PROFESSORES VISITANTES DA TINKER
Todos os anos, acadêmicos e profissionais ilustres da América Latina participam como Professores Visitantes da Fundação Tinker (Tinker Visiting Professors) em cinco importantes universidades dos Estados Unidos. A Fundação começou a conceder essas cátedras em 1968, tendo sido as primeiras posições agraciadas a docentes da América Latina nos EUA. O programa tem dois objetivos complementares: aprimorar a experiência e a formação de estudantes e acadêmicos nas universidades dos EUA e permitir que líderes da América Latina ampliem seu trabalho e expandam suas redes profissionais. Desde a criação do programa, mais de 400 Professores Visitantes da Tinker participaram do programa.
Os Professores Visitantes da Fundação Tinker representaram uma ampla gama de disciplinas e profissões e incluíram notáveis historiadores, escritores, artistas e cientistas. Os professores visitantes se envolvem profundamente na vida acadêmica durante o tempo que passam nas universidades, muitas vezes estabelecendo as bases para futuras colaborações.
Cada universidade administra o programa de Professores Visitantes da Fundação Tinker de forma independente, seguindo um conjunto compartilhado de objetivos e diretrizes do programa.
PROFESSORES VISITANTES ATUAIS
Being a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison radically changed my academic career. It was the first time I had the luxury to solely teach and research (I always had administrative duties along with teaching and research, as is common in the Global South). In this intellectual space, my publishing career really took off. For example, I co-edited the book, Law in the New Developmental State: the Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context. As a direct result of my TVP experience, I became the Dean of the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), the fifth-ranked law school in Latin America, and was offered a job at the Sciences Po Law School in Paris.
Being a TVP at the University of Chicago was certainly one of the impactful experiences in my career. I had the opportunity to interact with exceptional students in different disciplines, colleagues across the university, and Chicagoans during community presentations at Malcolm X College and KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation. I also developed a close academic relationship with Brodwyn Fischer (History Dept and CLAS), which I consider the most important result of my TVP experience. Together, we organized two seminars bringing together Brazilian and U.S. researchers, edited a volume on slavery, and wrote a chapter in the recently published book, Afro-Latin American Studies.
When I was a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Texas in Austin in 2017, I was just starting my mandate as the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants at the United Nations. Being a TVP enabled me to have many fruitful interactions with academics and civil society organizations working on migration issues in Texas.
In 2010, I had the opportunity to visit again the University of Wisconsin-Madison, not as a student as I was 25 years earlier, but as Tinker Visiting Professor. I owe two career achievements to this TVP experience. I was appointed to the scientific committee of the International Human Dimensions Program for Global Environmental Change, and I joined CLACSO’s (Latin American Council for Social Sciences) effort to connect social and environmental issues, such as political ecology, climate change, and public policy. Five years after being a TVP, I organized a project to compare the historical experience of the Far West in the U.S. with the appropriation of the Amazon. Through this, I have been able to partner with other prominent American historians on environmental history.
During the Fall of 2014, I was fortunate to go back to my doctoral Alma Mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a TVP. Besides the rare sensation of having arrived “home” as the shuttle bus from Chicago approached Lake Mendota, the multiple seminars and conversations in Madison were highly stimulating to start writing my book, The Neoliberal Diet: Healthy Profits, Unhealthy People. It was delightful to see my former professors Erik Olin Wright and Jess Gilbert at the research seminar in Sociology of Economic Change and Development. While most people were different from those in my times as a graduate student, the intellectual vibrancy remained unchanged.
As a TVP at Columbia University, I had the opportunity to share my work with colleagues from all over the world, get insightful feedback and consolidate new avenues of collaboration with various institutions. I also had the most rewarding experience teaching to talented students about issues that really matter to our region including “wicked” policy debates that have enriched my perspective on drugs, development and politics in Latin America.