José Antonio Giménez Micó received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Université de Montréal in 1996 and did a postdoctoral research on Latin American literature at the University of Toronto in 1996-1997. From 1998 to 2000, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, where he holds an Adjunct Professorship. His research and teaching interests include Andean and Amazonian imaginaries (Peru), Latin American cultural and literary studies, comparative literature, interpretation theory (hermeneutics), argumentation theory, and discourse analysis
Kevin Gould’s research explores the politics of environmental and economic policy-making in the Americas. He is particularly interested in policies authorized by technical knowledge, and his current research examines how military experts framed development projects during the Cold War in ways that favored elites and reified exclusionary visions of race, nation, and nature. Building on new economic geography and political ecology literature, Dr. Gould’s work investigates the politics of market-assisted land reform, post-disaster reconstruction, environmental impact assessment, and Cold War infrastructure development.
Kregg Hetherington is a political anthropologist specialized in environmental conflict, economic regulation, the bureaucratic state and international development in Latin America. His research focuses on how environmental and economic knowledge becomes politicized during periods of rapid social change, creating divergent forms of expertise. This means looking at how institutions authorize some ways of knowing their society over others and how they shift to adapt to new environmental and political conditions. He has written extensively about how small farmers caught in a sweeping agrarian transition in Paraguay have experienced that country’s halting transition to democracy, showing how activists create new ways of thinking and practicing government.
Tina Hilgers’ research deals with poor people’s struggle for political representation through patronage, clientelism, social organizations, and political parties. Her primary geographic area of interest is Latin America. She currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant for a project investigating the link between Latin American citizens’ evaluations of governance along institutional, economic, and identity-based lines and their decisions to engage in clientelism. She is also primary investigator (with Laura Macdonald and Julian Durazo Herrmann) on a SSHRC Connections Grant for a project on subnational violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Nora Jaffary is a historian whose research focuses on social and gender history in colonial and nineteenth-century Mexico. She is currently writing a history of child birth and birth control in Mexico from 1700-1900 which examines such issues as the adaptation of European medicine to the Mexican context, the persistence of pre-Columbian midwifery techniques, monstrous births, infanticide, and abortion. Jaffary received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2000. She regularly teaches classes on the colonial and modern history of Latin America.
Dr. Jean François Mayer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University. He specializes in comparative politics and political ethnography. Dr. Mayer’s research deals with social movements, labor politics, and state-society relations in Latin America, with a particular emphasis on Brazil and Mexico. Dr. Mayer’s current work focuses on: two areas of concern. First, he studies labor markets and worker organizations in the formal sector of the economy, with a regional emphasis on Latin America. His research questions center on explaining the effects of democratic transitions as well as economic restructuring on the labor market, labor policies, and labor movements. Second, Dr. Mayer examines the multifaceted everyday strategies utilized by workers active in the informal economy to resist violence, in Latin American countries.
Prior to joining Concordia University, Professor Viereck-Salinas served as an Assistant Professor at Saint Thomas University (2003) and Queen’s University (2004-2008). He earned his PhD (2003) in Hispanic Philology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He won the Dean’s New Scholar Award at Concordia University in 2010, and he is currently engaged in FQRSC funded research on Mapuche poetics, and two international team projects on History of Translation in Spanish America funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN), Spain, and Writing and Orality, sponsored by the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA).