Deborah N. Cohn, William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow and visiting assistant professor of Spanish, is assistant professor of Hispanic studies at McGill University. Her work examines the literature of Latin America and the southern United States, focusing on the way such figures as Mario Vargas Llosa and William Faulkner have been taken up by critics who work from an inter-American perspective. She is the author of History and Memory in the Two Souths: Recent Southern and Spanish American Fiction, published by Vanderbilt University Press.
Anne T. Demo, assistant professor of communication studies, is working on a project that considers the changing representations of the U.S.-Mexico border and the role that these constructions have played in the formation of national identity. She has published articles on the founding of environmentalism and the idea of wilderness, and on the feminist resistance of the Guerrilla Girls.
Marshall C. Eakin, associate professor and chair of history, specializes in the social and economic history of Brazil. His books include Brazil: The Once and Future Country, a general history, and Tropical Capitalism, a forthcoming study of the industrialization of the Brazilian city Belo Horizonte. His next project, a general history of Latin America, has been contracted with St. Martin's Press.
Edward F. Fischer, assistant professor of anthropology, has done extensive research on the Maya communities of rural Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize and is particularly interested in the effects of globalization on these communities. He is the author of Maya Cultural Logics and Identity Politics in Guatemala and co-author of Tecpán Guatemala: An Ethnography of a Modern Maya Town, both forthcoming.
Earl E. Fitz, Jacque Voegeli Fellow, professor of Portuguese and Spanish, and director of the program in comparative literature, is a co-director of the 2000/2001 Fellows Program. His research focuses on the colonial period and the twentieth century in Brazilian literature and on the comparative study of Brazilian, Spanish American, and North American literatures. His books include Ambiguity and Gender in the New Novel of Spanish America and Brazil; Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature in a Comparative Context; and Clarice Lispector.
Cathy L. Jrade, Spence Wilson Fellow and professor and chair of Spanish, is a co-director of the 2000/2001 Fellows Program. She has published extensively on Modernist poetry in Spanish America, particularly its confrontation with the social, political, and philosophic upheavals of its time. Her books include Modernismo, Modernity, and the Development of Spanish American Literature and Rubén Dario and the Romantic Search for Unity: The Modernist Recourse to Esoteric Tradition. Recently, she has published the chapter on Modernist poetry for The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature.
Jane G. Landers, associate professor of history and director of the Latin American and Iberian studies program, has written on cultural adaptation and change among African, Hispanic, and Anglo peoples in Spanish America, the Caribbean, and the United States. She is the author of Black Society in Spanish Florida. Currently, she is at work on two monographs. The first, Black Kingdoms, Black Republics: Free African Towns in the Spanish Americas, explores how Africans in the Spanish world negotiated alternatives to slavery; the second, Juan Bautista Witten, Formerly Known as Big Prince, is a case study of a West African who escaped from slavery and joined the Floridian exodus to Cuba.
William Luis, Rebecca Webb Wilson Fellow and professor of Spanish, is a co-director of the 2000/2001 Fellows Program. He specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature, as well as contemporary Spanish American, Caribbean, Afro-Hispanic, and Latino literatures. His most recent books include Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States and Literary Bondage: Slavery in Cuban Narrative.
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