Anke Birkenmaier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Anke Birkenmaier received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2004. She is a specialist in Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture. Her work has focused on the intersections between literature and modern mass media, on avant-garde movements in Latin America, and on critical race and cultural studies in the Americas. The author of Alejo Carpentier y la cultura del surrealismo en América Latina (2006) (Premio Iberoamericano, LASA) and co-editor of Cuba: un siglo de literatura (2004) and Havana Beyond the Ruins. Cultural Mappings after 1989 (Duke UP, 2011), Birkenmaier has a long standing interest in building relations between Cuba, its diaspora, and the United States. At Indiana University, Birkenmaier has served as associate director of the Latino Studies Program, where she co-organized, together with the IU Cinema, a bi-annual Latino Film Festival and Conference (2012 and 2014). She also has co-directed a study-abroad program in the Dominican Republic (2013 and 2015) and is looking forward to promoting more student and faculty exchanges with Latin America at CLACS.
Bryan Pitts, Ph.D.
Bryan Pitts received his Ph.D. in Latin American History from Duke in 2013 and his M.A. in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt in 2006. He arrived at IU in January 2018, after postdocs at the Universidade de Brasília and University of Georgia. His book project explores how self-interested, fractious civilian politicians played a surprising role in the demise of Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship, both by pushing back against the military's attempts to reshape political culture and by opportunistically endorsing the wave of civil society mobilization that accompanied the regime's fall. His current project explores the methodological and historical implications of audio sources, using half a century of recordings of sessions of the Brazilian Congress. He also has forthcoming articles on representations of African-descended men in Brazilian gay media and the ways Brazilian gay men's understanding of their sexuality and nationality is reshaped by traveling abroad as tourists, in addition to analyzing contemporary Brazilian politics for outlets like NACLA and Brasil Wire. As associate director of CLACS, he helps create funding proposals, coordinate student grant competitions, promote Latin American Studies at IU and throughout Indiana, and administer the M.A. program and doctoral and undergraduate minors.
Quetzil Castañeda, Ph.D.
CLACS Senior Lecturer
(Ph.D. 1991, Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY). Quetzil's Research interests and publications range across the fields of tourism, heritage, history of anthropology, Maya language, and Mesoamerica to ethnographic film, experimental fieldwork methods, and participatory action research. In 2003, Castañeda founded the independent, non-degree Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (OSEA) (www.osea-cite.org), a research and teaching institute with community action initiatives. Castañeda became a Lecturer in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Indiana University where he teaches inter-disciplinary courses on film analysis, discourse, representation, tourism, Maya language and culture, ethnography, and international service learning. His recent publications focus on ethics, indigenous rights and neoliberal tourism, activist anthropology, and heritage. As participant in the international project on Boas’ contribution to anthropology, Castañeda is the volume editor of the Boas correspondence with Mexican colleagues related to the International School of American Archaeology and Ethnology. View his Faculty Profile
Haitian Creole Instructor
David Tezil currently teaches Haitian Creole courses at Indiana University. Born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, David spent five years working with the Haitian communities in South Florida. David was also an interpreter and language facilitator for the Department of Multicultural Education of Palm Beach School District in Florida, and has contributed to the implementation of bilingual and multicultural learning materials for Haitian speaking students and adult literacy programs. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in linguistics at Indiana University.
Cairo Briceno is in his first year of MA degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Indiana University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Iberian Studies with a minor in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, he served as a leader in organizing the College Link Outreach Program (CLOP). During his time in the program, he helped bring over 400 underserved high school students to UCSB, often providing their first exposure to the realm of higher education. He was a Ronald E McNair Scholar and focused his undergraduate research on Liberation Theology within Nicaragua. He hopes to contribute to the study of Central America. He is passionate about outreaching and expanding educational opportunities to underrepresented students.
Rosie Eyerman is in her first year of her dual MPH-MA degrees in Behavioral, Social, and Community Health and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Indiana University. In 2012, she completed her dual degrees BS-BA in Dietetics and Human Rights Studies at the University of Dayton. Upon completion of her dietetic internship at Montana State University in 2013, she became a registered dietitian and has served as a dietitian in various roles. In her most recent position as a community dietitian at Heartland Health Outreach she worked with newly resettled refugees, HIV/AIDS clients, and homeless to provide nutrition education to at-risk populations in Chicago. It is her belief that healthcare including food is a human right. Rosie is furthering her education to be able to contribute to nutrition and healthcare access in under-served populations worldwide. In her spare time she digs in the garden, experiments in the kitchen, and explores the outdoors.
Luis A González, Ph.D.
Librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Herman B. Wells Library (E660)