Juan Antonio Suárez (M. A., Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film Studies, Indiana University) teaches American Studies at the University of Murcia, Spain. His main academic interests are modernist literature, independent and experimental cinema, contemporary art, and sound studies. He is the author of the books Bike Boys, Drag Queens, and Superstars (Indiana UP 1996), Pop Modernism: Noise and the Reinvention of the Everyday (U of Illinois P 2007), and Jim Jarmusch (U of Illinois P 2007). He is also an associate editor of the “Cinema and Modernism” section of Routledge’s on-line Encyclopedia of Modernism and the co-editor, with David Walton, of the volumes Culture, Space, Politics: Blurred Lines (Lexington / Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) and Borders, Networks, Escape Lines: The Spatial Politics of Contemporary Fiction (forthcoming, P. Lang, 2016). He has published numerous essays on modernist literature and experimental film in Spanish and English. Recent work in English has appeared in journals such as Grey Room, ExitBook, Criticism, and Screen, and in the edited collections Film Analysis, 2nd. Ed., eds. J. Geiger and R. L. Rutsky (W. W. Norton, 2013), Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle, ed. Marketa Uhlirova (Walther Koenig, 2014), and The Modernist World, eds. Lindgren and Ross (Routledge, 2015), among others. He has curated film programs for X-Céntric/Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Tate Modern-London, Museum Reina Sofía (Madrid), and MOCA-LA-Pacific Film Archive. He is one of the coordinators of the trans-European collaborative research project “Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDs Queer Sexual Cultures,” involving the University of Edinburgh, Humboldt University, University of Warsaw, and University of Murcia, and funded by the European Science Foundation / European Union. He is currently writing a book on experimental film and queer materiality.
Professor Suárez will be teaching FLIMSTUD 147/347: Iberian and Latin American Experimental Cinemas: 1960's to the Present in Spring 2017.
Jorge González-Jácome obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and a Doctorate in Juridical Science (SJD) from Harvard Law School. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Law of Universidad de los Andes. His research focuses in the history of law and democracy in Latin American twentieth centrury. Currently he is interested in the intellectual history of the human rights movement in Colombia in the late 1970s and the relation of that movement with the peace agenda and constitutional law at large. In this project he examines the ways in which the left and right came to embrace a general vocabulary to frame their political demands. His most recent book is Estados de Excepción y Democracia Liberal en América del Sur (Editorial Universidad Javeriana, 2015).
Professor González-Jácome will be teaching ILAC 246: Critical Issues of Human Rights through Literature in Spring 2017.
Andrés Moreno Estrada is a Mexican population geneticist interested in human genetic diversity and its implications in population history and medical genomics. He is a medical doctor by training (University of Guadalajara, 2002) and pursued a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics in Barcelona (Pompeu Fabra University, 2009), where he was trained in human population genetics working on the analysis of genetic variation in candidate genes under positive selection on the human lineage. Dr. Moreno was a postdoctoral fellow from 2009 to 2012 in Prof. Carlos Bustamante’s group at Cornell University and Stanford University School of Medicine. He later became Research Associate of the Genetics Department at Stanford University until 2014. For his work in Latin America he was awarded the “George Rosenkranz Prize for Health Care Research in Developing Countries” in 2012. His work integrated genomics, evolution and precision medicine in different projects involving large collections of populations, in particular from the Americas and the Pacific. He authored the most detailed work so far of the genetic structure of the Mexican population, including the first genomic characterization of 20 diverse indigenous groups throughout Mexico (Science 2014), as well as fine-scale studies in the Caribbean region (PLOS Genetics 2013) and South America (PLOS Genetics 2015). Since 2015, Prof. Moreno is the Principal Investigator of the Human Evolutionary and Population Genomics Laboratory and Head of the Genome Core Facility at the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (LANGEBIO), in Irapuato, Mexico. His group is interested in human evolution, adaptation, and population history as well as the biomedical implications of human genetic diversity in underserved populations of the world, particularly from Latin America.
Professor Estrada will be teaching BIO 331: The Genetic Footprint of Latin America and its Impact in a Multicultural Society in Spring 2017.
Jesús M. González Pérez has a doctorate (1998) in Geography from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He is Associate Professor at the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain). He has also been a visiting researcher at thirteen European and American universities, including the universities of Bergen, Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Glasgow, São Paulo, La Habana, Hidalgo, UNAM, INTEC-Santo Domingo and Stanford. He has contributed as author or co-author to more than a hundred publications of a national and international nature, many of which were published in journals included in the Journal Citation Reports. Furthermore, he has been a member of a research team which has undertaken a total of 30 funded research projects. He was Principal Investigator of thirteen of these projects.
Dr. González is currently Chairman of the Urban Geography Group of the Association of Spanish Geographers and member of the Urban Geography Commission of the International Geographical Union. He is also a member of the scientific or editorial committees of five international journals and reviewer for another twenty. He is coordinator of the area "Human Settlements" of the National Atlas of Spain.
Professor González is an expert evaluator of different Spanish scientific agencies: National I+D+i Plan of the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness, Catalan Government's Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR), ANEP and ANECA. He is also Scientific Expert Candidate for the European Commission.
Urban Geography and Urban Planning are Jesús M. González's main fields of expertise. He has spent twenty years delivering courses on these subjects at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral level in different universities. His scientific experience includes research on urbanisation processes at different levels, social segregation and polarisation in the inner city, and the methodological analysis of urban politics devoted to the rehabilitation of slum neighbourhoods. His recent publications focus on the spaces of social reproduction, urban vulnerability, the impact of the economic crisis on the city and increasing urban inequality based on the location of evictions. He has experience in researching these aspects not only in Spain but also in Latin America and the Caribbean, where he has directed four research projects and published two books.
Professor González is teaching HISTORY 76F/176F/376F: Cities, Urbanisation Processes and Urban Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean in Autumn 2016.
Henrique Pereira received a Master in Biophysics from the University of Lisbon in 1997 and a PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2002. From 2003 to 2005 he coordinated the Portugal Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Director of Peneda-Gerês National Park in Northern Portugal. From 2009 to 2014 he was a Research Group Leader at the Center for Environmental Biology of the University of Lisbon. Since 2013, he is the Professor of Biodiversity Conservation at iDiv - German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Invited Professor at InBio, Universidade do Porto (Portugal). He is the Chair of the Biodiversity Observation Network of the Group on Earth Observations. He was one of the lead authors of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 and a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPBES Scenarios Methodological Assessment. He has published over one hundred scientific papers and reports on biodiversity issues. His research interests revolve around global biodiversity change, including monitoring schemes for biodiversity, spatially explicit and species-area models for biodiversity scenarios, and empirical studies of the consequences of rewilding abandoned farmland for biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Professor Pereira will be teaching BIO 328: Managing Biodiversity Change: from Science to Policy in Winter 2017.