Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Updated May 2019

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Christian Abizaid, Ph.D. McGill University
Associate Professor - Geography & Planning, School for the Environment. UTSG

Interests: Peasant Livelihoods; Human responses to environmental change; Human-induced environmental change; Land use and land cover change; Environment and development; Neotropical forests; Latin America (in particular the Amazon & Mexico); Vulnerability and resilience.

Professor Abizaid has conducted research in human-environment geography. Currently, his research focuses on how rural households make a living from the land and traditional resource use practices, how such practices impact the environment, and how households adapt their livelihoods to changing environmental conditions. His recent projects have examined the anthropogenic origin and implications of a major change in the course of a major Amazonian River in Peru, the role of fisheries as natural insurance for the rural poor, as well as the role of communal labor in peasant agriculture in the neotropics.


Susan Antebi, Ph.D. Harvard
Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese. UTSG

Interests: Twentieth-century and contemporary Mexican and Latin American literature, disability in culture, cultural studies of eugenics, hygiene and medicine, performance studies.

Professor Susan Antebi served as the director of LAS for the period 2015-2019. Her research, funded from 2015 to 2018 by a SSHRC Insight Grant, focuses on disability and corporeality in the contexts of Mexican cultural production. She has published on discourses of public health and architectural aesthetics in post-Revolutionary urban Mexico, on the roles of disability and racialization in genomic medicine, and on the production and circulation of disability in Mexican literature, film and public space.

Martha Balaguera, Ph.D. University of Massachusets Amherst
Assistant Professor - Political Science. UTM

Interests: Democratic theory, feminist theory, transnationalism, protest, postcolonial and decolonial thought, neoliberalism and empire, discourses of failure, the politics of hospitality, the politics of time, space and geography.

Prof. Balaguera's work focuses on social movements in violent contexts, with an emphasis on transborder forms of activism in the Americas from a feminist perspective. Her current project examines how people on the ground, especially women, LGBTQ+ movements, and grassroots communities respond with everyday practices of care and political organizing to forced displacement and intensified border enforcement in the context of transit migration across Mexico.


Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Sc.D. Johns Hopkins University
Professor and Canada Research Chair in International Health. UTSC and UTSG
Website Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Website Centre for Critical Development Studies UTSC

Interests: History of public health in Latin America (Mexico, Uruguay); International health policy and politics, past and present; Women and international health; Historical demography - infant mortality; Societal determinants of health; Comparative health policy (Latin America)

Media expert in the History of Public Health in Mexico and Uruguay; Mexican Health Policy and Uruguay’s Child Health.

Anne-Emanuelle Birn is Professor of Critical Development Studies (UTSC) and Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (Dalla Lana School of Public Health) at the University of Toronto and served as Canada Research Chair in International Health (2003-2013). Her research explores the history and politics / political economy of international / global health, with interests in Latin American health and social justice movements, child health / rights, philanthrocapitalism, and the societal determination of health—and emphases ranging from the scatological to the ideological. Prof. Birn's books include: Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico; Oxford University Press’s Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World; and Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home. She has edited seven special journal issues and is widely published in North American, Latin American, African, and European journals and presses. Her books include: Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico (2006); Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (2013); and Oxford University Press's Textbook of Global Health (2017). Professor Birn’s honors include Fulbright and Rotary fellowships, election to the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, numerous endowed lectureships across the Americas and in Japan, and in 2014 she was recognized among the top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health.


Gustavo J. Bobonis, Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Development - Economics. UTSG

Interests: Development Economics, Labour Economics, Economic History, Political Economy.

Gustavo Bobonis is Professor of Economics and the Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Development. His areas of interest include development economics, labour economics, and political economy. He has been published in distinguished journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Human Resource, and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Journal of Development Economics Award in 2003, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research grant for the years 2007-2009.


Laura Colantoni, Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Professor - Spanish and Portuguese. UTSG

Interests: Acoustic motivations of sound variation and change in Romance, Phonetic variation and phonological categorization, L2 acquisition of variable sound patterns, Intonation: description and modeling of Argentine Spanish intonation

Professor Colantoni's research focuses on sound change and categorization and the second language acquisition of variable phonetic parameters. She is currently working on three research projects. The first one, in collaboration with Prof. Alexei Kochetov (Linguistics), is an articulatory study that focuses on assimilatory processes in three Spanish varieties. The second project, with Prof. Marta Ortega-Llebaria (University of Pittsburgh), involves the acquisition of English intonation by speakers of tonal (Mandarin, Cantonese) and non-tonal languages. The third project, in collaboration with Jeffrey Steele (French), will look at perceptual or articulatory motivations of non-target pronunciations in advanced second language learners of French and Spanish.


