Faculty Advisory Panel


Luis Duno-Gottberg is a professor of Caribbean and Film Studies and currently serves as the Magister of Baker College. He is the author of Humanity as a Commodity. Modern slavery in America (2014), Di-solving differences: The ideology of miscegenation in Cuba (2003) and Albert Camus. Nature: Homeland and Exile (1994). He has edited The Films of Arturo Ripstein: The Sinister Gaze of the World (with Manuel Gutiérrez, 2019), Carceral Communities: Troubling Prison Worlds In 21st. Century Latin America (2020), Embodiments of Politics. Biopolitics and Culture in Bolivarian Venezuela (2015), Submerged. Submerged. Alternative Cuban Cinema (2013), Haiti and the Americas (2013), Gazes at the Margin. Cinema and Subalternity in Latin America (2008), Image and Subalternity. The Cinema by Víctor Gaviria (2003), and Culture and Racial Identity in Latin America (2002). His annotated translation of “Estela” (1853), the first Haitian novel was published by Biblioteca Ayacucho in 2015. The English version was published by Markus in 2014, also featuring his introduction to the novel. 


Maria Fabiola Lopez Duran (associate profess of Art History) focuses her research and teaching on the history and theory of modern and contemporary European and Latin American art and architecture. Her new book, Eugenics in the Garden: Architecture, Medicine and Landscape from France to Latin America in the Early Twentieth Century, investigates a particular strain of eugenics that, at the turn of the twentieth century, moved from the realms of medicine and law to design, architecture, and urban planning—becoming a critical instrument in the crafting of modernity. Her work analyzes the cross-pollination of ideas and mediums—science, politics and aesthetics—that informed the process of modernization on both sides of the Atlantic, with an emphasis on Latin America.



Reto Geiser is a designer and scholar of modern architecture with a focus on the intersections between architecture, pedagogy, and media. He is the Gus Wortham Assistant Professor at the Rice School of Architecture where he teaches history, theory, and design. A registered architect in Switzerland, he studied architecture at ETH Zurich and Columbia University in New York, and holds a PhD from ETH Zurich. He previously taught at the University of Michigan, and was a Marshall McLuhan Fellow at the University of Toronto. Geiser's writings have been published widely. His forthcoming book Giedion and America (2018) traces aspects of cultural transfer and transatlantic exchange in the work of Swiss art historian and architecture critic Sigfried Giedion. He is the co-author of Reading Revolutionaries (2014), the editor of award-winning House is a House is a House is a House is a House (2016) and Explorations in Architecture (2008), and the series editor of Standpunkte Dokumente. Current research includes the project “Print and Screen” an investigation of the shift from print and post-print production and new forms of publishing in the information age. His curatorial works include the exhibition Explorations: Teaching, Design, Research, Switzerland’s official contribution to the 11th Venice Architecture Biennial. A founding principal of the collaborative design practice MG&Co., Reto is developing spatial strategies in a range of scales from the book to the house, exploring the boundaries of design and research with a special focus on the intersections and overlaps between architecture, installation, textiles and typography.
www.printandscreen.org (project website, with HRC connection through masterclass)
www.arch.rice.edu/People/Faculty/Reto-Geiser/ (School of Architecture website)
www.molletgeiser.com (practice website)



Alida Metcalf teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American history. Her undergraduate courses include Brazil: Continuities and Changes, Latin American Perspectives, and Rio de Janeiro: A Social and Architectural History (with Farès el-Dahdah). At the graduate level, she regularly offers seminars in the history of the Luso-Atlantic World, Brazil, and Colonial Latin America. She is accepting Ph.D. students in Latin American History, especially those interested in Brazil. Metcalf directs the Dual Degree program between the history departments of Rice and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, which allows highly talented graduate students to earn two Ph.Ds, one from Rice and one from UNICAMP. Metcalf’s current research focuses on the history of water in Rio de Janeiro. With Fares el-Dahdah she co-directs imagineRio, a digital humanities project on the social and architectural history of Rio de Janeiro.



Astrid Oesmann (Jewish Studies, Classical & European Studies) is the author of Staging History: Brecht’s Social Concepts of Ideology (2005), which argues that Bertolt Brecht’s theater opens experimental spaces to examine political ideology rather than simply representing it. Together with Matthias Rothe, she is also editor of the forthcoming volume Brecht und das Fragment, which examines fragmentary aspects in Brecht’s writings and performance practice. Dr. Oesmann’s other work centers on questions of how historical trauma and radical political change are represented in literature, performance, and art. Her published work explores how 20th century theater as a genre has responded to specific historical events in the context of mass culture and entertainment. Currently she works on memory formation and how different aspects of Holocaust history influenced the philosophical approaches of Theodor W. Adorno and Siegfried Kracauer. Expanding on her work on Adorno and the playwright Bertolt Brecht, she examines how the Holocaust has altered our reception and perception of tragedy. See her faculty page in Classical & European Studies here.



Ian Schimmel teaches courses in fiction writing and radio storytelling and reportage. His own work has appeared in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, North American Review, and Glimmer Train. He is the recipient of a Donald Barthelme Award from the University of Houston, a Hobby-Inprint Fellowship, and was named as a finalist for the 2012 Nelson Algren Award. Professor Schimmel also serves as the faculty advisor for Rice’s literary journal, R2: The Rice Review, and as a resident associate of Jones College. In 2013 and 2017, he received the Hudspeth Endowed Award for his work with R2. In 2015, the journal received the AWP’s National Program Directors’ Prize for “Best Undergraduate Literary Journal.” Ian is currently at work on his first collection of short stories and a novel. He is also the founding editor of the student-produced podcast series, "What Did You Eat For Breakfast?" (whatdidyoueatforbreakfast.com).