Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

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. A Tinker Visiting Professor is expected to provide an opportunity for U.S. scholars, students and the general public to discover the contributions made by Latin American and Iberian scholars in a broad range of disciplines and, therefore, must be a citizen of an Ibero-American country, Spain, or Portugal.

A Tinker Visiting Professor is a scholar or professional (journalist, architect, judge, etc.) who has gained prominence and recognition for contributions to his/her field and not just a promising newcomer.

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) administers the Tinker Professor Program. Nominations for this professorship must come from chairs of UT Austin departments.

For more information, contact Luis Baeza at 512.495.4582.

Fall 2021

Gustavo Adolfo Vaamonde is professor in the Cátedra Historical Theory and Method, and director of the master’s program in History, at Universidad Central de Venezuela. He will teach the undergraduate course Political History in Latin America, examining political participation from the 19th century up to the present. The course will be taught in Spanish. Describing the course, Vaamonde writes, “El propósito del Seminario es revisar y estudiar críticamente el proceso de conformación de las Naciones y los Estados independientes de Latinoamérica desde finales del siglo XVIII hasta mediados del siglo XIX, como requisito metodológico previo para entender la creación, estructuración, consolidación y sustitución de las instancias y espacios de participación política de nuestras nuevas Repúblicas. A partir de esta etapa genésica hasta el presente, se han implantado en nuestras sociedades diversas doctrinas políticas, escuelas de pensamiento, así como también se han defendido diferentes anhelos sociales los cuales han condicionado la participación de las mayorías sociales en los espacios públicos de decisión. El sistema juntista monárquico, la movilización de masas en los ejércitos independentistas, el constitucionalismo liberal latinoamericano, el progresismo positivista, la consolidación de los partidos políticos modernos, la preeminencia del movimiento sindical, los sistemas de democracia representativa, la lucha armada hasta los sistemas populistas contemporáneos, serán revisados en el curso.”

Course info: Political History in Latin America (19th–21st Century), LAS 370S, Unique: 40269, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30–11:00 AM, SRH 1.320. Course taught in Spanish.

Spring 2020

María José Álvarez Rivadulla is associate professor of sociology and chair of the sociology area at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She is the author of Squatters and the Politics of Marginality in Uruguay (Springer, 2017), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. As Tinker Visiting Professor, she will co-teach, with Professor Javier Auyero (Sociology) the graduate seminar Urban Inequalities in the Americas (and Beyond): Configurations and Experiences. The course puts research and ideas on Latin American cities into dialog with research from the United States and beyond. Among other questions, the course examines the fact that in Latin America, class is the main cleavage determining residential choices and constraints for city dwellers. This is in contrast to cities the global North, where race and migration are the main factors.

Spring 2019

Rolando Díaz-Loving is full professor in the Department of Psychology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and a member of Mexico’s National Council of Science. His research focuses on psychological processes in couples and families, sexual behavior, health, and HIV, as well as cross-cultural psychology and ethno-psychology. He will teach a course titled Social Psychology in Latin America: An Ethno-psychological Approach in spring 2019. 

Gabriela Siracusano is director of the Research Center for Art, Materiality, and Culture at the Instituto sobre Arte y Cultura “Dr. Norberto Griffa,” at Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires. She is also a scientific career researcher at the National Scientific and Research Council of Argentina, CONICET. She will teach a course on the visual and material culture of colonial Andean art in spring 2019.

Fall 2018

Beatriz Bustos (Universidad de Chile) is a professor in the Department of Geography within the School of Architecture and Urbanism. Her research focuses on rural development, political ecology, and economic geography. She will teach the graduate seminar Political Ecology and the Geography of Commodities during fall 2018.

Spring 2018

Alessandro de Oliveira dos Santos is senior researcher and professor at the Psychology Institute of the University of São Paulo. He works with Black and Indigenous populations in the Brazilian Amazon forest to address the effects of borders, tourism, mining, and hydroelectric projects on their lives. He taught the graduate seminar Environmental Racism and Struggles for Recognition among People of the Amazon Forest in spring 2018.