Kevin Coleman, Ph.D. Indiana University
Associate Professor - Historical Studies, UTM

Interests: photography, political culture, Central America, U.S.-Latin American relations, neocolonialism, archival logics, visual culture, labour history

In Professor Coleman’s first book, A Camera in the Garden of Eden: The Self-Forging of a Banana Republic (University of Texas Press, 2016), he argues that the “banana republic” was an imperial constellation of images and practices that was locally checked and contested by the people of the Honduran town of El Progreso, where the United Fruit Company had one of its main divisional offices. As banana plantation workers, women, and peasants posed for pictures and, more emblematically, as they staged the General Strike of 1954, they forged new ways of being while also visually asserting their rights as citizens. Photography and visuality were thus put to use in reshaping landscapes and livelihoods, even as countervailing claims to sovereignty, belonging, and the right to make public demands of one’s employer or national state were also forcefully made through photographs and public performances that were staged for a camera and the implied spectator that it promised.

His recent articles and book chapters examine the intersection between photography, labor history, and theorizing ways to read political subjectivities through visual archives.


María Cristina Cuervo, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese, and Linguistics. UTSG

Interests: Syntax and morphology at the level of argument structure and their relation with semantics. Acquisition of morphosyntax in Spanish as a first and second language.

Media expert in language and linguistics, language variation in Spanish across the Spanish speaking world, second language acquisition.

Professor Cuervo's research focuses on the structure and interpretation of sentences, with particular focus on dative arguments, applicatives, objects, clitics and the construction of verbal meanings. She is currently investigating the contruction of meaning in human language centred on the relative contribution of lexical verbal roots and grammatical morphemes. Another current research project focuses on the denotation and structure of the nine verbal forms of present-day Spanish tense system (indicative mood), with attention to dialectal variation. The goal is to construct a theory capable of accounting for native speakers' intuitions and use of the tenses, as well as accounting for the learning path of the tense contrasts in child language acquisition and in adult acquisition of Spanish as a second language.


Laura Doering, Ph.D. University of Chicago
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management. UTSG

Interests: Entrepreneurship and financial access in low-income areas; microfinance; social enterprise.

Professor Doering studies how social factors influence processes of economic development in emerging markets. While most sociological research on economic development focuses on macro-level forces like states and institutions, Professor Doering takes a decidedly micro approach. She explores how factors like personal relationships, status characteristics, household constraints, and spatial location shape economic outcomes for entrepreneurs and organizations. She often mixes methods, using ethnography and interviews to understand mechanisms on-the-ground, and then analyzes large-scale databases to track aggregate effects. Professor Doering has conducted research in Central and South America, and has ongoing research projects in Colombia.

Her research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Sociology of Development. A former Fulbright Scholar, Professor Doering's research has been profiled in The New York Times and The Globe and Mail, and her writing has appeared in BBC News, CBS News, Salon, and other outlets. She teaches Social Entrepreneurship, Strategic Change & Implementation, and Economic Sociology.


Jerry Flores, Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara
Assistant Professor - Sociology. UTM

Interests: Studies of gender and crime, Prison studies, Alternative schools, Ethnographic research methods, Latina/o sociology, Correctional education, Intersectionality and criminology and studies of race and ethnicity.

Professor Flores recently published his first book titled Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance and Wraparound Incarceration (University of California Press). This text provides a look into the lives of young incarcerated women in southern California to demonstrate how the coming together of detention centers and schools is pushing young people further into the criminal justice system. In addition, he has published articles in a wide range of journals, including Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, Feminist Criminology, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk and the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.

Professor Flores is currently conducting two projects. The first will investigate the use of force in police citizen interactions. He will investigate how issues related to mental health will influence police citizen interactions. And how the use of video can help prevent the use of violence in these interactions. The second project will investigate the continued disappearance of first nations women in Canada.


