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L. Shane Greene, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Anthropology

(812) 855-9097

Melissa Britton, M.A.
Associate Director

(812) 855-8920

Katie Novak
Academic Secretary

(812) 855-1836

Emily Williams
Undergraduate Advisor

(812) 856-1816

Graduate Assistants

Aviva Elzufon - I am a second year dual degree student at CLACS and the School for Public and Environmental Affairs. I returned to school after spending two years working in New York City at a non-for-profit in order to study the incorporation of information and communication technologies in the administration of governmental social programs in the Southern Cone. Thanks to a CLACS Tinker Field Research Grant, I had the opportunity to return to Chile to conduct research as well at intern at a local NGO this summer.

Zachary Baquet - I am a first year Master’s student at CLACS. I received a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Carleton College in June 2013. My undergraduate research focused on the art and culture of street performance and how it relates to the urban space specifically in Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru. At IU, I plan to expand my research geographically in the hope of creating a common narrative between various spaces in Latin America through the reoccurring themes that make-up the language of street performance.

Diana Velazquez - I am a first year Masters student at CLACS. I completed a BA in English with a minor in Latin American Studies at the University of San Diego in May 2013 and am proud to be a McNair Scholar. During my undergraduate years I tutored at a middle school and worked closely with a Mixtec student. It was this experience which fueled my desire to understand and address the obstacles indigenous students face within the education system. At IU I would like to further explore this topic by learning about indigenous students’ experience within the education system in Mexico and the United States.

Kathryn Lehman - I am a second-year Master’s student at CLACS. I received a BA in history and philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder in December of 2010. My research focuses on Twentieth-Century Bolivian Amazonia. I am particularly interested in indigenous people and migrant workers, and the legacy of the rubber boom.

Alexandra Toledo - I am a dual degree student in CLACS and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs where my concentration is Nonprofit Management. My research explores civil society and social movement influence on public policy, with a case study on food security and food sovereignty policy in Peru. During my program, I have traveled to Bolivia and Peru to study food sovereignty. Before starting my Master's program, I spent time working on a fair trade program in Peru, participating in a human rights delegation in Colombia, teaching English in Costa Rica, and volunteering in the rural mountains of Honduras. All of these experiences motivated me to pursue degrees that would prepare me for a career devoted to social justice advocacy in Latin America.


Quetzil Castañeda
Yucatec Maya Instructor / CLACS Lecturer


Faculty Profile

Alfio Saitta
Associate Instructor


Francisco Tandioy Jansasoy
Inga Instructor


David Tezil
Haitian Creole Instructor



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