Dr. Roland Benedikter is Research Professor of Multidisciplinary Political Analysis in residence at the Willy Brandt Center of the University of Wroclaw/Breslau, Senior Research Scholar of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) Washington DC - with specialization on Chile -, Trustee of the Toynbee Prize Foundation, and Full Member of the Club of Rome. Benedikter's more than 300 publications include Foreign Affairs, The National Interest and New Global Studies as well as Harvard International Review and Welttrends Berlin (where he seves in the advisory board). Professor Benedikter was active in European Politics (1995-2003) for over eight years and holds three German and Austrian Doctorates in Applied Political Science, Political Sociology, and Educational Politics as well as an Italian Laurea quadriennale in Foreign Politics, Languages and Cultures. Main CLAS expertise: Chile.
Academic Year 2015-16
Dr. Jorge Ramón González-Ponciano holds degrees in Anthropology from Stanford University (MA) and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD). He is a tenured professor at the Institute of Anthropological Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Professor González-Ponciano's 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. He was Tinker Visiting Professor in spring 2015.
Doctor Andrés Laguens is the Academic Director of the 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. He was a Tinker Visiting Professor at CLAS during 2013.
His research focuses in social inequality in past societies and the relationships between people, things, and nature.
Professor Laguens 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 ontologies and material culture in Andean societies....