CLAS Director Posts Annual Report

Please visit the Director's Message page for a summary of this year's work and challenges.  Thanks to all who contributed to the development of the Center's work this year.

Hely Graduates!

Our extraordinary undergraduate program assistant graduates!  Hely will be pursuing a career in banking (she already has a job lined up).  Hely managed many aspects of CLAS work and also ran programs for the PRAC and LSRI including events, news, weekly calendar, flyers, scanning for the Puerto Rico digital library, zoom meetings, faculty publications, and all sorts of other event and information coordination.  We wish her good luck and congratulate her for receiving her degree.

Jian Ren Publishes New Article

 Ph.D. student in History, Jian Ren, published "Beyond Revolutions: Mao-Era China’s Market Entry Strategies in Latin America" in Business History. The article asks how the People’s Republic of China develop commercial relations with the Global South during its Maoist years  It explores the question through China’s market entry strategies in Latin America. Latin America posed significant challenges for Mao-era China in establishing robust relations.

Clio Isaacson selected for Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Ph.D. student Clio Isaacson has received the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for her project: Women of the Nahuatl Annals: Writing the Lives of Women in Late Pre-Hispanic and Early Colonial Mexico, advised by Prof. Townsend.  Clio and one other student in the history Ph.D. program was selected from a pool of over 500 applicants.. 22 Fellows were chosen. For the announcement click here.

Mobilities and Migration Roundtable Held

CLAS sponsored a successful virtual roundtable on the study of mobilities and migration in Central America.  Hosted by former Post Doctoral Associate Briana Nichols, the roundtable brought together Noelle Bridgden, Rebecca Galemba, Amelia Frank Vitale and Caitlyn Yates for an extended conversation on their research and the challenges of fieldwork in vulnerable communities.  Forty three people came together to listen to their presentations which ranged from conceptual debates to practical advice on...

CLAS hosts Lunchtime Talk with Carolina Sánchez

On Wednesday, March 20, 2024, CLAS hosted a successful Lunchtime Talk event with speaker Carolina Sánchez, Colombian writer and researcher. Sánchez is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Literature at Rutgers University and a co-editor of the Latin American Platform for Environmental Humanities.  The presentation for the day was titled: "Environmental Historical Memory: Aesthetic Interventions in Contemporary Latin America." This interdisciplinary environmental research delves into how artistic...

Postdoctoral Fellow Franklin Moreno Publishes a new Article

Congratulations to Franklin Moreno,  postdoctoral fellow at The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers for co-writing and publishing  a new article  in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations. The article, titled:  ’When someone is in a safe place, I believe that your mind rests“ emotional security amid community violence: A cross-national study with youth in Newark, New Jersey, USA, and San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras.  Youth are impacted by...

PRAC Collaborators Receive Grant from Arte Publico Press' Latino Digital Humanities Program

Documenting the Narratives of Puerto Rican Migration, 1945-1980 PRAC Director Aldo Lauria Santiago and Professor Ismael Garcia Colon (College of Staten Island & Graduate Center, CUNY) have been awarded a small grant for the organizing and digitizing documents related to migration at the Archivo General de Puerto Rico. The funding received from the US Latino Digital Humanities Center of Arte Publico Press will support 18-20 weeks of work recovering the stories and documentation of Puerto Rican...

Former Post-Doc Associate and Visiting Scholar Briana Nichols Publishes Book Review

See Briana Nichols's review of Sarah Foss. On Our Own Terms: Development and Indigeneity in Cold War Guatemala. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2022 in the most recent Hispanic American Historical Review ((2024) 104 (1): 154–156).

Exciting Opportunity: $10,000 Bilingual Scholarships Available for MSW Students through the LISTA Program!

The Latina/O/X Initiatives For Service, Training And Assessment (LISTA) program is thrilled to share that for a second year in a row, incoming Master of Social Work (MSW) students are eligible to apply for our $10,000 bilingual scholarships! Additionally, we are excited to offer opportunities for both a scholarship and a $4,000 practicum stipend. To be considered, students must be bilingual and enroll in the Latina/o/x Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment (LISTA) Certificate...

The Latino Studies Research Initiative Issues Call for Articles

Call for Articles and Blogs for Website on Latinos in New Jersey  The LSRI issued a call for researchers and community leaders to write research-based blogs with photos, sound clips, maps, and other supplementary material that help us understand the diverse Latino communities of New Jersey.  This material will be part of a website that will accompany the publication of the Rutgers University Press book on Latinos in New Jersey which Professors Lauria Santiago and Ulla Berg edited. As part of...

