Faculty Affiliate

Laura Nader

Professor
Department of Anthropology

Nader's current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work in law, energy science, and anthropology. Harmony, Ideology_Injustice and Control in a Mountain Zapotec Village (1990) and The Life of the Law: Anthropological Projects (2002) indicate a wide range of interests in law that has moved from village sites into national and international arenas. Energy Choices in a Democratic Society (1980) is the initial work that has continued on in the area of energy and resources culminating in Naked Science_Anthropological Inquiry into Boundaries, Power, and Knowledge (1996)....

Ignacio Navarrete

Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Ignacio Navarrete's research focuses on Spanish Peninsular literature, particularly the 15th through the 17th centuries. His first book project, Orphans of Petrarch, traced the impact of the imitation of Petrarch and other Italian poets, on poetry and poetic theory in Spain from Juan del Encina through Quevedo, focusing on Boscán, Garcilaso, Herrera, and Góngora. His second project examines the impact of printing on narrative culture c. 1500. This project cuts across a number of narrative genres, including hagiography, frame tales, historiography, and the sentimental novel. A new project...

Diana Negrín

Affiliate Faculty
Geography Department
Diana Negrín da Silva is a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Negrín received her doctorate from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley and serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wixárika Research Center, a non-profit organization that supports the study and defense of Wixárika culture and territory. Her research examines the production of racial discourses and practices in Mexico and the Western Hemisphere more widely and builds on debates concerning migration, identity formation, urbanization, activism, and the...

Todd Olson

Professor
Department of the History of Art

Todd Olson is the author of Poussin and France: Painting, Humanism and the Politics of Style (Yale University Press, 2002) and Caravaggio’s Pitiful Relics (Yale University Press, 2014). His fields of research and teaching include early modern Europe, early colonial Latin America, and the trans-Atlantic world. His main areas of interest are early modern science, religion, and transcultural materiality. He has two books in progress: Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652): Skin, Repetition and Painting in Viceregal Naples (Pennsylvania State University Press) and...

Kurt Organista

Professor
School of Social Welfare

A leading expert on social work practice within the Latino community, Dr. Organista's research focuses on psychosocial problems within the Chicano and Latino communities, acculturation and adjustment of ethnic minorities to American societies, minority mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, depression in Latinos and HIV prevention with Mexican migrant laborers/Latinos.

Dr. Organista's book, HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, Research and Practice, is the first-ever collection of texts written by leading authorities on the topic of HIV prevention among diverse Latino...

Tianna S. Paschel

Associate Professor
Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Tianna Paschel is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California – Berkeley. She is interested in the intersection of racial ideology, politics, and globalization in Latin America. Her work can be found in the American Journal of Sociology, the Du Bois Review, SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, and Ethnic and Racial Studies and various edited volumes. She is also the author of Becoming Black Political Subjects, which draws on ethnographic and archival methods to explore the shift in the 1990s from ideas of...

Juan Nicolás Pereda Rodríguez

Assistant Professor
Department of Film and Media Studies

Nicolás Pereda is a filmmaker whose work explores the everyday through fractured and elliptical narratives using fiction and documentary tools. He often collaborates with the theater collective Lagartijas tiradas al sol and actress Teresita Sánchez. His work has been the subject of more than 30 retrospectives worldwide in venues such as Anthology Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, Jeonju International Film Festival and TIFF Cinematheque. He has also presented his films in most major international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, and Toronto, as well as in...

Bernadette Pérez

Assistant Professor
Department of History

Bernadette Pérez is a historian of the United States, focusing particularly on the histories of Latinx and Indigenous peoples in the West. Her work is situated at the intersection of multiple subfields of history, from race and environment to labor, migration, and colonialism, studying empire and capitalism in action.

Migrant sugar beet workers are at the heart of her current work, following corporate sugar into southeastern Colorado at the turn of the twentieth century and tracing its efforts to hold diverse working communities within a highly unequal and...

Laura Pérez

Professor
Department of Ethnic Studies

Laura Elisa Pérez is a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, and Chair of the Latinx Research Center, an interdisciplinary and transAmericas research hub at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a core faculty member of the doctoral program in Performance Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Women’s Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies. Pérez received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and a BA/MA Joint Degree from The University of Chicago. Pérez curated UC Berkeley’s first Latina/o Performance Art series, co-curated Chicana Badgirls...