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Latin American Studies

Contributing Faculty

Michael Birenbaum Quintero (on leave of absence for the 2013-14 academic year)
Assistant Professor of Music
Interests: Afro-Colombian Musics; Pacific coast, music and political movements; Ethnomusicology

Margaret Boyle
Assistant Professor of Romance Languages

Nadia V. Celis  
Assistant Professor of Romance Languages
Interests: 20th and 21st century Latin American, Hispanic Caribbean and Latino Literature; feminist theories and criticism

Elena M. Cueto Asin   
Associate Professor of Romance Languages
Chair of Romance Languages Department
Interests: Spanish film; Spanish Civil War; Spain-Latin America relationships; Narratives of travel and urban spaces; Modern theater 


Gustavo Faveron Patriau
Associate Professor of Romance Languages
Director of Latin American Studies Program
Interests: 19th and 20th century Andean and Southern Cone literature; early postcolonial and 20th century Latin American political/intellectual history

Matthew Klingle
Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies
Interests: Connections between environmental change, cultural ideas, social inequality, and urban development

Marcos F. Lopez
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Stephen J. Meardon 
Assistant Professor of Economics
Interests: International finance, Latin American economics 

Laura Premack
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies and Latin American Studies

Krista E. Van Vleet  
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Interests: Gender, family in Latin America; religion and globalization; narrative, performance and identity; state and family violence; Andean region

Hanétha Vété-Congolo 
Associate Professor of Romance Languages
Interests: Psychoanalytic approaches to literature, literature and philosophy, Francophone Women’s literature from West Africa and the Caribbean

Susan E. Wegner
Associate Professor of Art History
Italian Renaissance and Baroque, Pre-Columbian
Interests: Domestic and political imagery, art in Peru, images of Saints

Allen Wells
Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of History
Latin America, Caribbean
Interests: Modern Mexico; history of commodities; colonial and modern Latin America; Jewish Studies 

Eugenia Wheelwright  (on leave of absence for the 2013-14 academic year)
Senior Lecturer in Romance Languages
Interests: Spanish pedagogy, Modern Latin American history and politics 

Nathaniel T. Wheelwright (on leave of absence for the 2013-14 academic year)
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences
Interests: Savannah Sparrow ecology, plant-animal interactions, tropical ecology and conservation, Boreal Island biology 

Carolyn Wolfenzon
Assistant Professor of Romance Languages
Interests: Historical novels in Latin America, dictatorship and political violence in Latin America, Mexican literature and film

Enrique Yepes
Associate Professor of Romance Languages
Interests: Contemporary Latin American poetry; literature ethics; ecocriticism; ekphrasis; Latin American history of ideas

Department Coordinator

Jean M. Harrison
Department Phone: (207)325-3217
Department Fax: (207) 798-7031


Research Associates

Janice Jaffe
Research Associate in Latin American Studies
Interests: Translation and translation studies; Latino immigrants to US; medical interpretation for Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic; Community-based teaching and research

Elizabeth Shesko
Research Associate in History and Latin American Studies