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Visiting Professors to Teach Fall Graduate Seminars

Posted: August 13, 2009

LLILAS welcomes four Visiting Professors for fall 2009: Francisco Thoumi, Edward Larocque Tinker Chair in Latin American Studies; Rafael M. Hernández Rodríguez, LLILAS Visiting Professor funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Fellowship in Latin American Studies; Francisco Alba, Trade Visiting Professor; and Roberto Breña, Matías Romero Chair.

Edward Larocque Tinker Chair in Latin American Studies
Francisco Thoumi received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. Dr. Thoumi’s main research has focused on the competitive advantage of coca- and poppy-growing countries. He has worked on the issue of drugs in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Dr. Thoumi will teach the course Political Economy and Social Problems of Illegal Drugs in the Andes (and Other Countries): A Multidisciplinary Approach.
LLILAS Visiting Professor Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Fellowship in Latin American Studies
Professor Rafael M. Hernández Rodríguez is one of Cuba’s most distinguished senior political science scholars of U.S.-Cuban relations. Prof. Hernández has a B.A. in French literature and history of philosophy from the University of Havana (1973) and an M.A. in political science from El Colegio de México (1977), and is in the Ph.D. program in Latin American studies at UNAM. Professor Hernández will teach U.S.-Cuban Relations.
Trade Visiting Professor
Francisco Alba is a professor and researcher at El Colegio de México. An economist by training, he also has a degree in philosophy and has done postgraduate work in demography and other social sciences in Mexico, France, and the United States. Professor Alba has published extensively in books and in Mexican and international journals on international migration issues and policies, Mexico-U.S. migration, population and development, and regional and economic integration. Professor Alba will be teaching the course U.S.-Mexico Immigration Policy.
Matías Romero Chair
Roberto Breña is Professor of Political History at the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. Dr. Breña is a noted authority on nineteenth-century Latin American history and holds an M.A. in philosophy from UNAM and a Ph.D. in political science from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He will teach the graduate seminar Making Sense of a Bicentennial Commemoration: The Latin American Independence Movements (1808–1824), as well as New Historiographic Perspectives, an overview of the Spanish American independence movements as scholars reevaluate the impact of these historic events two hundred years later.

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