Bernardo García Domínguez, Ph.D. York University
Lecturer - Caribbean Studies and Latin American Studies. UTSG

Bernardo García-Domínguez, has academic degrees in History, Philology and Sociology. His doctoral dissertation (York University, 2004) presents a perspective on specific issues of social, cultural and religious interaction and their significant confluence and impact in collective life. He was co-founder of Casa del Caribe, Cuba’s main research center for Caribbean Studies. Bernardo has lectured at York University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University, and OISE since 2003 and at New College, since 2008. He has been awarded doctoral fellowships in Canada, from SSHRC, and in the USA at Amherst College, MA. His Caribbean Studies courses, Caribbean Religions (NEW329F) and The Hispanic Caribbean with focus on Cuba (JLN427H1), stress an interdisciplinary perspective bringing in resources of social history, sociology of race, religion and revolution, cultural anthropology and cultural studies, providing an in-depth approach on the Caribbean and Latin American experience that can stand as a sample for global research. Several LAS students of his Hispanic Caribbean course have been awarded field-trips to Cuba since 2008.


Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, Ed.D. Harvard
Associate Professor - CTL OISE. UTSG

Interests: Curriculum theory, arts in education, cultural studies, Latino Canadian Studies, sociology of education,

Media expert in Puerto Rico, Latinos in Canada, Education, arts.

Professor Gaztambide-Fernández research and scholarship are concerned with questions of symbolic boundaries and the dynamics of cultural production and processes of identification in educational contexts. He draws on cultural studies, decolonial / postcolonial and feminist theory, and critical sociology to inform his understanding of curriculum and pedagogy as encounters with difference. He is the Principal Investigator of the Urban Arts High Schools Project, a study of specialized arts programs in public schools across the United States and Canada, and the author of The Best of the Best: Becoming Elite at an American Boarding School, and ethnographic study of processes of elite identification and the production of privilege. Currently, he is the Director of the Youth Research Lab at the Centre for Urban Schooling of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where he is Principal Investigator of the Youth Solidarities Across Boundaries Project, a participatory action research project with Latinx and Indigenous youth in the city of Toronto. At the YRL, he also oversees and supports several youth participatory action research projects, including the editorial board of in:cite, a youth-run online research journal, as well as a study of the practices of participatory facilitators. His theoretical work focuses on the relationship between creativity, decolonization, and solidarity.


Jorge Ginieniewicz, Ph.D. Toronto
Senior Research Analyst - Health Quality Ontario
Research Website

Interests: Health, equity, evaluation

Jorge Ginieniewicz has worked extensively in the area of health. He held positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Sunnybrook Health Centre, where he worked on a number of research projects that focused on vulnerable populations, including children and adolescents who experienced food insecurity, immigrants with mental health issues and smokers and former smokers. Currently, he holds a position as qualitative analyst at Health Quality Ontario. He has published books and articles in the areas of migration, health and education.


Gustavo Indart, Ph.D. Toronto
Associate Professor - Economics. UTSG

Interests: Economic development, labour markets, and poverty and income distribution with particular reference to Latin America.

Professor Indart has worked as consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank on poverty and income distribution in Paraguay and Nicaragua. He is also the editor of Economic Reforms, Growth and Inequality in Latin America (Ashgate, 2004) and co-editor of Critical Issues in International Financial Reform (Transaction Publishers, 2003).


Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Ph.D. Duke
Associate Professor - Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese. UTSG

Interests: Environmental humanities, critical and cultural studies, affect and queer theory, film, psychoanalysis, literature, and visual art. Creative non-fiction and experimental critical writing.

Professor Jagoe served as Director for LAS in 2009 / 10. Her research interests include comparative nineteenth-century literature, film studies, and critical and cultural theory. Her most recent book, Take Her, She's Yours (Punctum Books, 2019), explores theoretical notions of psychoanalysis, subjectivity and feminism through an experiential first-person narrative. Her next book project is on Spanish history, memory, and climate change. Jagoe is the co-instructor of the JHI Toronto Writing Workshop and co-organizer of the Banff Research in Culture residency under the themes of "Distributed Intimacies" (2014), "Demos: Life in Common" (2015), "Year 2067" (2017), and "Beyond Anthropocene" (2018). Her previous book, The End of the World as They Knew It: Writing Experiences of the Argentine South, examines representations of the South in Argentine and English texts from the nineteenth century to the present, arguing that the narration of this space is formative in the shaping of a collective memory and history of Argentina.


Justin Jennings, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
Curator of New World Archeology - Royal Ontario Museum

Dr. Jennings's current research centers on early state expansion and the spread of cultural horizons in the Ancient Andes. He has published extensively on heritage tourism, ritual change, and the ancient uses of alcohol. Over the last fifteen years, the focus of his fieldwork has been on the impact of the Wari (AD 600 - 1000) and Inca (AD 1430 - 1532) states in the Cotahuasi, Majes, and Siguas Valleys of southern Peru. His most recent books include Globalizations and the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Beyond Wari Walls (University of New Mexico Press, 2010).


