Profiles of Participants--Indigenous Studies Working Group

Working Group Coordinator

Camilla Townsend (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: History
Recent Courses Taught: Early Native American History, Modern Native American History, Colloquium on Latin American History: Histories Of The New World (Spring 2021), US-Mexican Border (Fall 2020), Historical Studies (Fall 2020), History Seminar: Inuits To Incas: Seminar In Native… (Fall 2019)
Research Interests: Indigenous peoples, Early Native American and Latin American History, Early America, the Aztec language Nahuatl, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writings left by Native American historians
Areas of Interest: Mexico, the Andean Region, the Chesapeake

Selected Publications:
Indigenous Life After the Conquest: The De la Cruz Family Papers of Colonial Mexico (Penn State University Press, 2021)
Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Annals of Native America: How the Nahuas of Colonial Mexico Kept Their History Alive (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Here in This Year: Seventeenth-Century Nahuatl Annals of the Tlaxcala-Puebla Valley (Stanford, 2010)
American Indian History: A Documentary Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico (New Mexico, 2006)
Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma (Hill & Wang, 2004)
Tales of Two Cities: Race and Economic Culture in Early Republican North and South America (Texas, 2000)
Of the People: A History of the United States, Volume I (Oxford University Press, four editions) (Textbook)

Projects and Prizes: Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010 in order to analyze the historical annals written in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by the Nahuas (or Aztecs) in their own language (Guggenheim website). “Her [book] Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs, recently received the 2020 Cundill History Prize, which recognizes books that best embody historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal” (
PhD Program: Rutgers University (1995)

Andrea Marston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Geography
Courses Taught: Gender Geographies (2020), Geographic Perspectives (2020), Environment, Society, and Social Justice (2020), Geographies of Latin America (2020), Environment and Development (2019), Geographies of Nature and Culture (UC Berkely, 2018), Qualitative Research Methods (UC Berkely, 2018)
Research Interests: The history and politics of tin mining cooperatives in highland Bolivia. Water politics in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Fair Trade craft certification across Latin America. Political ecology, environmental justice, extractive industries, agrarian change, water governance. Material politics of resource extraction
Countries of Interest: Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Panama
Publications: Full List of Publications on CV

Publications of Note:
Marston, A. (2018) Subsoil Politics: Extraction, Nationalism, and Protest in Bolivia and Peru. Latin American Perspectives 45(5), 129-131. (Book Review)
Marston, A.J. (2017) “Alloyed waterscapes: mining and water at the nexus of corporate social responsibility, resource nationalism, and small-scale mining.” WIREs Water 4(1), 1-13.
Marston, A. & Perreault, T. (2016) “Consent, Coercion and Cooperativismo: Mining and Environmental Governance in Bolivia.” Environment and Planning A 49(2), 252-272.
Marston, A. (2015) “Autonomy in a post-neoliberal era: Community water governance in Cochabamba, Bolivia.” Geoforum, 64(1), 246–256.
de Freitas, C., Marston, A.J., & Bakker, K. (2015) Not-quite-neoliberal natures in Latin America: An introduction. Geoforum, 64(1), 239–245.
Marston, A.J. (2014) The Scale of Informality: Community-Run Water Systems in Peri-Urban Cochabamba, Bolivia. Water Alternatives, 7(1), 72-88.
Marston, A. (2013) Justice for all? Material and semiotic impacts of Fair Trade craft certification. Geoforum 44(1), 162-169.
Projects: Post-neoliberal Nature? Community Water Governance in Peri-Urban Cochabamba, Bolivia (2010-2012). Thieves of Patria: Vertical Politics in Plurinational Bolivia (current project).
PhD Program: Geography - UC Berkeley

Anabelle Rodriguez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Art History (NB), Art History (Camden)
Courses Taught: Introduction to Art History (2014-2017), Art of Africa (2017), Cross-Cultural Art History (2016), Art of Egypt (2015)
Research Interests: ‘Natureculture’ conservation in the Central American Maya region, with an emphasis on the Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve, Cayo District, Belize. History of art and architecture. Sound and time-based art, painting, drawing, video and film, sculpture, new media, combined media installations, ceramics, glass, printmaking, photography, textiles, street and public art. (LinkedIn)
Countries of Interest: Puerto Rico, Belize, Italy, Indonesia
Projects: Curator for the Lorenzo Homar Gallery and Visual Arts Program for Taller, where she coordinated more than 40 exhibitions of Latin American and Caribbean contemporary art, archaeology, crafts, and ethnographic material (Serendip Studio). Isla del Burén: The Taíno and their Predecessors in Puerto Rico (2001-2005).
Appointments: the first appointed Director of Education at the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, Biennale Researcher for the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA); Juror in: Wind Challenge Exhibition Series at the Fleisher Art Memorial, the 2012 Young International Contest of Contemporary Art (YICCA),’s Anniversary Gala Exhibition, and the University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Fine Arts Department Annual Exhibition.
MA Program: Cultural Anthropology - Temple University (2014)
Currently obtaining PhD in Art History & Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies at Rutgers University
NB Website, Camden Website, Serendip Studio, LinkedIn

Anaïs Maurer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Comparative Literature, French
Courses Taught: Francophone Studies In Francophone Literature (2021), Our World: Social Justice And The Environment (2021), Topics In French & Francophone Literature & Culture: Revolutions (2021), Major French Writers In Translation: Power And Place (2021), Cultures: Climate Warriors In Francophone World (2020), Aspects Of French Literature (2020)
Research Interests: Francophone studies, Oceania, environmental humanities.
Countries of Interest: French Polynesia

