Visiting Resource Professors
Visiting Resource Professors are invited by UT Latin Americanist faculty members to lecture for one to two weeks in either undergraduate or graduate classes.
The VRP program was conceived with three major goals in mind:
- to enhance the international community of scholars working on Latin American topics;
- to establish and strengthen contacts between Latin American institutions of higher learning and the University of Texas; an
- to allow Latin American scholars access to UT library collections and archives.
For more information, contact Carla Lañas at 512.232.2409.
Cristian Alarcón is a Chilean journalist and editor at the Universidad Nacional de General San Martín (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a fellow of the Foundation of New Latin American Journalism, based in Cartagena, Colombia, and is currently the academic director of a program on “The Drugs Trade, the City, and Violence in Latin America,” set up for journalists by the Foundation and the Open Society Institute. For ten years he wrote about urban violence and conflict in Sociedad y Cultura published in TXT Magazine, Gatopardo, Rolling Stone, and the newspaper Crítica de la Argentina. He is also author of the widely celebrated Si mequerés queréme transa (Norma, 2010). While at UT, he will be affiliated with the Department of Sociology and the School of Law.
David Altman has taught at the Instituto de Ciencia Política at the Universidad Católica in Santiago after earning his PhD at the University of Notre Dame. He recently published Direct Democracy Worldwide with Cambridge University Press. He has two current research projects, one focusing on political parties in Latin America, especially the Chilean and Uruguayan party systems, and the other focusing on the analysis of the Chilean transition to democracy during the 1980s. Dr. Altman will be affiliated with the Department of Government during his time at UT.
Regina Horta Duarte
Regina Horta Duarte is Professor of History at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil. She was a Directive Board member of the Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental (SOLCHA). She is currently editor in chief of the Historia Ambiental Latinoamericana y Caribeña (HALAC). Professor Duarte is also a Consecutive Board member of both Clio (Recife) and História, Ciencias, Saúde-Manguinhos.
Miguel Sarre has been Professor of Law at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City since 1997 and is director of the Center for Public Law at ITAM. He is currently a member of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. His research focuses on human rights and intersections of international human rights law with public security and criminal justice issues. His current project involves management analysis of the National Commission of Human Rights. Professor Sarre is a representative for the academic sector on the Secretaría del Consejo de Coordinación para la Implementación del Sistema de Justicia Penal (SETEC), which oversees the Mexican criminal justice reforms that were passed in 2008. During his time at UT, he will be affiliated with the School of Law and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.
Jorge Contesse Singh
Jorge Contesse Singh is Assisant Professor and Director of the Center for Human Rights at the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) in Chile. His research focuses on human rights and indigenous issues, especially the relationship between the Mapuche and the Chilean state. Dr. Singh’s recent publications include “Universally Speaking? The Cultural Challenge to Rights and Constitutionalism” in Revista Jurídica de la Universidad de Puerto Rico and "‘It’s Not OK’: New Zealand’s Efforts to Eliminate Violence against Women” (with J. Fenrich) in the Fordham International Law Journal. Professor Singh received his LLM from Yale Law School and is also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and the Presidente de la República Scholarship from the government of Chile. While at UT he will be affiliated with the School of Law.
Christian Spencer Espinosa
Christian Spencer Espinosa is a social historian and musicologist and recently completed a double PhD in history and music sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Nova de Lisboa. He is a scholar of the popular traditions of Chile and Chilean cueca music and has been published in journals such as TRANS – Revista Transcultural, the Boletín de Música de Casa de las Américas, and Cuadernos de Música Iberoamericana. Dr. Spencer Espinosa also has been a visiting researcher at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Popular Music. He will be affiliated with the School of Music during his time at UT.
