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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Visiting Scholars

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies hosts visiting scholars and artists for full and partial year residencies at UConn. Visitors conduct research, teach seminars, give public presentation, and meet regularly with students and faculty.

2011-2012 Visiting Scholars

Ailyn Morera Ugalde
Ailyn Morera Ugalde is a Costa Rican known throughout the Spanish-speaking world for her plays and her activism regarding women's issues. Ms. Morera has a master's degree in Cultural Production in Central America with a focus on literature, and has published a number of short stories in addition to her plays and critical articles on Central American women's literature. She has been instrumental in the development of the international women's organization “Alas de Mariposa”, inspired by her play by the same name. The group seeks to use theater and cross-cultural dialogues as vehicles for recognizing women's contributions to society and for raising awareness about issues of concern to women. For more information, see

Erika Lopez
Erika Lopez is a writer, cartoonist and performance artist whose work inverts American stereotypes regarding ethnicity and sexuality, while offering witty and profound narratives about popular culture that shock in their honesty and irreverence yet disarm with their humor. Erika Lopez has published a series of 3 novels titled Flaming Iguanas, They Call me Mad Dog, and Hootchie Mama, all based on a Puerto Rican biker protagonist Tomato Rodriguez whose adventures offer a new take on the American road novel. In addition to this series, Erika has written a collection of stories and graphics titled Lap Dancing for Mommy, and performs a one-woman show “The Welfare Queen”. Her latest work, The Girl Must Die, is the first of a new publishing initiative Lopez calls Monster Girl Media, that seeks to inspire readers to “have the courage to find each other and start community”.

Dr. Carmen Diana Deere
Robert G. Mead, Jr. Endowed Mead lecturer for 2011. Deere is a professor of Food and Resource Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Her research interests include gender inequality in asset ownership, land policy and agrarian reform, rural social movements, and gender in Latin American agricultural development. She focuses on Ecuador, Cuba, Brazil, Central America, and comparative studies. Deere is a Past President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS). She serves on numerous editorial boards, including World Development and Journal of Agrarian Change and is an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. Deere has authored over a dozen books and has won numerous best book awards; among others, she is the co-author of Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America; winner of LASA’s Bryce Wood Book Award, as well as Land and Development in Latin America: Openings for Policy Research.

Past CLACS Visiting Scholars and Artists:

Dr. Carlos Flores Pérez, 2010
Dr. Anne Lambright, 2010-2011
Marela Zacarias, 2009-2010