PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ART AND ART HISTORY
Phone: 512.471.5850 Office: ART 3.426
Dr. Julia Guernsey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and publications focus on the Middle and Late Preclassic periods in ancient Mesoamerica, in particular on sculptural expressions of rulership during this time. She is project iconographer for the La Blanca Archaeological Project, where she continues to participate in on-going excavations and analysis of materials from this Middle Preclassic site on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. She is currently working on a book that deals with the enigmatic potbelly sculptures that date to the Preclassic period and are found in highest concentrations along the Pacific coast and piedmont of Mesoamerica. Her first book, Ritual and Power in Stone: The Performance of Rulership in Mesoamerican Izapan-Style Art (University of Texas Press, 2006), explored the significance of monuments at the Late Preclassic site of Izapa, in Chiapas, Mexico. Her research also appears in various journals and publications, including Antiquity, Ancient America, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Mexicon, Journal of Latin American Lore, Memorias de la Segunda Mesa Redonda Olmeca, proceedings of the annual Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, and the exhibition catalogue Lords of Creation: The Origins of Sacred Maya Kingship.
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE
Phone: 512.232.4549 Office: BEN 4.130
Arturo Arias is Professor of Latin American Literature. He is a well-known expert on Central American literature, with a special emphasis on indigenous literature, as well as critical theory, race, gender and sexuality in postolonial studies. Prior to coming to Texas he was Greenleaf Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Tulane University. He has published Taking their Word: Literature and the Signs of Central America (2007), The Rigoberta Menchú Controversy (2000), The Identity of the Word(1998), and Ceremonial Gestures (1998), as well as a critical edition of Miguel Angel Asturias's Mulata (2000). 2001-2003 President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), professor Arias co-wrote the film El Norte (1984), and has published six novels in Spanish. Twice winner of the Casa de las Americas Award for his fiction, and winner of the Ana Seghers Award for fiction in Germany, he was given the Miguel Angel Asturias National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature in 2008 in his native Guatemala. Prof. Arias interests are Latin American Studies; Central American lit.; Indigenous literatures; social and critical theory; race, gender and sexuality in postcolonial societies; cultural studies, ethnographic approaches.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Phone: 512.471.0786 Office: EPS 1.110C
Archaeology, history, ethnohistory, Mesoamerica, the Spanish empire in Latin America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, archaeometry (INAA and LA-ICP-MS), colonialism, religious conversion, food Courses taught: Introduction to Mesoamerica, Colonial Latin America, Social Inequality in Mesoamerica, Food and Politics, Ceramic Analysis
nORA C. ENGLAND
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS
Phone: 512.471.9014 Office: CAL 504
Nora England’s research is on the grammar of Mayan languages and contemporary Mayan language politics. She founded and advised a Guatemalan Maya NGO that was dedicated to research on Mayan languages for nineteen years. She joined the linguistics faculty of the University of Texas in 2001, where she is also the founding director of the Center for Indigenous Languages of Latin America. Her publications include six books and numerous articles on Mayan linguistics and language politics; she has also supervised the preparation of over twenty-five books in linguistics by speakers of Mayan languages. She was a MacArthur Fellow from 1993-1998.
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Director, Teresa Lozano Lonmg Institute Latin American Studies
Phone: 512.471.7530 Office: EPS 2.140
Race/ethnicity, identity politics, consciousness and resistance, activist anthropology; Latin America, the Caribbean
PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE CHAIR, HISTORY DEPARTMENT
Phone: 512-475-7822 Office: GAR 2.204
Virginia Garrard-Burnett received her Ph.D in History from Tulane University and has been on the faculty at the University of Texas since 1990. She is author of Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983 (Oxford, 2010); Viviendo en La Nueva Jerusalem (Guatemala: Editorial Piedra Santa, 2009), Protestantism in Guatemala: Living in the New Jerusalem (University of Texas Press, 1998). She has also edited On Earth as it is in Heaven: Religion and Society in Latin America (Scholarly Resources, 2000) and co-edited with David Stoll, Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America (Temple, 1993). Currently, she and Paul Freston are co-editing the Cambridge History of Religion in Latin America, which is due for publication in 2011. Her research interests include religious movements and ethnic identity in Latin America, with a particular interest in Central America.
Professor, Department of anthropology
Brian Stross teaches a course on Indigenous Mesoamericans once a year and has research interests in Mesoamerican ethnography, and in Maya epigraphy, iconography, and languages. His more general interests and orientations include linguistic anthropology, the anthropology of food, and ethnobotany.Professor Stross have taught the following courses: Culture and Communication; The Anthropology of Food (Foodways); Maya Hieroglyphic Writing; Indigenous Mesoamerica (Indians of Mexico and Guatemala); Symbolism, Iconography, and Worldview. He also holds affiliation with the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.
FRED VALDEZ, JR.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Phone: 512. 471.0060 Office: EPS 2.114
The study of material culture such as ceramic and lithic technologies, settlement patterns and small site studies, and the early emergence of social and political complexity. The history of archaeological investigations in Central America, cultural continuity and transition in Latin America and the American Southwest, Mesoamerican prehistory, and occasional seminars on technological aspects of material culture analyses.