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Shane Greene, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Anthropology
(812) 855-9097

Shane Greene finished his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2004. His research interests lie at the intersection of urban subcultures, ethnicity, environment, and the politics of culture in the Latin American context. While he has conducted research in multiple different contexts and on diverse topics, there exists an underlying interest in movements for social justice and political transformation. This work is driven by a long-standing interest in social theory. Past work focused on indigenous and Afro-descendent movements in Peru. Currently, he is working on a project about the history of the punk movement in Lima during Peru's period of political violence in the 1980s.

Alfio Saitta, Ph.D.
Associate Director
(812) 855-9097

Dr. Saitta is a historian specializing in modern Argentina and Latin America. His dissertation, From the Barrio to the Nation: Social, Neighborhood, and Sports Clubs in Rosario, 1920-1975 investigates the development of sporting practices and the history of sporting institutions in Argentina with a special focus on the links between sport and masculinity. His work analyzes the ways in which social, neighborhood, and sports clubs represent important structuring threads within the complex and thickly woven fabric of Argentine popular culture and are themselves structured in ways that reflect a larger cultural whole. Dr. Saitta received his B.A. (1999) in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, his M.A. (2004) in History from California State University, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. (2014) in History from Indiana University.

Katie Novak
Academic Secretary
(812) 855-1836

Jennifer Ashcraft
Undergraduate Advisor
(812) 855-4538

Graduate Assistants

Sonia Calpanchay - I am a first year Masters’ student at CLACS. I received my B.A. in History with an emphasis on teaching from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. After finishing my B.A, I worked as a Spanish teacher at an independent preparatory school in Tennessee. While teaching, I faced the task of providing my students with as many tools as possible to understand Latin America and its rich and varied cultures from different points of view. This experience has deepened my desire to better understand the process of identity construction, especially among indigenous peoples, a topic I hope to explore further at IU.

Jordan Reifsteck - I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Rockford University in 2014 with majors in History and Spanish with a research focus on U.S. foreign policy in Chile during the 20th century. I chose the dual-masters programs in Latin American Studies and Information Science at Indiana University as it would allow me to take an interdisciplinary approach to my research while also building skills in a new and quickly growing field.

Sierra Funk - Hola! I'm a first year M.A student here at IU, looking forward to getting my degree from CLACS! I graduated with honors from Old Dominion University with a B.A. in History, and spent much of my time abroad in South America. There, I picked up a passion for Latin American culture that's followed me here to the University. My studies have focused mostly on the Pacific Coast of the Southern cone, and I'm interested in studying the cultures of revolutions and counterrevolutions that have shaped the political landscapes and alliances of these nations.

Raúl Gross - Raúl, an Indiana native, is in his first year of the MA program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. As an undergraduate Raúl spent semesters abroad in Australia and Spain, and upon graduating from the University of Evansville with a BA in Theological Studies, he spent two years volunteering at a small Catholic orphanage in rural Honduras. Since 2007 he has spent six summers in Latin America, leading service programs for high school students in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, and most recently in Nicaragua. He is interested in the development of academic and service programs within Latin America, and the impact that such programs have on both guest and host communities. He hopes to make a career of promoting academic and service programs in Latin America that promote economic development, global partnerships, conservation, and intellectual inquiry. A teacher at heart, Raúl has worked as a ski and tennis instructor in Colorado, taught environmental education in the Pacific Northwest, and hopes to get his Divemaster SCUBA certification.


Luis A González, Ph.D.
Librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Herman B. Wells Library (E660)
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