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Posted Sep 26, 2013

ILAS welcomes new visiting faculty

ILAS welcomes two new visiting faculty members this academic year!

Professor Hebbe Mattos visits us from the Department of History at Universidade Federal Fluminense.  Her research is about the construction of slavery and race in Brazil through the analysis of selected personal narratives. The range of narratives extends from seventeenth--‐century letters of Henrique Dias, a black soldier in the war against the Dutch, to contemporary oral--‐history life narratives of the political leadership of the Brazilian new quilombos. She is also an accomplished filmmaker.

Frida Osorio Gonsen is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) in December 2012. She holds an M. A. from the same institution and a B.A. from UNAM. She has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from CONACYTto be tenable at the ILAS, where she is working under the supervision of Pablo Piccato. Contradicting a traditional understanding of Mexican Law history, her current research focuses on how the system of constitutional rights adjudication known as Amparo became, in the Porfirian era, an important tool used by subordinate groups to assume their rights of citizenship. It assesses how, in their efforts to stake their claim to redress for grievances committed under the Porfiriato, subaltern actors paradoxically contributed, on one hand, to confer legitimacy to the extremely harsh centralization undertaken by the regime and, on the other, to standardize the civil law.

Her research and teaching interests include citizenship, interaction between judicial institutions of nineteenth-century Latin America and the wider social and cultural processes, History of Political Thought (both textualist and contextualist approaches) including 18th and 19th century French/ American thought, Constitutional history.