Charles R. Hale Selected as New LLILAS Director
Posted: February 27, 2009
LLILAS welcomes Prof. Charles R. Hale, UT Dept. of Anthropology, as the institute's new director effective September 1, 2009. Following an international search, Dr. Hale was selected by a university-wide committee of representatives from the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Fine Arts, the LBJ School, and the Law School.
Internationally respected in his field of activist anthropology, Dr. Hale focuses on race and ethnicity, identity politics, and consciousness and resistance. He is a recent past president of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and the author of Más que un Indio: Racial Ambivalence and Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Guatemala and Resistance and Contradiction: Miskitu Indians and the Nicaraguan State, 1894–1987. He is also editor of Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics, and Methods of Activist Scholarship. Dr. Hale received his B.A. From Harvard and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He taught at the University of California, Davis, before joining the faculty at the University of Texas in 1996.
His longstanding association with LLILAS dates from the early 1990s when he came here as an SSRC/MacArthur Fellow; he later served as the institute’s associate director from 1999–2003. From 1999–2004, he co-directed, with Richard Flores, the Rockefeller Residency Program “Race, Rights, and Resources in the Americas” for Postdoctoral Studies. He also served as chair of the LLILAS Publications Committee, the acquisitions committee for the LLILAS book series with the University of Texas Press.
Regarding his appointment as the new director, Dr. Hale says, “I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead the institute, and exhilarated by the challenge to consolidate our position as the premier university in the nation for Latin American studies. We have major hurdles ahead: to recruit and retain excellent faculty, to attract and train first-rate students, and to meet ambitious development goals, despite hard economic times. We also must continue to lead the way in transforming the field, building collaborative research and teaching relations with our Latin American colleagues, putting rigorous scholarship to the service of efforts that engage the urgent problems of this hemisphere. I am fully confident that we can meet these objectives, guided by a highly talented and experienced institute staff, enriched by a superlative faculty, and propelled forward by students who come to Latin American studies—at the institute and across campus—both to learn and to give voice to their own aspirations.”