Journal Articles
“Silencing Fire and Fury: Decolonial Ecologies in Mā’ohi Literature,” The Contemporary Pacific, 31:2 (2020)
“Océanitude : repenser le tribalisme occidental au prisme des nationalismes océaniens,” Francosphères, 8:2 (2019)
“Nukes and Nudes: Counter-Hegemonic identities in the Nuclearized Pacific,” French Studies, 72:3 (2018)
Journal Guest-Edited
Transnational Nuclear Imperialism, Special Issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies, University of California Open Publication, co-edited with Rebecca Hogue, Winter 2020
Book Chapters (not peer reviewed)
“Kakadu – Kwajalein – Ka Pae ‘Āina: les nouvelles routes de l’impérialisme nucléaire,” in Sémir Al Wardi and Jean-Marc Régnault (Eds.), Indo-Pacifique et routes de la soie : les nouvelles stratégies mondiales, Paris: CNRS Éditions, Spring 2020
“Les représentations littéraires du Centre d’Expérimentation du Pacifique,” In Renaud Meltz (Ed.), Histoire et mémoire du C.E.P., administrative report for the Investigative Committee on Nuclear Tests Consequences (DSCEN), Pape’ete: Assembly of French Polynesia, co-authored with Professor Andreas Pfersmann, Fall 2020
Organized Panels:
“Paradise Rising: Arts and Climate Activism in the Pacific,” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), 2019
“Burka, Bikini, and the Gendered Policing of Bodies,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), 2016
PhD Program: Columbia University (2018)
Rutgers Website, Personal Website

Andrew (Andy) Urban (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: American Studies, History
Courses Taught: Full List of Courses on Website
Courses of Note: Gatekeeping Nation: A Cultural History of Immigration Law in the US (2011), Wayward Americans: Rebels, Vigilantes, and Social Outcasts (2012), History Workshop: Immigration Case Files and Stories of Restriction and Deportation (2018).
Research Interests: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century US: Immigration and Labor History. Historian of migration, labor, consumerism, and empire.
Countries of Interest: China, USA, Japan

Publications: Full List of Publications on CV
Publications of Note: Brokering Servitude: Migration and the Politics of Domestic Labor during the Long Nineteenth Century (New York: New York University Press, 2018).
“Digging Up the Backyard: Seabrook Farms and the Importance of Critical Local History,” invited submission to the “Teaching New Jersey History” section of New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 3, no. 2 (Summer 2017):
Projects: “Chinese Exclusion in New Jersey: Immigration Law in the Past and Present” (Exhibit), Collaborative project with the George Street Playhouse titled “Mapping New Brunswick Memories,” “Invisible Restraints: Life and Labor at Seabrook Farms” (Digital Exhibition).
PhD Program: US History - University of Minnesota (2009)
Personal Website, RU History Website

Clio Isaacson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Department: History
Research Interests: Latin American History, Mesoamerican women
PhD Program: Currently in PhD program at Rutgers University
Rutgers Website, LinkedIn

Evelyn S. Autry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Courses Taught: Feminist Genealogies: Decolonial Thinking and Indigenous Feminisms (2020-2021)
Research Interests: Latin American Studies, Peruvian Literature, Memory and Testimonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Indigenous feminisms, Decolonial Thinking, foundational Indigenista works, popular Indigenous art, literature of Peru’s internal armed conflict
Countries of Interest: Peru

Autry, Evelyn S. "Magda Portal: procesos de modernización, vanguardismo y compromiso." Entre Caníbales: Revista de Literatura vol 2, no 9. December 2018. (Link)
Autry, Evelyn S. “Testimonio, ficción y las batallas por las memorias en Insensatez de Horacio Castellano Moya.” Vernacular: New Connections in Language, Literature & Culture, vol.4, April 2019. (Link).
Autry, Evelyn S. “Reescribiendo la historia de la conquista española: mitos fundacionales en los Comentarios Reales de los Incas.” Revista Caracol, no 17, Jan./Jun. 2019. (Link)
Autry, Evelyn S. “Construcción de identidades femeninas andinas en la narrativa peruana contemporánea del conflicto armado interno peruano (1980–2000).” The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Journal, Jul.2019. (Link).
Autry, Evelyn S. “El pobre más rico: heterogeneidad y transculturación en el teatro quechua colonial.” Lamar Journal of the Humanities, August 2019.
Appointments: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow in WGSS for 2020-2021.

Projects: “She is currently working on her first monograph, Race, Gender, Violence, and Memory in Peruvian Narratives of the Andes, which offers an in-depth examination of the colonial mechanisms behind the objectification of Indigenous women in Peru. In an effort to add breadth to Andean studies, she examines a heterogenous body of texts that include conquest chronicles, foundational Indigenista works, popular Indigenous art, literature of Peru’s internal armed conflict, and prison writing from Andean women who belonged to the Shining Path” (
PhD Program: Hispanic Studies - University of Georgia (2020)
WGSS Website, UGA Website

Ethel Brooks (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology
Recent Courses Taught: War: Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Encampment (Fall 2021), Critical Perspectives (Fall 2019), Comparative Feminism (Fall 2019), Feminist Theory: Historical Perspectives (Spring 2019), Feminist Genealogies (Fall 2018), Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods (Fall 2018), Seminar In Sociology (Fall 2017)

