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New LLILAS Associate Director Named

Juliet Hooker, associate professor of government, in new leadership role at Institute of Latin American Studies

Posted: September 21, 2009

Juliet Hooker in her office in Sid Richardson HallJuliet Hooker, associate professor of government, has been named associate director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the nation’s premier institute for the study of Latin America. Hooker will lead the institute along with the new director, Charles Hale, professor of anthropology, and will assume primary responsibility for funding requests from faculty and the institute’s extensive visiting scholar program, including applications for visiting scholar and researcher positions at the country’s top library for Latin American studies, the Benson Latin American Collection.

Hooker began her career at the University of Texas as a LLILAS postdoctoral fellow. “One of my homes at the University has been LLILAS, so I do have a commitment to Latin American Studies, and I look forward to publicizing and encouraging the real strengths of the faculty here,” she said. Hooker said the institute will encourage more faculty participation in everything from planning events to setting institute priorities, and will also continue efforts to increase research and study abroad opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. “We are seeking greater partnerships with universities and research institutes in Latin America that will generate research and exchange opportunities for students,” she said.

Already in the works for this fall, with a preliminary date of Oct. 19, LLILAS will host a forum on the political crisis in Honduras, with a focus on the relationship between the state and civil society in Honduras during the crisis, and its effect on the rule of law and democracy. The keynote address will feature foreign policy analysis looking at U.S.-Latin American relations into the future. “This is an example of how the University of Texas can bring its scholarly depth on Latin America to bear on a current event of broad interest beyond the University,” Hooker said.

Juliet Hooker received the 2009 Lucia, John, and Melissa Gilbert Teaching Excellence Award. Her book, Race and the Politics of Solidarity, was published this year by Oxford University Press.

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