Nina Gerassi-Navarro is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture, and Chair of the Department of Romance Studies. She has published widely on a variety of topics ranging from bandits and nation building to women writers, travel literature, and visual culture. Her current research is on the intersection of politics and scientific knowledge during the nineteenth century in South America. She has traveled broadly across Latin America, and regularly teaches a course on Latin America for Tisch Civic students spending their first semester at Tufts in Urubamba, Peru. On this trip she will address a broad variety of topics, from the history and myths of the Inca Civilization, Peruvian art, to the recent political crisis.