Ricardo Grau is Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology and Director of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT) in Argentina, and an Independent Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). His research focuses on climate change, processes of urbanization, and land use in Latin America. His publications include La Naturaleza y el Hombre en las Selvas de Montaña (with A. D. Brown) and “Fire-mediated Forests Encroachment in Response to Climactic and Land Use Change in Subtropical Torests” in Ecosystems. Dr. Grau earned his PhD in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was also a Fulbright Scholar. During his time at UT, he will be affiliated with the Department of Geography and the Environment.
Hugo Mondragón is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Professor Mondragón’s research focuses on how the national images of Chile, Colombia, and Brazil have been shaped by modern architecture. His recent publications include “El Paisaje como construcción de sentido: El Valle de Putaendo” in Habitar el Patrimonio and Arquitectura y Construcción: Chile 1945–1950 (with A. Tellez). Dr. Mondragón obtained a master’s in architectural history from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a doctorate in architecture and urban studies from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. While here he will be affiliated with the School of Architecture.
Catalina Smulovitz is Professor and Director of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina, and is also an Associate Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). She is a leading scholar in political science, particularly in areas of social accountability and judicial mobilization. Her recent publications include “Judicialization in Argentina: Legal Culture or Opportunities and Support Structures?” in Legal Cultures and Political Activism in Latin America and Enforcing the Rule of Law: Citizens and the Media in Latin America (with E. Peruzzotti). Dr. Smulovitz earned her MA and PhD in political science from Pennsylvania State University. She will be affiliated with the Department of Government while here at UT.
Claudia Briones is Professor and Director of the Graduate and Postgraduate Program in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National University of Rio Negro (UNRN) in Argentina. She is also coordinator of the Anthropological Science degree program, and is a senior researcher at the National Council for Scientific Research. Briones is a leading scholar in anthropology and indigenous studies in Argentina and has researched and written widely on the Mapuche Indians in Chile and Argentina, specifically in the context of cultural politics and communal identity. Her recent publications include The “Conquest of the Desert” as Trope and Enactment of Argentina’s Manifest Destiny (with W. Delrio); Argentina: Contagious Marginalities (with Rosana Guber); and Our Struggle Has Just Begun: Experiences of Belonging and Mapuche Formations of Self. Dr. Briones earned her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Texas, where she was a Fulbright Commission Argentina Doctoral Fellow.
Carlos Antonio Costa-Ribeiro
Carlos Costa-Ribeiro is Professor of Sociology at the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ), where he is also Director of the Center for the Study of Wealth and Social Stratification. Professor Costa-Ribeiro’s research focuses on social mobility and stratification with an emphasis on class, race, and inequality in Latin America, particularly in Brazil. His publications include Educational and Racial Assortative Mating in Brazil (1960–2000); Desigualdade de oportunidades no Brasil; Class, Race and Social Mobility in Brazil; and Social Mobility Trends and Education in Brazil. Professor Costa-Ribeiro obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University and completed his postdoctoral studies at Stanford University, where he was a recipient of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship.
Lucio R. Renno
Lucio R. Renno is Director and Associate Professor in the Research Center and Graduate Program on the Americas at the University of Brasília. His research focuses on politics and governance in Latin America, particularly Brazil. Most recently his studies have focused on political crises in Latin America and the effects these have on citizens’ views of democracy and democratic institutions. Professor Renno received his master’s degree in political science from the University of Brasília and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. His most recent publications include Split Ticket Voting as the Rule: Voters and Permanent Divided Government in Brazil (with Barry Ames and Andy Baker), Rewarding the Corrupt? Reelection and Scandal Involvement in the Brazilian 2006 Legislative Election, and Agenda Power, Executive Decree Authority, and the Mixed Results of Reform in the Brazilian Congress (with Carlos Pereira and Timothy Power).
Paola Bergallo is Professor at the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research interests center on feminist critiques of the law, socio-legal theory, and constitutional and human rights issues. In addition to an LLB with honors from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, she holds a Master of Law degree from Columbia University and a Master in Legal Research from Stanford University, where she is a JSD candidate. Professor Bergallo has held fellowships at the Hewlett Foundation and Stanford and has been Professor of Law at the University of Palermo and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Her most recent publications include “Género y Trabajo” (with Natalia Gherardi) in La Mirada de los Jueces and “Equidad de Género: Perspectivas para su Exigibilidad Judicial” in La Aplicación de los Tratados de Derechos Humanos en el Ambito Local (Victor Abramovich, Alberto Bobino, and Christian Courtis, eds.).