Research Interests: Visual cultures, Artistic practice, Representation, Productivity, Camps and Encampment, Digital media and Belonging; Critical Political Economy, Transnational Networks, Social Movements, Feminist Theory, Comparative and Historical Methods, Economic Sociology, Political Sociology; Romani Studies, Central American Studies, South Asian studies, Nationalism, Post-colonialism and Critical race theory, transnational organizing in the garment industry

Places of Interest: London, Venice, Milan, Istanbul, Fall River, San Salvador, El Salvador; Dhaka, Bangladesh; New York City,

Selected Publications: Unraveling the Garment Industry: Transnational Organizing and Women’s Work, University of Minnesota Press, 2007. (“2010 Outstanding Book” in the Global Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems).
Refereed Journal Articles-
“(Mis)Recognitions: Romanies, Sexualities, Sincerities” Nevi Sara Kali: Roma Women’s Journal. Vol. 1, No. 1, Summer 2009.
“The Ideal Sweatshop? Gender and Transnational Protest.” The Journal of International Labor and Working Class History, vol. 61, Spring 2002.
“Globalized Chinese Capital in Central America.” Asian Pacific Perspectives, May 2001. With Amy Freedman.
“¿Las Mujeres Primero? La protesta global y la nueva división internacional de trabajo.” Apuntes de Investigación, November 2000.
“After the Wars: Cross-Border Organizing in Central America.” NACLA: Report on the Americas, Special Issue on Labor, January/February 1999. With Winifred Tate.

Summer 1994 Mexico City and Chiapas, Mexico Research for the project “The Politics of Indigenismo in Mexico,” including interviews with indigenous leaders, local policians and NGO representatives, Red Cross officials, in the months of increased militarization and protest following the EZLN uprising in Chiapas, Mexico (from CV).

“Professor Brooks is currently working on two book projects: Disrupting the Nation: Land Tenure, Productivity and the Possibilities of a Romani Post-Coloniality, and (Mis)Recognitions and (Un)Acknowledgements: Visualities, Productivities and the Contours of Romani Feminism, both of which focus on political economy and cultural production and the increasing violence against Romani (Gypsy) citizens worldwide” (
“She is also writing an article on “Missing Pakistanis: Gender, Citizenship and the Muslim Everyday,” on the limits and possibilities of writing about Pakistanis in the wake of the war on terror” (
“Ethel, Charlotte, Ethel,” photographic project for the exhibition Family Line-Ups: Transgenerational Encounters in Family Photography, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, May 2013.
“Abject Labour Practices,” performance project for the CCW Graduate School Hub Opening, University of the Arts London, London, UK, March 2012.
Appointments: “… Tate-TRAiN Transnational Fellow at the University of the Arts-London, where she was 2011-2012 US-UK Fulbright Distinguished Chair. In 2016, President Obama appointed Brooks to the United States Memorial Council. She is a member of the U.S. Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and on the boards of a number of journals and organisations, including the RomArchive and the USC Shoah Foundation” (
Chair of the Board of the European Roma Rights Centre. Member of the Bavarlipe Academy of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture. Serves on the board for the IPAK Centar (Cultures, Politics, Identities), the Rutgers British Studies Center and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. Chair of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
PhD Program: Politics - New York University (2000)
WGSS Website, European Roma Rights Centre Website, Romani Cultural & Arts Company Site, CV

Emma Osle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Art History
Research Interests: Contemporary art in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular emphasis on the arts and visual culture of Puerto Rico. Contemporary U.S. Latinx and indigenous visual production, with special interests in motherhood/mothering, intersectional decolonial feminisms, the US-Mexico border, race, and the environmental humanities (
Countries of Interest: Puerto Rico, Mexico
Jobs and Internships: the Museum of Modern Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Allentown Art Museum, the Phillip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, and the Reading Public Museum. Current Artist Instructor at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.
Exhibitions: From CV
Solo Exhibitions:
2017 Uninhibited, Atrium Gallery, Kutztown, PA

2016-17 Pennsylvania Triptych, Dixon University Center, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA, Juried winner of a 2- year installation project and $2000 award

2016 Between Two Worlds: On Motion and Stillness, Bear’s Den Gallery, Kutztown, PA
Art Publications: From CV
“Shibari, Baby!,” [wood, rope, and enamel paint], Essence: Fine Art and Literary Magazine Kutztown: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania), 11.

“Practice,” [wood, rope, urethane resin, gold foil, and found object], GoggleWorks 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, exh. cat. (Reading: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts), 25.
PhD Program: Currently in Art History PhD program at Rutgers University
Art History Website, Personal Website, CV, LinkedIn

Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: American Studies, Comparative Literature, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Courses Taught: Latino Literature And Culture (Fall 2021), Sexuality And Literary Studies (Fall 2021), American Sexuality (Spring 2020), Introduction to Literary Theory (Fall 2018), Introduction to American Studies (Spring 2015), Literature and Psychoanalytical Theory (Spring 2014)
Research Interests: Latino/a Literature and Culture, XXth-Century Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, gender theory and sexuality studies, and psychoanalysis; U.S. Latino/a literature, film, performance theory, and cultural practices; representations of race, sexuality and gender in the cultural production of the nation; U.S. Latino/a identities and postcolonial theory; critical concepts in gender and queer theory; melodrama as hegemonic discourse in Latin American cultures; deconstruction and master narratives

Publications: Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Ben. Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature: Genders Share Flesh. Palgrave, 2002.
Sifuentes-Jáuregui Ben. The Avowal of Difference: Queer Latino American Narratives. SUNY Press, 2014.

