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    Department of Dramatic Arts

    Adam Versényi

    Adam Versényi is Professor of Dramaturgy in the Department of  Dramatic Art and Senior Dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company. He Chaired the Department from 2014-2022. A theatre scholar, dramaturg, critic, translator, and director, he is the author of Theatre in Latin America: Religion, Politics, and Culture From Cortés to the 1980s (Cambridge University Press), The Theatre of Sabina Berman: The Agony of Ecstasy and Other Plays (Southern Illinois University Press), Ramón Griffero: Your Desi … Read more

    Associate Professor
    Department of Anthropology and Global Studies

    Angela Stuesse

    Angela Stuesse is broadly interested in social inequality, and her research and teaching interests include globalization, migration, race, labor, human rights, and methodologies of activist research. Her book Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South (University of California Press 2016), explores how new Latino migration into Mississippi’s poultry industry has impacted communities and prospects for worker organizing.  It is based on six years of activist research engage … Read more

    Druscilla French Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
    Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

    Ariana E. Vigil

    Dr. Vigil is a professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. My teaching and research focus on U.S. Latinx literature and culture. In particular, I examine how gender, race, sexuality, and class are deployed in various national and transnational contexts. My first book, War Echoes: Gender and Militarization in U.S. Latina/o Cultural Production (Rutgers University Press, 2014) analyzes how U.S. Latinx authors and activists responded t … Read more

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication

    China Medel

    Dr. Medel’s research and teaching interests include visual media studies, performance, U.S.-Mexico border studies, Chicana/o and Latina/o literature and art, hemispheric and transnational American Studies, social movements, and transnational feminism. Her research focuses on the role of art and media in imagining and generating new modes of political recognition in the Americas. Her dissertation “Border Images and Imaginaries: Spectral Aesthetics and Visual Medias of Americanity at the U.S.-Mexi … Read more

    Teaching Associate Professor
    Department of English & Comparative Literature

    Elyse Crystall

    Dr. Crystall teaches “Literature and Cultural Diversity: Transmigrations” which takes as its point of departure Mary Louise Pratt’s concept of the “contact zone,” the site where those who come into contact are changed by the encounter. The texts consist of narratives that move across time and history; space and geography; gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality and challenge notions of what is defined (culturally) as normal, natural, accepted, and customary – that is, the standard agains … Read more

    Class of 1989/William C. Friday Distinguished Professor and Assistant Dean for Honors Carolina
    Department of Geography

    Gabriela Valdivia

    Gabriela Valdivia is a professor in the Department of Geography at UNC-Chapel Hill and Assistant Dean at Honors Carolina.    Gabriela is a feminist political ecologist examining the relationship between resources and socio-environmental inequities. Her research and teaching focus on how environmental injustices shape everyday life experiences and decisions in the Americas. She is an author of the digital project Crude Entanglements, which explores the affective dimensions of oil production; a co … Read more

    D.M.A., Associate Professor
    Department of Music

    Juan Álamo

    Juan Álamo is an Associate Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music and a William Wilson Brown, Jr. Distinguished Term Associate Professor in Latin American Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with Jazz as a related field from the University of North Texas. Originally from Cidra, Puerto Rico, Dr. Álamo has presented master classes and/or recitals at the Percussive Arts Society … Read more

    Bowman & Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor
    Department of Romance Studies

    Juan Carlos González Espitia

    Dr. González Espitia is a scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American and Latina/o literature. His research focuses on non-canonical, heterodox, shunned and hidden literature, ideas, and authors that, although excluded, reveal very profound trends in culture and society. Dr. González Espitia’s research treats representations of disease, literature that challenges the status quo, and nation-building—in particular the complex, dynamic transformation from a colonial condition to one … Read more

    Professor of Social Medicine
    UNC School of Medicine

    Krista Perreira

    Dr. Perreira is a health economist who studies disparities in health, education, and economic well-being and inter-relationships between family, health and social policy. Focusing on children in immigrant families, her most recent work combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study migration from Latin America and the health and educational consequences of migration. Through her research, she aims to develop programs and policies to improve the well-being of immigrant families and … Read more

