Jorge Coronado is Professor of modern Latin American and Andean literatures and cultures at Northwestern University. His undergraduate courses range across the 19th and 20th centuries and draw from various disciplines and cultural practices, such as history, anthropology, music, photography, and literature. His graduate courses focus on two areas: literary and cultural theory and Andean studies. He has taught in the department of Spanish & Portuguese as well as in Comparative Literary Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies, where he is a core faculty member.
Lina Britto, Director of Graduate Studies
Lina Britto (Ph.D., New York University, 2013) is an historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work situates the emergence and consolidation of illegal drug smuggling networks in the Caribbean and Andean regions of Colombia in the context of a growing articulation between the South American country and the United States during the Cold War. She was awarded grants from the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies and Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, and her dissertation won a Martin Diskin Dissertation Award honorable mention from the Latin American Studies Association in 2014. She has published her academic and journalistic work in Revista Contemporánea, the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, NACLA: Report of the Americas, and El Espectador (Colombia). Her book, Marijuana Boom: The Rise and Fall of Colombia's First Drug Paradise (University of California Press, 2020), is based on extensive fieldwork and oral history in the Colombian Caribbean, as well as archival research in Colombia and the United States. Her courses at Northwestern focus on the hemispheric history of the drug trade and the war on drugs, popular music and nation-state formation, oral history and Cold War terror, and contemporary Latin America in historical perspective.
Bianca R. Jimenez, Senior Associate Director
Bianca is the Senior Associate Director of the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies. She has been at the University since 2006 working with various area studies programs including International Studies, Middle East and North African Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. She received her M.A. from the University of Chicago. As Senior Associate Director she oversees the administration of the WCCIAS programs and works with the faculty Directors to advise students, manage curricular development, and provide program management. Prior to joining Northwestern she worked for the Environmental and Conservation Program at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago where she worked closely with a local NGO in Peru, CIMA-Cordillera Azul to protect cultural diversity and land security, and to integrate improved quality of life into the management of Cordillera Azul National Park. She also worked with the interactive program expeditions@fieldmuseum™, which follows Field Museum scientists as they conduct groundbreaking scientific research around the world and communicate it to a wider audience through dispatches, interactives and photos.
Danny Postel, Assistant Director
Danny is Assistant Director of the Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern. From November 2016 until August 2019 he was Assistant Director of the Middle East and North African Studies Program. From 2012 to 2016, he was Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. In Spring 2019 he was Visiting Lecturer in International Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Previously, he taught Spanish at St. Tarcissus Elementary School in Chicago (now part of Pope Francis Global Academy) and English as a Foreign Language at St. Augustine College, the Latino Outreach Program of National Louis University, and the Howard Area Community Center. His travels in Latin America have taken him to Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.
Linda Remaker, Program Assistant
Linda is a Program Assistant for the Center for International and Area Studies. She supports the International Studies Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Middle East and North African Studies Program. She has been on staff at Northwestern since 2014 and has wealth of knowledge and experience in higher ed administration, bolstered by her interest in all things international. As an undergraduate violin performance major at Ohio University, she had the opportunity to spend a summer studying abroad in the Czech Republic at the International Music Academy-Plzen, and during her master’s program she performed as part of University of Illinois’s Balkan Ensemble, which brought her in contact with the music, languages and customs of Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Russia, and many other places. She also has reading and conversational knowledge of Spanish.
Cindy Pingry, Program Assistant
Cindy provides administrative support to the faculty research groups in the Center for International and Area Studies. She has worked in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern for over 8 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having worked both in the Weinberg Dean’s office and in the Department of Economics. She’s played a key role in Weinberg College’s Convocation and has planned and managed a number of special events, lectures, colloquia, and conferences on campus. She’s had the opportunity to work with a wide range of faculty members and staff across Weinberg College. She likes learning about different cultures and travelling to experience all things first-hand. She enjoys the outdoors and likes to bike, hike, and sail. In the winter she likes to cross country ski. She also considers herself a “foodie”. Stop by the office and tell her an Aggie joke as she is a graduate of Texas A&M.