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    Founding Director of Latina/o Studies Program, Eugene H. Falk Distinguished Professor
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    María DeGuzmán

    María DeGuzmán is the Eugene H. Falk Professor of English & Comparative Literature and Founding Director of the UNC Latina/o Studies Program of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She is the author of three books: Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire (University of Minnesota Press, August 2005), Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night (Indiana University Press, June 2012), and Understanding John Rechy (Univers … Continued

    Professor and Chair
    Department of Dramatic Arts

    Adam Versényi

    Dr. Versényi  teaches courses in Latin American and U.S. Latino/a Theatre and Performance, and helps direct the Teatro Latino/a Series.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Geography

    Altha Cravey

    Altha J. Cravey’s work explores globalization livelihoods, and labor geographies from a feminist perspective using ethnography, political economy and collaborative video documentaries. She has expertise in Mexico, Mexican development policies, NAFTA, and Mexican working class experiences in the United States South. She has published in Feminist Formations, Ethnography, Economic Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, Antipode, and also published a book, Women and Work in Mexico’s Maquiladoras. … Continued

    Assistant 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 … Continued

    Associate Professor
    Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

    Ariana E. Vigil

    Dr. Vigil is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is the author of War Echoes: Gender and Militarization in U.S. Latina/o Cultural Production (Rutgers University Press, 2014). She conducts teaching and research in contemporary Latina/o cultural production, focusing on issues of gender and sexuality, militarization, and transnationalism. Her work has appeared in meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, La … Continued

    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 … Continued

    Senior Lecturer
    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 … Continued

    Teaching Assistant Professor
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    Guillermo Rodríguez-Romaguera

    Guillermo Rodríguez-Romaguera is an academic scholar and filmmaker from Puerto Rico. He has a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture and an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California as well as an A.B. in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies from Princeton University. While his love for writing has been lifelong, he cultivated his talents at Princeton while workshopping a novel under the mentorship of Gabriel Garcia Marquez an … Continued

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

    Juan Álamo

    As an educator and performer I am involved in different recording projects, classes, lectures and master classes related to Latin American culture/studies.  For instance, at UNC I teach two courses related to Latin American music: MUSC 147 – Intro to Latin American Music and MUSC 213-007, UNC Global Rhythm Ensemble. Through these our students get an opportunity to courses  study the history, culture, music –artists

    Associate Professor of Spanish
    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. He has continuously taught courses and guided work in both time periods, inspiring and being inspired by my students. 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 … Continued

    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 … Continued

    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 … Continued

    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 … Continued

    Professor of Romance Studies (Spanish) & Director of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
    Department of Romance Studies

    Rosa Perelmuter

    Dr. Perelmuter regularly teaches a first-year honors seminar about Latin@ literature and culture (ROML055H, “Writing with an accent: Latino Literature and Culture”), where students are exposed to the many faces/ethnicities of Hispanics living in the United States and their literary and cultural production.She also teaches a course on the literary and cultural output of Cubans living in the US (SPAN 389, “Los cubanos en la diáspora: literatura y cultura”). For MURAP ( she recruits c … Continued

    Associate Professor
    Department of Art

    Roxana Perez-Mendez

    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.

    Associate Professor and Margaret Shuping Fellow 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 … Continued

    Assistant Professor and Visual Artist Susan
    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 … Continued

    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, … Continued