Dr. Leonor Arfuch is a Full Professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), both at the Social Sciences School and the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism. She is also Director of Research on Cultural Studies at the Gino Germani Research Institute (UBA), where she has led several projects since 1992. She works on questions dealing with subjectivity, identities, memory and narrative in the fields of literature, arts and the media, taking a multidisciplinary approach which combines discourse analysis, literary critique, semiotics and aesthetics. She has been a Visiting Professor at Essex University (England), Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), Iberoamericana (México), Pedagógica (Colombia), Pontificia Universidad Católica and Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), among others. She was awarded with the UBA Thalmann Scholarship in 1998, the British Academy Professorship Award in 2004 and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. She is also the author of several books, including amongst others: La entrevista, una invención dialógica (1995, 2nd edition 2010); Diseño y Comunicación. Teorías y enfoques críticos (Co-Author), 1997); El espacio biográfico. Dilemas de la subjetividad contemporánea (2002); O Espaço Biográfico - Dilemas da Subjetividade Contemporânea, (translated into Portuguese by Paloma Vidal, 2010); Crítica cultural entre política y poética (2008). As an editor, she has participated in the compilation of the following collective volumes: Identidades, sujetos y subjetividades (2002); Pensar este tiempo. Espacios, afectos, pertenencias (2005); with G. Catanzaro Pretérito Imperfecto. Lecturas críticas del acontecer (2008); with V. Devalle, Visualidades sin fin. Imagen y diseño en la sociedad global (2009). Additionally, she has published numerous articles in specialized books and journals and is a member of various international editorial boards.
During Spring quarter 2013, Professor Arfuch will teach ILAC 320: The Biographical Space in Contemporary Culture.
Vidal Romero holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the InstitutoTecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. He is professor in the Political Science Department at ITAM in Mexico City (on sabbatical leave 2012-2013), is Visiting Professor at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (August 2012-March 2013), and Tinker Professor at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University during Spring 2013. Romero’s research includes work on presidential decision-making, political-economy, and crime and violence topics. He has collaborated on different research projects with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. His work has been published in different journals such as Política y Gobierno, Latin American Research Review, and in multiple edited volumes. His current research is focused on drug-related crime and violence. Romero investigates into citizens’ perceptions of crime and violence and how a climate of insecurity affects individuals’ well-being, their support of crime fighting efforts and their assessment of authorities’ performance. His work also investigates into the determinants of violence and the type of relationship between criminal organizations and citizens. Much of his work is based on econometric and experimental methods implemented in different surveys that he has co-designed.
During Spring quarter 2013, Professor Romero will teach POLISCI 248L: Political-Economy of Crime and Violence in Latin America.
Roberto J. Blancarte is currently full time professor of the Center of Sociological Studies of El Colegio de México and was the Dean from the same Center from January 2006 to March 2012. He is also Associate Professor of the “Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités” (GSRL), a research group of the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France, related to the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) in the Sorbonne (Paris). He is founder and adviser of the Interdisciplinary Program of Religious Studies at El Colegio Mexiquense. Member of the National System of Researchers in its highest level. He has been a Board member of the National Council on Bioethics and the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED). Roberto Blancarte is author of numerous book chapters and academic articles that have been published in the most prestigious sociological and historical journals, such as Social Compass (Great Britain), Journal of Church and State (USA), Problèmes d’Amérique latine (France), Religioni e società (Italy), International Sociology, Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions (France), etc. He has been director of publications and journals such as Religiones y sociedad. He has been a columnist in several national newspapers and magazines. Currently he has a weekly column in Milenio Diario and Noroeste.
During Fall quarter 2012, Professor Blancarte will teach POLISCI 244P: Religion and Politics in Latin America.
Professor Morales-Manzanares was born in Mexico City. He started his musical training in national folkloric music, learning harps from Veracruz, Michoacán and Chiapas, as well as different kinds of flutes from several regions. Morales completed a Ph.D in composition at UC Berkeley.At the music school Escuela Superior de Música, he finished his professional studies on flute, piano and composition. As a composer, he has written music for theatre, dance, movies, TV and radio, been commissioned and participated in festivals in Europe, US, Mexico and Latin-America. As an interpreter, Morales-Manzanares has participated on his own and with other composers in forums of Jazz, Popular, Folkloric and New Music in Mexico, Latin-America, USA and Europe. As a researcher, he has participated in different national and international conferences such as ICMC, International Join Conference on Artificial Intelligence IJCAI and Symposium on Arts and Technology. He has received awards form Banomer-Rockefeller Fundation, UCMEXUS, Canada Concil for the Arts and Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA). Currently, he is the director of the Laboratorio de Informática Musical (LIM) at Guanajuato, Mexico, where he teaches composition, electronic music, digital art and music and mathematics. Mr. Morales is currently a member of the "Sistema Nacional de Creadores".
