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Emilio Kourí, Katz Center Director and Professor of History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College
Emilio Kourí's main scholarly interest is in the social and economic history of rural Mexico since Independence. He is the author of A Pueblo Divided: Business, Property, and Community in Papantla, Mexico. His current research focuses on the idea of the "Indian pueblo" in nineteenth and twentieth-century Mexican thought, law, and political discourse. He is also writing a book on the making of the ejido, Mexico's sui generis postrevolutionary land reform institution. In addition to functioning as Director of the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, Professor Kourí teaches seminars on land reforms, rural social movements, and the history of agrarian thought in the Department of History.

Steering Committee

Claudia Brittenham, Associate Professor of Art History and the College
Art of ancient Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, with a special interest in issues of art and identity, intercultural interaction, the materiality of art, and the politics of style. Current research project examines problems of visibility and the status of images in Mesoamerica. Formerly Assistant Curator for Eastern Hemisphere Collections at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Mauricio Tenorio, Professor of History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College; Profesor Asociado, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
Political and cultural histories of Mexico and Latin America of the 19th and 20th centuries.


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María Pérez Banuet, Program Manager

Manages the Katz Center operations, including program planning and design. She organizes and provides logistical support for conferences, seminars, and lectures. Also, she coordinates academic exchange programs with Mexican Institutions. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Economics from ITAM.

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