Anne Garland Mahler

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

Research Summary

Anne Garland Mahler is an assistant professor of Latin American cultural studies and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures. Mahler is the Director of Global South Studies: A Collective Publication with the Global South and a founding executive board member of the Modern Language Association's Global South Forum. She is broadly interested in race and social movements in the American hemisphere, and especially in cold war politics and postcolonial and Global South theory. She holds a PhD from Emory University's Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Mahler's book, From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity (forthcoming with Duke University Press, April 2018), historicizes the contemporary disjuncture between alter-globalization and racial justice discourses by looking back at a profoundly influential but understudied cold war movement called the Tricontinental (an alliance of liberation struggles from Africa, Asia, and the Americas that was headquartered in Havana, Cuba). From the Tricontinental to the Global South analyzes the expansive cultural production of the Tricontinental and traces the circulation of its discourse in related radical texts including Third Cinema, Cuban revolutionary film, the Nuyorican Movement, and writings by Black Power and Puerto Rican Young Lords activists. The book argues that alter-globalization movements––as well as theories of transnational subaltern resistance like the Global South that have developed alongside them––are recovering the latent ideological legacy of the Tricontinental through a global concept of power and through devising revolutionary subjectivities that are unmoored from territorial, racial, or linguistic categories. However, while these movements are reviving key ideological and aesthetic elements of the Tricontinental, they leave aside its primary contribution to the formation of a global struggle for racial justice. This book ultimately calls contemporary solidarity politics into a renewed engagement with black Atlantic thought, foregrounding the fight against racial inequities as a prerequisite to the future of transnational political resistance. Research for this project has been supported by travel grants to the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), the School of International Film and Television (EICTV) and the Tricontinental headquarters (OSPAAAL) in Havana, Cuba, as well as to the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin. 

Mahler is at work on a second book, entitled South-South Organizing in the Global Plantation Zone: Unions, Racial Policing, and the Jim Crow Americas. It studies transnational networks of labor union organizers and the rise of anti-union policing in the 1920s-30s. Through connecting to the struggles of African Americans in the United States, Latin American union organizers devised a comparatist approach to policing and anti-union violence in a broader plantation zone largely owned by U.S. corporations.  With this lens, they theorized a relationship between anti-blackness and anti-immigrant sentiment in Latin American contexts with high levels of Haitian and West Indian migrant labor, and in this way, attempted to combat the rise of depression-era nationalism in their own organizations. Through a study of trade union periodicals, and related songs, novels, poetry, and ephemera, South-South Organizing sheds light on these understudied political networks and their contributions to contemporary social movements.

Mahler's written work has appeared in Latin American Research Review, Journal of Latin American Cultural StudiesSmall Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, The Global South Atlantic (Fordham), 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. This project brings together scholars from such diverse fields as anthropology, cultural studies, history, law, political science, and sociology and whose institutional affiliations and research are located in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, and the United States. 

Mahler teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of Latin American literature and film, Caribbean studies, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx studies, and Global South studies. Recent courses include "The Global South Imaginary"; "Black Politics in Cuba: Race and Reality in the 'African, Latin' Nation"; and "Afro-Latinidad across the Americas." Before joining UVa, Mahler was an assistant professor in the University of Arizona’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She serves as an MLA Delegate Assembly Representative for Women in the Profession.


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. Forthcoming April 2018.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

"The Red and the Black in Latin America: Sandalio Junco and the 'Negro Question' from an Afro-Latin American Perspective." American Communist History. Forthcoming. 

“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 46 (2015): 55-75.
--(Translation and reprint forthcoming in Guillén Landrián: por un cine salvaje, 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

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.
Center for Latin American Studies Faculty Travel Grant, University of Arizona, 2014.
College of Humanities Faculty Initiatives Grant, University of Arizona, 2014.
Student-Faculty Interaction Grant, University of Arizona, 2014.
Center for Community Partnerships Grant, Emory University, 2012.
Out There Arts Grant, Emory University, 2012. 
Laney Graduate School Research Support Grant, Emory University, 2010, 2011.
Emory Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Emory University, 2008-2013.