Visiting Scholars and Fellows

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Camila Daniel, Fall 2021

Camila Daniel is an activist-researcher in Anthropology from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her research focuses on racial identities, inter-ethnic relations, dance, and immigration in Brazil, Peru, and the US. She has worked as a tenured professor at Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) since 2010. In 2019, Camila was a visiting researcher at New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) funded by the Fulbright Commission. As a Fulbrighter, Camila conducted a collaborative work about the anti-racism activism of two art collectives from the Bronx and Baltimore. In 2016, Camila was a postdoctoral fellow at Morgan State University, Baltimore. Holding a PhD in Social Sciences from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Camila is the founder of Encontro Brasil-Peru (2012, 2014, and 2019) and Seminário Internacional Latino-Afro Hispânico (SEMILLAH) (2018). She has published and presented papers in journals and conferences in Brazil, the United States, Peru, Colombia, Portugal, Argentina and Chile. Her paper "When I discovered I was índia”: racialization processes in the migratory experiences of Peruvians in Rio Janeiro” was recently published in Virtual Brazilian Anthropology journal. Camila is an associate researcher of Núcleo de Estudos Migratórios (NIEM) and UFRRJ’s Laboratório de Estudos Afrobrasileiros e Indígenas (LEAFRO). She is also part of Aguasalá Danzas Afrolatinas, a transnational feminist dance collective.

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Isabella Cosse, Spring 2022

Isabella Cosse is a historian and researcher at CONICET (National Council of Scientific and Technological Research) and a professor at Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. She has written several books (including Estigmas de Nacimiento, 2006; Pareja, sexualidad y familia en los años sesenta, 2010; and Mafalda: historia social y política, 2014, also published in English as Mafalda: A Social and Political History of Latin America’s Global Comic, 2019) and other contributions where she looks at childhood and family in relation to social, cultural and political processes. She has been a Fulbright Fellow, has taught in different universities in Argentina and Latin America, and was co-founder of the Network of Latin American Childhood Historians. She is currently working on a book project entitled “Love and Politics during the Cold War,” and, as part of her Tinker Fellowship, she is participating along with Nara Milanich and Valentina Glockner in the project “Children Crossing Borders in Latin America,” under which they promoted the Infancias y Migración Working Group, a transnational and interdisciplinary team.

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Pablo Pineau, Spring 2022

Pablo Pineau is a full professor of history of Argentine and Latin American education at University of Buenos Aires. He has vast experience in teacher education and training courses, and postgraduate courses in Argentine and foreign institutions that includes the direction of the doctorate in education at University of Tucuman. He held the presidency of the Argentine Society for the History of Education and was director of the Department of Education Sciences of University of Buenos Aires. He is an author and editor of several publications on history, theory, and politics of education. His main research interests are the relations between educational practices and thought in Latin America and their articulation with political, social, and cultural historical contexts.



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Silvio Luiz de Almeida, Spring 2022

Silvio Luiz de Almeida holds a Ph.D. in Law from the Department of Philosophy and General Theory of Law at the Law School of the University of São Paulo. Master in Politics, Law, and Economics from the Law School of Mackenzie Presbyterian University. Graduated in Law from the Law School of Mackenzie Presbyterian University. Graduated in Philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy, Literature and Human Sciences of the University of São Paulo. Obtained a postdoctoral degree at the Law School of the University of São Paulo. He was a Mellon Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Duke University (USA) in 2020, where he taught the courses "Black Lives Matter US and Brazil" and "Race and Law in Latin America". During his time at Duke University, he was, alongside Professor John D. French, the organizer of the exhibition "Black Lives Matter US-Brazil", the result of the academic works of the discipline of the same name taught. After his period as a visiting professor, he was integrated as a researcher at CLACS-Duke in a research project that analyzes the figure of the "Amicus Curiae" and the participation of civil society in the constitutional cases about affirmative actions in the Brazilian Supreme Court and in the American Supreme Court. His research is based on four aspects: 1) The relationship between Philosophy of Law and Economic Theories; 2) Structural Racism; 3) State and Law in Brazilian Social Thought; 4) Compliance and anti-discrimination practices. Dr. Almeida is a political columnist for the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, the most important newspaper in Brazil. He is also a lawyer and a political activist, and currently is president of the Luiz Gama Institute, an NGO dedicated to the defense of human rights.

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Joana Monteiro, Fall 2021

Joana Monteiro is professor of public policy at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV/EBAPE) and the head of the Center for Applied Research to Public Security. She worked as the head of research at the Rio de Janeiro State's Attorney Office (2019-2021) and the head of the Institute of Public Security (ISP) (2015-2018). At both positions, Joana led initiatives to improve use of evidence by Public Security and Criminal Justice agencies, having implemented projects to facilitate data analytics and to improve transparency to citizens. Joana holds a PhD and a MA in economics from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and was research fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University (2009-2012). She is an expert in impact evaluation of public policies and her research has been published in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics, the Security Journal and Crime Science.

