Faculty & Staff

The Latin American Studies Board 2015-16 Back Row: Rebeca Hey-Colon, Betty Sasaki, Brett White, Jennie Gubner, Mariola Alvarez, Jorge Olivares Front Row: Winifred Tate, Lindsay Mayka, Ben Fallaw, Patrice Franko

The Latin American Studies Board 2015-16
Back Row: Rebeca Hey-Colon, Betty Sasaki, Brett White, Jennie Gubner, Mariola Alvarez, Jorge Olivares
Front Row: Winifred Tate, Lindsay Mayka, Ben Fallaw, Patrice Franko

Professor Ben Fallaw


Mariola Alvarez – Art – mariola.alvarez@colby.edu
Mariola V. Alvarez is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art Department where she will be teaching courses on Global Contemporary Art, Global Women Artists and the History of Latin American Art. She completed her PhD at the University of California San Diego, and was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rice University in 2012. She has previously taught at Washington College in Maryland. Her research focuses on the history of contemporary art in Brazil with a special interest in the development of abstract art in the second half of the twentieth-century. Her work has been published in the journal nonsite and by Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Ben Fallaw: Latin American Studies – bwfallaw@colby.edu
Ben Fallaw, Professor of Latin American Studies, received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1995, and has taught Latin American history in the program since 2000. His research centers on politics, religion, and anticlericalism, the military, and the Maya in post-revolutionary Mexico. At the present, he is currently writing an ethnobiography  of Yucatecan mestizo politico Bartolomé García Correa (1893-1978), and co-editing a collection of essays comparing citizenship, capitalism and state formation in Mexico and Peru with David Nugent of Emory University. He has directed thirteen senior honors theses at Colby on a wide range of topics from Guatemalan testimonios to the revolt of the Pingüinos in Chile.

Patrice Franko: Economics – pmfranko@colby.edu
Patrice M. Franko is the Grossman Professor of Economics and Professor of Global Studies; she teaches economic globalization, Latin American economic policy, and microeconomics. In 2012 she was a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil where she taught at IUPERJ/Candido Mendes in Rio and conducted research on defense industrialization in Brazil. She is the author of the best-selling textbook on economics and Latin America, The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development, (Rowman & Littlefield, 4th edition in process.)

Jennie Gubner – Music – jennie.gubner@colby.edu
Jennie Gubner is a Faculty Fellow in the Music Department for the 2015-16 year where she will be teaching courses on Latin American Popular Music, a Performance Seminar on Tango Music and Culture, World Music and an Introduction to Ethnomusicology. She recently completed her PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA where she did her doctoral research about the revitalization of tango music as a form of urban youth culture in contemporary Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work focuses on the crossroads of activism and neighborhood music-making practices and uses ethnographic writing and filmmaking to bring visibility to local tango practices often overshadowed by the genre’s exotic international stereotypes. She has lived and researched live-music as a form of community activism in Argentina, Brazil, and Sicily (Italy). In 2005 Jennie received a Watson Fellowship and spent a year traveling through 8 countries in Latin America and Europe with her violin, studying the roots and diaspora of tango music culture.

Rebeca Hey-Colón – Spanish – rebeca.hey-colon@colby.edu

Lindsay Mayka: Government – lrmayka@colby.edu (Leave Fall 2015)
Lindsay Mayka is Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College. At Colby, she teaches classes on Latin American politics, democracy, political economy, civil society, and political science methodology. Her research interests include popular participation, interest representation in the policymaking process, and the quality of democratic institutions. She is currently writing a book manuscript that examines the divergent trajectories of nationally-mandated participatory institutions in Brazil and Colombia, which is based on two years of field research. Prior to coming to Colby, Mayka was a post-doctoral Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2013, she received the Latin American Studies Association/Oxfam Martin Diskin Dissertation Award, and she has also received grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright program, and the Javits Foundation. Outside of academia, Mayka has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, DESCO (a Peruvian NGO), and has consulted for the Open Society Institute and the Hewlett Foundation. Mayka completed her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s in public policy from Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.

Luis Millones: Spanish – luis.millones@colby.edu (Sabbatical Leave 2015-16)
Luis Millones Figueroa, Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish, has been teaching language and literature at Colby since 1998. He has been Chair of the Spanish Department and Director of the Latin American Studies Program. Professor Millones Figueroa’s research interest include: Pre-Columbian and colonial studies with an emphasis in the Andes; Early Modern science and natural histories of the New World; and Jesuits writings from a transatlantic perspective. He is the Book Review Editor of CLAR, Colonial Latin American Review, and a member of the Editorial Board of the book series Parecos y Australes of Iberoamericana-Vervuert. Go to this link for his Curriculum Vitae.

Jorge Olivares: Spanish – olivares@colby.edu
Jorge Olivares, the Allen Family Professor of Latin American Literature, has been teaching at Colby College since 1982. In addition to all levels of Spanish language classes, he teaches Spanish American literature. He is the author of Becoming Reinaldo Arenas: Family, Sexuality, and the Cuban Revolution (Durham: Duke University Press, 2013), La novela decadente en Venezuela (Caracas: Armitano, 1984), and of articles in Colby Quarterly, Contemporary Literature, Hispanic Review, Hispanofila, MLN, Nueva Revista de Filologia Hispanica, PMLA, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos, Revista Hispanica Moderna, Romance Notes, and Symposium.

Betty Sasaki: Spanish – bgsasaki@colby.edu
Betty Sasaki, who came to Colby in 1991, is an Associate Professor specializing in Renaissance and Baroque literature. Along with her beginning and intermediate language classes, she has also taught a variety of Golden Age literature courses ranging from ideology and ethics to the identity politics of the picaresque novel. Her research interests include sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish poetry, women writers of the Golden Age, and representations of race, class, and gender in the literature of that period. She has written articles on Luis de Góngora, Francisco de Quevedo, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and multicultural biography. She is currently preparing articles on Quevedo’s sermons, Miguel de Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares, and on multiculturalism, assimilation, and affirmative action.

Winifred Tate: Anthropology – wltate@colby.edu

Brett White – Spanish – brett.white@colby.edu
Brett White, Assistant Professor of Spanish, teaches language classes, Spanish American literature and performance studies. Her research focuses on Caribbean studies, and she is concluding a manuscript on queer intimacies and audience affect in contemporary Cuban theater. She is also researching a new project on spectatorship in the Caribbean, which explores the role of the viewer as activist in participatory art.

Library Liaison:
Elaine Thielstrom: Librarian – elaine.thielstrom@colby.edu

Administrative Staff:
Kim Bard: Admin. Assistant – kmbard@colby.edu


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