Teresa Kramarz, Ph.D. University of Toronto
Associate Professor - Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, UTSG

Interests: Governance; Environmental politics; Sustainable development.

Teresa Kramarz is the Director of Munk One, a program on global affairs innovation for first year undergraduate students at the University of Toronto and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab. Her latest book is Global Environmental Governance and Accountability Trap (MIT Press, 2019), edited with Susan Park. An expert on international organizations and global governance, with emphasis on environmental politics, her work has examined the impact of the World Bank's public-private partnerships on democracy, innovation, and financially sustainable conservation governance, the legitimacy of the World Bank as a global knowledge actor, and accountability for the provision of global public goods. Prof. Kramarz has extensive experience in her field having worked for almost ten years throughout most of Latin America with the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Food and Agricultural Organization, and the Canadian International Development Agency on sustainable development programs, institutional analysis and capacity building for the biodiversity and climate change conventions. She is a Fellow of the Earth Systems Governance research alliance, and Co-Director of the Accountability in Global Environmental Governance Task Force. Her most recent publications appear in Environmental Policy and Governance, Review of Policy Research, and Global Environmental Politics. She is also a contributor in the data, opinion and analysis site where she write about current issues in Latin America.


Christopher Krupa, Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Assistant Professor, Anthropology. UTSC and Graduate Faculty, UTSG.

Interests: Social and cultural anthropology, state and para-state, capitalism, labor and value, political and collective violence, race politics, historical anthropology; postcolonial Latin America, Andes, Ecuador.

Media expert in Ecuador, Andean region, popular violence, indigenous movements, postneoliberalism, political and economic restructuring, cut flower sector, truth commissions.

Chris Krupa is a political anthropologist broadly interested in struggles over the production and circulation of political matter — the processes by which objects and categories ghost the relations of their making and take on political and social force. He has pursued this interest through his 15-plus years of ethnographic research in Andean Ecuador, focusing on issues of state formation, violence, and labour relations in agro-export enclaves encroaching upon indigenous territories. He has sought to understand the role of emotion in generating bonds between citizen and state, the material technologies of state credibility, and the genres by which the state represents itself and is narrated into being. He is also writing an intimate biography of guerrilla activity in 1980s Ecuador and its place in current reimaginings of this country's cold war history. His work on labour reflects his long-term interest in the expansion of agrarian export production zones in the Global South and the social and political lives of populations laboring in them. His ongoing analysis of Ecuador's cut-flower sector examines labour as a speculative technology of managing both a potentially antagonistic indigenous workforce and the wild fluctuations of an uncertain global commodity market.


Suzi Lima, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Assistant Professor - Linguistics. UTSG
Brazilian Indigenous Languages Research Group (BIL-UofT)

Interests: Brazilian indigenous languages; language maintenance and revitalization; language acquisition and cognitive development.

Suzi Lima is an assistant professor in the Spanish and Portuguese and Linguistics Departments at the University of Toronto and in the Linguistics Department at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Suzi Lima did her BA and MA in Linguistics at the University of São Paulo (Brazil). She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UMass Amherst. Before coming to Toronto, Suzi Lima did a post-doc at Harvard (Laboratory of Developmental Studies).

Prof. Lima's work integrates theoretical and experimental research (formal semantics and psycholinguistics) with an emphasis on language acquisition. Most of her work has explored the interpretation of nominal constructions in the domain of counting and measuring and its effects on speakers' perception of objects and substances as well as on their counting skills. A substantial part of her work focuses on the description and analysis of quantification in bilingual Brazilian Indigenous communities, based on experimental studies with children and adults in their first language (Yudja) and second language (Brazilian Portuguese).

In addition to her theoretical work, Prof. Lima has been involved in language documentation projects and bilingual education projects for over ten years. In the Xingu Indigenous Territory she organized a series of workshops with indigenous professors to discuss issues and methods in bilingual education (Brazilian Portuguese and Yudja or Kawaiwete). She was also the coordinator of a language documentation project (UNESCO/Funai) that resulted in the publication of a monolingual pedagogical grammar of the Kawaiwete language (in press).

Students interested in developing a research project/independent study on aspects of Latin American indigenous languages or Brazilian Portuguese are encouraged to contact her. Currently, she is the director of the Brazilian Indigenous Languages group. Everyone is welcome to the meetings of this group.

