The program in Latin American and Iberian Studies draws on faculty members all across campus. Faculty affiliates are based in their home departments and contribute to the Latin American and Iberian Studies program by offering courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, mentoring students, and participating in program activities. You can search the program website for individual faculty members under Faculty – Alphabetical. Their individual listings are linked to their departments’ or their own websites. 

Professional researcher affiliates are included under the Faculty – Alphabetical and Faculty-Fields. Although they do not offer courses on a regular basis, they are valuable participants in the program with expertise in Latin American and Latinx issues.

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Black Studies
  • Infrastructural violence | Racialized policing practices | Urban security dynamics | Colombia and Brazil
Alicia Boswell
  • Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture

Pre-Columbian art and archaeology; cultural heritage; conservation; cultural landscapes; culture contact; frontiers; metalworking and ancient technology; craft production.

  • Professor
  • Theater & Dance
  • Intercultural Studies

 Golden Age Drama and poetry; Spanish, Caribbean, and South American theatre and performance; intercultural studies.

Dolores Ines Casillas
  • Associate Professor
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • U.S Spanish-language media

U.S. Spanish-language Media, Radio and Sound Practices, Language Politics, Migration and Masculinity, Latino/a popular culture


Juan Cobo
  • Assistant Professor
  • LAIS Vice-Director
  • Director of LAIS Graduate Studies
  • History
My research to date has been concerned with questions of race, language, law, and religious conversion in colonial Latin America, with a special emphasis on the New Kingdom of Granada, which was the region broadly corresponding to modern-day Colombia. This was a peripheral region in Spanish America, but was nevertheless closely connected to the global networks of exchange of knowledge, people, and ideas that spanned the early modern world. My work has sought to apply interdisciplinary and comparative methods to take advantage of this distinctive perspective to throw new light on important themes in early-modern social and cultural history, and at the same time to refocus the study of this region by exploring it in a broader, global context.
              My first book, Mestizos heraldos de Dios, was concerned with emerging ideas of race and difference in the early modern world by setting a controversy over the ordination of priests of mixed indigenous and European descent, mestizos, in New Granada against the backdrop of similar debates at the time in other regions of Spanish America, East and West Africa, India, and Japan.
              I am currently preparing a monograph concerning the profound transformations undergone by indigenous communities in the central highlands of New Granada — known as the Muisca — in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a result of the efforts of the colonial administration to convert them to Catholic Christianity, in the broader context of the global movement of religious renewal and reformation that was spearheaded by the Council of Trent. I am interested, on one hand, on the changing concerns and priorities of European Catholic missionaries active in New Granada, who proposed a variety of strategies and methods. And on the other, on how these efforts were received by the Muisca: how the incidence of these global trends created new means through which they could engage with Christianity, negotiate their place in colonial society, and pursue their interests during a period of intense change.
              I am also engaged in collaborative projects concerning early modern legal history, religious social institutions, and indigenous languages.
             Alongside my work as an historian, I co-founded a non-profit foundation devoted to digitising the holdings of endangered archives and libraries in Colombia, making the results available and accesible online for free, and promoting the digital humanities (


  • HSSB 4224
  • Phelps Hall 3212, LAIS Vice-Director's Office
Juan Pablo Lupi
  • Associate Professor
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Comparative Literature | Hispanic Caribbean

 Hispanic Caribbean; poetry and poetics; literary and critical theory; modern French literature; comparative literature; literature and science

Cecilia Méndez Gastelumendi
  • LAIS Director
  • Associate Professor
  • Andean History

Andean history, Peru, political violence, race and ethnicity, indigenismos, rural society, State formation, the nineteenth century, historiography

  • LAIS Director's Office: Phelps Hall 3212
  • History Department Office: HSSB 4219
Kai Thaler
  • Assistant Professor
  • Global Studies
  • Conflict and Violence | African and Latin American Politics

Conflict and violence, civil wars, state building, genocide and mass killing, development, African and Latin American politics



Cristina Venegas
  • Associate Professor
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Latin America and Latino media

 Latin American and Latino media, international cinema, media and digital technologies