CLAIS Advisory Committee 2023-24

Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Anthropology Department

Specialization: Mesoamerican art, religion, and writing

Ana De La O Torres

Associate Professor of Political Science and in the institution for Social & Policy Studies

Political Science Department

Specialization: Politics of poverty alleviation

Eduardo Fernandez-Duque

Professor of Anthropology

Anthropology Department

Specialization: Biological anthropology; the evolution and maintenance of social systems

Moira Fradinger

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature Department

Specialization: South American, Caribbean and European fiction, film, and intellectual history

Kenneth David Jackson

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Portuguese

Portuguese Department

Specialization: Portuguese and Brazilian Literatures; Camões, Machado de Assis, Fernando Pessoa; modernist, vanguardist, and inter-arts literature; Portuguese culture in Asia; ethnomusicology

Maria Jose Hierro Hernandez

Lecturer, Political Science

Political Science Department

Specialization: Short- and long-run determinants of national identity and nationalism, focusing on multinational contexts in Western Europe; the impact of the economic crisis on nationalist attitudes

Gilbert Joseph

Farnam Professor of History & International Studies

History Department

Specialization: Mexican & Central American History, Agrarian Societies, Social and Revolutionary Movements, U.S.-Latin American Relations Mexican Revolution & Politics, Latin American Politics

Albert Ko

Department Chair and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

School of Public Health & School of Medicine

Specialization: Health problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity

Janice Krentz

Librarian for the Latin American & Iberian Collections

Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support

Specialization: Research practices of Humanities Doctoral Students, Latin American Studies, Latinx Studies

Florencia Montagnini

Senior Research Scientist in Forestry and Environmental Studies

School of the Environment

Specialization: Variables Controlling the Sustainability of Managed Ecosystems in the Tropics with Special Emphasis on Latin America

Claire Priest

Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law

Yale Law School

Specialization: Property & American legal history

Stuart Schwartz

George Burton Adams Professor of History

History Department

Specialization: History of colonial Latin America, especially Brazil, and on the history of Early Modern Expansion

Emily Sellars

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Political Science Department

Specialization: The intersection of comparative political economy, development economics, and economic history

Margherita Tortora

Senior Lector, Spanish

Spanish Department

Specialization: Latin American Film, Spanish Writing

Claudia Valeggia

Professor of Anthropology; Chair, Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

Anthropology Department

Specialization: Biological anthropology; Interactions between human reproductive biology and the ecological and cultural context in which it develops.

Elisabeth Wood

Professor of Political Science & International and Area Studies

Political Science Department

Specialization: Sexual violence in war; Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador and Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador; comparative politics, political violence, collective action, and qualitative research methods

Erika Helgen

Associate Professor of Latin American and Latinx Christianity

Yale Divinity School

Specialization: Brazilian religious history, the history of Latin American Protestantism, religion and migration, the rise of religious pluralism in Latin America, and religious violence