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“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. ”

—Cesar Chavez

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LLS Faculty

Clara E. Irazábal-Zurita

Clara E. Irazábal-Zurita

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(816) 235-2541

Haag Hall 204G

 

Clara Irazábal is the Director of the Latina/o Studies Program and Professor of Planning with tenure in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUPD) at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC). Before joining UMKC, she was the Latin Lab Director and Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York City. She got her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and has two master degrees. In her research and teaching, she explores the interactions of culture, politics, and placemaking, and their impact on community development and socio-spatial justice in Latin American cities and Latino and immigrant communities. Irazábal has published academic work in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. She is the author of Urban Governance and City Making in the Americas: Curitiba and Portland (Ashgate, 2005) and the editor of Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)Here (Routledge 2014) and Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events: Citizenship, Democracy, and Public Space in Latin America (Routledge 2008, 2015). Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher, and/or professor in multiple countries of the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

   
Theresa Torres

Theresa Torres

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(816) 235-1492

Haag Hall 204C


Dr. Theresa Torres is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Latina/Latino Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Her areas of expertise are Latina Latino Studies, immigration, race and ethnic relations, religious studies, sociology, and gender studies.  She is currently working on a book on Latina spirituality and resilience based on interviews of Latina leaders. her book, The Paradox of Latina Religious Leadership in the Catholic Church (Palgrave 2014), is an in-depth description of the on-going dynamics of religious identity and gender among Kansas City Latinas and includes a history of Latina/os in Kansas City. She has successfully received grants through the Missouri Humanities Council (2 grants), Francis Family Foundation, UMKC Women and Gender Studies Grant, UMKC Online Teaching Grant, UMKC Teaching Grant, UMKC Faculty Research Grant, and National grant from Social Science Research Training Fellowship, Office of Research for Religion in Society & Culture at City University of New York. As an interdisciplinarian scholar, she teaches Latina Latino Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Sociology and she assists and serves on boards of non-profit agencies that serve the Latina/o community of Kansas City.  You may contact her at torresth@umkc.edu.

 

LLS Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Matthew Edwards

Matthew Edwards

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Matthew Edwards is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Ottawa, and, he received his doctoral degree from Emory University (2009) in Contemporary Latin American Literature. He has published articles focusing on literary representations of hyper-masculinity in the context of Cuba's Special Period and the implications of writing and reading marginal historiography in 20th and 21 century Argentina. His first book, titled Queer Argentina: Moving Towards the Closet in a Global Era (Palgrave MacMillan 2016), is forthcoming and it discusses how the closet has become the preferred space of community formation in moments of social, political and economic crisis over the past three decades.

Stephen R. Christ

Honors College

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Stephen R. Christ is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Social/Behavioral Science in the UMKC Honors College. In his research, Dr. Christ examines the everyday experiences of Mexican immigrants in the United States that contribute to Mexican-American identity formation. More specifically, how Mexican Americans experience daily life at home, at work, in public life and in how these experiences impact their sense of personal identity, their relationships with natives, their interactions with their families and community, and the identity work that goes into producing such categories and social worlds.

Dr. Christ's current book project, Authentic Imitations: Culture and Society in a Globalized World, examines the negotiated construction of authenticity among Latino/a immigrants employed in the Mexican restaurant industry, a site in which authenticity is a major theme.  Dr. Christ has presented his original research at regional, national, and international conferences and has been awarded several research awards, including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Dissertation Scholarship, John D. Bies International Travel Research Award, and the Robert W. Habenstein Dissertation Fellowship.  His sole authored work has appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, Rural Sociology, Qualitative Sociological Review, and has been featured in over 60 national and international news sources including the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and NPR.

Dr. Sandra Enriquez

Sandra I. Enríquez

Department of History

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Sandra I. Enríquez is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She received her BA in History and a Minor in Spanish and an MA in U.S.-México Border History from the University of Texas at El Paso, and earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Houston in 2016. Her research and teaching interests include Chicana/o and Latina/o History, Urban History, Social Movements, and Public History. Her manuscript project examines Mexican American grassroots approaches to preserve the neighborhoods of South El Paso, Texas in the 1960s and 1970s, and how these fights served as stages for political and social empowerment. Enríquez has also served in several Public History initiatives including the NEH funded Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, the NEH funded Gulf Coast Food Project, and Museo Urbano--a community based museum that celebrates the history and heritage of ethnic Mexicans in El Paso.

Dr. Viviana Grieco 

Viviana L. Grieco 

Department of History

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Prof. Grieco is a colonial historian whose work on the political economy and political culture of Spanish America challenges widespread assumptions about Latin America's path to development.  She is currently working on her second book that studies how household and political governance affect the decision-making process in Spanish America.  She teaches Latin America and Women's History from the pre-colonial period to the present.  Her work has been funded by multiple grants included two from the University of Missouri Research Board.  Prof. Grieco was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, obtained her BA from the University of Buenos Aires and her MA and Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  She is also a runner and soccer mom.

 
Dr. Wahlman

Maude S. Wahlman

Department of Art and Art History

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Maude Wahlman teaches traditional and contemporary African, African American, Meso-American, and Native American art history, and American folk arts, as well as Arts Administration. She advises undergraduate art history majors, MA students writing on Non-Western arts, and Art History I.Ph.D. students.  Andrea Lee, Pearl Johnson, Cristie Barron, and Licia-Clifton-James completed their I.Ph.D. degrees. Three of her students are currently in the I.Ph.D. Program. She participated planning the new Humanities Consortium, and is also a faculty member for Black Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. She designed and has offered 5 times, a new on-line version of her ART-History 315 class, The Arts of Africa and New World Cultures (African American, Meso-American, and Native American).

Her 5th book, Mojo Working: An Introduction to African and African American Protective Charm Traditions, is about to be under contract with an academic press. The second edition of Wahlman's book Signs and Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts, was published by Tinwood Books in 2001. She received the Louis T. Beneset Award for Career Achievement from the Alumni Association at Colorado College in 2004, and the Award for Distinguished Research from the Folk Art Society of America in 2003.  Maude Wahlman has also co-authored 3 books, written 12 exhibition catalogs, 18 refereed articles, and 21 invited articles, curated 24 exhibits, presented 22 refereed papers, 14 invited papers, 44 invited university lectures and 35 invited public lectures, and had 22 media interviews.

Alberto Villamandos

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Dr. Alberto Villamandos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on Spain's 20th century literature and culture. His research focuses on intellectual elites during late-Franco regime and the Transition to democracy. Dr. Villamandos has worked on graphic fiction, gender studies, and immigration studies. He is the author of El Discreto Encanto de La Subversión: Una Crítica Cultural de La Gauche Divine (2011) and coedited Un Hispanismo Para El Siglo XXI (2011). His most recent publications are the following:
- "Searching in the City of Lost Memories: Woman without Piano (2009) and Post-March 11th Trauma."
- In Gender and Sexuality in Spanish Urban Spaces, edited by Maria DiFrancesco and Debra Ochoa (2016) "Drawing Soul America from Barcelona? Jordi Longarón and Friday Foster."
- In Black (US) America and Spain (2017) "El Sadismo de Nuestra Infancia: Terenci Moix Y La 'queerificacion' Del Ensayo Cultural Crítico."
- In Barcelona 60's: Entre Caputxinada Y Gauche Divine, edited by Jacques Terrasa (2017).

 

LLS Staff

 

Alejandro

Alejandro Garay Huaman

Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate in Economics
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Monica

Monica Oh

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology
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Veronica

Veronica Duarte-Rios

Work Study Student
Senior, Business Administration
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