People at the Katz Center
Katz Center Director and Professor of History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the CollageEmilio 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.
Associate Professor of Art History and the CollageArt 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.
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.
Program ManagerFranco Bavoni manages the operations of the Katz Center, contributes to program planning and design, and provides logistical support for seminars, lectures, and conferences. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an M.A. in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago. He is the author of Los juegos del hombre: identidad y poder en la cancha and writes about soccer and its social and political aspects.