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Faculty Advisory Board 


Adrian Perez-Melgosa
Associate Professor, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature
Director, Humanities Insititute

Adrián Pérez-Melgosa received a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester. His work explores the intervention of visual and written fiction narratives on the shaping of collective identities in the Americas and Europe. His current research studies 20th century popular narratives of the Americas in search for patterns of representation of cross-cultural relationships in the continent.

Daniel Levy

Daniel Levy
Professor, Department of Sociology

Daniel Levy received his PhD from Columbia University. He is Professor of Sociology. As a political sociologist he is interested in issues of globalization, collective memory studies and comparative-historical sociology. He has been exploring the global diffusion of human rights norms and their impact on questions of nation-state legitimacy. Most of his publications revolve around global themes with a geographical focus on Europe. His current project explores conceptual and manifestations of solidarities in the Global Age. His interest in memory studies is also reflected in the Memory Studies Portal, which he co-founded (with Prof. Andrew Newman).


Liliana Davalos 
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution

I’m interested in the forces shaping biodiversity in time and space. We focus on the evolution of species and trait diversity, and on how to conserve ecosystems today and into the future. Download:   curriculum vitae   , articles on deforestation as    M.D. Álvarez   , hard-to-find    publications   , and recent    presentations   . Links:    citations     personal page  

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Shimelis Gulema
Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies

Shimelis Gulema   specializies in modern and contemporary Africa; the African Diaspora, urbanization (urban space and its production, youth, urban cultural production, rural-urban ties), modernity/modernization, migration, national and transnational identities and ideologies (local, national, and diasporic), political economy, governance, development, and the politics of knowledge production. Dr. Gulema received his Ph.D. in African History (Post-Colonial Formations), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Nancy Hiemstra
Associate Professor, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Nancy Hiemstra is a political and cultural geographer whose interests include global migration, immigration enforcement practices, detention and deportation, homeland security, borders, gender, race, Latin America, and feminist epistemology and methodologies. Hiemstra's research examines how state policies shape patterns and consequences of human mobility, with a focus on restrictive border and immigration policies.  Her recent book Detain and Deport: The Chaotic U.S. Immigration Enforcement Regime (2019, University of Georgia Press) explores the operation and consequences of the U.S. detention and deportation system through research in Ecuador.

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Eric Beverley
Associate Professor, Department of History

Eric Beverley teaches courses on South Asia, the Muslim world, colonial and postcolonial studies, and other topics. His research on modern and early modern South Asia and the Indian Ocean world examines topics ranging from sovereignty and the making of the global state system; to law, crime, and borderlands; to transnational connections and urban change. His book,  Hyderabad, British India, and the World: Muslim Networks and Minor Sovereignty, c. 1850-1950 , was published by Cambridge University Press (UK, 2015; India, 2016).

Eric Zolov

Eric Zolov
Professor, Department of History

Eric Zolov's research and teaching interests focus on the interplay between culture, politics, and international relations in 20th century Latin America, with a particular emphasis on the Cold War period, as encompassed by the phrase "Global Sixties." His research is highly interdisciplinary; Zolov seeks to make connections between ideological articulations, consumptive practices, and broadly defined notions of power.  His  current book manuscript is "The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties" (Duke University Press), and it explores the implications of Mexico's efforts to fashion itself as a Cold War interlocutor.

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Jeffrey Santa Ana
Associate Professor, Department of   English

Jeffrey Santa Ana's interests include transnational American studies, Asian American and Pacific Islands studies, colonialism and critical empire studies, environmentalism and ecocriticism, migration and diaspora, queer studies, and memory studies. In particular, his research examines Asian American and Pacific Islands cultural expressions to show how histories of imperialism, colonialism, militarism, and global capitalism are integral to understanding representations of environmental violence that are revealed both as ongoing imperialist projects and as ecological ruin in regions of Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas.

Ben Tausig

Benjamin Tausig
Assistant Professor, Department of Music

Benjamin Tausig's research focuses on music, sound, and political protest in Bangkok, Thailand, New York City, and the American midwest, among other places. With a particular emphasis on urban space, Tausig has given attention to sonic media in contexts of political upheaval. He has published and taught about the musical activity of military psychological operations units, on "protest music" as a genre, and on dissent and neoliberalism, among other topics.Tausig's interdisciplinary interests combine ethnomusicology, sound studies, media studies, and geography. He has taught classes on sound studies, rock music history, music and protest, and the ethics and methods of fieldwork.

Sohl Lee

Sohl Lee
Assistant Professor, Department of Art

Sohl Lee specializes in modern and contemporary art and visual culture of East Asia, and her interdisciplinary research interests include aesthetics of politics, activist art, vernacular modernism, postcolonial theory, historiography, and curatorial practice. She received her PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from University of Rochester in 2014. Her English publications have appeared in  Yishu: Journal for Contemporary Chinese Art ,   Art Journal , and  InVisible Culture , and she has curated exhibitions in both the U.S. and South Korea.


Rosabel Ansari
Fellow, Department of Asian & Asian American Studies

At IGS, Rosabel's role is to build and promote intellectual life through events planning.