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Every year ILAS attracts distinguished faculty and researchers from throughout the United States and Latin America to share their expertise as Edward Laroque Tinker Visiting Professors.

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ILAS Welcomes Fall 2014 Tinker Visiting Professors  

RAFAEL ALARCON ACOSTA is research professor in the Department of Social Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Mexico. He holds a Ph. D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Universidad de Valencia, the Université París Diderot, París 7, and the University of California, San Diego. As a specialist on international migration, he has conducted research on the economic and social effects of migration in sending and receiving regions in Mexico and the United States, the integration of Mexican immigrants, the immigration policies regarding skilled persons and the deportations from the United States.

In collaboration with Douglas Massey, Jorge Durand and Humberto González, he coauthored: Return to Aztlan. The Social Process of International Migration from Western Mexico (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987). More recently, with Luis Escala Rabadán and Olga Odgers Ortiz, he coauthored: Mudando el hogar al Norte. Trayectorias de integración de los inmigrantes mexicanos en Los Ángeles. (México: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2012). He is also the co-editor of: Recession Without Borders: Mexican Migrants Confront the Economic Downturn, (Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011) with David Scott FitzGerald and Leah Muse-Orlinoff.

GRACIELA SPERANZA is a professor of Argentine literature at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and teaches in the Arts Program of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. Her published books include Guillermo Kuitca: Obras 1982-1998 (1998), Razones intensas. Conversaciones sobre arte (1999), Manuel Puig. Después del fin de la literatura (2000) and two novels, Oficios ingleses (2003) and En el aire (2010). In 2002, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on an essay published in 2006, Fuera de campo. Literatura y arte argentinos después de Duchamp. From 2008 to 2012, she participated in the Surrealism in Latin America project at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and she edited, along with Rita Eder and Dawn Ades, the anthology Surrealism in Latin America. Vivísimo muerto (2012). Her most recent book, Atlas portátil de América Latina. Arte y ficciones errantes (2012), was a finalist for the Anagrama Essay Prize. She has contributed to the magazines Crisis, Babel and adn Cultura, and the newspapers Página/12, Clarín and La Nación. Since 2003 she is the co-editor of the magazine of arts and letters Otra parte.


ILAS Welcomes Spring 2014 Tinker Visiting Professor Valeria Llobet  

PROFESSOR VALERIA LLOBET received her BA in 1996 from the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires (UBA - Argentina) and her PhD in 2007, also in the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, with a Fellowship from UBACyT. She spent a semester as a post-doctoral fellow at the Graduate Program for International Affairs (The New School) with a Fellowship from CONICET. She holds a position as researcher in CONICET (National Council of Scientific and Technological Research) since 2007, specialized in Children’s Rights and Social Policy, and is Professor of Human Rights in the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (Argentina). She was a visiting professor in several universities in Latin America.

She has several publications on Children’s Rights and Politics, among them Sentidos de la exclusión social. Beneficiarios, necesidades y prácticas en políticas sociales para la inclusión de niños y jóvenes (2013, Buenos Aires: Biblos), ¿Fábricas de niños? Instituciones y políticas para la infancia en la era de los derechos (2010, Buenos Aires: Noveduc), and Pensar la Infancia desde América Latina. Un estado de la cuestión (in press, CLACSO).

ILAS Welcomes Spring 2013 Tinker Visiting Professor Vania Markarian

PROFESSOR VANIA MARKARIAN is from Uruguay.  She received her BA from the Universidad de la República (Montevideo, Uruguay) in 1996. In 2003, she completed her PhD at Columbia University. Afterwards, she spent a semester as a post-doctoral fellow at the International Center for Advanced Studies (New York University) and taught at Queens College (City University of New York). She moved back to Montevideo in 2004 and currently works at the Universidad de la República. She was a visiting professor and research fellow at Princeton University in 2008. She has several publications on Latin American contemporary history, among them the book Left in Transformation: Uruguayan Exiles and the Latin American Human Rights Networks, 1967-1984 (New York: Routledge, 2005), which was also published in Spanish as Idos y recién llegados: La izquierda uruguaya en el exlio y las redes transnacionales de derechos humanos, 1967-1984 (Mexico City: Correo del Maestro and CEIU, 2006). Her latest book is El 68 uruguayo: El movimiento estudiantil entre molotovs y música beat (Buenos Aires: Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, 2012).


