Victor Armony has published and lectured extensively in the field of identity, citizenship, and political discourse. He is the director of the Observatory of the Americas at the UQÀM (Université du Québec à Montréal). He currently holds the US-Canada Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Policy Studies at American University and the University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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.
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.