Lena Mortensen, Ph.D. Indiana
Assistant Professor - Anthropology. UTSC

Interests: Cultural anthropology, heritage, anthropology of archaeology, tourism, representation, material culture, globalization and development; Central America, Honduras.

Lena Mortensen's research covers several interrelated themes: the circulation and reconfiguration of culture and heritage through tourism and other forms of commodification; the politics of value in representing the past; and the effects of mobilizing "heritage" in social and economic development programs for contemporary citizenship, rights, and belonging. Previously she has conducted research and published about ethnographic approaches to archaeological work, archaeological tourism, and heritage management, specifically in Honduras, and continue to maintain in active interest in heritage politics in the region. She edited, along Julie Hollowell, the book Ethnographies and Archaeologies: Iterations of the Past on these matters. Her current research looks at the implications and effects of "culture-branding" through the intersection of tourism marketing, academic production, public culture forms, and international cultural policy institutions.
She is also co-chair of the Working Group on Cultural Tourism in a multidisciplinary, international collaborative project on intellectual property issues in cultural heritage.


Valentina Napolitano, Ph.D. University of London
Professor - Anthropology. UTSG

Interests: Subject formation, alternative modernities, transnational migration, gender and psychoanalysis, health and religious movements, Catholicism, urban Mexico and Italy, Critical Catholic Studies, Transnational Migration, Gender and Affects, Religious Infrastructures, Affective Histories

Media expert on Catholicism, Mexican migration, Catholic Church, Gendered subjectivity, Urban Mexico

Valentina Napolitano is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She works on critical Catholic Studies as well as on Anthropology of Traces, borderlands and migration. Her most recent work, Migrant Hearts and the Atlantic Return: Transnationalism and the Roman Catholic Church (Fordham University Press, 2016), she examines Latin American contemporary migration to Rome in the context of Catholic Church's historical desires and anxieties around conversion since the period of colonization and how, against an Eurocentric notion of Catholic identity, the Americas are now reorienting Europe. She also co-edited with K. Norget and M. Mayblin, The Anthropology of Catholicism: a Reader (University of California Press, 2017). She is also the author of Migration, Mujercitas and Medicine Men: Living in Urban Mexico (University of California Press, 2002) which explores prisms of belonging and urbanities in transformation in contemporary Mexico. She is author of many articles and co-editor on volumes and special journal issues, among other on Economies of Sanctity (with K. Norget, 2011) and (with N. Luz and N. Stadler) on Religion and Borderlands: Materialities, Histories, and the Spatialization of State Sovereignty (in Religion and Society, 2015).
Prof. Napolitano's new ethnographic research is on Catholic Borderlands at the Detroit / Windsor corridor and she has currently two writing projects: on Pope Francis as a Criollo Pope and on Theopolitics from the Americas.


Melanie J. Newton, D.Phil. Oxford University
Associate Professor - History and Caribbean Studies. UTSG

Melanie J. Newton specializes in the history of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World. She is the author of The Children of Africa in the Colonies: Free People of Color in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation (Louisiana State University Press, 2008) and numerous scholarly articles on gender, slavery and slave emancipation and indigenous Caribbean history. Recent publications include “The Race Leapt At Sauteurs: Genocide, Narrative and Indigenous Exile from the Caribbean,” Caribbean Quarterly special issue on the Garifuna people (Joseph Palacio ed.), vol. 60, no. 2, June 2014, 5-28, and “Returns to a Native Land?’ Indigeneity and Decolonisation in the Anglophone Caribbean,” Small Axe, vol. 41, 2013, pp. 108-122. She sits on the editorial boards of the journals Small Axe, The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and British Studies. Her current research project is entitled This Island’s Mine: Indigeneity in the Caribbean Atlantic World.


Kevin L. O'Neill, Ph.D. Stanford
Professor - Department for the Study of Religion. UTSG.

Interests: Diaspora and transnationalism; religion in the Americas; history of religions; ethnographic inquiry.

Kevin Lewis O'Neill is the Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. His work, deeply ethnographic, focuses on the moral dimensions of contemporary political practice in Latin America. To this end, O'Neill has written a trilogy on the politics of Pentecostalism in Guatemala City – City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala (University of California Press, 2010); Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala (University of California Press, 2015); and Hunted: Predation and Pentecostalism in Guatemala (University of Chicago Press, August 2019). Working across the themes of democracy, security, and drugs, each book explores the waning viability of disciplinary institutions and how new strains of Christian piety have become recognizable modes of governance in Central America.