ILAS Welcomes Fall 2012 Tinker Visiting Professors Gabriel L. Negretto and Juan Antonio Morales

PROFESSOR GABRIEL NEGRETTO is an associate professor of Political Studies at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico City. He holds a Law degree from the University of Buenos Aires, and both a Master of International Affairs with specialization in Latin American Studies and a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.  He has been visiting associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, Princeton University, The New School for Social Research, Universidad de la República de Uruguay, and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

Negretto specializes on constitutional politics, institutional change and design, and Latin American political institutions. He has published numerous articles on these topics in American, European, and Latin American academic journals such as the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Law & Society Review, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Latin American Studies, European Journal of Sociology, Government and Opposition, and Desarrollo Economico, among others. His most recent work is the book Making Constitutions. Presidents, Parties, and Institutional Choice in Latin America, forthcoming in Cambridge University Press.

Professor Negretto recently published a book titled "Making Constitutions: Presidents, Parties, and Institutional Choice in Latin America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013). Please click here for reviews and more information.

PROFESSOR JUAN ANTONIO MORALES is full Professor and Senior Researcher at the School of Economic and Financial Sciences at the Catholic University of Bolivia, where he returned after beingpresident of the Central Bank of Bolivia. His tenure as president, from 1995 to 2006, was the longest in the history of the Central Bank of Bolivia since its creation in 1928. Dr. Morales had been visiting professor in several European, American, and Latin-American universities. Mr. Morales has written over forty scientific books and articles. He also contributes regularly to the Bolivian press.He obtained his Master´s and Doctor´s Degree in Economics at the Catholic University of Louvian – Belgium in 1967 and 1971 respectively. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.



2011-2012 Tinker Visiting Professors:

Spring 2012

PROFESSOR ERNESTO TALVI is the Academic Director of CERES (Center for the Study of Economic and Social Affairs). He is a special advisor to the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) on global and regional macroeconomic and financial affairs, contributing to the policy dialogue and the development of cross-country research work at the IADB’s Research Department. Professor Talvi was Senior Research Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., between 1995 and 1997 and visiting scholar at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund, and was the Chief Economist and Head of Research of the Central Bank of Uruguay between 1990 and 1995. During that period he was the chief advisor to Uruguay’s economic team (integrated by the Minister of Finance, the Governor of the Central Bank and the Director of Planning and Budget) and was in charge of the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). His areas of expertise include Emerging Markets Macroeconomics with special emphasis in Latin America; stabilization programs; fiscal policy; capital flows and financial crises.

Fall 2011

PROFESSOR FABIO SANCHEZ-TORRES is a Professor of Economics at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.  He has an extensive career working for institutions such as FEDESARROLLO, the main think tank on economic issues in Colombia, where he worked as a researcher.  He has also worked as the head of the macroeconomic unit at the National Planning Department of Colombia, and as the Director of the Center for Economic Development Studies (CEDE). Dr. Sánchez-Torres has done top research on the links between equity and macroeconomic issues, social policy and violence, and economic history, including his Ph.D. thesis on the effects of the Great Depression in Colombia. 

PROFESSOR ANDRES VELASCO is a renowned Chilean economist and the former finance minster of Chile.  He has held many advisory positions for the governments of Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico and Kazakhstan.  Dr. Velasco has held visiting positions at Harvard University, and the University of Chile, and he is a frequent visiting scholar at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has received several distinctions, such as the Award for Excellence in Research granted by the Inter-American Development Bank, in recognition for his contributions to economic research, the design of policies, and the creation of research institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Spring 2011

PROFESSOR MARIANO TOMMASI joins ILAS from Universidad de San Andres in Argentina, where he is Professor or Economics. He specializes in political economy and institutional economics and politics, with a focus on developing countries.  Prof. Tommasi has held visiting positions at Yale University, Harvard University, Tel Aviv University, and UCLA. He is a frequent visiting scholar at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. He was President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (2004-2005) and a Guggenheim Fellow (2006-2008).

Previous Tinker Visiting Professors


Rafael Dobado, Economic History (Spain)

Ricardo Salvatore, History (Argentina)


Aloisio Araujo, Economics (Brazil)

Juan Antonio Morales, Economics (Bolivia)


Roberto Gargarella, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law (Argentina)

Lila Caimari, History (Argentina)

Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, History (Brazil)


Jorge Leon-Trujillo, Sociology (Ecuador)


Sebastian Galliani, Economics (Argentina)

Michael Penfold-Becerra, Political Economy (Venezuela)


Ricardo Cordova, Political Science (El Salvador)

Margarita Lopez-Maya, Economics & History (Venezuela)


Renato Janine Ribero, Political Philosophy (Brazil)

Mario Pecheny, Political Science (Argentina)


Ricardo Luna, International Relations (Peru)

Gabriel Tortella, History (Spain)


Raul Benitez-Manaut, International Relations (Mexico)

Rut Diamint, International Relations (Argentina)


Eduardo Pizarro, Political Sociology (Columbia)

Samyra Cresno, Political Science (Brazil)