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Jerry Carlson – Coordinator of Critical Studies in the Film & Video Program, City College of New York and CUNY-TV, CUNY
Jerry CarlsonJerry W. Carlson is a specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas. Professor Carlson is Director of the Cinema Studies Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College and a member of the faculties of French, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center. He has lectured at Stanford, Columbia, Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Cuba), the University of Paris, and the University of Sao Paulo, among others.

His current research is focused on how slavery and its legacy in the New World have been represented in cinema. In addition, he is an active producer, director, and writer. An Emmy award winning Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series City Cinematheque about film history, Canape about French-American cultural relations, and Nueva York (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City. As an independent producer, his recent work includes the Showtime Networks production Dirt directed by Nancy Savoca and Looking for Palladin directed by Andrzej Krakowski. In 1998 he was inducted by France as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques. He was educated at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (A.M. & Ph.D.).

Amy Chazkel – Assistant Professor of History, Queens College, CUNY
ChazkelAmy Chazkel is Associate Professor of History at Queens College of the City University of New York and the Graduate Center. A specialist in modern (nineteenth- and twentieth-century) Brazil, she teaches courses in various fields that include Latin American history, urban history, law and society in Latin America, historical methodology, and comparative slavery. She is the author of Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Modern Public Life in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2011), a study of petty crime, urban culture, and the historical roots of the informal sector in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazil. Other recent publications include articles on the history of penal institutions, police museums, and illicit gambling in modern Brazil, and a co-edited double issue of the Radical History Review that explores the privatization of common property in global perspective. Her ongoing research includes a book in progress on nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro and a co-edited collection of primary source documents on the city of Rio de Janeiro from the sixteenth century to the present.

She has pursued her interest in the cultural and social context of the law both in her scholarship and as a research assistant and Portuguese-English interpreter in the Yale Law School Immigration Law Clinic and various human rights organizations. She has held postdoctoral and faculty fellowships and visiting scholar positions at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, the Institute for Latin American Studies/ Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia, and the Center for the Humanities and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY. She is a member of the Radical History Review Editorial Collective and presently serves as Co-Chair of the collective. As a Bildner Center faculty fellow, she has participated in numerous conferences and panel discussions and has organized public events related to Latin American studies.

Kenneth Erickson – Professor of Political Science, Hunter College, CUNY
Ken EricksonKenneth Erickson is a professor of Political Science at Hunter College. His areas of specialization include comparative politics, Latin American politics, democratization, drugs and public policy, and environmental and energy policy.



Stephanie Golob – Assistant Professor of Political Science, Baruch College, CUNY
Stephanie GolobStephanie R. Golob is Associate Professor of Political Science at Baruch College and the Graduate Center. Prof. Golob has two ongoing research projects, both focusing on sovereignty under globalization and the transnational flow of ideas. The first project focuses on the transnational projection of anti-impunity ideas and a “transitional justice culture” within “pacted” democracies such as Chile and Spain. She is a member of an international research team, sponsored by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), investigating the impact of the current civil society movement to exhume Franco-era mass graves located throughout Spain (Las políticas de la memoria).

At the Graduate Center, Prof. Golob was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities in 2006-07 to launch her Spain research, and earlier she held non-resident fellowships at the Center for Civil Society and Philanthropy and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics to develop her research on the Pinochet Case and its after-effects in Chile. Her research on the Pinochet Case, published in the journal Democratization, garnered the 2002 Frank Cass Prize. Her second research project focuses on “North American” regional integration among Canada, Mexico and the United States after NAFTA. Her work on North America has appeared in World Politics and Canadian-American Public Policy, and in a number of edited volumes, most recently in Ayres and Macdonald (eds.), North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Economic Turbulence (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

She currently serves on the Executive Council of the Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S. (ACSUS). At Baruch College and the Graduate Center, Prof. Golob teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean Politics, the politics of development, U.S. foreign policy and globalization, and international law. Her teaching at Baruch College earned her the prestigious Whiting Teaching Award in the Humanities in 2002-03. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.

Mario González-Corzo – Associate Professor of Economics, Lehman College, CUNY
Mario González-CorzoMario Gonzalez-Corzo is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Lehman College of The City University of New York, CUNY, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in international economics and finance. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Gonzalez-Corzo conducts a variety of seminars and presentations on economic reforms in transition economies, international trade, and the impact of globalization on developing economies.

Dr. Gonzalez-Corzo has conducted research and written in professional journals on various aspects of the Cuban economy. His research interests and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic developments, the role of remittances in the Cuban economy, and Cuba’s banking sector. In the private sector, Dr. Gonzalez-Corzo has provided consulting, strategic, and investment advice to global banks and insurance companies in the US, Europe, and Latin America, and has worked with institutional clients to manage their risk exposure in Latin America and other emerging markets throughout the world. His long career in the financial services industry includes senior roles and functions at major firms such as: MetLife, Inc., Pricewaterhouse Coopers, L.L.P., and JP Morgan Chase.

