Latin American Studies

Jessica Burke, Chair, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.A. and Ph.D., Princeton University
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Areas of expertise: Latin American literature, Mexican literature and culture and gender studies

Jessice Burke's research and teaching interests include Latin American literature and culture with a special emphasis on Mexico. She has taught at Princeton and Rutgers University and has lived and studied in Spain, Argentina and Mexico. Burke received her doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures from Princeton University in 2005.

Emily Conover, Associate Professor of Economics

B.A. Wellesley College; M.Ec., Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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Areas of expertise: international economic development and labor economics

Emily Conover’s current research interests include health policy, corruption and formal and informal labor markets, among other topics in applied microeconomics. She grew up in Colombia and came to the United States for her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College. She then studied economics at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and went on to earn her doctorate in economics from U.C. Berkeley.

Richard Seager, the Bates and Benjamin Professor of Classical and Religious Studies

B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., Harvard University
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Areas of expertise: religions of the United States with emphasis on new, marginal or excluded groups and their relationships to the core American values; Buddhism in the U.S. over the last century; Mexican-U.S. border issues and tensions

Richard Seager’s field of study is the religions of the United States. His interests include immigration, religion and the environment, and cultural encounter in the age of globalization. Seager has written most extensively about the movement of Asian religions into this country. His first two books were devoted to the World’s Parliament of Religion in Chicago in 1893. He then published Buddhism in America, an examination of prominent communities and leading figures in a range of Buddhist traditions setting down roots in the U.S. Seager’s latest book, Encountering the Dharma, offers a rare insider’s look at Soka Gakkai Buddhism.

Heather Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Government

B.A., Elon University; M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Areas of expertise: comparative politics, Latin American politics, protest and social movements, political violence, state capacity

Heather Sullivan's research explores the relationship between state capacity, protest and protest management using an original dataset on protest in contemporary Mexico. At Hamilton, she teaches courses on comparative politics, Latin American politics, Mexican politics and political protest. Sullivan received her bachelor's degree in international studies and Spanish from Elon University and her master's degree and doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.