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Anke Birkenmaier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
(812) 855-9097

Anke Birkenmaier received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2004. She is a specialist in Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture. Her work has focused on the intersections between literature and modern mass media, on avant-garde movements in Latin America, and on critical race and cultural studies in the Americas. The author of Alejo Carpentier y la cultura del surrealismo en América Latina (2006) (Premio Iberoamericano, LASA) and co-editor of Cuba: un siglo de literatura (2004) and Havana Beyond the Ruins. Cultural Mappings after 1989 (Duke UP, 2011), Birkenmaier has a long standing interest in building relations between Cuba, its diaspora, and the United States. At Indiana University, Birkenmaier has served as associate director of the Latino Studies Program, where she co-organized, together with the IU Cinema, a bi-annual Latino Film Festival and Conference (2012 and 2014). She also has co-directed a study-abroad program in the Dominican Republic (2013 and 2015) and is looking forward to promoting more student and faculty exchanges with Latin America at CLACS.

Katherine Cashman
Academic Secretary
(812) 855-1836

Jennifer Ashcraft
Undergraduate Advisor
(812) 855-4538


Quetzil Castañeda, Ph.D.
CLACS Senior Lecturer

(Ph.D. 1991, Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY). Quetzil's Research interests and publications range across the fields of tourism, heritage, history of anthropology, Maya language, and Mesoamerica to ethnographic film, experimental fieldwork methods, and participatory action research. In 2003, Castañeda founded the independent, non-degree Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (OSEA) (, a research and teaching institute with community action initiatives. Castañeda became a Lecturer in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Indiana University where he teaches inter-disciplinary courses on film analysis, discourse, representation, tourism, Maya language and culture, ethnography, and international service learning. His recent publications focus on ethics, indigenous rights and neoliberal tourism, activist anthropology, and heritage. As participant in the international project on Boas’ contribution to anthropology, Castañeda is the volume editor of the Boas correspondence with Mexican colleagues related to the International School of American Archaeology and Ethnology. View his Faculty Profile

Associate Instructor

David Tezil
Haitian Creole Instructor

David Tezil currently teaches Haitian Creole courses at Indiana University. Born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, David spent five years working with the Haitian communities in South Florida. David was also an interpreter and language facilitator for the Department of Multicultural Education of Palm Beach School District in Florida, and has contributed to the implementation of bilingual and multicultural learning materials for Haitian speaking students and adult literacy programs. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in linguistics at Indiana University.

Graduate Assistants

Matthew Cesnik

Catherine Fonseca


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