Latin American Studies

Jessica Burke, Chair, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.A. and Ph.D., Princeton University
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Areas of expertise: Latin American literature, Mexican literature and culture and gender studies

Jessice Burke's research and teaching interests include Latin American literature and culture with a special emphasis on Mexico. She has taught at Princeton and Rutgers University and has lived and studied in Spain, Argentina and Mexico. Burke received her doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures from Princeton University in 2005.

Emily Conover, Associate Professor of Economics

B.A. Wellesley College; M.Ec., Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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Areas of expertise: international economic development and labor economics

Emily Conover’s current research interests include health policy, corruption and formal and informal labor markets, among other topics in applied microeconomics. She grew up in Colombia and came to the United States for her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College. She then studied economics at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and went on to earn her doctorate in economics from U.C. Berkeley.

Heather Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Government

B.A., Elon University; M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Areas of expertise: comparative politics, Latin American politics, protest and social movements, political violence, state capacity

Heather Sullivan's research explores the relationship between state capacity, protest and protest management using an original dataset on protest in contemporary Mexico. At Hamilton, she teaches courses on comparative politics, Latin American politics, Mexican politics and political protest. Sullivan received her bachelor's degree in international studies and Spanish from Elon University and her master's degree and doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.