Director: 

 

Ben Fallaw: Latin American Studies – [email protected]

Ben Fallaw, Professor of Latin American Studies, received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1995, and has taught Latin American history in the program since 2000. His research centers on politics, religion, and anticlericalism, the military, and the Maya in post-revolutionary Mexico. At the present, he is currently writing an ethnobiography  of Yucatecan mestizo politico Bartolomé García Correa (1893-1978), and co-editing a collection of essays comparing citizenship, capitalism and state formation in Mexico and Peru with David Nugent of Emory University. He has directed thirteen senior honors theses at Colby on a wide range of topics from Guatemalan testimonios to the revolt of the Pingüinos in Chile.


Faculty:


 

Ana Almeyda-Cohen: Spanish – [email protected]

Ana Almeyda-Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Colby College, where she teaches courses on Latin American cinema and culture. Her work analyzes representations of popular cultural figures within Mexican culture and media. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach that draws from critical theories of race and gender, eco-criticism, visual studies, anthropology, border studies, and Latino/a studies.

 

 

 

 


Charlie Hankin: Spanish – [email protected]

Charlie Hankin (PhD, Princeton) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Spanish Department. His book project Break and Flow: Transatlantic Hip-Hop Poetics looks at the way rappers in Cuba, Brazil, and Haiti use hip-hop as a technology of community writing to reconfigure place and history. The project draws on an archive of songs and lyric transcriptions built through extensive ethnographic research, including several recording collaborations: the Cuban hip-hop album Sentimientos Desafinados, which was nominated for a CubaDisco award, and the Haitian hip-hop albums Kwonik on GetoYout and R.O.D. Rhod over D-Fi.

Before attending Princeton, Charlie was a Fulbright ETA in Fortaleza, Brazil (2015). He completed his B.A. at Reed College (Spanish) and also holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon, with a focus on early-Baroque performance practice. He has performed, recorded, and taught as a professional violinist, including with the Instituto de Música Suzuki de Córdoba (Veracruz, Mexico).

 

 

 


Sandra Vanessa Bernal Heredia: Spanish – [email protected]

Sandra Bernal Heredia is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish at Colby College. Her area of specialization is Latin American literature and culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with a focus on Andean, Urban and Popular Culture studies. Sandra completed her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, with a Graduate Portfolio in Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her book manuscript “Sonidos e imágenes heterogéneas” looks at an array of literary texts, musical performances, audiovisual sources, and popular representations, to analyze socio-cultural identity patterns that constitute mestizo and and indigenous identities in Lima, Peru. Her new research project analyzes the intersectionality of gender and ethnicity in superhero comic books. In this, Sandra compares the portrayal of the first Peruvian female superhero, La Chola Power, and Navajo superhero Ayla-The Monster Slayer, whose adventure occurs in post-apocalyptic spaces and present an intersection between narratives of environmental humanistic climate change and indigenous resilience. 


 

 

Patrice Franko: Economics – [email protected]

Patrice M. Franko is the Grossman Professor of Economics and Professor of Global Studies; she teaches economic globalization, Latin American economic policy, and microeconomics. In 2012 she was a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil where she taught at IUPERJ/Candido Mendes in Rio and conducted research on defense industrialization in Brazil. She is the author of the best-selling textbook on economics and Latin America, The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development, (Rowman & Littlefield, 4th edition in process.)

 

 

 


José G. Martínez: Music – [email protected]

José is an Assistant Professor in the Music Department. His music incorporates a wide range of influences from Colombian folk tunes to contemporary composition techniques, while borrowing from Latin music, heavy metal and audio sampling techniques. His works range from solo pieces with electronics to orchestral works, passing through chamber ensembles, electroacoustic pieces, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Among others, his music has been performed by groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Wild Up, Grammy award-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion. An alumnus in percussion and composition of the National University of Colombia, he studied composition at the University of Missouri and UT Austin. José was Visiting Professor at East Carolina University, and recently was appointed Visiting Professor at the New College of Florida.

 

 

 

 


Dámaris Mayans: Spanish – [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lindsay Mayka: Government – [email protected] 

Lindsay Mayka is Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College. At Colby, she teaches classes on Latin American politics, democracy, political economy, civil society, and political science methodology. Her research interests include popular participation, interest representation in the policymaking process, and the quality of democratic institutions. She is currently writing a book manuscript that examines the divergent trajectories of nationally-mandated participatory institutions in Brazil and Colombia, which is based on two years of field research. Prior to coming to Colby, Mayka was a post-doctoral Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2013, she received the Latin American Studies Association/Oxfam Martin Diskin Dissertation Award, and she has also received grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright program, and the Javits Foundation. Outside of academia, Mayka has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, DESCO (a Peruvian NGO), and has consulted for the Open Society Institute and the Hewlett Foundation. Mayka completed her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s in public policy from Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.


