Latin American Studies

Faculty List

Anne-Emanuelle Birn (International Development & Public Health)
Gustavo J. Bobonis (Economics)
Laura Colantoni (Spanish and Portuguese) 
Kevin L. O'Neill (Religion)
Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux (Spanish and Portuguese)
Jeffrey M. Pilcher (History) 
Rosa Sarabia (Spanish and Portuguese)
Judith Teichman (Political Science)

Associate Professors 
Christian Abizaid (Geography & School for the Environment)
Susan Antebi (Spanish and Portuguese) 
Kevin P. Coleman (Historical Studies)
María Cristina Cuervo (Spanish and Portuguese)
Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández (OISE) 
Gustavo Indart (Economics) 
Eva-Lynn Jagoe (Spanish and Portuguese, Centre for Comparative Literature)
Teresa Kramarz (Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)
Christopher Krupa (Anthropology)
Mariana Mota Prado (Law) 
Valentina Napolitano (Anthropology) 
Melanie J. Newton (History)
Alejandro Paz (Anthropology)
Néstor E. Rodríguez (Spanish and Portuguese)
Luisa Farah Schwartzman (Sociology)
Edward R. Swenson (Anthropology)
Sanda Munjic (Spanish and Portuguese)

Assistant Professors 
Martha Balaguera (Political Science)
Laura Doering (Rotman)
Jerry Flores (Sociology)
Ryan Isakson (Geography and Planning)
Suzi Lima (Linguistics)
Sharlene Mollet (Critical Development Studies & Human Geography) 
Lena Mortensen (Anthropology) 
Jeff Packman (Music History and Culture) 
Victor Rivas (Spanish and Portuguese)
Luis van Isschot (History) 

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream 
Manuel Ramírez (Spanish and Portuguese) 

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio (Spanish and Portuguese)

Sessional Lecturers
Bernardo García Domínguez (New College & Latin American Studies) 
Donald Kingsbury (Political Science & Latin American Studies)

Professors Emeriti 
Albert Berry (Economics)
Peter Blanchard (History) 
Ricardo Sternberg (Spanish and Portuguese) 


The Latin American Studies program at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese provides students in the social sciences and humanities an opportunity to engage and deepen their understanding of Latin American regions, their histories, politics, cultures, economies and societies. Courses encourage students to situate both their special interests and the contemporary debates in fields such as anthropology, political science, geography, literature, or history within a broader interdisciplinary framework, while at the same time committing themselves to an understanding of the historical, cultural and political experiences of Spanish and Portuguese America. Through an engagement with different texts and faculty expertise, this program trains students in current themes such as postcolonial thinking, critical readings of colonial histories, literary and anthropological genres, comparative politics, politics of indigeneity and human rights, as well as in environmental policies and political economy of Latin America and the Americas as a transnational whole. With the possibility to carry out curricula experience in Latin America, this program also offers an important lead for career development experiences on Latin America. This knowledge is increasingly necessary for Canada, as the country enters into new trade, political, environmental, and academic agreements with our emerging hemispheric partners.

Students seeking counselling and information should visit our website: and/or contact the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies.