Professor of Art

    M.F.A., Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)

    Visual artist doing work that attempts to understand the object quality of images.

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  • Associate Professor of American Studies

    B.A., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Interdisciplinary scholar studying race and ethnic identities and popular culture in Latin America and U.S. Latina/o communities.

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  • Associate Professor of Spanish

    B.A., University of the South; M.A., Ph.D, University of Kentucky

    Research and teaching center on 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and cinema.

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  • Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ‘26 Professor of Biological Sciences

    M.S., Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Evolutionary biologist with interest in conservation genetics.

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Latin American Studies Faculty Emeriti

  • Professor Emerita of Africana Studies

    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Boston University; B.Litt., D.Phil., Oxford University

    Studies of global gender systems and hierarchies; Africa and African Diaspora; social and environmental justice; international consulting.

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  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in Political Science

    B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Princeton University

    Focuses on the politics of development, inequality and democracy in Latin America.

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