Tania Islas Weinstein Photo
Assistant Professor
Political Science

Office #3209
1201 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80204

Spring 2020 Office Hours: By appointment. Please email to confirm your appointment.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Democracy
  • Nationalism
  • Representation
  • Art
  • Aesthetics
  • Latin America
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Education and Degrees:

  • MA and PhD: University of Chicago
  • BA: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)


I earned my BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City and received my MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. 

My research and teaching interests address issues related to democracy, nationalism, aesthetics and art, and the intersections between capitalism, race, and gender. I pay particular attention to the ways in which the artistic and cultural fields define imaginaries of community and citizenship, engage in political critique, shape collective memory, and influence prevailing structures of race, gender, sex, and class in Latin America. 

I am currently working on a book project tentatively titled Politics in a House of Mirrors: Art, Nationalism, and Representation in Contemporary Mexico which offers an account of the ways in which Mexico’s transition to formal electoral democracy and its implementation of market-oriented reforms transformed the country’s cultural policies and institutions, as well as the political content of its works of art. These changes, I show, have profoundly shaped Mexico’s national narratives, forms of civic participation, and the nature of political critique. 

I also write for the popular and art press about the work of politically engaged artists, such as Cecilia Vicuña, and have translated the work of the poet and musician Sun Ra into Spanish.