Faculty


Roberto Gutièrrez Varea

Program Director
(415) 422-2071

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of...

Courses:

Perform & Cultural Resistance, Directed Study, Latin@ American Performance & Culture, Directed Study, Perform & Cultural Resistance, Latin@ American Performance and Culture, Cabaret Production, Workshop: Play Production, Special Topics in Theater, Directed Study

Jorge Aquino

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5971

Jorge Aquino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His specialties...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Theological Union

Expertise:

Latin American theology and religious history, Liberation Theology, Race Theory and Faith-Based Social Movements

Courses:

Special Topics, Religion in Latin America, Liberation Theology, Panamerican Saints: Hagiography and Politics, Liberation Theology in Spanish, Methods and Theories in THRS, Liberation Theology, Panamerican Saints: Hagiography and Politics, Religion in Latin America, Ethics, Liberation Theology in Spanish

Lucia Cantero

Assistant Professor

Lucia Cantero is an anthropologist concerned with the intersection of aesthetics, politics and identity. Her areas of research include Latin America...

Education:

PhD in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University. | MA Social Sciences, University of Chicago | BA Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Courses:

Special Topics in Anthropology, Honors Thesis Seminar, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, History and Politics of Global Issues, Research & Thesis Writing, Special Topics

Kathleen Coll

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5989

Kathleen Coll is a political anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on immigration politics and policies, cultural citizenship, and...

Courses:

Research Methods, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Immigration and Citizenship, Urban Politics, Urban Politics, Latino Politics in the U.S., Special Topics in Politics, Fieldwork in Pub Int Org, Directed Study, Senior Pol - Honors Seminar, Special Topics, Special Topics

Sergio De La Torre

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5297

Sergio De La Torre's project work has focused on issues regarding immigration, tourism, surveillance technologies, and transnational identities....

Courses:

Art Fundamentals, Digital Photography I, Senior Studio, Artist as Citizen, Special Topics

Brian Dowd-Uribe

Assistant Professor

Professor Dowd-Uribe’s research explores the social, agro-ecological and economic dimensions of food, agriculture and water policy, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.

Education:

PhD, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Courses:

The Global Economy, Special Topics, Honors Thesis Seminar, Nature Immersion, Env Studies Cornerstone Sem, History and Politics of Global Issues, Development & the Environment, Research & Thesis Writing, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Politics of International Aid and Development

Christina Garcia Lopez

Director of Chican@-Latin@ Studies , Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4749

Christina Garcia Lopez holds a PhD in American Studies with a portfolio in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She...

Education:

BA, English Literature, University of North Texas | MA, American Literature and Culture, University of Leeds | PhD, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Courses:

Narratives of US America, Intro to Literary Study, Narratives of U.S. America, Great Works of Western Literature, Introduction to Chicano/a Literature Survey, Literature Period Courses: 1900-Present, Special Topics in Literature and Film, Senior Seminar in Literature

Danny Gascón

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4132

Danny Gascón received his MA and BA in Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino, and earned his PhD in Criminology, Law &...

Education:

BA, Criminal Justice, California State University, San Bernadino | MA, Criminal Justice, California State University, San Bernadino | PhD, Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine

Courses:

Latin@-Chican@ Cult & Society, Latin@-Chican@ Culture and Society, Sociology of Law, Juvenile Justice, Criminology, Urban Policing, Current Issues in Sociology, Fieldwork in Sociology, Directed Reading

Roberto Gutièrrez Varea

Professor, Theater
(415) 422-2071

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of...

Courses:

Perform & Cultural Resistance, Directed Study, Latin@ American Performance & Culture, Directed Study, Perform & Cultural Resistance, Latin@ American Performance and Culture, Cabaret Production, Workshop: Play Production, Special Topics in Theater, Directed Study

Karina Hodoyán

Associate Professor, Director of CELASA
(415) 422-6951

Associate Professor, received her Masters in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University and her PhD from the Department of Spanish...

Education:

MA, Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University | PhD, Department of Spanish and Portugese, Stanford University

Courses:

Divisadero Publication, Directed Study, Cultural Manifestations, Research Seminar I, First-Year Seminar, Span for Bilingual Students I, Spanish for Bilinguals II, Gender/Sexuality in Latin@ Lit, Build Bridges: ESL/Span, Divisadero Journal, Lit of US-Mexico Borderlands, Special Topics, Dir Reading & Research

Elisabeth Jay Friedman

Chair of Politics, Professor
(415) 422-6046

Elisabeth Jay Friedman was awarded her BA by Barnard College (1988) and her MA/PhD by Stanford University (1997). She is the author of Unfinished...