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Marcelo Furtado, Fall 2021

Marcelo has over 30 years of experience working in the sustainability field, committed to advancing environmental and social justice through advocacy and philanthropy. Most recently, he became a partner at the start-up ZScore/BlockC, a traceability platform for environmental assets using blockchain technology. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Alana Foundation and Arapyaú institute, family foundations that promote sustainability, social justice and education. Marcelo is a co-founder and was the facilitator of the Brazilian Coalition on Climate Forest and Agriculture, a multi-stakeholder forum with representatives from academia, business and civil society to implement a just and sustainable low carbon economy focused on land use issues. He is also a co-founder of the Climate & Sovereignty Centre, a think tank on Defence and Climate issues. Marcelo also spent twenty-four years at Greenpeace where he served as Executive Director of Greenpeace Brazil, and was previously Head of the Forest, Climate & Energy, and Toxics and Oceans campaigns in Brazil. At Greenpeace International, he worked for fifteen years as a policy adviser on Climate & Energy and Industrial Pollution. He also coordinated the Latin American and later the global Toxic Trade Campaign on the promotion of clean technology and the worldwide ban on hazardous waste trade. Marcelo is a chemical engineer by training with a master’s degree in renewable energy. He is a Yale World Fellow and currently serves as the Board Chair at World Resources Institute (WRI) Brazil. He is also a Board member of Conectas Human Rights. He is also a member of the sustainability committees of Duratex SA and Marfrig SA.

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Antonio Azuela, September – October 2021

Antonio Azuela, vicepresident of FIU (Iberoamerican Federation of Urbanists), is a member of the Social Research Institute at UNAM (Mexico’s National University). Since the late seventies he has conducted research on urban and environmental law from a socio legal perspective. From 1994 to 2000 he acted as the General Attorney for the Environment (Procurador Federal de Protección al Ambiente) in the Mexican Government. He is co-founder of IRGLUS (International Research Group on Law and Urban Space) within the International Sociological Association. His recent research focuses on environmental conflicts and on the urbanization of the rural world. His latest books include El derecho en movimiento (Tirant lo Blanch, 2019) and Ciudad de México. Inercias urbanísticas y proceso constitucional (CIDE, 2019).



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Ricardo Murguia, November – December 2021

Physician, educator and researcher. He was born in Mexico City and graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. As a student he won 1st place in the National Physiology Contest, as well as the 1st place in the National Neuroscience Contest. He was a visiting physician at the University of Barcelona, and after that he also went to the University of Oxford. He is a founding member of the student interest group in Neurology (SIGN) from our university, and also the holder of the Edmundo O’Gorman Scholars program. He has been a physiology teacher for the past 7 years and has instructed hundreds of students during that period, as a researcher he has approached the fields of brain tumors and stroke at Mayo Clinic. His goals include the promotion of international collaborations for Mexico, inspire and help young people to achieve their dreams. He was recently awarded the Youth Merit Medal by the government of Mexico in regards to his academic trajectory.


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Marisa Ruiz Trejo, January – February 2022

Feminist anthropologist from Chiapas, Mexico. Full professor at the Autonomous University of Chiapas. There, she was responsible for the Cultural Diversity Studies and Social Spaces Master’s Program (2017-2019). Professor of the seminar on “Gender and Inequalities”, at the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO). She holds a PhD in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Also, she was a visiting scholar at the Anthropology Department of New York University (2014 and 2019) and at the Ethnic Studies Department of the University of California, Berkeley (2012). Her education was funded with different grants. In 2016, she participated in the elaboration of historical anthropological reports on racism, genocide and sexual violence against q’eqchi’ Indigenous women in the Sepur Zarco case in Guatemala. This is the most significant legal case of sexual violence committed by the army during the genocide to be won in a domestic court in Guatemala. She has recently published the book Feminist Anthropologies in Mexico: epistemologies, ethics, practices, and diverse views (co-edited with Berrio, Castañeda, Goldsmith, Salas and Valladares) (UNAM, UAM-I, UAM-X and Editorial Bonilla, 2020). Currently, Dr. Ruiz-Trejo analyzes epistemologies, theories and decolonizing feminist practices in Chiapas and Central America. The objective of her research is to recover the life and the work of a variety of women who have made contributions to the social sciences, particularly to anthropology. With the Edmundo O’Gorman fellowship program at Columbia University, Dr. Ruiz-Trejo intends to develop a research project about “Pioneering women in anthropology in Chiapas and Central America” and to gather some documental materials, to use the libraries and the archives at Columbia.

