The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS) is pleased to announce that Gavin Arnall, associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has accepted the role of center director effective July 1, 2023.

Professor Arnall’s message:

Professor Arnall’s research and teaching interests converge at the intersection of aesthetics, politics, and philosophy. With a comparative literature background, he specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American literature and culture. Other areas of expertise include Marxism and psychoanalysis; critical, literary, postcolonial, and translation theory; francophone Caribbean and continental European philosophy; and Black and Indigenous Studies.

He is the author of Subterranean Fanon: An Underground Theory of Radical Change (Columbia University Press, 2020), the translator of Emilio de Ípola’s Althusser, The Infinite Farewell (Duke University Press, 2018), and the director of the Marxism Lab

His current book project, Translating Universality: Marxism and Indigenous Radicalisms in Latin America, explores past and present (missed) encounters between Marxist and Indigenous worldviews and practices. He is also completing revisions for two forthcoming volumes: Translation and Universality: Sites of Struggle (co-edited with Katie Chenoweth, Fordham University Press) and Between Revolution and Democracy: José Aricó, Marxism, and Latin America (co-edited with Susana Draper, Brill’s Historical Materialism Book Series).