Latin American Studies Program

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Latin American Studies Program lecture examines Renaissance with global perspective, Oct. 13

Friday, September 16, 2022
This lecture explores the ways that our understanding of the Renaissance is changing as scholars adopt a more inclusive, global perspective on the years between 1350 and 1700.
students participating in the Tadoku Workshop in April 2022

8 academic centers, programs, and networks contribute to Iowa’s global mission

Monday, June 13, 2022
International Programs supports eight faculty-led academic centers, programs, and networks that exist to create opportunities for faculty to contribute to the global mission of the University of Iowa.

10th Annual Charles A. Hale Lecture to be held Sept. 23

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Join the UI Latin American Studies Program for the 10th annual Charles A. Hale Lecture entitled "Popular Cosmopolitanism: Cinema, Genre and Mediation in Mid-Century Mexico" delivered virtually by Ignacio Sánchez Prado​​​​​​​ on Thursday, September 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
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Mary L Cohen

My research area is music education and well-being with a focus on music in prisons (from an abolitionist perspective), songwriting, and collaborative communities. I am creating connections among many researchers across the U.S. through the Justice Arts Coalition and recent Arts in Prison conferences and across the globe interested in music education in prisons, currently in Germany, Scotland, England, Brazil, Belgium, Norway, Australia, and hoping to continue to build this network. I am also very interested in peacebuilding and music education, and restorative & transformative justice.
Leslie Locke

Leslie Locke

My research interests include leadership for justice and equity, schooling for students from systemically marginalized groups, equity-oriented education policy, and qualitative methodologies. My international teaching and research experience includes a Fulbright in Mexico, studying the perceptions and experiences of teachers and students in public schools.
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Laurie Croft

In order to support the needs of gifted and talented learners, I work primarily with educators who want to better understand best practices in gifted education. I teach or supervise courses that explore the identification of gifted learners and the curriculum and programming that meets their needs. All coursework aligns with one or more sets of national standards in the field as provided by the National Association of Gifted Children, although work with international educators has to be responsive to their settings. My research interests include attitudes of teachers toward talented children, and how those attitudes can expand to include essential practices such as the acceleration of high-ability learners.
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Kristine Muñoz

Kristine L. Muñoz received Ph.D in 1989 from the University of Washington and has been at the University of Iowa since 1995. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Colombia for close to 40 years, focusing first on personal relationships and persuasion and more recently on counter-narratives of Medellín intended for public humanities audiences and objectives (see https// . She received a Fulbright research and teaching award for Spring, 2022 to collaborate with colleagues at the Universidad de Antioquia to study a government-mandated peace course taught in public and private schools. In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese she teaches courses on the history and culture of Medellín, culture, language and health, storytelling, and health narratives.
Jeff Murray

Jeff Murray

I was trained in Pediatrics and genetics and have been on the Faculty since 1984. My clinical work was in caring for newborns and families with inherited disorders, I held appointments in the CCOM, CPH, COD, CON and CLAS and taught undergraduates, graduate students and medical students. I retain a very active research career and have been funded by NIH for over 30 years and directed the graduate PhD program in genetics for ten years. We played a substantial role in the development of the Human Genome Project, identified the first genes with defects causing cleft lip and palate, and am an author on over 530 peer-reviewed articles. I chaired two NIH study sections, was a member of the Scientific Council for the NHGRI and served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH. I was an elected president of the 8000+ member American Society of Human Genetics, is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the AAAS. Our research work is highly interdisciplinary and International. I took a leave of absence from 2014 to 2018 to serve as the Deputy Director for Family Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where my work focused on building programs to address maternal and child health disorders in Africa and South Asia.
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Emily Wentzell

I am a medical anthropologist who draws on gender and science and technology studies to explore the gendered social consequences of aging, illness, sexual health problems and related medical treatments. Broadly, I am interested in the relationships between gender (especially masculinities), new medical technologies/areas of medicalization, and people’s sex lives and senses of self in contexts of globalization. My research has focused on Mexico, where gender norms and links between ethnicity, biology and sexuality are widely discussed and hotly contested. In a new study of emerging "men's health" medicine, I am widening my scope to examine how local ideas of gender and sexuality are shaping the emergence of a new medical field - and its effects on patients' lives and bodies - in comparative global context.
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David Bedell

Clinical faculty with a rural and LatinX patient population. Interested in health care for the underserved, social determinants of health, primary care in global health (experience in Central America, West Africa and Russia). Recent research projects include: pediatric obesity, immigrant / migrant health and the use of health registries to improve health outcomes.
Claire F. Fox

Claire F. Fox

Claire F. Fox is Professor in the Department of English and holds a complimentary appointment in Spanish & Portuguese. Her interests include literary and cultural studies of the Americas, Latina/o/x and Latin American literature and culture, Mexican and U.S.-Mexican border arts and culture, visual culture, and cultural policy studies.
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Christopher Merrill

I am a poet, nonfiction writer, translator, and editor, and much of my work concerns my travels abroad. I have written books on the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the wars of succession in the former Yugoslavia, and the spiritual home of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. As director of the International Writing Program, I have undertaken cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. And every fall I have the good luck to host thirty-some distinguished poets and writers from around the world.