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Vanni Pettinà, March - April 2022

Vanni Pettinà holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary History from the University Complutense of Madrid/CSIC. He is Associate Professor of International and Latin American Contemporary History at the Center for Historical Studies of El Colegio de México and was John W. Kluge Postdoctoral Fellow at the Library of Congress. He is author of Historia Minima de la Guerra Fría, which will be published in English with UNC Press in 2022 with support from Duke-UNC Latin America In Translation Series Grant, and coeditor, with Stella Krepp and Thomas Field, of Latin America and the Global Cold War (UNC Press 2021). He has published articles in the Journal of Latin American Studies, International History Review, Cold War History and Historia Mexicana. He is currently working on a book project tentatively titled: From Bilateralism to globalism. Development and Foreign Policy during Mexico’s Cold War.


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Mauricio Romero, May – June 2022

I am an assistant professor of economics at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). I was born and raised in Colombia, where I earned a B.A. in economics (summa cum laude) and a B.A. in mathematics (cum laude) from Universidad de los Andes. I did a Ph.D. in economics at the University of California, San Diego. I have affiliations at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP). My work focuses on the bottlenecks that impede high-quality government provision of education, health care, and environmental protection. In conjunction with my empirical research agenda, I work on methodological issues in applied econometrics and statistics.




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Valentina Glockner, July – August 2022

Valentina Glockner, is a Mexican anthropologist based at DIE-CINVESTAV, in Mexico City. Her work focuses on the anthropology of the state, borders, (im)migration and the new social studies on childhood. She received the Mexican Academy of Sciences Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Social Sciences and Humanities 2014 for her a research on the relations between NGOs, the State and working-migrant children in India. Her undergraduate thesis on the experiences of migrant and working Mixtec children was awarded two of the most prestigious national awards in anthropology and was published in 2008 as a book: “From Mountain to the Border: Identity, Social Representations and Migration of Mixtec Children from Guerrero”. Valentina has directed and co-directed collective international projects financed by the National Geographic Society, the ConTex alliance, the National Science Foundation and CONACYT of Mexico. She has been a fellow at the CLACSO-CROP, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and the Matias Romero program at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas, Austin. She is a founding member of Colectiva Infancias, a network of researchers specialized in social studies of children in the Global South. 

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Benjamin Mayer-Foulkes, September – October 2022

Dr. Benjamin Mayer-Foulkes is a Psychoanalyst in private practice in Mexico City. He is the founding director of 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos (established 2001), a Post-University that has explored the implications of its stance for research, postgraduate education, publishing and broadcasting. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Institute and enhance the autonomy of social, cultural and environmental initiatives with a critical orientation, Mayer-Foulkes developed the digital platforms Critical Switch and La Mutual. A specialist in blind photography, he co-founded Sentire, an ensemble grouping musicians and deaf actors. He is a growing presence in Latin American, North American and European institutional, academic, editorial and artistic projects. In 2013 he was distinguished at the National Autonomous University of Mexico for his “contributions in the field of critical and cultural studies.


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Alfonso Valenzuela-Aguilera, November – December 2022

Alfonso Valenzuela-Aguilera is Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Morelos, Mexico. His writing and teaching focus on the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological dimensions of urban questions, with particular reference to the remaking of urban configurations under financial capitalism. A Fulbright and Guggenheim scholar, his work intersects with urban and regional planning policies and practice. He has held visiting professorships and chairs in several universities, including UT-Austin, IUAV-Venice, Rice University, University of Tokyo, UC-Berkeley, University of Toronto, University of Calgary, University of Paris-Sorbonne and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent research has focused on the construction of safe environments and the impact of financial capital in the XXI century city. He is the author of several books on Urban History in Latin America, and recipient of national and international awards.


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Juliana González Jáuregui, Fall 2021

Juliana González Jáuregui received her BS in international relations in 2007, her M.S. in international relations and negotiations in 2012 (FLACSO and UdeSA, Argentina), and her PhD in social sciences in 2017 (FLACSO, Argentina) with honors. She was a doctoral fellow at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and has been selected to participate in doctoral training experiences in China, Chile, and the United States. Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow at CONICET and researcher at FLACSO, where she leads the Chair on China Studies at the Department of International Relations. She heads the Postgraduate Program about China at FLACSO, teaches at the Catholic University of Argentina, and has published several articles about China-Latin America and China-Argentina ties.


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Juan O'Farrell, Fall 2021

Juan O'Farrell is an economist and political scientist working on the comparative political economy of development in Latin America. He holds a PhD in Political Science at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) (Argentina), a MA in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex (UK) and an Economics degree at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT). His research agenda is centered in business politics and productive development of natural resource-based industries. He works as a researcher and consultant for government and international organizations. Currently, he coordinates the program on Natural Resources, Innovation and Environment at the Buenos Aires-based think tank Fundar (Fundación para el desarrollo de Argentina). 



