Meet Our Visiting Professors
Tinker Visiting Professor
The University of Texas at Austin is one of five major universities (with Chicago, Columbia, Stanford, and Wisconsin) to have a professorship endowed by the Edward Larocque Tinker Foundation. The goal of the Tinker Visiting Professor program has been to bring pre-eminent thinkers from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula to the United States as a means of encouraging contact and collaboration among scholars. View past Tinker Visiting Professors.
Sueli Carneiro, Fall 2023 Tinker Visiting Professor
Sueli Carneiro is a renowned public figure known as the godmother of Black feminism in Brazil. Dr. Carneiro is the winner of numerous prestigious national and international awards, including the 2021 Kalman Silvert Award for lifetime achievement from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the 2022 Jabuti Prize for literary excellence (akin to a Nobel Prize for Literature in Brazil). She is the first Black woman to be given an honorary doctorate from the University of Brasília (2022). Dr. Carneiro will teach a graduate seminar titled Black Feminist Epistemologies, which surveys Black women’s epistemologies from a global South perspective. Focusing primarily on the work of Black Brazilian feminists (in Portuguese) and Spanish-speaking Black feminists from the Caribbean and Latin America, the course will consider what it means to decolonize epistemologies as a Black feminist project.
Víctor Zúñiga, Fall 2023 Tinker Visiting Professor
Víctor Zúñiga is professor of sociology at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Derecho y Criminología. He earned his doctorate from the Université de París VIII-Vincennes, France (1980–83). His current projects relate to child migrants circulating between the United States and Mexico, new destinations of Mexican immigrants in the U.S., and contemporary return migration from the United States to Mexico. His graduate seminar focuses on child migration between the U.S., Mexico, and Central America from a child-centered perspective. The course will also focus attention on two populations: Mexican-origin child migrants living in the United States, and U.S.-born children moving from the United States to Mexico.
Visiting Resource Professors
Visiting Resource Professors are invited by UT Latin Americanist faculty members to lecture for one to two weeks in either undergraduate or graduate classes.
2022–23 Academic Year
Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, an Argentine writer and public intellectual, is a leading figure in Latin American literature and a founder of the feminist movement #NiUnaMenos (“Not One Less”). Her novel Las aventuras de China Iron (translated as The Adventures of China Iron) was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker International Prize. During her visit to UT Austin, she will participate in a public conversation with Professor Gabriela Polit of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. The conversation will be in Spanish, free and open to the public, on September 27, at 4 p.m., in the Benson Latin American Collection second-floor conference room.
Crystal Fortwangler is an Assistant Professor & Film Program Chair at La Roche University, as well as a filmmaker through her production company, Wider Angle Productions, LLC. Beginning with her dissertation on the preservation of U.S. Virgin Island (USVI) park land, she has spent decades working to develop products centered on the USVI in a variety of media. This includes four films all of which deal with the relationship between human beings and nature.
Hadiya Sewer, is a research affiliate in the African and African American Studies Program at Stanford University. She is co-founder and president of the St. John Heritage Collective, a nonprofit community land trust in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), and a founding member of the VI Studies Collective, a group of academics, artists, and activists whose work centers the USVI as a site of intellectual inquiry and theorization beyond the notion of utopia or unoccupied space.
Sewer and Fortwangler will visit campus at the invitation of Professor Carlos Ramos-Scharrón (LLILAS / Geography & the Environment). Their visit will center on the screening of the documentary they co-produced, Reclaiming Our Island, about the U.S. Virgin Islands USVI; a workshop on engaged/activist scholarship related to their experiences in USVI; participation in the Latin American Studies Proseminar to discuss land issues related to the Insular Caribbean; and one-on-one discussions with Professor Ramos-Scharrón and his research group.
Fernando Rosenblatt is associate professor of political science and a researcher at the Universidad Diego Portales, in Santiago, Chile. His recent work explores the effects of big data on party organizations, examining how the use of big data impacts party organization structures; how it transforms, reduces, or increases a party’s internal democracy; and whether it improves channels of communication between elites and activists. At the invitation of Professor Kurt Weyland (Government), he will visit campus in January 2023 to deliver a public lecture about the sociopolitical consequences of party institutionalization.
Socorro Venegas is an award-winning writer and editor whose recent publications include the novels Ceniza roja (2022), Vestido de novia (2014), and La noche será negra y blanca (2009), and the short story collection La memoria donde ardía (2019). Her works have been translated into English, French, and Portuguese. She has directed editorial projects for the Fondo de Cultura Económica, and, at UNAM, created the novel and memoir collection Vindictas, showcasing the work of marginalized Latin American women writers of the twentieth century. Venegas is a member of the honor committee of Centro para el Estudio de la Historia de la Lectura, directed by Alberto Manguel in Portugal, and director-general of publications and editorial development at UNAM. She writes the column Modo Avión for the literary e-magazine Literal Latin American Voices.