Latin American and Caribbean Studies Faculty
Rebecca Carte Co-Coordinator Latin American and Caribbean Studies
I’m an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and co-Coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. Over the past ten years my investigative work has focused on indigenous representation in Colonial and Modern discourses from Mesoamerica and the Andes. While my passion is the colonial era, my research and teaching also explore how the colonial past permeates the present cultures of Latin American countries. My studies have taken me to Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Brazil.
Education: I graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio with a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Business. I later earned an M.A. from the University of Northern Illinois and received my Ph.D. in Spanish from Ohio State University in 2008.
Carmen de Cubero Co-Coordinator Latin American and Caribbean Studies
I am an Assistant Professor of Latin American History and co-Coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. When I am not teaching courses on Latin American history, I enjoy travelling and researching in Central America. As a historian I am fascinated by the way individuals at the margins of state power (and beyond the nation’s borders) conceive the nation and the relationships they forge to national myths, identities, and ideals. My current book project centers on the geographically remote Tarrazú Valley, an internationally celebrated coffee-growing region of Costa Rica. My research has confirmed my belief that ordinary men and women, who rarely have a starring role in official national narratives can and often do play a key role in shaping social, political, cultural, and economic changes at both the local and national level.
Education: I earned my B.A. in History and Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003 and received my Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012.