Fall 2017

Felipe González Morales is a specialist in international human rights law who currently serves as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants. Prior to this, he  served on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. A professor of international and constitutional law at Diego Portales University in Santiago, Chile, González will co-teach the graduate course Human Rights in Latin America with Ariel Dulitzky, clinical professor of law and director of the Human Rights Clinic and the Latin America Initiative at Texas Law. Read more about Professor González.

Fall 2016–Spring 2017

Bianca Freire-Medeiros, of Brazil, is a professor of sociology at the University of São Paulo (USP) and the coordinator of UrbanData, a database on urban Brazil. Her training in both sociology and the history and theory of art and architecture has led her to work with photographic and cinematic images of urban space and cultural otherness. She is the author of the book O Rio de Janeiro que Hollywood inventou (The Rio de Janeiro That Hollywood Invented, 2005), based on her dissertation, as well as numerous articles on U.S. representations of Rio de Janeiro in film, travel accounts, and scholarly writings. Her more recent work examines favela tourism. She produced the 2012 documentary A Place to Take Away, which looks at the implications of tourism in the favela of Roçinha. Professor Freire-Medeiros will offer the graduate seminar Rio Favelas and the Imaginary Brazil during the fall semester.

Fall 2016

Rosalva Aída Hernández is a Mexican anthropologist currently working as professor and senior researcher at CIESAS (Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Anthropology) in Mexico City. Her research interests include ethnic studies, legal and political anthropology, postcolonial feminisms, and activist research. This includes a project exploring the experience of indigenous women with customary law and national law. She is author, most recently of Multiple InJustices: Indigenous Women, Law, and Political Struggle (forthcoming), as well as Sur profundo: Identidades indígenas en la frontera Chiapas–Guatemala (Deep South: Indigenous Identities on the Chiapas–Guatemala Border, 2013) and numerous other books and co-edited volumes. She is recipient of the Martin Diskin Oxfam Award for her activist research, and was awarded the Simón Bolívar Chair at Cambridge University for her scholarly achievements. Professor Hernández will teach the graduate seminar Epistemologies of Decolonialization, Identity, and Power in fall 2016.

Spring 2016

Ruud van Akkeren is a researcher, anthropologist, and ethnohistorian at the Centro de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Antropológias at Universidad del Valle, Guatemala. A native of the Netherlands, he has lived and worked in Guatemala for many years. Van Akkeren’s research interests include indigenous documents of Guatemala, Maya and Mesoamerican mythology and religion, Classic Maya collapse and birth of Postclassic confederations, and the Mesoamerican network of trade and its cosmology. His course offering this semester is the graduate seminar Understanding Maya Thought, which explores certain poorly understood texts containing a wealth of information on Maya history and religion, indispensible for understanding Maya and Mesoamerican thought. He has taught numerous workshops and courses internationally, including “La Ruta de la serpiente: Los gremios del comercio teotihuacano en Mesoamérica” (UNAM, 2014), “2012: The End of Time? Perception of Time Among Maya and Mesoamericans” (Netherlands, 2012), and “The K’iche’ Book of Creation and History: Popol Wuj, Its Facts, Its Interpretation” (to U.S. students in Guatemala, 2013).

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is a journalist, social anthropologist, and international spokeswoman who has been at the forefront in struggles for respect for indigenous cultures. An LLILAS alumna, she is the first Maya-K'iche' woman to earn a doctorate in social anthropology. An activist-scholar, she initiated the court case that made racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala. Her graduate seminar is titled Gender and Politics of Indigenous Peoples. Velásquez Nimatuj has won numerous academic fellowships and awards for her journalism, and has served in numerous leadership roles. She was executive director of the Mecanismo de Apoyo a Pueblos Indígenas Oxlajuj Tzikin (Support Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples) (2005–2013). She was a member of the Latin American Consulting Group of Indigenous Leaders for UNICEF and participates in the UN through the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. From 2014 to 2015, she served as adviser on indigenous issues for the Latin American and Caribbean office of UN Women. Velásquez Nimatuj is the author of Pueblos Indígenas: estado y lucha por tierra en Guatemala (AVANCSO 2008) and La pequeña burguesía indígena comercial de Guatemala: Desigualdades de clase, raza y género (AVANCSO-SERJUS 2002). She writes a weekly newspaper column in El Periódico de Guatemala, and through both her political and academic efforts seeks to create viable and realistic ways to advance equality for indigenous people and promote a truly democratic and participatory democracy in Guatemala.

