Learn about our fellows:


Jorge Alves

Jorge Alves (Ph.D., Brown University) is Assistant Professor at Queens College, CUNY. Professor Alves specializes in comparative politics, specifically on subnational politics, intergovernmental relations, state capacity construction and the political economy of development, with a regional focus on Latin America and Brazil. His work on Brazilian subnational politics has been published in Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics and Society, and the Journal of Politics in Latin America. He has a chapter on public transparency advances in Brazil in Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability (Brookings Press, 2014).


Desmond Arias

Desmond Arias (Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin) is the Marxe Chair in Western Hemisphere Affairs and Professor at Baruch College, CUNY.  His research focuses on security and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is author of Criminal Enterprises and Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Drugs and Democracy in Rio de Janeiro: Trafficking, Social Networks, and Public Security (University of North Carolina Press, 2006) and is co-editor of Violent Democracies in Latin America (Duke University Press, 2010). He has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UNHabitat). He is currently working on a book on crime in South American cities with colleagues at the University of Chile and is starting a project on illicit organizations and governance in Colombian and Afghanistan.


Jerry W. Carlson

Jerry W. Carlson (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Director of the Cinema Studies Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at  City College and a member of the doctoral faculties of French, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is a specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas. He is an active producer, director, and writer. An Emmy award winning Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series City Cinematheque about film history, Canape about French-American cultural relations, and Nueva York (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City.


Raquel Chang-Rodríguez

Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (Ph.D., New York University), is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic literature and culture at the Graduate Center and the City College, CUNY. Among her books and editions are: Literaturas orales y primeros textos coloniales (2017); Voces de Hispanoamérica. Antología literaria (4th ed. 2012); “Aquí, ninfas del sur, venid ligeras.” Voces poéticas virreinales (2008); Entre la espada y la pluma. El Inca Garcilaso y sus “Comentarios reales” (2011) which features her conversation with Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa; La palabra y la pluma en ‘Primer nueva crónica y buen gobierno’ (2005). Chang-Rodríguez is the founding editor of the prize-winning journal Colonial Latin American Review. She is Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America, Profesora Honoraria of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, and Miembro Correspondiente of the Peruvian Academy of the Language.


John Collins

John Collins (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Queens College.  He has conducted ethnographic research on UNESCO world heritage sites, urban restoration programs, and their relationships to national histories and racial politics in Brazil since 1992. Some of his publications include:  Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy (Duke University Press, 2015) and Sharing This Walk: An Ethnography of Prison Life and the PCC in Brazil (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). Professor Collins serves as an editorial board member and book review editor of Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.


Jonathan Conning

Jonathan Conning (Ph.D., Yale University) is Associate Professor at Hunter College and Member of the Doctoral Faculty at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research and teaching interests include development economics, applied microeconomic theory and financial contracting, as well as trade and modern political economy. His research has explored the structure and operation of rural financial markets, microfinance and social investment, as well as topics in agrarian production organization, property rights, economic history, and impact evaluation. He is an Affiliate at the Financial Access Initiative based at NYU.


Kenneth Erickson

Kenneth Erickson (Ph.D., Columbia University) is professor of Political Science at Hunter College, CUNY. His areas of specialization include comparative politics, Latin American politics, democratization, drugs and public policy, and environmental and energy policy. Among his publications are: with D.A. Rustow “Global Research Perspectives: Paradigms, Concepts and Data in a Changing World,”  Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives (Harper Collins, 1991), and “Brazil: Corporatism, Democratization, and Dependency” ( Latin American Politics and Development . Eds. H. J. Wiarda and H. Kline).


Mario González-Corzo

Mario González-Corzo (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is associate professor at the Department of Economics at Lehman College, CUNY, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in economics and finance. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University. His research and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic transformations, the role of remittances in the Cuban economy, and Cuba’s banking and agricultural sectors. Dr. González-Corzo is a contributing editor for the section on Cuban political economy and economics of the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) published by the Library of Congress. He is also a research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami (FL).


Ana María Hernández

Ana María Hernández (Ph.D., New York University) is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She coordinates the Latin American Studies and Spanish translation programs at LaGuardia. Her recent publications include an annotated edition of Fantoches 1926: Folletín Moderno por Once Escritores Cubanos (Stockcero, 2011), and an edition of Cirilo Villaverde’s novel Cecilia Valdés o La Loma del Angel (Stockcero, 2013). She received a Focus Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2003 to explore the “African Roots of Latin Music.” Hernández is a member of the International Association of Scholars of the Fantastic and has been part of the reviewing staff of World Literature Today since 1977.

Carlos Riobó

Carlos Riobó (Ph.D., Yale University) is Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures, at the Graduate Center and of Comparative Literature at City College, CUNY.  He is Chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures at City College and an Editorial Board member of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Cuban and Argentine literature and cultures. Some of his publications include: Caught between the Lines: Captives, Frontiers, and National Identity in Argentine Literature and Art (University of Nebraska Press, 2019)   Sub-versions of the Archive: Manuel Puig’s and Severo Sarduy’s Alternative Identities (Bucknell University Press, 2011); Cuban Intersection of Literary and Urban Spaces (SUNY Press, 2011); and Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization, with Mauricio Font (Paradigm Press, 2013).


Mary Roldán

Mary Roldán (Ph.D., Harvard University) is the Dorothy Epstein Chair in Latin American History at Hunter College and a faculty appointment in Latin American history at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Her research, writing and teaching interests include: violence, state formation, peace studies, urban history, drug trafficking, and the relationship between media (radio), culture, and public opinion. She serves on the editorial boards of the Latin American Research Review (LARR), Historia Critica (UAndes, Bogotá) and Estudios Sociales (UNacional, Bogotá). Most recently (2013-2014), her research and publications have been adopted  as the basis for the historical reconstruction of twentieth century violence in Antioquia, Colombia for the Museo Casa de la Memoria in Medellín, the first museum in Colombia devoted to the memory of the victims of twentieth century violence. She is currently at work on two monographs, Broadcast Nation: Radio, Culture and Politics in Colombia and Acción Cultural Popular: Radio, Development and Catholic Transnationalism in Colombia.

Julie Skurski

Julie Skurski (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her interests lie in the subjects of historical anthropology, race, gender, postcolonialism, popular religion, and Latin American, Caribbean, and Atlantic studies. Her books include States of Violence (University of Michigan Press, 2009), coedited with Fernando Coronil and Anthrohistory: The Question of Discipline, co-edited (2011). She is now at work on Civilizing Barbarism: Nationhood, Masculinity, and Mestizaje in Early Twentieth-Century Venezuela. Related to this project, she is conducting research on the relationship between secular and esoteric formations of national and collective identity, focusing on Freemasonry and popular religiosity in Venezuela and Cuba. She has also been working on the artistic work and political vision of several popular painters in Venezuela.


Araceli Tinajero

Araceli Tinajero (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Professor of Spanish at the Graduate Center and City College of New York, CUNY. Her research interests include: Literary and intellectual history; Orientalisms; transpacific studies; Mexican, Caribbean and Latino literatures in comparative perspective; and transatlantic studies.  She is the author of Kokoro, una mexicana en Japón (Verbum, 2012); El lector de tabaquería (University of Texas Press, 2010); and Orientalismo en el modernismo hispanoamericano (Purdue University Press, 2004).