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Devyn Benson

Devyn Spence Benson
Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I am a historian of 19th-20th century Latin America with a focus on race and revolution in Cuba. My research and teaching interests sit at the intersection of Latin American history and Africana Studies and I have worked throughout my career to merge the two fields by focusing on Afro-Latin American and Caribbean history, politics, and culture.

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Mauro Botelho
Associate Professor of Music
Ph.D. The University of Michigan

I teach Music Theory. Specialties include music of the late baroque and classical periods, especially in the aspect of rhythm.

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Patricio Boyer
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Ph.D. Yale University

I specialize in colonial Latin American literary and intellectual culture, as well as comparative early American studies.

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Britta Crandall
Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

My teaching and research interests converge on contemporary Brazil and the Southern Cone. In my courses, I emphasize the strong connection between politics and economics.

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Russell Crandall
Professor of Political Science
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

I involve students in my research and work on articles and books in the area of international politics. As a student, you have the opportunity to have a transformational education and the opportunity for that is great at Davidson.

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Melissa Gonzàlez
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Ph.D. Columbia University

I specialize in U.S. Latina/o and 20th century Latin American literature and culture, gender studies, and queer theory.

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Sarah Luna
Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. University of Chicago

The courses I teach at Davidson are informed by my wider research and teaching interests in anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, and ethnic studies.

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Jane Mangan
Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History and Latin American Studies
Director of Davidson-in-Peru Semester Study Abroad Program
Ph.D. Duke University

I teach upper-level courses on colonialism, gender, religion, and revolution and a survey course on colonial and modern Latin American history.

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Magdalena Maiz-Peña
Professor of Hispanic Studies
Ph.D. Arizona State University

My teaching interests include basic and intermediate language courses, introduction to Hispanic literatures and cultures, contemporary Latin American literatures, and the Latin American city and its historical and cultural representation.

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Luis Peña
Professor of Hispanic Studies
Ph.D. Arizona State University

I specialize in 20th century Latin American literature and culture, with an emphasis on Mexican studies, and in cultural and literary studies along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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William Ringle
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. Tulane University

I am an archaeologist focused on Mesoamerica, especially the ancient Maya civilization. My interests include urbanism and settlement patterns, art and epigraphy, Geographic Information Systems and computer applications.

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Matt Samson (Chair)
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. State University of New York, Albany

I am a sociocultural anthropologist interested in indigenous culture and religious change in Latin America, particularly among the Maya in Guatemala, as well as in environmental sustainability and development, humanistic anthropology, and issues of social justice and human rights.

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Angela Willis
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

I teach a wide variety of courses in which I share my enthusiasm for the Spanish language alongside Hispanic literatures and cultures. The majority of my scholarship centers on transatlantic, transtemporal tendencies and intertextualities.


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Lee Veltri
Administrative Assistant
B.A. Carnegie-Mellon University

I support the History, Latin American Studies, and South Asian Studies Departments with their daily operations and logistics, office management, and general administration. I also serve as coordinator for the Advanced Placement Summer Institute.


Natalie Delia Deckard, Assistant Professor of Sociology