Professor O'Neill is currently writing two books. The first considers clerical sexual abuse in Latin America, with a focus on U.S. priests who moved (or were moved) to Central America to evade suspicion. The second is an ethnography of traffic in Guatemala City that realigns conversations about security, mobility, and infrastructure in Latin America.


Jeff Packman, Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
Assistant Professor - Music History and Culture. UTSG

Interests: Brazilian music, popular musics of the Americas, music and labor, music race and social class, and cultural theory.

Jeff Packman is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology who specializes in Brazilian music, popular music of the Americas, and cultural theory. His other scholarly interests include music and technoculture, music cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean, and Afrodiasporic performance. A former working drummer, much of his research emphasizes questions of race, social class, and cultural politics in relation to professional music making. With support from the J. William Fulbright Program and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, he has conducted extensive and ongoing fieldwork in Bahia, Brazil since 2002. This research has provided the basis for several book chapters in edited volumes and articles in scholarly journals including Latin American Music Review, Black Music Research Journal, Ethnomusicology, and Ethnomusicology Forum. Several of his more recent and forthcoming publications were developed while he was the 2009-2010 post-doctoral fellow at York University's Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples. Presently, in addition to completing a book on professional musicians in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, Dr. Packman is co-leading an interdisciplinary collaborative study of samba de roda, an Afro-Diasporic music and dance complex from the same region that was recently recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage. At the University of Toronto, Professor Packman teaches a variety of ethnomusicology and research theory and methods courses in the Faculty of Music's History and Culture Division and Graduate Program in Performance.


Alejandro Paz, Ph.D. University of Chicago
Associate Professor - Anthropology. UTSC

Interests: Language and Ethnicity; Media and Publics; Translation and Mediation; Israel in the Middle East

Professor Paz's research addresses the role of language in globalization, transnationalism and diaspora. He is also interested in the relation between public communication, media and citizenship, and regionally he researches Israel in the Middle East. His publications to date and work in progress are based on extensive ethnographic, archival and linguistic fieldwork in Israel / Palestine.

His monograph, Latinos in Israel: Language and Unexpected Citizenship, is an ethnographic study of unauthorized Latino immigrants to Israel. An earlier project considered how religious nationalist settlers use tours of the City of David archaeological site in East Jerusalem to further the Israeli state's territorial claims.

His latest project considers the impact of Israeli English-language news websites on the digital dissemination of news about Israel and Palestine specifically, and about the Middle East more generally.


Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Professor - Spanish and Portuguese. UTSG

Interests: Language acquisition, Spanish grammar, and bilingualism.

Media expert on language and bilingualism; Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Professor Pérez-Leroux's area of research is first and second language acquisition at the interface of syntax and semantics. Her research seeks to understand how children (monolingual and bilingual) learn the syntax and semantics of the smallest and silent components of sentence grammar, including determiners, prepositions, number, tense, mood and aspect, null objects and subjects; and how grammatical complexity emerges from the developmental interaction among the various components. Her current work is on the acquisition of recursive noun phrases.


Jeffrey M. Pilcher, Ph.D. Texas Christian University
Professor - History. UTSC

Interests: Food, drink, Mexico and the world

Professor Pilcher is the author of many books on food history and cultural history in Mexico and around the world. His most recent book, Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food (2012), seeks to historicize authenticity and show how Mexico’s national cuisine developed through global interactions, particularly with Mexican American cooks. His current research examines the global spread of European beer in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is Articles Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Global Food History.


Mariana Mota Prado, JSD Yale Law School
Associate Dean (Graduate Program) and Associate Professor, Law. UTSG

Interests: Law and development, regulation and corruption; Administrative law; Law and globalization; Law and international development

Media expert in Brazil, specially anti-corruption efforts and institutional / legal reforms.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto in 2006, Professor Prado worked for the Private Participation in Infrastructure Database Project at the World Bank (2004), and was a fellow of the Olin Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy at Yale Law School (2005). During the 2012-2013 academic year she was a visiting researcher at MIT's Political Science Department. A Brazilian national, she regularly teaches intensive courses in Brazil, and collaborates with Brazilian scholars on projects related to institutional reforms. Her latest book is Advanced Introduction to Law And Developmentco-authored with Michael Trebilcock (Edward Elgar, 2014)


Manuel Ramírez, Ph.D. Toronto
Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese. UTSG

Interests: Central American literature, testimonial novel and cultural identity, Second Language teaching.


