Core Faculty

Erick Langer

Erick Langer

Concentration Advisor; Professor of History

Erick Langer is Professor of History at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He teaches courses in Latin American Civilization, Resistance and Rebellion in the Andean World, Indians and the State in Modern Latin America, Latin American Origins and Transformations and Economic History of Latin America. He is also the Editor in Chief, Gale World Studies: Latin America and the U.S. History Representative, Pan American Institute of Geography and History.

Adam Lifshey

Adam Lifshey

Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Specializations: 20th and 21st century Latin American literature, film and music within global contexts

Adam Lifshey’s primary research in recent years has been on Filipino literature in Spanish, but Taiwan is increasingly the focus of his work. His most recent lengthy publication is an investigation of literature in Spanish by Filipinas.

Bryan McCann

Bryan McCann

Concentration Advisor; Chair, Department of History

Bryan McCann teaches courses on Colonial and Modern Latin America, particularly Brazil, as well as courses on Comparative and Global History. He has published works on a wide range of topics in Modern Brazilian and Urban History. His books investigate the history of favelas and their relationship to the broader city in Rio de Janeiro, the history of Brazilian radio and popular music, the transformation of Brazil since the 1980s, and the nature of the informal city in Latin America. His current research explores Bus Rapid Transit and Rights to the City in the Global South, analyzing how and why a model of urban transit planning developed in Curitiba, Brazil in the 1970s has been adopted and adapted around the world.

Barbara Mujica

Barbara Mujica

Emeritus Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Barbara Mujica is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and critic. Her latest novel is I Am Venus, inspired by The Rokeby Venus of Spanish painter Diego Velazquez. Her novel Frida is based on the tumultuous relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and the rivalry between Frida and her sister Cristina for Diego’s affection. In 2016 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University.

Joanne Rappaport

Joanne Rappaport

Concentration Advisor; Department of Spanish and Portuguese & Department of Anthropology
Specializations: ethnicity, historical anthropology, new social movements, literacy, race, collaborative research methodologies, and Andean ethnography and ethnohistory

Joanne Rappaport, an anthropologist in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982. Her interests include: ethnicity, historical anthropology, new social movements, literacy, race, collaborative research methodologies, and Andean ethnography and ethnohistory.

Jenny Guardado Rodriguez

Jenny Guardado Rodriguez

Concentration Advisor, Assistant Professor

Jenny Guardado is an assistant professor at the Center for Latin American Studies in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 2015 and was a member of the Latin America Initiative Faculty Committee (2016-2017).

Elcior Santana

Elcior Santana

Adjunct Professor

Elcior de Santana is a senior associate with the CSIS Americas Program and an adjunct professor at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is also a tenured associate professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP) and director of Movimento Brasil Competitivo.

Alvaro Santos

Alvaro Santos

Professor, Law Center; Director Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA)
Specializations: international trade, economic development, drug policy, transnational labor law and the future of NAFTA

Professor Santos is co-editor of Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin America (2013) and The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal (2006).