Fall 2013

Pablo de Larrañaga is Professor of Law at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City and Director of the Program in Regulation, Infrastructure, and Development and of the LLM in administrative law and regulation at ITAM. He received a PhD in law and a diploma in European Union studies from the University of Alicante, Spain, an LLM in legal theory from the European Academy of Legal Theory in Brussels, and an LLB from ITAM. Dr. Larrañaga’s research expertise includes Mexican public law, constitutional law, regulation, globalization, and economic law. His recent publications include the book Regulación:  Técnica jurídica y razonamiento económico (Mexico City: Ed. Porrua, 2009) and the forthcoming book Metodología de la mejora regulatoria (Mexico City: Dofiscal, 2013). Dr. Larrañaga is a member of the National System of Researchers and has been a visiting scholar and researcher at a number of universities internationally, including Harvard Law School, Genoa University, Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He will teach two courses in Fall 2013, a LLILAS graduate seminar, Latin American Market Systems, and a Law School seminar, Mexican Public Law. 

Magdalena Villarreal is Senior Researcher and Professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is currently co-director of two research projects: one on poverty and aging in collaboration with the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores Occidente (ITESO) at the Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, and one on financial practices in Mexican and Indian rural communities with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Villarreal received a PhD in the sociology of rural development and an MSC in the management of agricultural knowledge systems from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and a BA in history from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Her research expertise includes poverty, indigenous issues, finance and development issues, migration and human rights, social policy, and gender issues. Her recent publications include “Cashing Identities: Debt in the Non-material World of Money among Rural Mexicans,” and “Introduction. Defying Poverty: Myths of Economic Control and Power” in Paerregaard, Karsten, and Webster (eds.), The Byways of the Poor: Organizing Practices and Economic Control in the Developing World (Denmark: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2012), and a coauthored article, “About Calculations and Social Currencies: Indigenous Households’ Financial Practices in the Highlands of Chiapas.” Dr. Villarreal is a member of the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias (AMC); she has worked as a consultant internationally and was a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She will teach the graduate seminar Poverty in the Age of Financialization during Fall 2013.

Spring 2013

Jorge Mario Sánchez Egozcue holds a PhD in international economics from the Universidad de La Habana, where he has been a researcher and Professor of International Relations and Economics since 1990. He previously worked at the Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos y sobre Estados Unidos (CESEU) from 1990–2010 and has worked at the Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana (CEEC) since 2010. Throughout his career, Dr. Sánchez has carried out research on the political and economic aspects of international relations between Latin America and the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as research on the macroeconomic policies, commerce, and development of the Cuban economy. He also has worked as a specialist for the Cuban Ministries of Public Health, Basic Industry, and the Central Board of Economics. Dr. Sánchez has published numerous articles, most recently, “United States–Cuba Economic Relations: The Pending Normalization,” which was featured in the book Debating U.S.-Cuban Relations, published in 2012. He has served as a visiting professor and visiting researcher at numerous universities across the globe, including Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, and American universities in the U.S.; the Université de Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle in France; Trent, Hamilton, and Carleton universities in Canada; and El Colegio de México and the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico. During his visit to UT, Dr. Sánchez will teach the graduate class Latin American Economics and Development.

Fall 2012

Teófilo Altamirano, who holds PhDs in anthropology from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru, and the University of Durham in England, has been Professor of Social Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru since 1989. Throughout his career, Dr. Altamirano has carried out research on emigration from the Andean region, Andean migrants in the United States and Europe, and conditions of urban poverty and inequality. His most recent research on climate change and migration provides a framework for understanding the consequences of climate change in the most vulnerable rural and urban areas of Latin America. Dr. Altamirano also has worked as a consultant to the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration on issues of internal migration and development in Andean countries, the Peruvian international migrant profile, and indigenous populations in Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, and Bolivia. He has published thirteen books, his most recent Refugiados ambientales: Cambio climatico y desplazamiento humano, published in 2012 by CISEPA-UNFPA.  Dr. Altamirano has served as a visiting professor and visiting researcher at numerous universities across the globe, including Oxford University, the University of Winnipeg in Canada, the Universidad del País Vasco in Spain, the University of Florida and the University of Arkansas (both as Fulbright visiting professor), and the University of Michigan. Dr. Altamirano is fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua. During his visit to UT, he will teach the graduate class Climate Change and Migration.