Andrés Laguens (PhD 1995, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) is the Academic Director of INDACOR (Institute of Anthropology Córdoba, Argentina) and Senior Researcher at the National Council for Science and Technology of Argentina. He is professor of archaeology at the Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, where he also coordinates the Doctorate Program in Anthropological Sciences, with the support of the Wenner-Gren Foundation. His research focuses in social inequality in past societies and the relationships between people, things and nature. He has been conducting a research project at the Andes of Argentina since 1996, analyzing the emergence of social differences and their reproduction and persistence as multidimensional phenomena. At the present time, he is interested in past onthologies and material culture in Andean societies. Since 2002 he has collaborated with argentine Justice in the archaeology of clandestine detention centres of the last military dictatorship in Argentina. He is also interested in the public communication of archaeology, and has been curator of the current exhibition of the Museo de Antropología of Córdoba and other temporary ones.
During Winter quarter 2013, Professor Laguens will teach ANTHRO 111A/211A: Archeology of the Andes of Argentina.
Pablo Andrés Neumeyer is currently Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics at Universidad Torcuato di Tella. His research is in the fields of macroeconomics, international finance and development. He has published theoretical and applied papers in several journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica and the Journal of Monetary Economics. He was associate editor of Macroeconomic Dynamics and is associate editor of Economia Chilena. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and a Guggenheim Fellow. He obtained his PhD in economics from Columbia University in 1992 and studied economics as an undergraduate at Universidad de Buenos Aires. He worked as a professor at the University of Southern California and has taught courses (mainly in international macroeconomics and finance) at Stanford University, Universidad de Montevideo, Universidad de los Andes, University of Chicago, Universidad Pompeu Fabra, New York University, and Universidad Carlos III. He received numerous grants and awards from the Tinker Foundation, Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica, Commission of the European Communities, el Institute for the Study of World Politics and Columbia University. He worked as a consultant for the Inter American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Federal Reserve and delivered seminars, public lectures and private talks at numerous universities, central banks and financial institutions throughout the Americas, Europe and Japan. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Development Network, head of LACEA's network on International Finance. He was chair of the Latin American Chapter of the Econometric Society and served in the Consejo de Administración Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
During Winter quarter 2013, Professor Neumeyer will teach ECON 217: Topics in Latin American Macroeconomics: Theory and Evidence for Latin America.
Liliana Suárez-Navaz holds an Ph.D. in Anthropology and a MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and is tenured professor at the Autónoma University at Madrid (UAM), where she funded and directed the Graduate Programs on Migration and Ethnic Relations (since 2000) and on Public Anthropology (since 2010). She has been visiting professor at the U. of Florida and the UC Berkeley, and visiting scholar and invited speaker in Michigan U., New York U., City U. of London, Manchester U., Flacso, Ciesas, and the UAM-Iztapalapa. She coordinates the research group on Migration, Identity and Citizenship, and has conducted fieldwork in the Americas (California, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador), Southern Europe (Spain and Romania) and Western Africa (Senegal). During her career she has received numerous grants and awards both in Spain, the UE and US for her research work. She has published Rebordering of the Mediterranean: Boundaries and Citizenship in Southern Europe (Berghahn Books 2004), The fight of the ‘Sans Papiers’ and the Extension of Citizenship. Critical Perspectives from the UE and USA, (TS, 2007 and Postcolonial Feminisms: Theory and Practice from the Margins, (Cátedra 2008), as well as many academic articles on topics such as transnationalism and new political practices, gender and feminist studies, migration of undocumented children, and shifting experiences of belonging in a globalized world. She is currently engaged with two interrelated research projects: the first focuses on diasporic media and Latin American journalists in Spain and the transformation of the European public sphere; the second is a collaborative venture to explore from a comparative perspective the making ans marketing of Latin@s identities in the UE and US .