Demetrio Cojtí is one of the most prominent Mayan intellectuals in Guatemala and currently serves as an educational expert for the European Youth Commission. He has worked as a consultant on the construction of programs for the benefit of indigenous groups for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Organization for American States (OAS), and the European Union, and was appointed Vice Minister of Education in 2000. He earned his doctorate from the University of Louvain, Belgium, and has written a series of influential articles and books that criticize the neocolonial structures of Guatemalan national society. Dr. Cojtí also has published on the complexity of a Guatemalan national identity, indigenous rights, and the political implications of linguistic research on Mayan languages. His most recent publications include El movimiento maya en Guatemala, Nuevas Perspectivas para la Construcción del Estado Multinacional, and El Proceso de Mayanización y el Papel de la Educación Escolar.
Fernando García Serrano
Fernando García Serrano is a longtime professor and investigator for the Anthropology Department at FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencia Sociales) in Quito, Ecuador. His work focuses on ethnic diversity and inequality in Latin America, and he is especially interested in the development of cultural processes and symbols that exclude indigenous groups from the rest of society. Professor García Serrano earned his master’s in anthropology from the Universidad Iberoamericana de México. He has worked as a consultant for international organizations that focus on development and indigenous rights and has done extensive research for various government agencies and nonprofit organizations. His recent publications include Estado de la relación entre justicia indígena y justicia estatal en Ecuador, Linchamientos: Justicia por mano propia o justicia indígena?, and El trabajo infantial indigena: Algunas reflexiones.
Carlos de la Torre
Professor de la Torre has a Ph.D. in sociology from the New School of Social Science Research. He currently teaches at FLACSO Ecuador and is spending the 2008–2009 academic year as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is the author of five books and dozens of articles and book chapters, most of which focus on two main research areas: populism and populist movements in Latin America, and racism and ethnic/racial movements in Ecuador. Professor de la Torre’s work on Latin American populism “The Ambiguous Meanings of Latin American Populism” was an eye-opening piece that strongly influenced many analysts of neopopulism.
Frederico Holanda is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Brasília and the leading Brazilian expert on the city’s contemporary urban fabric. Holanda’s work focuses on how the current morphology of the city (the Plano Piloto and the satellite towns) is indicative of deep transformations of and departures from Lucio Costa’s plan of 1956.
Cecilia Medina is President of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and Co-director of the Centro de Derechos Humanos at the University of Chile in Santiago, where she studied legal and social sciences. She earned her doctorate in law at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She also has taught at Lund University, the International Institute of Human Rights, the University of Toronto, the United Nations University for Peace, the University of Utrecht, and Harvard University, and has published extensively on human rights issues. In 2004, Medina was elected to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and served as its vice president in 2007. In 2008, she became the first woman president of the court. From 1995 to 2002, she was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, including a period as its chair in 1999–2000. In 2006, the United Nations Human Rights Council selected her for the group of independent experts assigned to investigate the November 2006 Beit Hanoun incident. Cecilia Medina has served as a judge for the Rapoport Center’s Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women.
Eduardo Restrepo is Professor of Anthropology at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Antioquia and his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, where he shortly will receive his Ph.D. in anthropology with an emphasis in cultural studies. Professor Restrepo is a leading thinker in cultural studies in Colombia and has researched and written extensively on Afro-descendant social movements and cultural identity in Colombia, particularly in the Pacific Basin region. His work, especially on the history of Ley 70 (the 1993 law granting Afro-descendants the right to petition for collective land rights) and the formation of Afro identity in Colombia, is critical and at times controversial. Yet he engages closely with Afro-descendant social movements in his work, and is well respected by both activists and academics. Restrepo has received numerous awards and scholarships for his scholarly work, including a research grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Honigmann Award from the University of North Carolina, first place in the National Prize of Greiff Otto in Social and Economic Sciences, and Best Student Research from the University of Antioquia.
