Annabelle Dias Felix is a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at Université de Montréal. She holds a master degree in Latin American Studies specialized in Political Science at IHEAL (Institut des Hautes Études sur l’Amérique latine) in Paris. She has specialized in public safety issues in Brazil since her first year of master’s degree. Then she has deepened her research on the subject during her last year. As part of this work, she has done a three-month fieldwork in a pacifying police unit in Rio de Janeiro and wrote a thesis entitled : “Security Politics and Pacifying Police Units in Rio de Janeiro : Practices and Representations in Military Police in Mangueira”. She also explores this question for her Ph.D but by proposing a comparison between the Brazilian case with the case of Mexico city through the prism of the Rule of Law in these two countries.
Geneviève Dorais is a professor of Latin American history at the University of Quebec in Montreal since December 2014. She completed her doctorate in Latin American history at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (2014). Her research interests focus on transnational history of the Americas (XIX – XX centuries), with particular attention in the socio-political and intellectual history of Peru and Mexico in the last century. Her thesis is entitled “Indo-America and the Politics of Exile APRA, 1918-1945” and traces the experience of political exile and state persecution as experienced by members of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) in Peru. Dorais largely questions the motivations of non-state actors to develop continental integration projects.
Carolina Ferrer’s research covers Spanish American literature and culture, cultural dynamics, semiotic approaches to database systems, film studies, epistemocriticism. In 2008, she inaugurated Babel Borges, a research group dedicated to the study of the diffusion of Jorge Luis Borges’s work through culture. Since 2011, she is the director of the Magellan Project, a digital humanities programme that aims at the analysis of the field of studies about Spanish American literature.
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.
Ingrid Hall is an anthropologist and agronomist. It was through the study of irrigation that she began her academic career. She is particularly interested in the socio-political organization of the community in which she conducted her fieldwork, located in the region of Cusco (Peru). Through this study, she showed the importance of sharing natural resources, not only water but also the earth. Since then, she has been interested in the conservation of the biodiversity of the potato in Peru; She is interested in social dynamics introduced by biodiversity conservation projects.
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.
Amanda Holmes received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Oregon in 2001. She has held a faculty position at McGill since then, served as chair of Hispanic Studies from 2008 to 2011, and was director of graduate studies for five years. Professor Holmes’s research considers literature and film through the lens of spatial theory and, particularly, urban studies. Her books have examined the image of the Latin American city in literature and culture, as well as national and transnational identities in Latin American film. She is currently working on a project on the representation of architecture in New Argentine Cinema.
Patricia Martin’s current research focuses on political violence in Mexico. She approaches this theme through two different and complementary empirical projects. The first project seeks to understand the local manifestations of the Dirty War in Mexico in the 1970s, and the impact such violence has had on the social and popular mobilization. In a second project she approaches the subject of political and social violence against women in Mexico, through a study of femicide in the State of Oaxaca (in southern Mexico). This project seeks to identify and analyze the scene of violence against women and the reaction and the role of the state facing such violence.
Dr. Mayer’s research is in the fields of comparative politics and political sociology. He focuses on social movements and state-society relations in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Brazil, Mexico and Jamaica. In particular, his research focuses on: the resistance strategies used by informal economy women workers to combat abuse and chronic violence in their workplaces; how marginalized people (in urban areas) organize themselves to claim their social and labor rights; and more generally the consequences of precariousness, informality and chronic violence on the daily lives of marginalized urban populations. Dr. Mayer also studies labor markets and workers’ organizations in the formal sector of the economy.
Françoise Montambeault works in the field of comparative politics. Her research deals with the process of democratization and building citizenship and, in particular, participative democracy in Latin America. Her recent work shows the importance of the design of participatory institutions for democratic development, but also of the type of political and social actors involved in and relating to them, their strategies and interactions. Her current research focuses on 3 themes: 1) the role of institutionalized participation in the development of citizenship and local communities, 2) the role of deliberation in divided societies, and 3) the concept of actors’ autonomy in participatory contexts.
Nora Nagels works on gender and diffusion processes of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs in Latin America. She analyzes the diffusion of gender cognitive structures, through CCT programs, as a means of diffusion of a new post-neoliberal paradigm for development in Latin America. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance at the political science department of the Université de Montréal. She obtained a PhD at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, that was financed by the NCCR North-South and administrated by Swisspeace, Bern.
Jorge Pantaleon’s research focuses on mexican migration to North America; Socioanthropology of practices and economic performances in the contemporary world; and cultures and societies of contemporary Latin America. He obtained a PhD at the National Museum in the Pós-Graduaçao em Antropologia Social de l’Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
Ricardo Peñafiel’s research focuses on the politics of representation in Latin America from a socio-historical perspective based on discourse analysis and comparative politics. This approach involves a constant confrontation between political theory and field studies led him to perform multiple research trips, including Chile, Mexico and Venezuela. In this research, in addition to contacts with grassroots organizations, unions and political, it has been integrated into a series of networks of researchers and universities.
Katherine Zien received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s Interdisciplinary Program in Theatre and Drama. Her pedagogy and research focus on theatre and performance in the Americas, with emphasis on trans-national mobility, competing cosmopolitanisms, and comparative performances of racialization in both “high” and popular cultural forms.