Anne Garland Mahler

Associate Professor of Spanish
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Tuesdays from 3-5

Research Summary

Anne Garland Mahler is an interdisciplinary scholar focused on South-South political and cultural movements, particularly among Latin American, African American, and U.S. Latinx writers. Her research draws on the fields of cultural studies, history, and critical theory of racial capitalism and globalization. An Associate Professor with a PhD in Latin American cultural studies (Emory University, 2013), her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.

Mahler is author of From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity (Duke, 2018), which has been reviewed more than twenty times in a wide range of interdisciplinary venues. She is co-editor of The Comintern and the Global South: Global Designs/Local Encounters (Routledge, forthcoming) and Men with Guns: Cultures of Paramilitarism and the Modern Americas. Her book in progress, South-South Solidarities: Racial Capitalism and Political Community from the Americas to the Globe, was supported by a 2020-21 ACLS Fellowship.

Mahler has done significant work to support the growth of the interdisciplinary field of Global South studies. She is the creator and director of Global South Studies; author of "Global South" for Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory; guest editor, with Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra, of two special issues of CLS: Comparative Literature Studies on "New Critical Directions in Global South Studies"; and co-editor of a special issue of the journal The Global South. She was also a founding executive committee member of the Global South forum of the Modern Languages Association.

At UVA, Mahler serves as director of Global South Studiesco-coordinator of the Internationalism project with the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory; co-coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship in Caribbean Literatures, Arts, and Cultures; and as the director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for her department.

For more on her publications, interviews, and public scholarship, visit:


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

The Comintern and the Global South: Global Designs/Local Encounters, eds. Anne Garland Mahler and Paolo Capuzzo. Under contract with Routledge.    

Edited Special Issues

“New Critical Directions in Global South Studies,” eds. Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra and Anne Garland Mahler. Comparative Literature Studies 58.3 (2021).

“Men with Guns: Cultures of Paramilitarism and the Modern Americas,” eds. Joshua Lund and Anne Garland Mahler. The Global South 12.2. (Fall 2018).


“Global Solidarity before the Tricontinental Conference: Latin America and the League Against Imperialism.” Forthcoming in The Tricontinental Revolution: Third World Radicalism and the Cold War, eds. Mark Atwood Lawrence and R. Joseph Parrott. Cambridge UP.  

Armillas-Tiseyra, Magalí and Anne Garland Mahler. "Introduction: New Critical Directions in Global South Studies." Comparative Literature Studies 58.3 (2021): 465-84.

“The Limits of Global Solidarity: Reading the 1968 Cultural Congress of Havana through Andrew Salkey’s Havana Journal.” The Cultural Cold War and the Global South: Sites of Contest and Communitas, eds. Kerry Bystrom, Monica Popescu, and Katherine Zien, 62-76. Routledge, 2021.

Lee, Christopher J. and Anne Garland Mahler. “The Bandung Era, Non-Alignment, and the Third Way Literary Imagination.” The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature, ed. Andrew Hammond, 183-202. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

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.

“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.) 

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