Our Global Reach: The Caribbean, Central and South America

Study Abroad

In the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs has approved Study Abroad programs in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, the British West Indies, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.

Student Research

As a result of an international fellowship or scholarship, students have researched in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica and Nicaragua.

Global Symposium 

Barnard hosted its fifth annual Global Symposium in São Paulo. Approximately 400 people attended the day-long event at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo, which brought together exceptional leaders from all over the country as well as Barnard students, alumnae and faculty for wide-ranging discussions addressing education, activism, leadership, science, the arts, public policy, government, work-life balance, and violence against women.

Faculty Research

Barnard faculty have lived, studied, researched, and taught all over the world, and they contribute constantly to our contemporary knowledge of cultures and countries around the globe. Below are highlighted only some of the many remarkable faculty at Barnard who are pursuing an international research agenda:

ALEXANDER ALBERRO
Viriginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History and Department Chair at Barnard College

Professor Alberro's research interests are in the area of modern and contemporary European, U.S., and Latin American art, as well as in the history of photography. His current book project is titled Abstraction in Reverse, a study of the emergence and development of abstract art in Latin America, and he is also at work on a volume that explores new forms of art and spectatorship that have crystallized in the past two decades.

ALAN D. DYE
Associate Professor of Economics

Professor Dye specializes in economic history and institutions with emphasis on Latin America. His current research focuses on the political economy of the institutions of trade protection and imperialism, particularly the relationship between prerevolutionary Cuba and the United States.

KAIAMA GLOVER
Associate Professor of French

Professor Glover's research interests include francophone literature, particularly that of Haiti and the French Antilles, colonialism and postcolonialism, and African cinema. Her current projects include Disorderly Women, a study of the ethics of narcissism and configurations of the feminine in 20th and 21st century Caribbean fiction; "New Narratives of Haiti," a special issue of Transition magazine (May 2013); and Revisiting Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine, an edited volume of critical essays forthcoming with Yale French Studies. 

KIM HALL
Lucyle Hook Chair of English and Professor of Africana Studies

Professor Hall's research interests include Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture, Critical Race Theory, Black Feminist Studies, Slavery Studies, Visual Culture, Food Studies, and Digital Humanities. She is currently working on two book projects: Sweet Taste of Empire, which examines the roles of race, aesthetics and gender in the Anglo-Caribbean sugar trade during the seventeenth century and a new project, Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare and the African Diaspora, which discusses Afrodiasporic appropriations of Othello.

KRISTA MCGUIRE
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Professor McGuire's research interests include the factors that structure microbial communities, the influence of mycorrhizal fungi on plant community structure, the impacts of global change on microbes, and tropical ecology. She has done extensive study of microbes in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America, and she currently leads projects in Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and on various components of green infrastructure in New York City.

NARA MILANICH
Associate Professor of History 

Professor Milanich's scholarly interests include modern Latin America, Chile, and the comparative histories of family, childhood, and gender, and law and social inequality. Her current book project, entitled The Birth of Uncertainty: A Global History of the Paternity Test, traces the reception of paternity science in law and social practice, showing how its consequences for men, women, and children differed across national contexts; how paternity science, which coincided with the rise of eugenics, was deeply racialized from its inception; and how these new technologies migrated from family law into immigration law.

JOSÉ C. MOYA
Professor of History

Professor Moya has written extensively on global migration, gender, and labor, and he is currently editing the Latin American Historiography for Oxford University Press, as well as working on the socio-cultural history of anarchism in belle-époque Buenos Aires and the Atlantic world.

WADDA C. RÍOS-FONT 
Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultures 

Professor Ríos-Font's academic specialization is Spanish literature and culture from 1800 to the present. She is currently engaged in two major research projects: the first involves the relationship between different cultural fields in nineteenth-century Spain, with topics on the semiotics of the construction of criminality and the early juridical system and on the connection between literature and economics in the Bourbon Restoration; and the second looks at historical, political, economic, and cultural/literary exchanges between Spain and Puerto Rico during the late Spanish Empire (1815-1898), examining their bearing on early formulations of national identity in colonial Puerto Rico.

COLLEEN THOMAS-YOUNG
Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Dance

Professor Thomas's teaching at Barnard includes advanced modern-dance technique, introductory ballet technique, contact improvisation, and advanced composition/collaboration and the creative process. Her choreographic works have been performed in Brazil, Estonia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Taiwan, and Venezuela, among others, and she is also the director of the Barnard Dance in Paris program.

Alumnae

Additionally, our global Alumnae Network includes graduates in Argentina, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.