Manuel Balan holds a PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also affiliated to the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. He is a member of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University. His research is in comparative politics with a regional focus in Latin America.He is particularly interested in issues of corruption and development, corruption scandals, political competition, media and politics, transparency and anti-corruption policies, and democracy and the rule of law.
Jessica Coon’s research is focused on syntax and morphology. She is especially interested in ergativity, split ergativity, case and agreement systems, nominalization, and verb-initial languages. Much of her work is based on data from the Mayan language, Chol. She began fieldwork on the language in 2002, and has been traveling regularly to Chiapas ever since. Here in Montreal she works with speakers of Chuj, a Mayan language of Guatemala.
Oliver Coomes is Professor of Geography at McGill University. He works on issues related to environment and development in neotropical forests and forest communities of Latin America, including peasant livelihoods, forest resource use, spatial poverty traps, land cover change, adaptation to environmental change, and agrobiodiversity. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of World Development from 2012-2012.
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.
José Jouve Martin is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. He is the author of the books Slaves of the Lettered City (2005) and The Black Doctors of Colonial Lima: Science, Race, and Writing in Colonial and Early Republican Peru (2014). He has co-edited the volumes The Constitution of the Hispanic Baroque (2008), From the Baroque to the Neo-Baroque: Cultural Realities and Cultural Transfers (2011), Contemporary Debates in Ecology, Culture, and Society in Latin America (2011), and Culture Policy and Cultural Markets in Latin America (2013). He is also Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Interdisciplinary Program at McGill University and a member of the SSHRC MCRI groups The Hispanic Baroque and Forms of Conversion.
Catherine LeGrand’s research focuses on the agrarian, social and cultural history of Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries and cultural aspects of US and Canadian relations with Latin America. She has written on the impact of agricultural export economies on land tenure and social relations in frontier areas and on rural conflict. She also published on the historiography of foreign enclaves in Latin America, law and citizenship in Colombia, the Colombian Violencia of the 1950s, and the current conflict in Colombia. Presently she is studying Catholic connections between Canada and Latin America: Quebec missionaries in Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Chile, and Bolivia and Nova Scotia’s Antigonish Movement in Latin America (1935-1980).
Sonia Laszlo is Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development. Her main research areas cover many aspects of applied microeconomic analysis in economic development: rural development, access to markets, and the relationship between income, health and education in economic development. Prof. Laszlo has focused most of her research on Latin America and the Caribbean, especially Peru and Mexico. She is also a member of the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Organizations (CIRANO) and the Grupo de Analysis para el Desarrollo (GRADE). In 2005 she co‐founded and has since been an executive member of the Canadian Development Economics Study Group (CDESG), which groups both academic and policy development economists in Canada.
Fernanda Macchi’s area of specialization is Colonial Latin America literature and culture. Her book Incas Ilustrados: reconstrucciones imperiales en la primera mitad del siglo XVIII examines the representations of the ancient Andean empire and its uses during an intense Inca vogue that took place on both sides of the Atlantic. Her current research -funded generously by the FQRSC- studies the Spanish reading of the Latin American Independence wars through the consideration of the early 19th century editions of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and the literary and cultural reconstructions of the Conquest at the time.
Kristin Norget is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at McGill University, and received her PhD from Cambridge University. Her research is rooted in an interest in religious practice and performance, and has examined aspects of the relation between religiosity, the Catholic Church, political violence, and the complexity of identity formation, such as within the ‘progressive’ Catholic movements of liberation theology and indigenous theology. In collaboration with a Mexican colleague, she is presently conducting research on the interaction of new media technologies within current evangelization strategies of the institutional Catholic Church.
Philip Oxhorn is a Professor of Political Science at McGill University and the Founding Director of McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Latin American Research Review. A former Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) at McGill, his research focuses on the comparative study of civil society and its role in supporting democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America. Professor Oxhorn has lectured extensively in North and South America, Western Europe, Asia and Australia. He has a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University.
Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert’s past research centered upon the microhistory of different communities in the early modern Iberian Atlantic world. His current research is on the social and environmental history of natural resource extraction in Latin America. This includes projects on the environmental history of colonial mining, early Iberian discourses on the transformation of nature, the historical geography of mining in Mexico over the longue durée, and the history of autochthonous landscapes on the Isthmus of Panama.
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.