Néstor E. Rodríguez, Ph.D. Emory
Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese. UTSG

Interests: Caribbean literature and cultural history; postcolonial theory; Latin American poetry.

Professor Rodríguez is the author of Escrituras de desencuentro en la República Dominicana (México: Siglo XXI, 2005). La isla y su envés: representaciones de lo nacional en el ensayo dominicano contemporáneo (San Juan: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2003) y Crítica para tiempos de poco fervor (Santo Domingo: Banco Central de la República Dominicana, 2009) 


Rosa Sarabia, Ph.D Toronto
Professor, Spanish and Portuguese. UTSG

Interests: Latin American literature and culture, relationship of word and image in the Avant-Garde period, issues of gender and genre in works by women writers and artists.

Professor Sarabia was Director of Latin American Studies @UofT in 2007/08. She teaches Latin American literature and culture and specializes in the relationship of word and image in the Avant-Garde period as well as in issues of gender and genre in works by women writers and artists. She has published in numerous collections and journals such as Word & Image, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos,Anales de literatura chilena, Hispanic Journal, Casa de las Américas, Journal of Hispanic Philology, and Latin American Theatre Review.


Luisa Farah Schwartzman, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assistant Professor, Sociology. UTM

Interests: Brazil, race and ethnicity, multiculturalism

Professor Schwartzman's research focuses on the relationship between understandings of race and ethnicity and contemporary attempts by the state to track and implement policies to include racial and ethnic minorities. Most of her work focuses racial classification and affirmative action in Brazil. She has also co-authored studies of how official racial statistics are understood in the UK and Germany. Her current work compares understandings of race and culture in discourse about racial democracy in Brazil and multiculturalism in Canada, in the context of increased institutionalization of anti-racism in the late 20th century. She is also beginning a project to study how differently racialized immigrants to Brazil experience “integration”, and what this would mean in that context, in comparison to immigrants in Canada and other societies.


Edward R. Swenson, Ph.D. Chicago
Assistant Professor, Anthropology. UTSG

Interests: Archaeology, complex societies, theory and method, religion and ideology; Andes, Latin America.

Media expert on Peru and pre-Columbian civilizations (all of the Americas).

Currently, Professor Swenson is conducting research in the Cañoncillo urban system of the Jequetepeque Valley, Peru. This project combines mapping, architectural analysis, and large-scale excavation in order to reconstruct long-term processes of urbanization in the region. An important component of the research is to gauge how transformations in public architecture related to changes in local ritual activity and the organization of domestic space.


Judith Teichman, Ph.D. Toronto
Professor, Political Science, UTSC

Interests: Poverty and Inequality in the global south and Latin America; Politics and Policymaking in Latin America; Inequality, poverty and violence, especially in Mexico;
Welfare regimes and social policy in the global south and Latin America.

Currently, Professor Teichman's research focuses on poverty and inequality in Mexico, Chile and South Korea and on the impact of poverty and inequality on political and criminal violence. She is the author of Social Forces and States: Poverty and Distributional Outcomes in South Korea, Chile and Mexico, published by Stanford University Press in 2012; and The Politics of Freeing Markets in Latin America: Chile, Argentina and Mexico (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press).

Social Forces and States: Poverty and Distributional Outcomes in South Korea, Chile and Mexico.

social forces  statesWith the failure of market reform to generate sustained growth in many countries of the Global South, poverty reduction has become an urgent moral and political issue in the last several decades. In practice, considerable research shows that high levels of inequality are likely to produce high levels of criminal and political violence. On the road to development, states cannot but grapple with the challenges posed by poverty and wealth distribution.

Social Forces and States explains the reasons behind distinct distributional and poverty outcomes in three countries: South Korea, Chile, and Mexico. South Korea has successfully reduced poverty and has kept inequality low. Chile has reduced poverty but inequality remains high. Mexico has confronted higher levels of poverty and high inequality than either of the other countries. Judith Teichman takes a comparative historical approach, focusing upon the impact of the interaction between social forces and states. Distinct from approaches that explain social well-being through a comparative examination of social welfare regimes, this book probes more deeply, incorporating a careful consideration of how historical contexts and political struggles shaped very different development trajectories, welfare arrangements, and social possibilities.