Projects: “His next two research projects deal with the relationship between of melodrama and masochism in a series of Latino American novels, performances, films, and essays, as well as another project on the intersection between Latino literature and psychoanalysis” (
Awards and Positions: “Professor Sifuentes‐Jáuregui has been a faculty member at Rutgers since 1997 as chair of the School of Arts and Sciences Department of American Studies from July 2006-July 2012. He has also served several terms as Undergraduate Director of the Program in Comparative Literature. He has been the recipient of a number of our highest awards and honors, including the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He has been a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women and the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, as well as Project Director and co-PI of the Ford Foundation grant” (
PhD Program: Literature – Yale University (1993)
American Studies Website, WGSS Website, CompLit Website, LinkedIn

Joyce Lu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: development, healthcare, infrastructure, political economy, governance, biopolitics, race, indigeneity, Latin America; the circulation, forms, and networks of therapy throughout rural, indigenous communities in Guatemala.
Countries of Interest: Guatemala
Projects: Co-founder of Meal Flour,; Started a mealworm farming project with communities in the western highlands of Guatemala while working at a primary care clinic. Then completed a fellowship in the NIH Academy health disparities program (
Awards and Appointments: Member of Rutgers University’s Climate Task Force; Recipient of Michelle Obama Community Impact Award (University of Chicago USCS - May 2017); Recipient of NIH Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (Sep. 2017).
PhD Program: Currently in Cultural Anthropology PhD program at Rutgers University
Anthropology Website, ClimateTaskForce Website, LinkedIn

Jorge Marcone (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature
Recent Courses Taught: Comparative Literature and Other Fields: Theories For Environmental Humanities (Fall 2021), The Discipline and the Profession (Spring 2021), Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Fall 2020), Comparative Literature and Other Fields: Indigenous and other Environmentalisms (Spring 2020), Our World (Fall 2019)
Research Interests: Environmental Humanities in/of Latin America and Spain; popular and indigenous environmentalisms; literature, film, and arts of Amazonia; the far-reaching implications of local or planetary environmental crises and conflicts for ontology, epistemology, ethics, hermeneutics, and aesthetics. Spanish American literature: writing and environment, literacy and orality. Ecocriticism, political ecology and environmental history.
Places of Interest: Spain, the Amazon rainforest, Mexico, Peru

Publications: La oralidad escrita- sobre la reivindicación y re-inscripción del discurso oral (Fondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica, 1997).
Fiebre de la selva: ecología de la desilusión en la literatura hispanoamericana: conferencia (2007).
Jungle Fever: The Ecology of Disillusion in Spanish American Literature: Lecture (2007).

Projects: “One of Jorge's research projects focuses on the impact of popular and indigenous environmentalisms in current ecological thinking, including ecological approaches to Latin American and Spanish literary and cultural studies. Their ontologies and axiologies on the interrelationships between humans and nonhumans. Their affinities with theories of sustainability and community resilience to environmental change. Documentary films.
Another line of research is devoted to the literature, film, and arts of Amazonia. Given its prominent role in the planet’s ecology and ecological imagination, the Amazon’s literary and artistic traditions are particularly rich on creative expressions that reconsider the human experience and its identity in light of the question of its interconnectedness with nature under colonization and modernization. Amazonia in national literatures, travel literature, and world literature” (CompLit Website).
PhD Program: University of Texas at Austin
SpanPort Website, LinkedIn

Jennifer Markovits Rojas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Spanish and Portuguese
Research Interests: Indigenous languages, heritage speakers, languages in contact, intercultural education; Linguistics and Chilean Dialectology
Countries of Interest: Chile

Publications: Markovits, J (2015). “Considerations for preparation of material for teaching Spanish as a second language focused on the Chilean culture”, Revista de estudios Hemisfericos y Polares, 6, 1-18
Markovits, J., Reyes, J (2016): “Chilean-speaking sociocultural handbook for foreigners and language students” Sello editorial Puntángeles, Universidad de Playa Ancha.
Lozano-Arguelles, C., Fernandez Arroyo, L., Rodriguez, N., Durand Lopez, E.M., Garrido Pozu, J., Markovitz Rojas, J., Varela, J., Rocafiguera, N., & Casillas, J. (2020). Conceptually cued perceptual categorization in late bilinguals. Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Projects: Has worked teaching morphosyntax, Chilean phonetic & Spanish a as 2nd language. She is currently working with Aymara heritage speaker in Chile, developing intercultural curriculum projects (SpanPort Website).
PhD Program: Currently in PhD program in Bilingualism/Second Language Acquisition with the Spanish and Portuguese Department at Rutgers University
SpanPort Website, LinkedIn

Jameson “Jimmy” Sweet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: American Studies
Courses Taught: Topics in American Studies (Spring 2021), Native American Literatures in English (Spring 2021), Native American Experience (Fall 2020), Methodologies in American Studies (Fall 2020), Topics in Latin & Caribbean Studies: Native American Literature I (Spring 2020), Ethnic America: Native American Civil Rights Movement (Spring 2020), Native American Literature In English (Spring 2020).
Research Interests: As a descendant of the Dakota and Lakota tribes of the upper Midwest, Sweet is interested in Native American studies; American history; indigenous peoples; Dissertation focused on the disparities Native Americans of mixed race faced in their communities, as well as in the political legal effects (;
Countries of Interest: USA
Assignments: Henry Roe Cloud Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University and served as managing editor of NAIS: The Journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association from 2012 to 2017.

