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Dina Berger appointed new Program Director for Latin American Studies

Dina Berger

CAS welcomes Dr. Dina Berger as the new director of Latin American Studies.  Dina Berger (Ph.D. and M.A., University of Arizona; B.A., Tulane University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of History where she teaches courses on Latin American history and U.S.-Latin American relations. She brings an especially strong academic and civic background to the position. Dr. Berger plans to continue connecting with faculty and students across the curriculum, enhance the reach of the program, and create a robust dialogue for ideas and issues through public programming, including a film screening and discussion with documentary filmmaker Pamela Yates on November 7. Yates will discuss the historical importance of her film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, which shows how her 1986 documentary When the Mountains Tremble was used as evidence against General Efrain Rios Montt for crimes against humanity.

Berger’s own research centers on such topics as diplomacy, tourism, gender and inter-American relations. Her most important publications include Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters, edited with Andrew G. Wood (Duke University Press, 2010) and The Development of Mexico's Tourism Industry: Pyramids by Day, Martinis by Night (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2006). She is currently engaged in a book project entitled Mr. Barrett’s Neighborhood:Friendship Societies, Hemispheric Citizenship, and Practical Pan Americanism which examines civic activism around Pan Americanism throughout the twentieth century.

Berger is currently the director of Teaching and Mentoring Programs for the Graduate School, and director of Loyola University Chicago's Dissertation Boot Camp. She has previously taught at the College of Wooster, Michigan State University and the University of Arizona.

We also want to thank outgoing director Dr. Elizabeth Lozano, Associate Professor in the School of Communication, for leading the program for the past few years. Lozano brought a true interdisciplinary flavor to the program, fusing film and cultural studies with language and history, and developing solid relationships with her students. Her leadership created a strong bond across schools at Loyola.

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