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Inés Pérez, Spring 2022

Inés Pérez is a researcher at CONICET (National Council of Scientific and Technical Research) and teaches at the Sociology Department of the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina. Her research focuses on the history of paid and unpaid domestic work, family life and consumption. She is the author of El hogar tecnificado. Familias, género y vida cotidiana, 1940-1970 (2012). She has also co-authored Senderos que se bifurcan. Servicio doméstico y derechos laborales en la Argentina del siglo XX (2018), with Romina Cutuli and Débora Garazi, and, with Marinês Ribeiro Dos Santos, she co-edited Gênero e consumo: represntaçoes midiáticas de práticas de consumo no espaço doméstico, Argentina e Brasil no século XX (2017). She has been a Fulbright Fellow and an Erasmus Fellow, which allowed her to perform research stays at the University of California, Berkeley (2009-2010) and at the University of Leuven, Belgium (2012-2013). In 2017, she was elected as vicepresident of the AAIHMEG (Argentinean Asociation for the Research in Women’s History and Gender Studies), affiliated at the IFRWH (International Federation for the Research in Women’s History). She is also a member of RITHAL (Red de Investigadores sobre Trabajo del Hogar en América Latina) and TRAGEVIC (Red sobre Trabajo, Género y Vida Cotidiana). She is currently working on the history of household workers’ experiences as mothers.

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Sol Prieto, Spring 2022

Sol Prieto is a sociologist and political scientist working on fiscal and development policies from a gender perspective in Argentina. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), a MA in Political Science at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT), and a Sociology degree at UBA. Her research agenda is centered in gender-sensitive budgeting and sectoral analysis focusing on the inclusion of women and transgender people on the development strategy. Currently, she coordinates the team of the National Directorate of Economy, Equality and Gender in the Ministry of Economy in Argentina. She is also an associate professor at Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA) and UBA.


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Nayla Luz Vacarezza, Spring 2022

Nayla Luz Vacarezza is an assistant researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research in Argentina. She is affiliated with the Gino Germani Research Institute and teaches sociology courses at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She holds a Sociology degree and a doctoral degree in Social Sciences from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She was the recipient of a doctoral and a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research in Argentina. Dr. Vacarezza’s current research project focuses on the visual politics and affective aspects of abortion rights movements in Latin America. She is co-author (with July Chaneton) of the book La intemperie y lo intempestivo. Experiencias del aborto voluntario en el relato de mujeres y varones (Marea, 2011). The book was declared of interest by the Honorable Chamber of Deputies of Argentina’s Congress in 2012. She is co-editor (with Cecilia Macón and Mariela Solana) of Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Also, she is co-editor (with Barbara Sutton) of Abortion and Democracy. Contentious Body Politics in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay (Routledge, forthcoming).

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  • André Luiz Carvalhal da Silva - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Do corporate governance and social responsibility incease innovation?


  • Catarina von Wedemeyer - Free University of Berlin, Germany; Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité - Critical Historical Semantics in the Imaginations of the Republic (Latin America, Spain, Portugal)


  • Daniel Luiz Gleizer- Independent researcher, Brazil; Determinants of Government Effectiveness in Brazil


  • Edgard Antonio Pereira - State University of Campinas, Brazil; Deindustralization in Brazil


  • Faride Mereb - New York based designer, artist, and researcher; The Printing Press in America as an Instrument for Integration


  • Flávio Contrera - Sao Carlos Federal University, Brazil; President’s Legislative Powers and the Use of Unilateral Action in Brazil and United States


  • Guillermo M. Cejudo - Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico; Federalism in Mexico in the 21st Century


  • Helena Celestino - Independent Researcher, Brazil; The New Brazilian Diaspora
  • Isis Saavedra Luna - Metropolitan University of Xochimilco, Mexico; The Changing Concept of Violence in Recent Mexican Films


  • Issa Luna - Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Corporate corruption networks in Mexico and legal implications


  • Lise Tupiassu-Merlin - Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil; Amazonian Deforestation Economic Instruments Adaptation


  • Lorena Moscovich - University of San Andres, Argentina; How gender inequality and gender violence and risk perception shape women’s ability to be aware of manipulation and less likely to trust misleading information


  • Manuel Perlo Cohen - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Comparing powerful Urban Administrators in History: Eugene Haussmann (Paris), Robert Moses(New York) and Ernesto. P. Uruchurtu(Mexico City)


  • Nicole Bonino - University of Virginia, U.S.; Kaleidoscopic Urban Arenas: Race, Place, and South-South Migration in Latin American Literature and Visual Art


  • Renan Vidal Mina - Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil; Italian ethnic associationism in Campinas and New York in a comparative perspective