Profiles in "Latin American Studies" Expertise Area

  • Astor-Aguilera specializes in Mesoamerican religions and currently conducts holistic interdisciplinary ethnographic investigations of cenote-sinkholes and their associated religious ritual production amongst the Maya peoples.
  • Trained as a historian of Latin America (M.A. & Ph.D., Harvard University) with a background in economics (B.A., Swarthmore College), I am interested in food, drugs, commodities, capitalism, business, & ethnohistory.
  • Berkel studies health equity and the dissemination & implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions
  • Funk's research focuses on gender representation, local governance, international public management and government performance.
  • Christiane Fontinha de Alcantara's scholarly interests center on how cultural artifacts reflect systems of inequality and injustice, while also providing models for how to fight inequalities and transform our communities.
  • Ligia Bezerra has taught Portuguese, Spanish, and English in Brazil and in the U.S. Her research interests include Latin American literature and culture, consumption, everyday life, neoliberalism, and democracy.
  • Cuya Gavilano's areas of specialization are Andean Studies, Migration, Transnationalism, Contemporary Latin American film and literature, and cultural studies. For more info, see CV here: