Please join us in congratulating the faculty and students of Latina/o Studies for their recent achievements!

* Anthony P. Mora was promoted to Associate Professor of American Culture and History (with tenure). His book Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848–1912 was published by Duke University Press in 2011.

* Assistant Professor Amy Sara Carroll's first book of poetry, SECESSION, appeared in April 2012 from San Diego State University Press, under their imprint Hyperbole Books . Claudia Rankine selected her second collection of poetry, FANNIE + FREDDIE/The Sentimentality of Post-9-11 Pornography, for this year's Poets Out Loud Prize (through Fordham University). The collection will be published by Fordham University Press in 2013. 

* Assistant Professor Daniel Ramírez was awarded a University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities fellowship for 2012-13 for his project "Alabaré a mi Señor: Subaltern Pentecostal Music in American Religious History."

* Associate Professor Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof was named director of the University of Michigan Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2012-14).

* Associate Professor Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes spoke at TEDxSanJuan in December 2011 about Puerto Rican Sexual Migration and Culture. The video is now available at

* Professor Lorraine Gutierrez received a Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award from the Rackham Graduate School.

* Associate Professor Maria Cotera and American Culture PhD candidate Jennifer García Peacock organized a Museo del Norte photo exhibit with photographer Lisa Lluevanos in May-June 2012 at Café con Leche Coffee Shop in Mexicantown, Detroit. The closing reception for this exhibit is Friday, June 29 at 6 pm. CAFE CON LECHE is located at 4200 West Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI 48209. 

* Latina/o Studies faculty associate Paulina Alberto (History and Romance Languages and Literatures) was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

* Latina/o Studies faculty associate Evelyn Alsultany (American Culture) was promoted to associate professor (with tenure).

* Latina/o Studies faculty associate Frederick F. Wherry (Sociology) has accepted a position as Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.

* Latina/o Studies faculty associate Mark Padilla (Anthropology and School of Public Health) has accepted a position at Florida International University.

* Assistant Professor Melissa Valerio (School of Public Health) has accepted a position at the University of Texas School of Public Health.

* Wilson Valentín-Escobar (American Culture PhD, 2011; Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies, Hampshire College) won the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Latina/o Studies Section Dissertation Award for his dissertation "Bodega Surrealism: The Emergence of Latin@ Artivists in New York City, 1976-Present." He was publicly honored at the Latina/o Studies Section Business meeting at the LASA conference on Friday, May 25th in San Francisco, CA. His dissertation committee was comprised by: Professor Frances R. Aparicio, Co-Chair, Northwestern University; Associate Professor Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Co-Chair; Associate Professor Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes; and Associate Professor Alexandra M. Stern. His dissertation is available for free electronic download. Professor Valentín-Escobar received tenure at Hampshire College in 2012.

Once again, congratulations!