Violeta Arancibia studied Psychology at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Pontificia Universidad Católica, PUC-Chile), specializing in Educational Psychology. Prof. Arancibia obtained her PhD at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. She is a professor at the School of Psychology at PUC-Chile where she has held different positions including associate dean of the School of Social Sciences, director of Department of Educational Psychology, and director of the Graduate School of Psychology. Her research has been linked to issues about quality and equity of education in Chile and Latin America, school effectiveness with emphasis on the impact of teachers on the quality of students learning experiences. She has numerous publications, including books and articles in scientific journals. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and visiting professor at Yale and Radbough in the Netherlands. In 2001, she founded the Programa de Estudios y Desarrollo de Talentos at PUC-Chile, an innovative educational program for vulnerable students with academic talent and directed the Program from 2001-2011. Prof. Arancibia was director of the Centre for Training, Experimentation and Pedagogical Research (Centro de Perfeccionamiento, Experimentación e Investigación Pedagógica, CPEIP) at the Ministry of Education of Chile from 2011-2013. In that position, she led teacher policies related to education, training, and evaluation of teachers, as well as principles of teachers’ professional development. In addition, Prof. Arancibia received the Women Leader Award as part of the Bicentennial of Chile in 2010. She has been consultant to international organizations such as UNESCO and the Inter-American Development Bank and is currently consultant in educational policies for Latin America to the World Bank.
During Fall quarter 2014, Professor Arancibia teaches EDUC 238X: Teacher Policies in Latin America.
Dr. Isidoro Cheresky obtained his first degree on 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 teaches Political Theory since 1970, and has 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 visiting professor in several worldwide universities, 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 the books recently published 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, on press.
During winter quarter 2015, Professor Cheresky teaches POLISCI 244C: Political Change in Latin America: The Contemporary Challenge to Democracy.
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 the 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 Mesoamerica (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala and FLACSO-Guatemala. He has also served as a professor with the University of California’s Education Abroad Program, the 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.