Visiting Researchers

Current Researchers

Marina Arias Salvado (September 2022 – December 2022) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Musicology at the Complutense University of Madrid, working on a dissertation entitled “El reggaetón en España: industria musical, identidades, hibridación cultural y corporalidad.” At Boston University she will pursue research on “Spanish Reggaetón and ‘Latinized’ Musical Personae: The Ambiguities of Spanish Artists Within the Latin Urban Music Scene.”

Carlos Blanco (July 2016 – present) holds a doctorate from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales. He has taught several courses on Latin American politics at Boston University. His present research has been to analyze the process through which the Venezuelan military got to seize the State under Hugo Chavez’s command and continued in power for several constitutional terms.

Waldemar Dalenogare Neto (September 2022 – January 2023) received his PhD from the Department of History, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil in 2020 with a dissertation titled “The United States and the Operation Condor.” The dissertation won an award from the Fulbright Commission, which is funding Neto’s four-month stay at Boston University. While at BU, he will pursue research on the US role in the 1964 coup in Brazil, using our libraries as well as the Lincoln Gordon personal papers at the JFK library.

Carolina Freitas (February 2022 – November 2022) holds a PhD in Sociology and Culture from the University of Brasilia. Her research investigates the potential of Oswald de Andrade’s modernist concept of “antropofagia” for interpreting Brazilian culture. She analyzes how “antropofagia” has been thought and practiced in Brazil by a large range of cultural expressions since the colonial period until nowadays, passing through the modernism of the 1920s to arrive at the recent proposal of “re-antropofagia” (2018) by Indigenous artist Denilson Baniwa. [April 29, 2022 presentation]

Former Researchers

Jaime Puig (September 2020 – December 2020, September 2021 – December 2021) is a PhD candidate in the department of Literatura Española e Hispanoamericana at the University of Seville in Spain. While a virtual scholar, Mr. Puig has participated in Prof. Pineda’s seminar on Mexican literature and cinema. He has also been completing the bibliography for his research on “The Poetic Night in Mexico” as part of his PhD in philological studies. [December 1, 2021 presentation]

Gülnihal Ahter Yakacak (January 2020 – February 2021) is spending a 12-month research period at Boston University pursuing research on “Electoral Timing as an Empowerment Tool of Executive Power in Presidential Systems.” She is a PhD candidate in the Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University in Turkey.

Fernanda “Fell” Vieira (September 2019 – August 2020) is a PhD candidate at Rio de Janeiro State University. She is researching the auto-ethnographies of indigenous women and how these writings help decolonize Brazilian identities. Her focus on indigenous women writings is both an academic and political choice, especially considering the recent turn of events in Brazil. Vieira herself is of mixed-race and indigenous background and is an indigenous and LGBTQ+ activist in Brazil. [July 20, 2020 presentation]