Rosemeire Moreira holds a B.A. in music from the Universidade Estadual Paulista de São Paulo (UNESP) and an M.A. in voice from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is an accomplished soprano and soloist at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, where she has performed, among other pieces, L’Orfeo by Monteverdi and Requiem and Motet Te Christe Solum Novimus by José Mauricio Nunes Garcia. She also has performed in England, France, and The Netherlands. Rosemeire Moreira was recipient of the first prize for the “Concurso de Interpretação da Canção de Câmara Brasileira” promoted by the Centro de Música Brasileira and Rotary Club of São Paulo.
Mônica Herz is Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She was the Director of the Institute of International Relations from 2004–2008 and has been President of the Brazilian Association of International Relations since 2007. Dr. Herz has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has written two books: Organizações internacionais: Histórias e práticas with Andréa Ribeiro Hoffman (Rio de Janeiro: Elsevier, 2004) and Ecuador vs. Peru: Peacemaking Amid Rivalry with João Pontes Nogueira (Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002). In addition, she also has written several articles and chapters on Latin American security and Brazilian foreign policy and international relations theory.
Ana Romaniuk holds a B.A. in fine Arts from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is a musicologist and ethnomusicologist based at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel Falla and the Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Buenos Aires. A specialist in Argentinean folk traditions of the country’s northwestern region, she has focused her recent work on the relationship between music, popular religiosity, and social action in indigenous communities within the province of Salta. She also does research on the production and dissemination of folk music within the province of La Pampa. In addition, Professor Romaniuk’s work focuseson issues of folklorization, state intervention in musical representation, and counterhegemonic versions of nationalism.
Eduardo Viola has a doctorate in political science from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and has been Full Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Brasilia, since 1993. He has published three books and more than sixty journal articles on issues of globalization and governance, democracy and democratization in South America, environmental policy in Brazil, and global and South American politics of climate change. Dr. Viola has been an adviser to the Brazilian Ministries of Science and Technology, Education, and Environment and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change Program (Bonn). He is currently a member of the Committee on Global Environmental Change of the Brazilian Academy of Science and member of the Board of Brazilian Association for Leadership Development (LEAD). He is also is associated with the Brazilian Center of International Relations (CEBRI). Dr. Viola is interviewed frequently by the Brazilian media on issues of international relations and the politics of global climate change.
Marina Alonso Bolaños
Dr. Bolaños is an ethnologist and historian affiliated with the Fonoteca of Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). She has specialized in various issues related to indigenous peoples of Mexico, including cosmology, social organization, and territory, but her particular focus has been on musical practices. Dr. Bolaños has been a Visiting Scholar at the Universidad de la República de Uruguay. She has edited a number of important records issued by INAH and has overseen the production of several recording series focusing on traditional music of Mexico. Dr. Bolaños also has done extensive research on anthropological and historical issues on Chiapas since 1989.
Juan de la Rivas Sanz
Dr. de la Rivas Sanz received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Navarra, Spain. He is Professor of Planning and Urban Design at the Universidad de Valladolid, Spain, where he was previously Director of the Instituto Universitario de Urbanística. Dr. de la Rivas Sanz has been a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico de Milano, Italy, and Arizona State University. He also has taught at the Universidad de Guadalajara, the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the UNAM in México City, and the Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría in Cuba.
Professor Gargarella holds graduate degrees in law and sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, an M.A. in political science from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), a J.D. and LLM from the University of Chicago, and has conducted postdoctoral research at Balliol College, Oxford. Dr. Gargarella is Professor of Constitutional Theory and Political Philosophy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He has published extensively in English and Spanish on constitutional and democratic law and theory, with a special focus on economic and social rights. He has received numerous awards and scholarships, including a Tinker Scholarship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and a Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship.