Projects: “His current book project, The ‘Mixed-Blood’ Moment: Race, Law, and Mixed-Ancestry Dakota Indians in the Nineteenth-Century Midwest analyzes the legal and racial complexities of American Indians of mixed Indian and European ancestry with a focus on kinship, family history, land dispossession, and citizenship” (
PhD Program: History - University of Minnesota
American Studies Website, SAS Article

Joshua Anthony (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: History
Research Interests: Latin American History, Global and Comparative History; the indigenous history of colonial Mexico in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries using documents written in Nahuatl; indigenous ideologies surrounding masculinities, family structure, and political leadership; explores the challenges posed by Spanish colonialism to Nahua gendered politics
Countries of Interest: Mexico
PhD Program: Currently in PhD program in History Department at Rutgers University
History Website

María A. García (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Geography
Research Interests: uneven development, globalization, modernity, mobilities, decolonial feminism, social reproduction, Andes, Ecuador, Latin America, Caribbean, Latinx geographies in the U.S., Latino studies, transnational migration and solidarity, feminist geographies, critical human and cultural geographies, cooperatives and solidarity economies
Countries of Interest: Ecuador
Projects: Co-Founder of Caracol Language Cooperative; Current dissertation “researches the geographic and socioeconomic transformations of Ecuador in the past decade through the landscapes of el Austro region in the south central Andes” ( “This study pays special attention to the roles that Ecuadorian migrants—who have links to New York city—play in the transformations of landscapes and economic mentalities” (
PhD Program: Currently in Geography PhD program at Rutgers University
Geography Website, LinkedIn

Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Biochemistry and Microbiology, Anthropology
Recent Courses Taught: Introduction to Microbiomes (Spring 2021), Microbiomes and Health (Spring 2021), Special Topics in Microbial Biology (Spring 2021)
Research Interests: Microbiome development from birth, functions for the host, impact by practices that reduce microbial transmission or disrupt the microbiota, and strategies for restoration; how Westernization changes environmental microbes and human exposures, integrating the fields of anthropology and architecture/urban studies into microbial ecology (DBM Website).
Countries of Interest: Venezuela, Puerto Rico, France

Selected Publications: 
PeBenito A, Nazzal L, Huan C, Li H, Jay M, Noya-Alarcon O, Contraras M, Lander O, Leach J, Dominguez-Bello MG, Blaser MJ. Comparative prevalence of Oxalobacter formigenes in three human populations. Sci Reports 2019, 9:574; DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-36670-z
Robello, C, Maldonado, D. P, Hevia, A, Hoashi, M, Frattaroli, P, Montacutti, V, Heguy, A, Dolgalev, I, Mojica, M, Iraola, G, Dominguez-Bello, M. G. The fecal, oral, and skin microbiota of children with Chagas disease treated with benznidazole. PLoS One 2019, 14(2): e0212593; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0215199
Dominguez-Bello MG, Godoy-Vitorino F, Knight R, Blaser MJ. Role of the microbiome in human development. Gut 2019, Jun;68(6):1108-1114; DOI:10.1136/ gutjnl-2018-317503
Contreras M, Pujol F, Perez-Perez G, Michelangeli F, Marini E, Ponce L, Dominguez-Bello MG. H. pylori seroprevalence in Amerindians from isolated locations. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. 2008:78(4):574-576. PMID: 18385351
Siqueira J, Dominguez-Bello M, Contreras M, Lander O, Caballero-Arias H, Deng X, NoyaAlarcon, O and Delwart E. Complex virome in feces from Amerindian children in isolated Amazonian villages. Nature Communications 2018, 9:4270. PMID: 30323210 ;
Mueller NT, Noya-Alarcon O, Contreras M, Appel LJ, Dominguez-Bello MG. Mueller NT, NoyaAlarcon O, Contreras M, Appel LJ, Dominguez-Bello MG. Association of Age with Blood Pressure Across the Lifespan in Isolated Yanomami and Yekwana Villages. JAMA Cardiology 2018, (3)12:1247-1249. PMID: 30427998 ;

Current Projects: 
1. Effects of C-section on development
The major goal of this study is to determine perinatal microbial factors that protect against or predispose to metabolic diseases and to type 1 diabetes. JDRF; Emch Fund; C&D Fund, CIFAR, SEBS-IFNH-Seed grant.

2. Effect of lack of direct breastfeeding on the infant microbiome development
The major goal of this study is to determine whether bottle-feeding maternal breastmilk introduces developmental changes in the microbiome of babies. Funds: Emch Fund; C&D Fund, CIFAR.

3. The microbiome of isolated peoples
Hunter-gatherer societies bring a unique opportunity as a proximities to pre-urban life practices (void of antimicrobial factors such as antibiotics, C-sections, excessive hygiene). This project studies the community structure and function of the bacterial populations in the body of traditional peoples, to understand their protective effect against modern immune and metabolic diseases. Funds: Emch Fund; C&D Fund.