Education:

BA, Barnard College | MA/PhD, Stanford University

Courses:

Glob Serv-Learn Sust Dev Semin, Glob Serv-Learn Sus Dev Intern, Glob Serv-Learn Res/Refl Semin, Econ of the Developing World, Latin American Politics, Ideas and Institutions, Change and Conflict, Special Topics in Politics, Latin American Politics, Directed Study, Expedition USF

Susana Kaiser

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5141

Susana Kaiser teaches at the Media Studies Department. She earned her PhD from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at...

Education:

BA, Advertising, Thge Jesuit University of El Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina | MA, The Department of Communication, Hunter College of the City University of New York | PhD, The Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Courses:

Latin American Cinema, Human Rights and International Law, Media History, Latin American Cinema, Human Rights & Film, Special Topics in Media Studies, Directed Study, Race, Ethnicity, & Media, Media, Memory, History, Honors Seminar in Media Studies

Pedro Lange Churión

Professor
(415) 422-6135

Professor Pedro Lange Churión is both an academic and a visual artist. He has written and directed various films, including Crocodile (USA, 2000)....

Courses:

Directed Study, Intro to Film Studies, Directed Study, Medieval and Renaissance Literature, St Ignatius Institute Symposium, Subversive Fem Enjoyments, Photography:Lit & Visual Image, Special Topics, The Latin American City in its Cinema: Urban Spaces and Living Practices, Urban Cultures, Special Topics

Christopher Loperena

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6914

Christopher Loperena is a sociocultural anthropologist (Ph.D. Texas) and assistant professor in the International Studies Department at the...

Education:

PhD, Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin | MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin | BA, International Studies, University of Chicago

Courses:

Intro to Anthropology, Special Topics, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, Development & the Environment, Special Topics, Introduction to Globalization

Lois Lorentzen

Professor
(415) 422-2413

Professor Lorentzen's research and teaching interests include: immigration, environmental ethics, gender and religion. She has conducted research in El Salvador and Mexico.

Education:

PhD, Social Ethics, University of Southern California

Courses:

Erasmus Community, Erasmus Community, Erasmus Overseas Program, Directed Study, Research Seminar I, Research Seminar II, Migratory Mobility, Special Topics, Directed Reading

Julio Moreno

Professor
(415) 422-6082

Julio Moreno, PhD is an experienced educator, presenter, and commentator. He has served as director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas...

Courses:

Latin American Perspectives, Modern Latin America, Latinos in the U.S., Directed Study, Latin American Perspectives, Latino/as in the United States

Katrina Olds

Associate Professor, History
(415) 422-4378

Katrina Olds is a specialist in early modern Spanish history. Her research interests include popular culture and religion; Counter-Reformation...

Education:

PhD and MA, History, Princeton University | Masters of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Courses:

Special Topics, First-Year Seminar-Top in Hist, Special Topics in Historical Methodology, Muslims, Christians and Jews in Medieval Spain, Undergraduate Seminar in European History, Honors Senior Thesis, Renaissance Culture, Directed Research, Davies Seminar, Western Heritage, St Ignatius Institute Symposium

Nadina Olmedo

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4874

Prof. Olmedo general area of expertise is Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies. Her research interests focus on Gothic Literature, Women and...

Education:

PhD, Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky | BA, Profesorado en Letras, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia (Argentina)

Expertise:

Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies

Courses:

Intensive Spanish, First Semester Spanish, Second Semester Spanish, Confluences and Conflicts in the Spanish-Speaking World: Negotiating Language and Culture, Twentieth Century Spanish-American Literature, Feminist Discourse/Theories, Special Topics

Francesca Rivera

Adjunct Professor, Music Program Coordinator
(415) 422-4368

Francesca is an ethnomusicologist, teaching courses music, cultural anthropology and Latin American studies. Research areas include: genre labeling...

Education:

BA, Sarah Lawrence College | MA, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

Anthropology of Music, Music of the Americas, Music and Social Protest, Music of the Americas, Anthropology of Music, Music and Social History, Expedition USF

Cecília Santos

Professor
(415) 422-5624

Cecília MacDowell Santos received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master in Law from the University of São...

Education:

PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, | MA, Law, University of São Paulo

Courses:

Brazilian Culture & Society, Introduction to Globalization, Gender, Development and Globalization, Global Inequalities and Social Justice, Sociology of Law, Brazilian Culture & Soc, Current Issues in Sociology, Directed Reading

Michael Stanfield

Professor
(415) 422-6422

Michael Edward Stanfield, PhD, University of New Mexico, 1992, is an historian of modern Latin America, focusing on topics in the social and cultural...

Education:

PhD, University of New Mexico | MA, San Diego State University | BA, UC Berkeley

Courses:

Special Topics, Latin American Perspectives, First-Year Seminar-Top in Hist, Colonial Latin America, Brazil and Amazonia, The Southern Cone, Andean Nations, Brazil and Amazonia, Latin American Perspectives, The Southern Cone, Andean Nations

Contact Info

Office of Latin American Studies

Kalmanovitz Hall, 334
(415) 422-2940