Fall 2011

Juan Darío Restrepo holds a PhD from the Marine Science Program at the University of South Carolina. In his work since then, he has continued to carry out research on the environmental oceanography of deltas, estuaries, and coastal lagoons waters, especially on the factors controlling water discharge, sediment load, and dissolved load to the ocean from the Pacific and Caribbean rivers of Colombia. His research focuses on improving the understanding of the natural and anthropogenic causes affecting denudation rates and sediment transport to the Caribbean Sea from the largest fluvial system of Colombia, the Magdalena River. Dr. Restrepo has been head of the Magdalena River Science Initiative in Colombia and is currently a full Professor of Geological Sciences at EAFIT University, Colombia. He has been involved as a resource scientist for the sub-programs of LOICZ-IGBP Basins, SAmBas (South American Basins), and CariBas (Caribbean Basins), and also as a member of the Scientific Steering Committees of LOICZ-IGBP and Colciencias (Colombia) in the Marine Science Program. Dr. Restropo is a coauthor of the Coastal Communities and Systems and Caribbean Assessment chapters of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and a visiting professor of the European Union in the master's program Water and Coastal Management. He is also a visiting scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder (2009–2011), and a consultant of the International Water Project (United Nations University and Global Environmental Fund, GEF). During his visit to UT, he will teach the class Environmental Data Analysis: Applications in Latin America.

Spring 2011

Tinker Visiting Professor Jacinto Rodríguez. Video produced by Camilo Romero.

Jacinto Rodríguez received his MA in Spanish American literature from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 2000. A practicing journalist who has gained a national reputation for his writing on Mexican politics and the press, he currently works as coordinator of the program Prensa y Democracia at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he lectures on journalist rights, the press and politics in Mexico, and the role of Mexican intelligence in Mexico’s dirty war of the 1960s and 1970s. He has written for such newspapers and magazines as El Universal, Emeequis, Milenio, and Proceso and is the author most recently of the books La otra guerra secreta: Los archivos prohibidos de la prensa y el poder and Las nóminas secretas de gobernación: Una investigación sobre los aparatos de inteligencia en los años de guerra sucia en México. During spring 2011, he will teach the graduate seminar Secret Relationships: The Press and Political Power in Mexico.

Fall 2009

Francisco Thoumi received a PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota and an BA from the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. After working for several decades on international trade, Latin American integration, and economic development and industrialization, he began focusing his research on drugs to better understand what was taking place in the Andean countries. He uses a multidisciplinary approach as a basis for policy analysis. Dr. Thoumi’s main research has been on the competitive advantage of coca- and poppy-growing countries. He has worked on the issue of drugs in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. During 1999–2000, he was a Research Coordinator for the UN Program Against Money Laundering and also coordinated publication of the World Drug Report, 2000. His outstanding research has been funded by the UN Research Institute for Social Development, UNDP, and the Open Society Institute. During his fall 2009 visit, Dr. Thoumi taught the course Political Economy and Social Problems of Illegal Drugs in the Andes (and Other Countries): A Multidisciplinary Approach.

Spring 2009

Rafael Rojas, a specialist in Cuban intellectual history, holds a PhD in history from El Colegio de México as well as degrees from the Universidad de La Habana and UNAM in Mexico. He has published thirteen single-author books, among them Cuban Intellectual History, Cuba mexicana: Historia de una anexión, and La política de adiós, as well as numerous articles and book chapters covering the nineteenth century to the present. Dr. Rojas is a professor at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. During 2007, he was a visiting professor at both Princeton and Columbia University.

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