Selected Appointments: 
1990-1993 Resident Researcher, Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Caracas, Venezuela.
1993-2000 Associate Professor/Researcher, Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Caracas, Venezuela.
2000-2003 Professor/Researcher, Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Caracas, Venezuela. 2003-2011 Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.
2012-2014 Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (leave of absence, Aug 2012-July 2014).
2012-2017 Associate Professor, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY.
2015, 2017, 2019 Visiting Professor, Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal
2018-present Henry Rutgers Professor of Microbiome and Health, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
2018-Present Interim Director, Institute for Food Nutrition and Health (IFNH), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
PhD Program: Microbiology - University of Aberdeen, Scotland (1990)
DBM Website, CV,

Marcy Schwartz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Spanish and Portuguese
Courses Taught: Power And Nation-Building In Spanish America (Fall 2021), Spanish-American Short Story (Spring 2021), The Byrne Seminars: Painting The Town (Spring 2020), Spanish Community Engagement (Spring 2020), Public Culture in Latin America: Urban Space, Expression and Participation (Spring 2019)
Research Interests: 20th century Latin American literature and culture, with particular emphasis on urban studies, exile, photography, and public culture.
Places of Interest: Latin America

Selected Publications and Articles:
Public Pages: Reading along the Latin American Streetscape. University of Texas Press, 2018.
Voces en off: Traducción y literatura latinoamericana. Universidad de los Andes, 2018. Co-edited wtih Daniel Balderston.
Invenciones urbanas: Ficción y ciudad latinoamericanas. Corregidor, 2010.
“Cacerolazos y bibliotecas: Lectura, solidaridad y espacio público después de la crisis argentina de 2001-2002,” Revista de Humanidades 35 (2017), 15-43.
“Instructions for How to Teach the Boom in Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela,” Teaching the Latin American Boom, eds. Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola and Lucille Kerr, New York: MLA, 2015, 83-95.
"Spaces for Reading: A Cartography of Used Books in Urban Latin America,” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.3 (2014): 417-42.
"A Transnarratological Saga: Genette on Borges and Publishing Dystopia,” Variaciones Borges 36 (2013): 65-76.
“The Right to Imagine: Reading in Community with People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos,” PMLA 126.3 (2011): 746-52.
Editorial Board Memberships: Latin American Literary Review, Textos Híbridos, Telar, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. Serves on the faculty advisory committee for The Collaborative. Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University.

Projects: “Her most recent research concerns contemporary reading programs in Latin American cities that rely on public space and urban infrastructure, the topic of her last book. She is currently researching Julio Cortázar’s poetry” (
PhD Program: Johns Hopkins University

Ryne A. Palombit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Anthropology, the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies
Courses Taught: The Life Of Primates (2014-2021), Primatology and Human Evolution (Spring 2019), Primate Ecology and Social Behavior (2016+2020)
Research Interests: The social and mating strategies in animals (both human and nonhuman), primate biology, evolution and ecology of primate social behavior, male-female relationships, monogamy, infanticide, gibbons, baboons
Places of Interest: Africa, specifically Kenya,

Selected Publications:
Mitani, John Cary., et al. The Evolution of Primate Societies. The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Palombit, R.A. in press. Infanticide. In: Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality (P. Whelehan & A. Bolin, eds.), Wiley-Blackwell, New York.
Palombit, R.A. 2010. Conflict and bonding between the sexes in primates. In: Mind the Gap: Tracing the Origin of Human Universals (P.M. Kappeler & J.B. Silk, editors), pp. 53-84. Berlin, Springer.
Palombit, R.A. 2009. Friendships with males: A female counterstrategy to infanticide in the Okavango chacma baboons. In: Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans: An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression Against Females, (M.N. Muller & R.W. Wrangham, eds.), pp. 377-409. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Palombit, R.A. 2008. Primates. International Encylopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition, (W.A. Darity, ed), vol. 6, pp. 459-462. Macmillan / Thomas Gale.
Palombit, R.A. 2003. Male infanticide in savanna baboons: Adaptive significance and intraspecific variation. In: Sexual Selection and Reproductive Competition in Primates: New Perspectives and Directions (C.B. Jones, ed.), pp. 367-412. American Society of Primatologists. [pdf, 884KB]
Projects: “Project PAPIO: Comparative Study of Infanticide and Anti-Infanticide Strategies in Baboons. Dr. Palombit is currently conducting a long-term comparative study of chacma baboons (Papio hamadryas ursinus) in Botswana and olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) in central Kenya” (
PhD Program: University of California-Davis (1992)
Anthropology Website, CHES Website

Pilar Rau (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Anthropology
Recent Courses Taught: Anthropology Of Latin America (Fall 2021), Visual Anthropology (Fall 2020), Rights and Wrongs of Indigenous Peoples (Spring 2020), Culture and the Museum (Spring 2019), Anthropology of Religion (Spring 2019), Anthropology Of Art (Fall 2018).
Research Interests: The expressive culture and native peoples of the Peruvian Andes (, anthropology of art and aesthetics, economic anthropology, exchange, globalization, indigeneity, ethnography, language and culture, media, religion and ritual, social movements, tourism, video production, visual anthropology; Latin America, the Andes, visual arts, media studies, and sociolinguistics
Countries of Interest: Peru

