Fall 2014

Violeta Arancibia studied psychology at Universidad Católica de Chile, specializing in educational psychology. She obtained her PhD at the University of Wales in the UK. She has worked at Universidad Católica de Chile for many years, where she has been a professor at the School of Psychology, director of the Faculty of Social Sciences, head of department of Educational Psychology, and director of the Graduate School of Psychology. Her research has been linked to issues of quality and equity of education in Chile and Latin America, school effectiveness, and in particular the issue of the teachers’ impact on the quality of students’ learning experiences. She has numerous publications, including books and articles in scientific journals. She has been invited as a visiting scholar at Harvard, and a visiting professor at Yale and Radbough in the Netherlands. In 2000, she founded PENTA UC (the Center for the Study and Development of Talent), an innovative educational program for vulnerable students with academic talent, where she was the principal for ten years. For almost three years, she was the director of the CPEIP (the National Center of Training, Experimentation and Pedagogical Research) in the Ministry of Education of Chile. In that position, she led teacher policies relating to teacher education, teacher training, teacher evaluation, and principal training. She also participated in the design and presentation to Congress of a new law pertaining to teacher professional development. She has been a consultant to international organizations such as UNESCO, IDB and World Bank, where she is currently a consultant in educational policies for Latin America. She was chosen as one of the 100 women leaders in Chile.

During fall quarter 2014, Professor Arancibia teaches EDUC 238X: Teacher Policies in Latin America.

Winter 2015

Dr. Isidoro Cheresky obtained his first degree in sociology at the University of Buenos Aires and his PhD at the University of Tolouse le Mirail in France. He dedicated his career to the University of Buenos Aires, where he has taught political theory since 1970 and directed the research group “The New Political Forms” for more than 10 years, as a main researcher of the Nacional Council of Scientific and Technological Research in Argentina. He has also been a visiting professor in several universities worldwide, such as Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales-Paris, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris, University of Amsterdam, University of Laval-Québec-Canadá, New School University-New York, and Stanford University. He served for several years as a consultant to the United Nations Organization for Education (UNESCO) and the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) and has received honors for his work, among which stand out the Konex- Diploma Merit Award in the discipline of Political Science (2006 - Argentina) and the distinction of Chevalier de Palmes Académiques, granted by the French government (2009). His main research interests are the transformations in political representation and citizenship in Argentina, in comparative perspective with Latin America. Mainly on these issues, he has published numerous articles in books and journals, as well as notes on mainstream media. Among his recently published books are ¿Qué democracia en América Latina?, I. Cheresky (compiler) CLACSO-Prometeo, Buenos Aires, 2012; Sin programa, sin promesa. Liderazgos y procesos electorales, I. Cheresky y R. Annunziata (compilers), Prometeo, Buenos Aires, 2012; and El nuevo rostro de la democracia, I. Cheresky, Fondo de Cultura Económica, Buenos Aires, in press.

During winter quarter 2015, Professor Cheresky teaches POLISCI 244C: Political Change in Latin America: The contemporary challenge to democracy.
 
 
Petronilha Beatriz Gonçalves e Silva is a full professor, and now professor emerita, in Education and Racial-Ethnic Relations at the Center of Education and Human Sciences at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil. Through a selection process within the Brazilian Black Movement, Professor e Silva was appointed to the National Council of Education from 2002 to 2006. During this time she played a central role in writing The National Curriculum Guidelines for the Education of Racial-Ethnic Relations and The Teaching of African and Afro-Brazilian History and Culture, which has since been implemented at all educational levels in Brazil. Professor e Silva’s many contributions to education were recognized in 2011 when she received Brazil’s Presidential National Order of Merit. Professor e Silva began her academic career in 1979 at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul where completed a master’s degree in Education and then went on to complete a doctorate in the Human Sciences and Education in 1987. During her graduate studies, she attended UNESCO’s International Educational Planning Institute in Paris, France. Professor e Silva’s scholarship, that includes publications in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, addresses themes related to African and Afro-Brazilian culture and history, the contributions of the Black Movement to the Brazilian educational system, as well as educational policy and ethnic-racial relationships. Some of her most recent publications include Araujo, S. S. O., & Silva, P. B. G. e. (2009). The Education of ethnic minority groups in Mexico. In: Banks, J.A. (Editor). The Routledge international companion to multicultural education (pp. 540-551). New York: Routledge, Silva, P. B. G. e. (2011). Education on ethnic-racial relations from the perspective of Afro-descendants: Agenda for knowledge production. Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy. June, 4(1) 73-85. Retrieved from www.reid-ifed.org.
 
During winter quarter 2015, Professor Gonçalves e Silva teaches CSRE 126B: Curricular Public Policies of Recognition of African & Indigenous Populations - Brazilian Experience.
 
 

Spring 2015

Dr. Gonzalez Ponciano holds degrees in anthropology from Stanford University (MA) and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD), and is a tenured professor at the Institute of Anthropological Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His current research focuses on the history of tourism and the construction of the exotic in the Mayan region. He is also working on a book about socio-racial formation in Guatemala, which analyzes the dilemmas of Whiteness and Indigenismo, and the politics of racism and anti-racism in Mesoamerica. Many of his publications examine the formation of the Mexico-Guatemala border, the interplay between territorial and symbolic borders in transnational migration, public policies aimed at indigenous people, and the role of racial ideologies in authoritarianism and nation building in Mesoamerica. His recent publications include the co-edited volume México y Guatemala: Entre el liberalismo y la democracia multicultural (2009) and “The Shumo Challenge: White Class Privilege and the Post-Race, Post-Genocide Alliances of Cosmopolitanism from Below” (McAllister and Nelson, eds., 2013). Gonzalez Ponciano was previously a full-time researcher at UNAM's Centro de Estudios Mayas and a tenured professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas. He has been an invited researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala, and FLACSO-Guatemala. He has also served as a professor with the University of California’s Education Abroad Program, UNAM’s Graduate Program in Mesoamerican Studies, and the Graduate Program of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas.

During spring quarter 2015, Professor  Gonzalez Ponciano teaches ANTHRO 122A/222A: Race and Culture in Mexico and Central America.