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George Flaherty

Associate Professor, Art History (Latin American and U.S. Latino Art)

Director, Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS)


George Flaherty’s research and teaching focus primarily on visual, spatial, and media cultures in twentieth-century and contemporary Latin America and the Latino U.S., with emphases on Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. His interests extend to the urban humanities, and postcolonial and subaltern studies. On campus, he is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, and Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

His first book, Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the ’68 Movement (University of California Press 2016), investigated the spatial dimensions of the 1968 student-led democratization movement in Mexico City and its afterlives. This project received support from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington), Social Science Research Council, Society of Architectural Historians, and a Fulbright-García Robles grant to Mexico City, where he was a visiting scholar at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Hotel Mexico was recognized with the Arvey Foundation Book Award from the Association of Latin American Art in 2017.

His next book, Neoliberal Borderlands: Architecture and Commons at the Limits of Modernist Mexico, will examine modern architecture, infrastructures of affect, and citizenship at Mexico’s northern border in the 1960s and 70s.

Flaherty’s essays and reviews have appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Art in Translation, Caiana, and History of Photography, as well as several anthologies, including La Raza (2018), Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange (2017), Genealogías del arte contemporáneo en México, 1952-1967 (2015), Defying Stability: Artistic Processes in Mexico, 1952-1967 (2014), and Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories (2012). He has lectured at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo. He has also contributed to curatorial projects at the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Autry Museum of the American West, Harry Ransom Center, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and served on the editorial board of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. From 2018–2021 he serves on the Society of Architectural Historians board of directors.

From 2012–2018 he is co-principal investigator, with Dr. Andrea Giunta (Universidad de Buenos Aires), of “Grounds for Comparison: Neo-Vanguards and Latin American/U.S. Latino Art, 1960-90,” a series of research seminars and publications for emerging scholars from across the Americas sponsored by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative.

Flaherty is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of California at Santa Barbara (Ph.D. 2011).