Anne Garland Mahler

Anne Garland Mahler
Associate Professor of Spanish
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Monday 3:30pm-5:30pm and by appt

Research Summary

Anne Garland Mahler is Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. She is a cultural studies scholar of anti-racist and anti-capitalist social movements and a recognized voice in Global South studies, a field that examines relations among subaltern groups across national, linguistic, and racial lines. She is the author of From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity (Duke University Press, 2018), a co-founder of the Global South division of the Modern Languages Association, and the creator and director of Global South Studies: A Collective Publication with The Global South. She received Ph.D. in 2013 from Emory University, where she trained in twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American cultural studies with a comparatist approach to the histories of civil rights, decolonization, and radical movements in the Americas.

Mahler's written work has appeared in The Global South, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Latin American Cultural StudiesSmall Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, The Global South Atlantic (Fordham), American Communist History, Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, and Oxford Bibliographies of Literary and Critical Theory. She is co-editor of Men with Guns: Cultures of Paramilitarism and the Modern Americas, funded by the Ford Foundation and the Latin American Studies Association, and published in The Global South 12.2 (2019). 

Her manuscript in progress, South-South Solidarities: Racial Capitalism and Political Community from the Americas to the Globe, unearths transnational networks of politically radical activists and artists in the American hemisphere and around the world in the 1920s-30s, considering a broad set of related cultural production and examining the impact of their vision for a globally "rebellious humanity” in social movements today.

Mahler teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of Global South studies, Latin American literature and film, Caribbean studies, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx studies. Recent courses include "The Global South Imaginary"; "The Black Radical Tradition in Latin America"; and "Afro-Latinidad across the Americas." Before joining UVa, Mahler was Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. From 2016-2018, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in UVa's College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Global South Initiative. She serves as her department's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, as a Modern Languages Association Delegate Assembly Representative for Women in the Profession and, from 2014-2019, was a founding executive committee member of the MLA's Global South Forum. 


Ph.D., Emory University

M.A., Emory University

B.A., University of Pittsburgh



From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity. Durham: Duke University Press, May 2018. 

Reviewed in: 
-Burden-Stelly, Charisse. "Reclaiming the Tricontinental: Transnational Solidarity and Contemporary Struggles." Black Perspectives       (November 9, 2018).
-Armillas-Tiseyra, Magalí. Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 47.2 (November 2018): R43-45.
-Reid, Amanda. "There is a Scottsboro in Every Country." Public Books (April 11, 2019).
-de Lara, Juan. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 44.1 (Spring 2019): 289-92.
-Kivisto, Peter. Ethnic and Racial Studies (May 14, 2019).
-Slate, Nico. The Journal of American History (June 2019): 253-254.
-Ford, Eileen. The Americas (July 2019): 532-33.
-Wood, Tony. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (April 4, 2019).

Interviews with Mahler about the book: 
Black Perspectives 
Black Agenda Report

Articles and Book Chapters

Lee, Christopher J. and Anne Garland Mahler. "The Bandung Era, Non-Alignment, and the Third Way Literary Imagination." Forthcoming in The Palgrave Handbook to Cold War Literature, ed. Andrew Hammond. 

Lund, Joshua K. and Anne Garland Mahler. “Men with Guns: Cultures of Paramilitarism and the Modern Americas.” The Global South 12.2 (2019): 1-27. 

“South-South Organizing in the Global Plantation Zone: Ramón Marrero Aristy, the novela de la caña, and the Caribbean Bureau.” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 19.2 (2019): 236-60. (Online June 2018).

"The Red and the Black in Latin America: Sandalio Junco and the 'Negro Question' from an Afro-Latin American Perspective." American Communist History (Spring 2018): 1-17.  

“Beyond the Color Curtain: The Metonymic Color Politics of the Tricontinental and the (New) Global South.” The Global South Atlantic, eds. Kerry Bystrom and Joseph Slaughter, 99-123. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.

“Global South.” Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory, ed. Eugene O'Brien. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

“The Global South in the Belly of the Beast: Viewing African American Civil Rights Through a Tricontinental Lens.” Latin American Research Review 50.1 (2015): 95-116.

“Todos los negros y todos los blancos tomamos café: Race and the Cuban Revolution in Nicolás Guillén Landrián’s Coffea arábiga.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism (Duke UP) 46 (2015): 55-75.
--(Translation and reprint published in Nicolás Guillén o el desconcierto fílmico, eds. Julio Ramos and Dylon Robbins. Leiden, NL: Almenara Press, 2019.)

“The Writer as Superhero: Fighting the Colonial Curse in Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 19.2 (2010): 119-40.
--(Reprinted in U.S. Latino/a Writing 4.10, ed. A. Robert Lee. London, UK: Routledge University Press, 2013.)

Selected Grants & Awards

2019 AHSS/VPR Research Support
2018 Center for Global Innovation and Inquiry Grant
2018 Page-Barbour Grant
2016 University of Arizona Honors College Excellence in Advising
2015 Ford-LASA Special Projects Grant
2015 Director’s Fund for Excellence, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry

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