Alfonso Quiroz – Professor of Latin American History and Caribbean History, Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Alfonso W. Quiroz1956-2013
The Bildner Center deeply mourns the death of one of its most valued Fellows, Dr. Alfonso Quiroz. A Fellow since 2000, Alfonso was instrumental in organizing the Fernando Ortiz Symposium (2000) that paved the way for the publication of Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz (Lexington Books, 2005), which he co-edited with Mauricio Font. He frequently organized and participated in seminars and lectures at the Bildner Center.

Alfonso Quiroz was devoted to producing cutting-edge scholarship on the economic history of Latin America. His most recent book, Corrupt Circles: Costs of Unbound Graft in Peru (Woodrow Wilson Center and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), received the Abraham Briloff Prize in Ethics and the President’s Excellence Award for Scholarship at Baruch College’s 2009 Commencement. He gained international recognition for his scholarship with awards such as a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright, a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Robert S. McNamara Fellowship, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He was a member of the editorial board of the Colonial Latin America Review.

Alfonso Quiroz is survived by his wife Mónica Ricketts, Assistant Professor of History at Temple University; their young son, Alfonso Martin Quiroz; and a daughter from a previous marriage, Daniela Irene Quiroz.

Raquel Chang-Rodríguez – Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Literature and Culture, City College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Raquel Chang-RodríguezRaquel Chang-Rodríguez (Ph.D., New York University), is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic literature and culture at the Graduate Center and the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Among her recent books and editions are: Voces de Hispanoamérica. Antología literaria (4th ed. 2012); “Aquí, ninfas del sur, venid ligeras”. Voces poéticas virreinales (2008); Entre la espada y la pluma. El Inca Garcilaso y sus “Comentarios reales” (2011) which features her conversation with Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa; La palabra y la pluma en ‘Primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno’ (2005); Beyond Books and Borders: Garcilaso de la Vega and ‘La Florida del Inca’ / Franqueando fronteras: Garcilaso de la Vega and ‘La Florida del Inca’ (2006), a collection of essays that has appeared simultaneously in English (Bucknell UP) and Spanish (Catholic University of Peru). Chang-Rodríguez is the founding editor of the prize-winning journal Colonial Latin American Review; she was awarded a National Endowment Fellowship (NEH), and has received research grants from public agencies and private foundations in the United States.

Raquel Chang-Rodríguez is Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America, Profesora Honoraria of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, and Miembro Correspondiente of the Peruvian Academy of the Language. She was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Her recent research involves the early contact period in Spanish La Florida and the impact of colonialism in the region.

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Julie Skurski – Professor of Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Julie SkurskiJulie Skurski was appointed Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2009. She also serves on the Graduate Center’s Atlantic Studies Interdiscpilanry Seminar, Governing Board. Previously, she taught at the University of Michigan in the departments of Anthropology and History, and was the Associate Director of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History.

Her books include States of Violence, coedited with Fernando Coronil (2006) and Anthrohistory: The Question of Discipline, co-edited. She is now at work on Civilizing Barbarism: Nationhood, Masculinity, and Mestizaje in Early Twentieth-Century Venezuela. Related to this project, she is conducting research on the relationship between secular and esoteric formations of national and collective identity, focusing on Freemasonry and popular religiosity in Venezuela and Cuba. She has also been working on the artistic work and political vision of several popular painters in Venezuela. She is a member of the editorial board of the “Politics, History, Culture” book series of Duke University Press. Skurski earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

Araceli Tinajero – Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Araceli TinajeroAraceli Tinajero is Professor of Spanish at the Graduate Center and City College of New York. She is the author of Orientalismo en el modernismo hispanoamericano; El lector de tabaquería (Eng. El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader); and Kokoro, una mexicana en Japón. Tinajero is the editor of Cultura y letras cubanas en el siglo XXI; of Exiliados y cosmopolitas del mundo hispánico (Verdum, 2013); Orientalisms of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian World (Díaz Grey, 2013) and the co-editor of Technology and Culture in Twentieth Century Mexico (U of Alabama Press, 2013).

She is the founder of The City Reading Club and the co-founder of the Mexico Study Group at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies. At the present time Tinajero is the Book Review Editor of Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World.

Mark Ungar – Associate Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Mark UngarMark Ungar is Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Publications include the books Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security Reform in Latin America (Johns Hopkins, 2011) and Elusive Reform: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Latin America (Lynne Rienner, 2002), as well as journal articles and book chapters on criminal justice and human rights.

He has been an advisor on police reform for the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the governments of Mexico, Honduras, and Argentina. In 2011, he was elected to the General Assembly of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.