Faculty Affiliate

Juana María Rodríguez

Professor and Chair
Department of Ethnic Studies

Juana María Rodríguez is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU Press, 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press 2014) which won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize at the Modern Language Association and was a Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist for LGBT Studies. In 2019, she co-edited a special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly on "Trans Studies en las Americas." In addition to her publications in academic journals internationally, her work has been featured in ...

Juan David Rubio Restrepo

Assistant Professor
Department of Music

Juan David Rubio Restrepo is an artist/scholar focusing on Latin American popular musics and global experimental practices. He is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research explores the intersection between sound technologies, alterity, and power with a thematic scope that ranges from Pan-American cumbia practices to robotic/AI music-making. His research situated in Latin America considers how time- and site-specific racial formations are articulated and disturbed through music and sound. His current book project focuses on Ecuadorian...

Elisabeth Sadoulet

Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics

Elisabeth Sadoulet is a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. Her research interests span agricultural technologies, microcredit, conservation, conditional cash transfers, and property rights. Sadoulet has conducted field research in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, India, and China. Sadoulet has also consulted for several international agencies and foreign governments, including the FAO, the Government of Mexico, and the World Bank.

Leslie Salzinger

Associate Professor and Chair of Research in Gender and Women's Studies
Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Leslie Salzinger is Associate Professor and Chair of Research of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She got her PhD in Sociology at UC Berkeley and previously taught in the sociology departments at the University of Chicago and and Boston College. She writes and teaches on gender, capitalism, nationality, and race and their ongoing co-formations. Her empirical research is ethnographic, mostly focused on Latin America, especially Mexico. Her primary research questions address the cultural constitution of economic processes and the creation of subjects within political...

Martín Sanchez-Jankowski

Department of Sociology

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski who is Chair of the Center for Ethnographic Research has taught at Berkeley since 1984. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science. His research has focused on inequality in advanced and developing societies with a particular interest in the sociology of poverty. He has done field work with gangs, in poor neighborhoods, schools, and the illicit underground economy, and is currently engaged in a ten year study of social change among indigenous peoples in India, the Fiji Islands, and the US. His research has been...

Alex Saragoza

Professor Emeritus
Department of Ethnic Studies

The son of farm workers, professor Saragoza earned a B.A. at CSU Fresno, then an M.A. at Harvard. Following a stint teaching high school in Merced, he completed a Ph.D. in Latin American History at UC San Diego in 1986. He has taught at UC Berkeley since 1986.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Professor Emerita
Department of Anthropology

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Chancellor's Professor of Medical Anthropology Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley where she directs the doctoral program in Critical Studies in Medicine, Science, and the Body. Scheper-Hughes' lifework concerns the violence of everyday life examined from a radical existentialist and politically engaged perspective. Her examination of structural and political violence, of what she calls "small wars and invisible genocides" has allowed her to develop a so-called 'militant' anthropology, which has been broadly applied to medicine, psychiatry, and to the...

Elena A. Schneider

Associate Professor
Department of History

Elena Schneider is a historian of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic World. Her research focuses on Cuba and the Caribbean, comparative colonialism and slavery, and the Black Atlantic. Methodologically, she seeks to write history that moves across regional, imperial, and national boundaries, integrating diverse stories normally told separately. She is also committed to the practice of writing history “from below” and the challenging archival work that makes reconstructing the experiences of historically marginalized peoples possible.

She teaches classes on imperialism,...

Harley Shaiken

Professor Emeritus, CLAS Chair Emeritus
Graduate School of Education
Geography Department

Harley Shaiken looks at the role of schooling and skills in the global economy. He explores issues at the intersection of information technology, work organization, labor, and globalization. In particular, he has examined issues of economic and political integration in the Americas, with a focus on the United States and Mexico. He is currently the recipient of grants from the Ford and Hewlett foundations. Since 1998, he has been chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. In 1991 he was presented with the Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of California, San...

Lok Siu

Associate Professor
Department of Ethnic Studies

Lok Siu is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her areas of expertise include Asian diasporas in the Americas, Chinese diaspora, belonging and cultural citizenship, ethnography, and the cultural politics of food. Her books, Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama and Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions (co-edited with Rhacel Parreñas), received the Social Science Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies in 2007 and 2009. Other books include Gendered...