Anne Garland Mahler

Anne Garland Mahler

Assistant Professor
New Cabell Hall 453
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-4:30pm pm and by appt

Research Summary

Anne Garland Mahler is Assistant Professor of Latin American cultural studies. She is the author of From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity (Duke University Press, 2018) and the creator and director of Global South Studies: A Collective Publication with The Global South. Mahler is interested in histories of radical internationalism, racial discourses, social movements, and postcolonial and Global South theory. 

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

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 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. 
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Black Perspectives
Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana
Public Books

Black Perspectives 
Black Agenda Report

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

Lund, Joshua K. and Anne Garland Mahler. “Men with Guns: Cultures of Paramilitarism and the Modern Americas.” Forthcoming in The Global South 12.2. 

“South-South Organizing in the Global Plantation Zone: Ramón Marrero Aristy, the novela de la caña, and the Caribbean Bureau.” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, 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 forthcoming in El desconcierto fílmico:  ensayos sobre Nicolás Guillén Landrián, eds. Julio Ramos and Dylon Robbins. Leiden, NL: Almenara Press, 2018.)

“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

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