Category Archives: Latin American Studies

Author of Werner Herzog, Joshua Lund answers questions about his motivations for writing, and dispels some myths about Herzog. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? A book about the politics of Herzog’s films has been percolating in … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City by Robert Lemon has won the American Association of Geographers John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize. This award encourages and rewards American geographers who write … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. In order to celebrate, we decided to do something special for our readers. In honor of 100 years, we have already given away two iPads pre-loaded with 100 UIP ebooks, … Continue reading

In this new UIP collection, Javier F. León and Helena Simonett curate a group of essential writings from the last twenty-five years of Latin American music studies. Chosen as representative, outstanding, and influential in the field, each article appears in English … Continue reading

It has been and remains a tumultuous time in Brazil. Of course there was the Rio Olympics, which some feared would fall into debacle under the chaos of the Zika virus and human rights protests. Now, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female … Continue reading

Christen A. Smith is Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin. Below she answers questions about her book Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil. Q: You first traveled to Salvador in … Continue reading

For years, native Hawaiians had fought with a modest degree of success to maintain their autonomy. But in 1893, white businessmen—sugar magnates and the like—had taken control by tossing out Hawaii’s last monarch and organizing their own provisional government. Not … Continue reading