Latin American Studies

Jessica Burke, 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

Jessica 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.

Mihyang Cecilia Hwangpo, Chair, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., Lehman College; M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D., Yale University
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Areas of expertise: Latin American literature and culture, early 20th-century Argentinean and Cuban theatre and essay

Cecilia Hwangpo's main area of specialization is the discourses of national identity in Argentina and Cuba in the early 20th century. Her research interests are Latin American literature and culture, 20th-century theatre, el sainete criollo and essay. Her published articles include "Indagación del choteo: un llamado para el cambio en el modo de ser cubano," "José Antonio Ramos y la identidad nacional cubana: sentido, lenguaje y espacio" and "Los inmigrantes: el otro en el teatro argentino de principios del siglo XX."  She joined the Hamilton faculty in 1998, after earning a doctorate from Yale University.

Edna Rodriguez-Plate, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., University of Puerto Rico; M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Emory University
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Areas of expertise: Hispanic cinema, contemporary Hispanic Caribbean literature and culture, Cuban studies

Edna M. Rodríguez-Plate's research and teaching begin with basic questions about identity, from individual identities to a collective social-national identity: How are identities constructed, represented and contested culturally, in films, literature and the mass media? How is ideology produced and how does it affect our sense of the world, our world? Rodríguez-Plate is the author of Lydia Cabrera and the Construction of an Afro-Cuban Cultural Identity, and several articles on Cuban film and Caribbean literature. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico, did master’s work at Purdue University and earmed her doctorate at Emory University.

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.