Latin America and the Caribbean Advisory Board biographies

Holly Ackerman is the Librarian for Latin America and Iberia at Duke University. Her research established the foundational demography and history of the 1994 Cuban raft crisis. More

Aquiles Alencar-Brayner (PhD, King's College – University of London) worked as a lecturer of Latin American Studies at Birkbeck College and University of Leeds before assuming the post of Curator of the Latin American Collections at the British Library. More

William H. Beezley established a reputation as the pioneer cultural historian of Mexico with the publication of his well-known book, "Judas at the Jockey Club and Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico." More

David Block is Bibliographer for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas, where he earned a Ph.D. in history and an MLIS. More

Catherine M. Conaghan is Professor of Political Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She received her PhD from Yale University and is the author of numerous works on Andean politics including her most recent book, "Fujimori's Peru: Deception in the Public Sphere" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). More

Paula Covington is Latin American and Iberian Bibliographer at the Vanderbilt University Libraries and a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies.  More

Jorge Duany is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. More

Silvia María Hirsch — M. A. And Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California in Los Angeles, 1991. More

Erick D. Langer (Ed. in chief) is Professor of the Edmund J. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a member of the History Department at Georgetown University since 1999. More

Peter Manuel has researched and published extensively on musics of India, the Caribbean, Spain, and elsewhere. More

Ian Read is Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies at Soka University of America. More

Suzel Reily completed her doctoral degree in Social Anthropology in 1990 at the University of Sao Paulo. More

Thomas Ward is Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at Loyola University Maryland. More

Stacie G. Widdifield (PhD, UCLA) is a Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona and Affiliated Faculty of Latin American Studies; she teaches Modern and Colonial Mexican art. More