Category Archives: Americas

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Performance, Politick, and Respect in Haiti

A review of “We Make the State”: Performance, Politick, and Respect in Urban Haiti, by Chelsey Kivland. The former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier…

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Global Indie Music in Uruguay

A review of Between Two Monsters: Popular Music, Visual Media, and the Rise of Global Indie in 21st Century Uruguay, by Rachel Lears. Indie is…

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Politics, Land, and Religion in Colombia

A review of Negotiating Indigenous Autonomy: Politics, Land, and Religion in Tierradentro (Colombia) 1905-1950, by Alejandra Boza Villarreal. When one thinks of missionaries in Latin…

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Faculty Collaboration and the University Art Museum

A review of The University Art Museum And Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaboration, by Barbara Rothermel Barbara Rothermel’s dissertation explores interdisciplinary collaborative activity in university art museums,…

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Catastrophe in Latin American Literature

A review of Épicas ordinarias: espacios de catástrofe y discursos intelectuales en México, Puerto Rico y Chile (1985-2005), by Judith Sierra-Rivera. Épicas ordinarias is a…

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Gender, Authority, and Islam in Suburban Chicago

A review of The Construction of American Islam: Gender, Authority, and Tradition in Suburban Chicago, by Justine Howe. Justine Howe’s dissertation details the rhetorical and…

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Fiction and Journalism in Latin America

A review of Novelando en el periódico y reporteando en la novela de América Latina, by Néfer Muñoz Solano. Néfer Muñoz Solano’s dissertation analyzes one…

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The Humanitarian Path to U.S. Citizenship

A review of Tears and More Tears: The Humanitarian Path to Citizenship, by Sarah Morando Lakhani. The complexity of American immigration law and regulations poses…

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Empire and Scientific Survey in Puerto Rico

A review of American Empire and the Scientific Survey of Puerto Rico, by Darryl E. Brock. This dissertation skillfully examines the intersection of imperialism and…