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Posted Jul 01, 2013

ILAS Welcomes New Director and Director of Graduate Studies

The Institute of Latin American Studies welcomes the new Director  Jose Moya and the new Director of Graduate Studies Gustavo S. Azenha. 

José C. Moya is professor of history at Barnard College, Director of the Forum on Migration, and Professor Emeritus at UCLA, where he taught for seventeen years and directed an equal number of doctoral dissertations.  He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Paris, San Andres (Argentina), and Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and invited speaker or research fellow at the universities of Berlin, Vienna, Krakow, Oxford, Leiden, Louvain, Fudan in Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Campinas, Porto Alegre, the London School of Economics, and the Colegio de Mexico, among others.

Professor Moya has authored more than fifty publications, including Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, a book that received five awards and was the subject of a special forum in the journal Historical Methods for its contributions to migration and Latin American studies; and most recently, World Migration in the Long Twentieth Century (2011), co-authored with Adam McKeown, and The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History (2011), an edited volume on Latin American historiography. He is currently working on a book about anarchism in Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World during the belle époque (1890-1914) and editing a book on runaway slaves, serfs, and peons worldwide, and another one titled “Atlantic Crossings: Webs of Migration, Culture and Politics between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, 1800-2010.”

Gustavo S. Azenha joins ILAS as the Director of Graduate Studies for MARSLAC and Associate Research Scholar.  In addition, Gustavo serves as the Associated Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies.  He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University,with an interdisciplinary background in the biology and social sciences (sociocultural anthropology & development sociology).  Gustavo's primary disciplinary expertise is development anthropology with a thematic specialization on globalization, social movements, and public policy. His academic and professional projects have been fairly diverse:  He has conducted ethnobotanical research with indigenous groups in the Venezuelan Amazon (Piaroa, Guahibo, and Ye'kuana ethnicities). His dissertation focused on the political ecology of sustainable development in Brazil, through research on the conflicts between indigenous/traditional resource use, environmental conservation, and economic development (i.e., tourism and agribusiness).  He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research on globalization and new technologies, with a specific emphasis on “digital inclusion” policies and programs in Brazil.  In addition, he has years of applied experience in international public health, including advocacy, policy analysis, research, and NGO capacity buildingin Brazil and Latin America.  

Prior to working at ILAS, Gustavo has been a recipient of graduate and postdoctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and has held positions as a postdoctoral fellow at Barnard College’s Department of Anthropology and as an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology program at SUNY Purchase College. His current research efforts center on sustainable development, social movements, and stakeholder interrelations in Brazil, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between environment, health, and socioeconomic inequality.