Professor Groisman received his Ph.D. from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO Argentina) and his M.A. in social science with a concentration in macroeconomy from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. A member of the Argentinean government scientific and technical council, he is attached to the Universidad Nacional General Sarmiento in Buenos Aires. Dr. Groisman has served as President of the Asociación Argentina de Especialistas de Estudios del Trabajo and is a successful consultant on issues related to labor market, income distribution, and social policy.
Elizabeth Kornfeld is Chile’s leading human rights psychologist and Director of the Center of Ethics at the Universidad Jesuita Alberto Hurtado in Santiago. She is author and coauthor of numerous books and articles on political reconciliation and on memory therapy of victims of human rights violations. During 1999–2000, she served on the Mesa de Diálogo convened by Chile’s Minister of Defense in the aftermath of Pinochet’s arrest, and she recently served on the Valech Commission on Torture in Chile. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including LASA’s Premio Martín Diskin Award.
Dr. Meseguer received her Ph.D. in 2002 from the Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences at the Instituto Juan March, Spain. She is currently a Research Professor in the Department of International Studies at CIDE-Mexico. Dr. Meseguer is regarded as one of the most outstanding analysts of the cross-national diffusion of institutional and policy innovations. She has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain; a Visiting Fellow at the Kellog Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana; and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Italy. Dr. Meseguer has a forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press entitled Learning, Policy Making, and Market Reforms.
Dr. Valladares received her Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Toulouse-le Mirail. An internationally renowed Brazilian sociologist, she was a senior researcher at the IUPERJ in Río de Janeiro and currently teaches at the University of Lille, France. Dr. Valladares has worked extensively on urban issues and is one of the leading authorities on favelas and urban informality in Brazil. She has been the project leader for Brazil and Venezuela of GURI (Global Urban Research Initiative), a project financed by the Ford Foundation and the World Bank. Dr. Valladares also has been Vice-President of the RC 21 (Sociology of Urban and Regional Research) of the International Sociological Association, Corresponding Editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and an invited Fellow at Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge.
Dr Agostoni received her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of London and is a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), in Mexico City. Her research interests include the social and cultural history of medicine and public health during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Mexico and in Latin America more generally. In 2005, Dr Agostoni received the Mexican Academy of Science Annual Award for research in the Humanities. Dr Agostoni was a visiting scholar at the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (2003-2004), at the Universidad General Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina (September 2002), and at the Center for Latin American Cultural Studies, King’s College London, University of London (April-May 2002). She has gained an impressive reputation at an international level as an innovative and creative scholar.
Patricia Ravelo Blancas
Patricia Ravelo Blancas is a Professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropolog’a Social and currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, with a specialization in gender studies from El Colegio de México. Her current research project is "Protestal social y acciones colectivas en torno de la violencia sexual y de género en Ciudad Juárez, Chih./El Paso, TX."
Professor de Ulhôa, an ethnomusicologist affiliated with the Instituto Villa-Lobos at the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, is a renowned scholar of Brazilian popular music. She has served on the editorial board of Popular Music, the field’s leading journal, and she is currently a Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. She has published widely in Latin America, the United States, and Europe, on Brazilian topics ranging from MPB to B-Rock to música sertaneja, and on other topics ranging from matters of prosody in Monteverdi’s operas to the history of Chilean pop. As a researcher whose work grapples with issues of class, gender, and public culture, her record of publication shows a commitment to dialogue across regional and disciplinary boundaries.
Previous Resource Professors, 2000-2007 (PDF, 89K)
Visiting Resource Professors Papers
The LLILAS Visiting Resource Professors Papers is an electronic series featuring papers by scholars from Latin America who have been invited to the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. Visiting Resource Professors are invited by UT Latin Americanist faculty members to lecture for one to two weeks in their undergraduate and graduate classes.