Tinker Professors

Spring 2014

Eduardo Becerra, is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Director of the M.A. Program in Publishing and Editing at Madrid’s Universidad Autónoma. He has been a Visiting Professor at various European, American and Asian universities and is the author of Rubén Darío y su obra (2000) and Pensar el lenguaje; escribir la escritura (experiencias de la narrativa hispanoamericana contemporánea) (1995). He is also the editor of Ciudades posibles. Arte y ficción en la constitución del espacio urbano (2010); El arquero inmóvil. Nuevas poéticas del cuento (2006); Desafíos de la ficción (2002); Salvador Elizondo’s Farabeuf (2000); the seminal anthology Líneas aéreas (1999); Rubén Darío’s Poemas escogidos (1997), and Arturo Uslar Pietri’s Las lanzas coloradas (1995).

Professor Becerra contributed to Historia de la Literatura Hispanoamericana (1995) and authored three chapters in Historia de la Literatura Hispanoamericana III (Cátedra, 2008). Author of more than seventy articles on Spanish American narrative, poetry and the essay, between 1999 and 2003 he was the Director of the Spanish American series for Spain’s Editorial “Lengua de Trapo”. In 2009 he coordinated a monograph devoted to Juan Carlos Onetti, published by Spain’s Centro Virtual Cervantes, and directed the conference Bienvenido Onetti held in Madrid on the occasion of Onetti’s centennial. He also edited Alejo Carpentier’s Cuentos completos and El acoso, for Akal publishers (in press, 2014) and coordinated the volume El surrealismo y sus derivas. visones, declives y retornos (Abada, 2013). 

During spring quarter, Professor Becerra teaches ILAC 254: Surrealism in Latin America and Spain (Poetry and Fiction).

Eulàlia Bonet studied Catalan Philology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and got her Ph.D. from MIT in 1991 with a thesis entitled Morphology after Syntax: Pronominal Clitics in Romance. She is currently Associate Professor (profesora titular d'universitat) at the Department of Catalan Philology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a member of the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica (CLT) at the same university. Her work focuses mainly on Catalan, but she has also worked on Spanish, Italian, and Basque, among other languages. Professor Bonet has published two books (Manual de transcripció fonètica, with Maria-Rosa Lloret and Joan Mascaró, and Fonologia catalana, with Maria-Rosa Lloret), and several articles and book chapters, among which "Feature structure of Romance clitics" in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (1995), "More on Alignment as an alternative to domains: the syllabification of Catalan clitics", with Maria-Rosa Lloret, in Probus (2005), "The Person-Case constraint and repair strategies", in Person Restrictions, ed. by Roberta D'Alessandro et al. (2008), "Contextual allomorphy", with Daniel Harbour, in The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence, ed. by Jochen Trommer (2012), and "A challenge for Harmonic Serialism with Optimal Interleaving", to appear in Phonology (2013).

During spring quarter, Professor Bonet teaches LINGUIST 171: Iberian Languages: Structure, Variation & Context.

Faviola Rivera Castro, Professor at the Institute of Philosophical Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, holds a degree in Philosophy from Harvard University (Ph.D.). Her current research focuses on the relation between liberalism and laicism in Mexico. In some of her publications she has explored how liberalism led to laicism as a solution to the political and ideological conflict with a dominant and powerful Church and religion. She is now working on a book focused on the idea of “liberal laicism” as an alternative in Mexico today. Professor Rivera Castro has also published books and articles on various topics on ethics and political philosophy. She was a Humanities and International Studies fellow (2007-8) at Stanford Humanities Center and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (Stanford University) and visiting Professor at Universidad de Costa Rica and Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (Bolivia). She is chief editor of Dianoia, a Philosophy journal in Spanish, and served as director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy at UNAM.

During spring quarter, Professor Rivera Castro teaches PHIL 176C: Two Views on the Place of Religion in Politics: Religion in the Political Sphere and Laicism (PHIL 276C).

Dr. Vázquez Semadeni holds M.A. and a Ph.D. degrees in History from El Colegio de Michoacán where she is Tutorial Professor for the Doctorate on Social Sciences. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on Mexican political culture in the nineteenth century, the formation of a republican political language in Latin America, and the history of Freemasonry. Professor Vazquez Semadeni is working on a book about the sociopolitical networks created in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean by Freemasonry. Many of her publications examine the role played by Freemasonry in the formation of a republican political culture in Mexico, as well as the relationship between Mexican and American Freemasonry and its implication in Mexican politics. Her recent publications include La formación de una cultura política republicana. El debate público sobre la masonería, México 1821-1830 (UNAM/El Colegio de Michoacán, 2010) and the co-edited volume 200 Emprendedores Mexicanos. La formación de una nación (Lid Editorial, 2010).

Professor Vázquez Semadeni was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, UNAM, México (2008-2010), where she taught courses about liberal political culture in Latin America in the graduate program and conducted research about the redefinition of political alliances in Mexico after the first decade of independence. She was awarded a fellowship granted by the California Masonic Foundation and UCLA to be a postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of History in UCLA (2010-2011). She is a member of the Center of Historical Studies on History of Spanish Freemasonry and founder of the Center of Historical Studies on History of Latin American and Caribbean Freemasonry. 

During spring quarter, Professor Vázquez Semadeni teaches HISTORY 172A: Mexico: From Colony to Nation, or the History of an impossible Republic?

Winter 2014

Claudio Ferraz is an Associate Professor of Economics at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and a research affiliate at BREAD and JPAL. His areas of interest are development, political economy and public economics. In particular, his research focuses on governance and accountability in developing countries and its consequences for politics and public service delivery. His ongoing projects examine how voters react to information campaigns; whether pay-for-performance improve the quality of education; whether increases in the quality of politicians affect public policies; the consequences of natural resource booms, and the impacts of policies that aim at reducing violence in urban areas. Professor Ferraz is co-director of the Political Economy Network of LACEA and associate editor of the journals Economia and the Latin American Economic Review. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics.

During winter quarter, Professor Ferraz teaches POLISCI 243C: The Political Economy of Development.

Márcio Garcia is Associate Professor at PUC-Rio, Brazil, since 1991, having served as Department Chairman and Director of both Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. During 2013, he was Visiting Scholar with the Sloan School, MIT, and the NBER. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University Economics Department. His areas of research are International Finance and Monetary Economics. Márcio has been a visiting professor/scholar at the Economics Departments of Stanford, Chicago, and MIT, in the US, and at Paris School of Economics (then, DELTA) and Université D’Evry-Val-D’Essone, in France. Professor Garcia has consulted for international and Brazilian institutions, including the World Bank, IMF, IADB, ECLAC/UN, BM&F Bovespa, BNDES, Icatu, ANBID, NEO Investimentos, among others. His academic papers and Op-Ed articles may be found at http://www.econ.puc-rio.br/Mgarcia/. He is a member of the Bellagio Group.

During winter quarter, Professor Garcia teaches ECON 122: Economic Development of Latin America.

Juan-Pablo Montero is Professor of Economics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC-Chile) and has held visiting positions at the MIT Sloan School of Business and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received a Civil Engineering degree from PUC-Chile, an M.Sc, and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. His research work concentrates on industrial organization, environmental economics and resource economics and has appeared, among others, in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, RAND Journal of Economics, The Economic Journal and Journal of Economic Theory. Professor Montero is co-author of Markets for Clean Air of Cambridge University Press (joint with Ellerman, Joskow and Schmalensee of MIT). He has been a consultant for the Government of Chile, private corporations and international organizations.

During winter quarter, Professor Montero teaches ECON 253: Energy Markets: Theory and Evidence from Latin America.