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Miguel Torrens, M.A., M.L.S. Toronto
Librarian / Bibliographer, Robarts Library. UTSG

Interests: Early Christian, medieval and late-medieval baptismal fonts.

Miguel Torrens has worked at the University of Toronto Libraries since 1980; he is currently the bibliographer for Iberian and Ibero-American studies, Italian studies and Philosophy. He was Subject consultant for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies at the University of Oxford (2007-2008). He is Co-director (1996+) of the project 'Baptisteria Sacra Index'.


Antonio Torres-Ruiz, Ph.D. Toronto

Interests: democratization, human rights, identity politics, global political economy, globalization, Latin America, North America, Mexico.

Prof. Antonio Torres-Ruiz has taught for the Department of Equity Studies at York University as full-time faculty, for the Department of Political Science and the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Toronto, and at the Centre for International Studies at El Colegio de México.

His latest book, HIV / AIDS and Democratization in Mexico: A Tale of a Globalized Struggle for Human Rights and Development, (Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks, 2018) contends that the emergence of national and international HIV/AIDS policy networks has functioned as a catalyst for the success of pre-existing domestic social groups, in their efforts to advance their legitimate concerns and to assert their rights. In turn, there has been an increasing participation of a broader set of actors in the policymaking process. This has allowed some traditionally marginalized groups, such as sexual minorities, to positively influence policy outcomes.

His published contributions include articles and book reviews for several academic journals such as Latin American Research Review (U.S.), International Journal (Canada), História, Ciencias, Saude (Brazil), Journal of Latin American Studies (U.K.), Latin American Politics and Society (U.S.), Working Papers Series, CIDE (Mexico), and Teoría Política (Uruguay). He also co-authored a book chapter and co-edited a volume on contentious politics in North America with the late UofT professor Stephen Clarkson.

He is currently working on two different projects: a) a critique of the democratization literature in political science, and b) Afro-descendants and participatory research in Cuba and Mexico.


Luis van Isschot, Ph.D. McGill University
Assistant Professor - History. UTSG

Interests: modern Latin America; social movements, political violence, human rights; Colombia.

Luis van Isschot is a historian of modern Latin America, specializing in the study of social movements, political violence  and human rights. His first book, The Social Origins of Human Rights: Protesting Political Violence in Colombia’s Oil Capital, 1919-2010, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2015. It is being published in Spanish by Editorial Universidad del Rosario.

His newest research project concerns Latin American participation in global anti-colonial movements in the 1960s and 1970s.  He is also working on a history of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.  Since the late 1980s there has been a dramatic tendency towards the international judicialization of rights claims.  In a short period of time, Inter-American Court proceedings have transformed the way in which human rights advocacy in the region is organized.  The aim of this project is to understand the effects of these cases on the societies concerned.

For more than a decade Luis van Isschot has been academically and professionally concerned with international human rights. He has conducted research and worked on behalf of non-governmental organizations in Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico, as well as Haiti and the Great Lakes region of Africa.


Emeritus / Retired

Ana María Bejarano, Ph.D. Columbia University (b. 1962 - d. 2017)
Associate Professor, Political Science. UTM and St. George

Professor Bejarano was Acting Director of LAS during the academic year 2011/12. Before moving to Toronto, she was assistant professor of Political Science at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, where she also served as Director of its Center for Social and Legal Research (CIJUS) from 1998 to 2000. She was a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame (2000-2001) and at Princeton University’s Program for Latin American Studies (PLAS) and Woodrow Wilson School for International Affairs (2001-2003). She authored Precarious Democracies: Understanding Regime Stability and Change in Colombia and Venezuela (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). She also co-edited (with S. Mainwaring and E. Pizarro), The Crisis of Democratic Representation in the Andes (Stanford University Press, 2006).
We lost a colleague and friend on March 28, 2017, to cancer. Ana Maria brought to each of her interactions great intellectual acumen, unshakable personal integrity, and a refreshing sense of humour. She touched us all enormously. We will miss her deeply.


Albert Berry
Professor Emeritus, Munk School of Global Affairs
Professor, Economics

Professor Berry was the Research Director of the Programme on Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of Toronto's Centre for International Studies (predecessor to the Munk School of Global Affairs). His research areas focus on Latin American labour markets and income distribution (with attention to the impacts of the recent economic reforms in Latin America), the economics of small and medium enterprise, and agrarian structure and policy. He has worked with the Ford Foundation, the Colombian Planning Commission, and the World Bank, and acted as consultant for a number of international and national agencies