    Associate Professor
    Department of English & Comparative Literature. Affiliated with the Department of American Studies and Curriculum in Global Studies

    Laura Halperin

    Dr. Halperin is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Program in Latina/o Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, and she is affiliated with the Department of American Studies and the Curriculum in Global Studies. She is also the Academic Director of N.C. Sli (the Scholars’ Latinx Initiative), a mentorship and leadership program that pairs UNC undergraduates with Latinx high school students and that is built on principles of recognition, affirmation, and equi … Read more

    Assistant Professor
    African, African American & Diaspora Studies

    Maya Berry

    A third-generation Cuban American, Maya J. Berry is a dancer, performance scholar, and social anthropologist. She brings a Black feminist approach to her research on race, gender, and the Black political imagination in Havana, Cuba. Her first book, tentatively titled “Forming Rumba: Havana’s Black Corporeal Undercommons,” is an ethnography which analyzes Black popular dance as a window into the everyday struggles experienced by rumberos as they navigate the changing socioeconomic landscape of po … Read more

    Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
    Department of Romance Studies

    Oswaldo Estrada

    Dr. Estrada’s research focuses on gender formation and transgression, historical memory, and the construction of dissident identities in contemporary Latina/o American Literature. He regularly teaches a first-year seminar on Mexican and Latina women, titled “Mexican Women across Borders and Genres,” and also an upper division course, titled “Violence in Contemporary Latina/o American Literature.” He has published articles on Peruvian American author Daniel Alarcón, and also on Mexican writers Da … Read more

    Professor of Romance Studies (Spanish)
    Department of Romance Studies

    Rosa Perelmuter

    Dr. Perelmuter created and taught regularly for many years a first-year honors seminar about Latin@ literature and culture (ROML 055H, “Writing with an accent: Latino Literature and Culture”), which is now being taught by other colleagues in Romance Studies. In this course, one of the first about Latin@ literature to be offered at UNC, students are exposed to the many faces/ethnicities of Hispanics living in the United States and their literary and cultural production. She now regularly teaches … Read more

    Associate Professor
    Department of Art

    Roxana Pérez-Méndez

    Roxana Pérez-Méndez is a video performance and installation artist who creates work about the arbitrary nature of contemporary identity through the lens of her own experience as a Puerto Rican woman.

    Professor of Creative Nonfiction
    Creative Writing Program, Department of English & Comparative Literature

    Stephanie Elizondo Griest

    A Chicana from South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of three travel memoirs that explore Latina/o cultural identity: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; and All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. She has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Oxford American, VQR, and The Believer, and her reporting has won a Richard Margolis Award for Social Justice. Here at UNC-Chapel … Read more

    Associate Professor
    Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

    Susan Harbage Page

    Harbage Page is a visual artist whose research focuses on social justice issues concerning race, surveillance, and militarized borders. Her work is extremely diverse both in substance, form, and media and can be roughly divided into “The U.S–Mexico Border Project” which includes the “Anti-Archive of Trauma on the U.S.-Mexico Border” with circa 1000 objects (2007-present) and “Textiles: A Metaphorical Tracing” (2012-present). Both bodies of work focus on archives, how they shape our histories, wh … Read more

    Associate Professor
    Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

    Tanya Shields

    Dr. Shields’ research and teaching on the Caribbean may be of particular interest to students pursuing a certificate in Latina/o Studies.  In addition to her research (see Bodies and Bones: Feminist Rehearsal and Imagining Caribbean Belonging and The Legacy of Eric Williams: Into the Postcolonial Moment), she teaches two relevant courses that include readings and material from cultural producers in the Caribbean and Latina/o artists in the US: WMST 350: Spitting in the Wind: American Women, Art, … Read more

    Associate Professor
    English and Comparative Literature

    Ylce Irizarry

    My research areas include all things Latinx, including Chicanx and Latinx and cultural production, Hispanic transnational literatures, Caribbean historical fiction, Visual Rhetorics, and Testimonio. Generally, I am interested in what and why: what representations of Latin@ experience look like and why authors have made the specific generic, linguistic, and visual choices that ultimately appear in their work. My most significant publication is my book, Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memo … Read more