Director of Latin American Studies
Brendan Lanctot’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of culture and politics in modern Latin America. He is particularly interested in how various forms of cultural production helped articulate new political concepts in the transition from colonies to nation states during the 19th century. His book Beyond Civilization and Barbarism: Culture and Politics in Post-revolutionary Argentina (1829–1852) (Bucknell University Press, 2014) examines portraiture, graffiti, audiovisual spectacles, and literature to argue that, contrary to longstanding received ideas, the political adversaries of the period were complicit in constructing an enduring model of popular sovereignty. His recent book project, titled Specters of Populism in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, examines instances throughout the continent when the idea of an unmediated relation between a people and a representative of state power was a key matter of dispute. He has also published several articles dealing with how contemporary Argentine film, literature, and political discourse adapt and reconfigure foundational myths of national identity through the logic of neoliberalism. He has articles published or forthcoming in journals that include Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Hispanic Review, and A Contracorriente. He is a member of the Latin American Studies Association, Modern Language Association, and American Comparative Literature Association. His teaching spans the Hispanic Studies curriculum, including Spanish, contemporary cinema, visual culture, and 19th-century literary and cultural studies.
B.A., Haverford College, 2000; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University, 2002, 2005, 2008