Publications: Hogue, Emily J. and Rau, Pilar. 2009. “Troubled Water: Ethnodevelopment, Natural Resource Commodification, and Neoliberalism in Andean Peru.” Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development. 37:3. 283-328.
Rau, Pilar. “Art for a Modern Peru: The Poetics and Polemics of Indigenismo.” The Andean World, edited by Linda J. Seligmann and Kathleen S. Fine-Dare, Routledge, 2019.
Projects: Indigenous Encuentros. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Electronic archive, 2005. “Indigeneity, Ritual, and Media in the Neoliberal Peasant Village” which examines the intersections of the economic, aesthetic, and ritual spheres (Anthropology Website).
Appointments: Member of the American Anthropological Association and the Latin American Studies Association. Freeland film and video producer. Associate Professor Adjunct at the University of Maryland Global Campus.
PhD Program: Anthropology - New York University (2013)

Ryan Pinchot (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Spanish and Portuguese Department
Research Interests: Colombian cinema, Indigenous media studies, environmental humanities, decolonial studies, Latin American and Spanish literature, art, and cultural studies.
Countries of Interest: Colombia

“Review: Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature by Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez.” Spanish and Portuguese Review, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), vol. 7, Fall 2021, pp. 139-141.

“Calle 13 and Ana Tijoux’s Joyous Rebellion: Modeling Transnational Protest through Lyric and Song.” Latin American Music Review, University of Texas Press, vol. 41 no. 2, 2020, p. 196-225. Link:

Recent Conference Talks:
“Cinema Between Reciprocity and Extractivism in the Colombian Amazon: From Kapax to Karamakate.” Panel: “Giving Life to the Whole World: Collaboration and Reciprocity in Amazonian Frontiers.” ASAP/12, Congress of The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. October 27th-30th, 2021.

“War of Maps, War on Maps: Decolonial Cartography in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema.” World Languages and Literatures Graduate Conference: Remapping Communities. The University of Minnesota: March 5th, 2021.
PhD Program: Currently in PhD program in Spanish and Portuguese Dept at Rutgers University

Raven Manygoats (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: History
Research Interests: United States History and Gender and Women’s History, Native American women’s activism in the 20th century
Countries of Interest: USA

Projects: Native American Women in the American Indian Movement (Undergrad Thesis Paper)
MA Program: Currently in Graduate Program with History Department at Rutgers University
History Website, Otterbein University

Robert Shekitka (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Department: Restorative Dentistry - Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Projects and Research Interests: Native American patients at a federal Indian Health Services clinic, The Pine Ridge Reservation
Places of Interest: South Dakota
SDM Website

Shiqi Shen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Human Ecology - Civil Society & Community Research at U of Wisconsin-Madison
Courses Taught: Teaching Assistant, Community and Social Change (U of Wisconsin-Madison)
Teaching Assistant, Civil Society and Community Leadership (U of Wisconsin-Madison)
Research Interests: Seeks to explore the relationship between youth moral and civic identity, and community development (Wisconsin-Madison Website)
Places of Interest: the traditional land of the Ho-Chunk, Meskwaki (Sac & Fox), Peoria, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Great Sioux Nation), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), and Myaamia (Miami), China
PhD Program: Currently in PhD program at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology - Civil Society & Community Research

Tatiana Flores (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Art History, Latino and Caribbean Studies
Courses (of Note) Taught: Mexican Art Across Borders (Fall 2020), Latinx Art (Spring 2020), Workshop in Curatorial Practices (Spring 2020), Interdisciplinary Seminar- Brazilian Culture: Conquest to Contemporary (Fall 2019), Art and Visual Culture of the Caribbean (Spring 2019)
Research Interests: Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Art Contemporary Art, the interrelationship between art and literature, the Mexican Renaissance
Countries of Interest: Mexico, Venezuela

Publications: 2013. Mexico’s Revolutionary Avant-Gardes: From Estridentismo to ¡30-30! New Haven: Yale University Press.
2014. “Dialogues along a North-South Axis: Avant-Gardists in Mexico City and Lima,” Third Text 28:3. 1-14. (Article)
2008. “Strategic Modernists: Women Artists in Post-Revolutionary Mexico”. Woman’s Art Journal. 29 (2):12-22. (Article)
Projects: Exhibition Catalogues-
2017. Curator of the exhibition “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago” (Museum of Latin American Art, 2017).
2011. “Disillusions in the Expanded Caribbean” in Flores, Tatiana, ed., Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas. New Brunswick: Rutgers University / Institute for Women and Art.
2011. “In Defense of Palm Trees” in Christopher Cozier and Tatiana Flores, Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions. Washington, D.C.: Art Museum of the Americas.
Appointments: Editorial coordinator for New York exhibitions at Art Nexus; Executive and Academic Director of the Institute for Women and Art; Curator at Large for the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA.; Served on the selection panel for About Change: Latin American and Caribbean Artists in the Twenty-First Century; Serves on the editorial board of ASAP/Journal, the scholarly journal of The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.
PhD Program: Art History - Columbia University
Art History Website, LatCar Website, ArtNexus

Ulla Berg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: Latino and Caribbean Studies, Anthropology
Courses (of Note) Taught: History of Anthropology Theory (Fall 2021), Latinos And Migration (Spring 2021), Documenting Latino Lives (Spring 2021), Video Production Lab For Latino Lives (Spring 2021), Personhood (Fall 2020), Latino Ethnography (Spring 2020),
Research Interests: The detention and deportation of South American migrants from the United States in the Obama and Trump eras. Migration, Diaspora, Transnationalism, Globalization, Political economy, Visual Anthropology, Media, Ritual and Performance, Affect, Peru, Latin America, Latino Studies, Latin America and in Latino communities in the U.S.
Countries of Interest: Peru

