Affiliated Faculty

JULIA GUERNSEY

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ART AND ART HISTORY

Contact

E-mail: juliaguernsey@mail.utexas.edu

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.

ARTURO ARIAS

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

Contact

E-mail: arturo_arias@austin.utexas.edu

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.

ENRIQUEZ ALEGRIA
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Contact

E-mail: chanfle@mail.utexas.edu

Phone: 512.471.0786 
Office: EPS 1.110C

Interests

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

TIMOTHY BEACH
CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

Contact
E-mail: beacht@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-232-2064

Dr. Tim Beach is the former Cinco Hermanos Chair and Professor of Geography and Geoscience at Georgetown University, Director of Georgetown’s Program in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA), and Head of its Center for the Environment.He has conducted field research with hundreds of students on geomorphology and geoarchaeology in the Corn Belt of the United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, Turkey, Iceland, and Germany funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, USAID, and Georgetown University. These sixty plus field seasons have been the bases for more than eighty peer-reviewed publications and hundreds of scientific presentations and many keynote addresses around the world. His research focuses on soil and agricultural systems, geomorphology, water, environmental change, and geoarchaeology.


NORA C. ENGLAND
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS

Contact

E-mail: nengland@mail.utexas.edu

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.

CHARLES HALE

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Director, Teresa Lozano Lonmg Institute Latin American Studies

Contact

E-mail: crhale@mail.utexas.edu

Phone: 512.471.7530
    Office: EPS 2.140

Interests:
Race/ethnicity, identity politics, consciousness and resistance, activist anthropology; Latin America, the Caribbean

VIRGINIA GARRARD-BURNETT
PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE CHAIR, HISTORY DEPARTMENT

Contact

E-mail: garrard@mail.utexas.edu

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.

DANNY LAW
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS

Contact
E-mail: dannylaw@austin.utexas.edu
Office: CLA 4.432

Interests: Historical Linguisctics, Language Contact, Mayan Languages, Writing Systems.

juan Miró
distinguished teaching professor, school of architecture

Contact
E-mail: jmiro@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-475-7260

Interests: Mexican architecture; Latin American architecture; Pre-Columbian architecture; Teotihuacan; urban design
 

SERGIO ROMERO
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

Contact
E-mail: sergio.romero@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-232-4525

Language variation and change; morphosyntax; deixis, discourse and social hierarchies; linguistic anthropology, Christian registers in indigenous languages, Mayan languages, Nahuatl, Quechua.

FRED VALDEZ, JR.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Contact

E-mail: fredv@mail.utexas.edu

Phone: 512. 471.0060
  Office: EPS 2.114

Research interests:


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.