CLACS Director, Faculty, and Staff

Jessaca Leinaweaver

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Jessaca Leinaweaver conducts research in cultural anthropology and anthropological demography within Peru and the Peruvian diaspora. Her first research project, based in Ayacucho, Peru, examined informal child fostering in the urban Andes and its intersections with international adoption policies. Her next study, based in Madrid, contrasted transnational adoption and migration from Peru to Spain. She has also done collaborative research in Yauyos, Peru, with colleagues and students at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima. Her current project is a study of aging, social responsibility, and demographic thinking in Peru, examining the marginalization of older, impoverished Latin Americans and the effectiveness of government proposals for improving their conditions. The case study of Peru resembles many developing nations that are facing the challenge of an aging population where informal (family-based) care is implicitly the norm but attitudes of the working-age population about responsibility to elders are transforming.

Jeremy Mumford, Director of Undergraduate Studies 

Jeremy Mumford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Andean Project at Brown University. He is a historian of the colonial Andes. His first book, Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes (Duke University Press, 2012), was the first book-length study of a massive colonial social engineering project carried out in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru in the 1570s. It won honorable mention for Best Book Prize from the New England Council of Latin American Studies, and was the subject of a symposium in September 2013 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Jeremy Mumford has published peer-reviewed articles in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Latin American Research Review, the Colonial Latin American Review, the Canadian Historical Review, and other journals, including the Boston Globe Ideas Section. He is on the Board of Editors for the journal Ethnohistoryand is Secretary of the Andean Studies Committee at the Council for Latin American History. He has presented his research, which has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship from the Department of Education, a Charlotte W. Newcombe fellowship and the Michigan Society of Fellows, at conferences in Peru, Ecuador, Spain and the United States.

Kate Goldman, Center Manager

Kate Goldman holds a B.A. in Political Science and Modern Languages from Union College and an M.A. in Spanish American Literature from Rutgers University. Prior to joining CLACS, she worked as a translator, editor and teacher in the United States and Chile. 

Seth Stulen, Outreach Coordinator

 Seth Stulen holds a B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. While pursuing his Master’s Degree, Seth completed a field practicum at the Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development working in the Directorate for Marine, Coastal, and Aquatic Affairs. His Master’s thesis and capstone presentation examined the decentralization of natural resource management through a case study of Colombia’s decentralized framework for marine and coastal conservation. Seth’s previous work experience is highlighted by three years of service in Panama with the Peace Corps as an Environmental Health Extensionist and Regional Coordinator. 

Oriana van Praag, Student Assistant
Oriana is a first year student at Brown. She graduated from Santiago de León High School in Caracas, Venezuela in 2013 and from United World College Costa Rica in 2015. She is considering double concentrating in Development Studies and Economics, with a focus on Latin America.  

Katherine Chavez, Student Assistant

Katherine Chavez is a first-year undergraduate student at Brown University, where she intends to study both Art History and Latin American Studies, focusing on Latin American art. A native of Los Angeles, California, she participated in the High School Internship Program for two years at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and graduated from Grover Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School in June of 2015. In the past, she has also been involved with the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.