Faculty Accomplishments

Mike LaRosa:

Dr. LaRosa published, with Victoria Peralta, a second edition of Los colombianistas (October 2015, Bogotá: Academia Colombiana de Historia).

He was invited to Rollins College in October 2015 to give a talk titled “Chronicle of a Peace Forestalled” and served as a panelist for the conference “Historical Conflicts and the Prospects for Peace in Colombia,” held at Vanderbilt in March 2016.

Professor LaRosa published a new edition of Neighborly Adversaries: Readings in US-Latin American Relations, a volume co-edited with Frank Mora (2015).

Professor LaRosa published the Spanish-language version of Colombia: A Concise Contemporary History with Germán Mejía, Professor of History at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.

He gave an invited talk on Colombia at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 3, 2014.

He also gave a presentation titled "Colombia: Chronicle of Unexpected Change" to a group of former Peace Corps Volunteers assigned to Colombia at Vanderbilt on June 20, 2014.

Jeanne Lopiparo:

Professor Lopiparo published a book co-authored with Julia Hendon and Rosemary Joyce, Material Relations: The Marriage Figurines of Prehispanic Honduras (University Press of Colorado) in February 2014.

Professor Lopiparo continues her work as principal investigator of the Proyecto Chinikihá de Arqueología. She has performed laboratory analysis at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City.

Elizabeth Pettinaroli:

Professor Pettinaroli published "The Critical Metageographies of the Indies in Andrés Gonzáles de Barcia’s Introducción al Ensayo Cronológico para la historia general de la Florida" in Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment 36.1 (Fall 2013).

She is co-editor of Troubled Waters: Rivers in Latin American Imagination (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) with Ana María Mutis.

Her chapter, "Visions of Nature: Colombian Literature and the Environment from the Colonial Period to the Nineteenth Century," is in a volume under contract with Cambridge titled History of Colombian Literature, ed. Raymond Williams.

She presented "Nuevas ópticas de la globalización en México en 1554" at the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas meeting in Buenos Aires, July 2013.

Professor Pettinaroli "Imagination and Anxiety in the Poetry of Cervantes; The Emergence of Form, Voice, and Character in the Poetry of Cervantes" and organized panels for the Society of Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry and Renaissance Society of America in commemoration of the publication of Cervantes’s Viaje del Parnaso (1614) in New York City, March 2014.

She was also invited to moderate the panel, "Hispanic Baroque Project: First Transatlantic Culture," at the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Vanderbilt, October 2013.

Alberto del Pozo Martínez:

Professor del Pozo Martínez was awarded an Faculty Development Endowment grant for Summer 2014. The funded project is titled, "Pinochet’s Legacy in Roberto Bolaño’s Narrative and the Problem of Literature beyond Utopia in the Southern Cone (1973-2003)."

He published "Lo literario como problema en la obra y la crítica sobre Roberto Bolaño: notas para un debate." A contracorriente 11.2 (Winter 2014).

He also presented "De De sobremesa a Los detectives salvajes: diarios, viajes y feminicidios en un siglo de novelas de artista en Hispanoamérica" at the Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago de Chile on July 15, 2013.

Professor del Pozo Martínez presented "Roberto Bolaño frente a la teoría y la práctica de la cultura de masas en Latinoamérica" at the Latin American Studies Association Congress in Chicago, May 2014.

Amy Risley:

Dr. Risley was awarded a 2016 Buckman Curriculum Development Award to participate in a CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar in Havana, titled “Contemporary Cuban Transformations: Social Inequalities and Social Policy in Cuba.”

Professor Risley published a book titled, Civil Society Organizations, Advocacy, and Policy Making in Latin American Democracies: Pathways to Participation with Palgrave (June 2015).

Professor Risley published "It’s Not Easy Being Green: Environmental Advocacy and Policy Making in Chile" in Society & Natural Resources 27.4 (April 2014).

An article titled, “Protecting Children and Adolescents in Uruguay: Civil Society’s Role in Policy Reform,” was published in October 2014 in Social Sciences.

She gave a paper presentation on the same subject at the Latin American Studies Association Congress in Chicago, May 2014.   

She also co-organized and moderated a special invited panel ("Taking It to the Streets: Perspectives on Recent Mass Mobilizations in Latin American Democracies") and served as Co-Chair for the Civil Society and Social Movements Track for the Latin American Studies Association Congress.