Visiting Scholar: Alma Guillermoprieto

Visiting Scholar, 2011-12

Alma Guillermoprieto was born in Mexico in 1949. She has written about Latin America for a variety of publications for the past 30 years, most frequently the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. Guillermoprieto is the author of four books. "Samba" (Knopf, 1990), an account of the year she spent with the impoverished carnival-makers of Brazil, was nominated for the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award. "The Heart That Bleeds: Latin America Now" (Knopf, 1994) and "Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America" (Vintage, 2001) are collections of her essays. Her most recent book is "Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution" (Vintage, 2001). All four books are frequently used in classrooms, for subjects ranging from performance art to Latin American history.

Guillermoprieto has received numerous awards, including the Latin American Studies Association media award and, in 1995, a MacArthur Fellowship. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. She was a 2006-07 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and holds an honorary degree from Baruch College in New York. In May, a poll conducted by Foreign Policy magazine selected her as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world.

In the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

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