Tiffany Miller: Spanish – [email protected]

Tiffany Creegan Miller is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Colby College, where she teaches a variety of Latin American literature, film, and Spanish language courses. Working across Hispanic and K’ichean (Kaqchikel, K’iche’, and Tz’utujil Maya) literary and cultural traditions, her research and teaching focus on contemporary Indigenous literature and decolonial critical theory, with an emphasis on orality and performance. She is completing a book manuscript about how Maya authors make use of multiple media (tz’ib’)—specifically painting, books, and a variety of online platforms—to communicate, create, and disseminate knowledge, titled The Art of Speaking Writing: Mediating Maya Voices in the 21st Century (under contract with the University of Arizona Press). This manuscript draws from fieldwork in the Guatemalan Highlands since 2010. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispanic Studies Review, Label Me Latina/o, and the MLA Teaching Series, among others. Miller has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Tinker Foundation, and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Beyond academia, as a speaker of Kaqchikel Maya, she is an advisor for Wuqu’ Kawoq: Maya Health Alliance, a medical NGO which provides health care and promotes Indigenous language rights and literacy in Guatemala.

 


Luis Millones: Spanish – [email protected]

Luis Millones Figueroa, Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish, has been teaching language and literature at Colby since 1998. He has been Chair of the Spanish Department and Director of the Latin American Studies Program. Professor Millones Figueroa’s research interest include: Pre-Columbian and colonial studies with an emphasis in the Andes; Early Modern science and natural histories of the New World; and Jesuits writings from a transatlantic perspective. He is the Book Review Editor of CLAR, Colonial Latin American Review, and a member of the Editorial Board of the book series Parecos y Australes of Iberoamericana-Vervuert. Go to this link for his Curriculum Vitae.

 

 

 

 


Candice Parent: Administrative Assistant – [email protected]


Hector N. Ramos Flores: Spanish – [email protected] 

Nicolás Ramos Flores is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Colby College where he teaches courses in Caribbean and Latinx Studies. Ramos Flores researches the intersections of racial discourse, memory, and masculinity in Latinx, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin American communities. You can find his most recent article on how the zombie figure complicates human rights discourses through a racialized narrative on the island of Hispaniola in the open access journal Hispanic Issues On Line. He also has a forthcoming article on Afro-Latin American masculinities in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. His most recent work analyzes trauma and Puerto Rican identity through the Pulse nightclub massacre commemorations in Orlando, Florida. Ramos Flores earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics at the University of Minnesota in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Betty Sasaki: Spanish – [email protected]

Betty Sasaki, who came to Colby in 1991, is an Associate Professor specializing in Renaissance and Baroque literature. Along with her beginning and intermediate language classes, she has also taught a variety of Golden Age literature courses ranging from ideology and ethics to the identity politics of the picaresque novel. Her research interests include sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish poetry, women writers of the Golden Age, and representations of race, class, and gender in the literature of that period. She has written articles on Luis de Góngora, Francisco de Quevedo, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and multicultural biography. She is currently preparing articles on Quevedo’s sermons, Miguel de Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares, and on multiculturalism, assimilation, and affirmative action.

 


Monica Styles: Spanish – [email protected]

Monica Styles is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish. has a PhD in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current book project is an analysis of the subaltern contributions of people of African descent to Latin American literature and culture beginning in the colonial period. She has published articles in the Afro-Hispanic Review and Hispania and one article forthcoming at Caribe: revista de cultura y literatura. Her current research project is an investigation of (auto)biographical narratives of Afro-descendants in colonial Spanish America.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Winifred Tate: Anthropology – [email protected]

Winifred Tate is a political anthropologist examining struggles for democracy, citizenship and political change in Latin America, particularly in the context of entrenched paramilitary violence, human rights abuses and illicit economies. My scholarly commitments originate with my experiences as an activist and advocate focused on Colombia; I worked for three years as the Colombia policy expert at the Washington Office on Latin America before completing my doctorate at New York University. I am the author of two books, the award-winning Counting the Dead: The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Colombia (University of California Press 2007) and Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: U.S. Policymaking in Colombia (Stanford University Press, 2015), which was published in Spanish as Drogas, Bandidos y Diplomáticos (University of Rosario Press, 2015). My current book project, Paramilitary Politics, draws on research I have been conducting over the past decade on paramilitarism, globalization and community resistance, examining the forms, legacies, and deep histories of Colombian violence. I am particularly concerned with how this violence shapes the daily lives, practices and possibilities of residents in rural communities, the production of history about this violence, and its legacies in contemporary Colombian politics. I share photos and stories from my fieldwork in an ongoing instagram ethnography project, Imagining War & Peace in Colombia, https://www.instagram.com/war.peace.colombia/


 

Brett White – Spanish – [email protected]

Brett White, Assistant Professor of Spanish, teaches language classes, Spanish American literature and performance studies. Her research focuses on Caribbean studies, and she is concluding a manuscript on queer intimacies and audience affect in contemporary Cuban theater. She is also researching a new project on spectatorship in the Caribbean, which explores the role of the viewer as activist in participatory art.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Laine Thielstrom: Library Liason – [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Academics Administrator:

Candice Parent ([email protected], X5300)

supports the Latin American Studies program, in addition to the Government and Anthropology departments;