Patrícia Amaral, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Patrícia Amaral is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics. Her research focuses on issues at the semantics/pragmatics interface (typologies of meaning, focus particles, modality), as well as on syntactic and semantic change in the Romance languages. She has co-edited the volume Portuguese/Spanish Interfaces. Diachrony, synchrony, and contact (with Ana Maria Carvalho, John Benjamins, 2014) and is the author of a book on metaphor (Colibri, 2003). She has published in venues like Diachronica, Linguistics and Philosophy, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistics, Language and Linguistics Compass, and Journal of Pragmatics.
At the IAS she is pursuing a project on the diachrony of constructions containing clause-taking nouns in Ibero-Romance. She is examining their development over time as it provides insight into key issues in language change, particularly the role of compositionality and recategorization, and paths of semantic change affecting nouns.
Jennifer Lee, Associate Professor of Sociology
Jennifer C. Lee is an associate professor in Sociology and an affiliated faculty member of Asian American Studies and the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of Sociology of Education, Immigration, and Asian American Studies. With grants and fellowships from the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association, Jennifer's current research examines how the educational and occupational experiences and outcomes of Asian and Latino children of immigrants are influenced by co-ethnic communities and bilingual proficiency. In other research, Jennifer has examined Asian immigrants employment in ethnic economies, as well as racial attitudes towards Asian Americans.
Jason McGraw, Associate Professor of History
I am a historian of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the world. The questions I ask in my research are informed by my study of the interwoven processes of slavery, emancipation, colonialism, and capitalism that produced the modern Atlantic World.
My book-in-progress is an international history of Jamaican music. I am looking at the years between the 1940s and early 1970s to show how Jamaican popular music was the product of cultural nationalism at home and working-class migration abroad. Amid the island’s decolonization, nationalists sought to create an authentic indigenous culture at the same time that working-class Jamaicans founded the commercial music industry. As political and cultural ferment took hold, many Jamaicans left, sometimes for good. In concurrent mass movements to the United States and Great Britain, individuals searched for economic security or escape from political violence. It was the Jamaican diaspora that linked the production of music in Kingston to the consumption of these recordings in New York and Miami, London and Birmingham. The outcome of creative labors and peripatetic lives was a music culture shared by Jamaicans (and sometimes others) throughout the Atlantic world. We can’t really understand the development of Jamaican music, and by extension modern Jamaica itself, without tracing how nationalism and internationalism together produced these far-reaching changes. My story ends with the global embrace of reggae—in particular the success of its early 1970s avatars, The Harder They Come and The Wailers—by new non-Jamaican audiences in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.