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Core Faculty

Professor, Africana and Romance Studies

Gerard Aching is interested in 19th and 20th century Caribbean literature and intellectual histories, theories of modernisms and modernity in Latin America, 19th-century colonial literature in the Caribbean, slavery and philosophy, visual regimes and politics in Caribbean popular cultures, and la

Professor, History

Edward Baptist leads the Einaudi Center's inequalities, identities, and justice global research priority in academic years 2022–24.

Director, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and Associate Professor, History

Ernesto Bassi Arevalo is an associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research interests coalesce around two significant questions: How do people develop geographic and cultural identifications?

Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, English and Africana

Carole Boyce-Davis is interested in African diaspora studies, Black women's writing (internationally), comparative black literature, African literature, Caribbean oral and written literature, Transnational feminist theory, and Black women and political leadership in the African Diaspora.

Professor, History

Judith Byfield’s primary research focus is women's social and economic history in Nigeria. Her research includes in-depth studies on tie-dye production, World War II, Nigerian women's political activism and nationalism.

Senior Lecturer of Management; Director, Emerging Markets Institute, S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management

Lourdes Casanova’s work focuses on environmental policy, government, politics, and policy studies as well as emerging multinationals from Brazil and Latin America.

Faculty Advisor, Migration Studies Minor

Debra Castillo is Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies, professor of comparative literature, and former director of the Einaudi Center's Latin American Studies Program.

Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Studies

Ananda Cohen-Aponte works on the visual culture of colonial Latin America, with special interests in issues of cross-cultural exchange, historicity, identity, and anti-colonial movements.

Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature

Liliana Colanzi's research focuses on popular genres in modern and contemporary Latin American literature (science fiction, horror, the fantastic); she also teaches creative writing workshops. She has edited La desobediencia, antología de ensayo feminista (2019) and is the co-editor of t

Marie Underhill Noll Professor, History

Raymond Craib's research and teaching interests revolve around the intersections of space, politics, and everyday practice. He is especially interested in Latin America and/as global history, critical geography/cartography, the left, and theory and history.