Jian Ren presents his research on China and Latin America, 1950s-1980s

History Graduate Student Jian Ren presented a portion of his dissertation work on China and Latin America at a lunch workshop in the History Department sponsored by CLAS.  Grad students, faculty and undergraduates had many questions on his talk, especially about the non-ideological premises of much of Chinese involvement in Chile.  Ren's work emphasizes the individuals involved in creating and mediating the state to state relationships.    

Prof. Marcone presents his research on the literature and imaginaries of the Peruvian Amazon

Forty students and faculty attended a recent talk by Professor Jorge Marcone, 15 of them in person and 25 via Zoom.   Marcone presented on the literature of and about the Peruvian Amazon (as region and as cultural imaginary), noting how despite significant cultural and literary production, as well as social and economic  density, the region remains invisible to the Peruvian literary and cultural canon. Click below for the Slideshow.  The video will be available soon on our youtube channel.    

Professor Janice Gallagher Presents Her New Book: "Bootstrap Justice: The Search for Mexico's Disappeared"

Congratulations to Professor Janice Gallagher from the Department of Political Science for presenting her new book titled Bootstrap Justice: The Search for Mexico's Disappeared.  On October 18 at Rutgers Newark, Professor Gallagher, along with Nancy Rosette, the mother of Elvis Axell, who disappeared in 2010, presented the book and discussed the important eye-opening themes.  Since 2006, more than 85,000 people have disappeared in Mexico. Disappeared people are rarely found, and the Mexican...

CLAS announces Post-Doctoral Associate Position for 2024-2026

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, invites applications for a non-renewable two-year Postdoctoral Associate position in Latin American Studies. We seek applicants with strong multi-regional training in the fields of Anthropology, Geography, History, Politics, or Sociology, with work on indigeneity, violence, migration, race, gender, or urban studies.  Specialists on Central America or Mexico whose work engages...

Sandra Acocal, Ph.D. Student, publishes article in Estudios de Historia Novohispana

Sandra Acocal just published "Pipiltin y macehualtin: gobierno de San Pablo Quauhtotoatlan, Tlaxcala, siglo XVI""Pipiltin y macehualtin: gobierno de San Pablo Quauhtotoatlan, Tlaxcala, siglo XVI" in Estudios de Historia Novohispana.  Congrats, Sandra! El artículo que presento explica la manera en que las autoridades del pueblo sujeto de Quauhtotoatlan (mandones o tequitlatoque, “los que tienen cargo de repartir el tributo o el trabajo”), de estatus pilli, noble, y macehualtin, gente del común,...

Call For Papers: "Labor Past & Present: Bringing History and Activism Together" at Columbia University

The Columbia University (CU) History Department invites all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in the conference Labor Past & Present: Bringing History and Activism Together. This conference will run on February 2, 2024, at Columbia University and is jointly funded by the Columbia University History Department and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. All abstracts are due by the end of day on October 27, 2023. What value does history offer labor...

Post Doctoral Associate Evelyn Autry Receives the 2023 Feminist Formations and NWSA Paper Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Autry for receiving the award for her paper “Singing Feminist Ch'ixi+Art Music from las Rajaduras: Renata Flores, Isqun, and the Fractured Locus”. Her work will be published in the academic journal Feminist Formation in their Winter 2023 Edition. Dr. Autry received her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. Her research creates a conversation between various fields of knowledge, particularly...

Join METÁFORA at the Spanish & Portuguese Department!

Metáfora is a creative and interdisciplinary space to celebrate art and culture in the Hispanic, Portuguese, and Luso-Brazilian contexts. SAS and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese are creating various workshops to explore the endless possibilities of artistic and literary creation. Please join one or all the varied events coming up and food will be provided at the workshops. Additionally, by attending at least 4 sessions, at the end of this academic year (May 2024) participants will...

CLAS co-sponsors conference on Global Black Geographies

The Departament of Geography at Rutgers-New Brunswick and the organizing commitee of the McGrann-USF Global Black Geographies Conference  are excited to bring together a global network of researchers and activists interested in Black geographic studies and activist interventions against the racialized power dynamics that perpetuate devaluation, extraction, expropriation and marginalization of Black lives and majority-Black places.  The conference will highlight critical scholars and community...

Prof. Nicole Burrows Coedits issue of NACLA: The Afterlives of Empire in the Caribbean

From the NACLA Site: October 25, 2023 marks the 40th anniversary of Operation Urgent Fury, the U.S. invasion of Grenada that launched a Cold War military intervention in the island nation. October 9, 2023 similarly marks the 70th anniversary of the British invasion of British Guiana (now Guyana) to depose the democratically elected multiracial and leftist government of the People’s Progressive Party—the first government to become a casualty of the Cold War in the Western Hemisphere. In one...