Select Publications: Extended List of Publications on Anthropology Website
2016 Sujetos Móviles: Raza, Migración y Pertencia en el Perú y en los Estados Unidos. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.
2015 Mobile Selves: Migration, Race, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S. New York University Press.
2013 Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas. Eds. Ulla D. Berg and Robyn Rodriguez. London and New York: Routledge
2005 El Quinto Suyo: Transnacionalidad y Formaciones Diasporicas en la Migración Peruana [The Fifth Region: Transnationality and Diasporic Formations in Peruvian Migration]. Eds. Ulla Berg and Karsten Paerregaard. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
Projects: Films- Waiting for Miracles (2003), which follows a Peruvian Catholic brotherhood in NYC as it prepares for its yearly procession honoring the Lord of Miracles. Currently working on two documentary film projects: the first is an hour-long portrait of the Peruvian poet Domingo de Ramos– a film project which draws on visual material that has been shot over a twelve year-period. The second film is a collaboration with Zaire Dinzey-Flores, about memory and infrastructures in the Caribbean (Anthropology Department Site).
Documenting Latinx Lives. On-line archive of the student documentary films made in the video production seminar “Documenting Latino Lives” at Rutgers University (available at:
Sarhua – Land of Mountains and Colors [Sarhua – Tierra de Montañas y Colores], on-line performance archive curated in 2006 with Luis Millones, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU (
The Death of the Inca Atahualpa [La Muerte del Inca Atahualpa], on-line performance archive curated in 2004 with Luis Millones, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU (
PhD Program: Anthropology – New York University (2007)

Celso Armando Mendoza y Barajas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: History
Research Interests: Latin American History, Early American, studying the Aztecs of Mexico using documents written in Nahuatl, the Aztecs’ early reactions and responses to Spanish colonialism in the sixteenth century.
Places of Interest: Mexico

Projects: His dissertation is tentatively titled “1564: The Year the Conquest of Mexico Was Complete as Told in ‘The Annals of Juan Bautista’” centers on the set of Nahuatl annals known as Anales de Juan Bautista from early Mexico City. He is preparing a full English translation and edition of the Anales. He has catalogued several rare Mexican manuscripts that have recently come to light, written encyclopedia articles and book chapters on Mexican and North American history. Has done consulting for periodicals and entertainment involving the Aztecs and Nahuatl.
PhD Program: Currently obtaining PhD in History at Rutgers University
History Website, Website

Tatiana Seijas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: History
Courses Taught: Slavery in World History (Fall 2021), Colloquium in Latin American History: Early Latin America (Fall 2021), History Workshop: Early History Of The Southwest (Spring 2020), Colonial Latin America (Fall 2019), History Seminar: History Of Landscapes In North America (Fall 2019).
Research Interests: Early Modern Global History, Pacific World, and Latin America, Early Modern economics; Slavery and Freedom; Borderlands; 19th-century US-Mexico relations
Places of Interest: Pacific World; Philippine Islands; Mexico; Iberian Empires

Selected Publications:
Seijas, Tatiana. 2014. Asian Slaves in Colonial Mexico: From Chinos to Indians. Cambridge Latin American Studies Series. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Seijas, Tatiana, and Jake Frederick. 2017. Spanish Dollars and Sister Republics: The Money That Made Mexico and the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Ferreira, Roquinaldo, and Tatiana Seijas. 2018. "The Slave Trade to Latin America: A Historiographical Assessment." In Afro-Latin American Studies: An Introduction, edited by Alejandro de la Fuente and George Reid Andrews. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Seijas, Tatiana. 2020. "Slaving and the Global Reach of the Moro Wars in the Seventeenth Century.” In Philippine Confluence: Iberian, Chinese and Islamic Currents, c. 1500-1800, edited by Jos Gommans and Ariel Lopez. Leiden: Leiden University Press.
Ball, Erica L., Tatiana Seijas, and Terry L. Snyder, eds. 2020. As If She Were Free: A Collective Biography of Women and Emancipation in the Americas. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Projects: Some of her current projects are a monograph titled Global Mexico City in the Seventeenth Century, and a longer work titled First Routes: Indigenous Trade and Travel in North America.
PhD Program: Yale University (2008)

Yesenia Barragan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: History
Some Courses Taught: History Workshop: Slavery and Emancipation In Latin America and the Caribbean (Fall 2021), The Afro-Latin American Experience (Fall 2020)
Research Interests: African Diaspora, Slavery, Emancipation and Abolition, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Afro-Latin America, Emancipation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, rebellion and revolution, transnational histories of race
Places of Interest: Atlantic World, Pacific World, Colombia, Andes, Latin America and Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, US South

Selected Publications: Freedom's Captives: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
Selling Our Death Masks: Cash-for-Gold in the Age of Austerity (Zero, 2014)
“Commerce in Children: Slavery, Gradual Emancipation, and The Free Womb Trade in Colombia,” The Americas 78, 2 (April 2021): 229-257
“Slavery, Free Black Women, and the Politics of Place in Chocó, Colombia,” Revista de Estudios Colombianos 47 (enero-junio de 2016): 57-66
PhD Program: Latin American History - Columbia University

Carol McCarty (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Department: History, Public History Fellow at Zimmerli Art Museum
Research: Associated with the history of the Rutgers Geology Museum and its collections; lectured at the Rutgers Geology Museum (recording here)
PhD Program: Art History at Rutgers University