Who Does What and How to Reach Them

All LAL staff may be reached via the main phone number: 504-865-5681 or at the general email address:

Hortensia Calvo
Doris Stone Director and Bibliographer
Hortensia Calvo has been the Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library since 2003.  She holds a Licenciatura in Philosophy from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, an MA in Spanish and Spanish American literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Spanish from Yale University.  Her research interests include the Spanish and Spanish American literary Baroque, and the social history of books and print culture in Latin America.  Before coming to Tulane she taught literature at Princeton University and served as Librarian for Latin America and Iberia at Duke, where she also taught in the Romance Studies Department.  As director, she oversees all administrative functions, collection policies, programs and services of the Latin American Library.  She is also the bibliographer for Latin America, as well as for Spanish literature, and provides specialized reference on the collections.

María Dolores Espinosa
Coordinator of Serials and Gifts
María Dolores Espinosa joined the staff of the Latin American Library in March 2005.  She received her licenciatura in Sociology from the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua.  She participated in research projects on education among peasant children and the influence of mass media on behavioral patterns among urban adults.  In 1979 she worked for U.N.I.C.E.F. conducting research to determine educational levels of Nicaraguan children during the International Year of the Child.  She has also volunteered with the Hispanic Apostolate and the Hispanic Youth Ministry working on adult literacy and, for several years, was a Member of the Board of the Nicaraguan Relief Fund, a non-profit organization. María Dolores is responsible for receiving and organizing LAL print serials, and can answer any questions regarding location and holdings of LAL journals and subscriptions.

Christine Hernandez
Curator of Special Collections
Christine Hernández joined the staff of the Latin American Library in April 2012.  She received her A.B. in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 2000.  She has published widely on the archaeology of Mesoamerica, specializing in the prehistory of Michoacán and the El Bajío regions of north-central Mexico, and the pre-Columbian painted Maya and highland Mexican codices.   As Curator of Special Collections, Chris is responsible for the organization, cataloging, preservation, and access to the LAL’s rare books, manuscripts, photograph, and ephemeral materials.  She also coordinates digitization projects and assists with collection development, reference duties, and long-term planning for preservation and access of the collections.

Rachel Robinson
Administrative/Bibliographic Assistant
Rachel Robinson joined the staff of the Latin American Library in October 2011.  Rachel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Rhodes College in 2011.  While at Rhodes, she volunteered with HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Latino Advancement) to work with Sabado Gigante, an after school and Saturday morning program for schoolchildren in Memphis.  In 2010, she studied for six months at FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) and at the Universidad Católica in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research interests include immigration to Argentina and migrations within Latin America.  At the LAL, Rachel is responsible for assisting in collection development, reproduction services for our rare materials, and the day-to-day operations of the office.

Verónica Sánchez
Library Unit Coordinator/Budget and Stacks Manager
Verónica Sánchez joined the Latin American Library staff in February of 2004.  Verónica received her Licenciatura in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where she served for ten years as Academic Research Technician at the UNAM’s Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales conducting social surveys, compiling social statistics and subject bibliographies, and analyzing archival and documentary sources.  From 1994 to 2000 she served as Librarian in the Rare Book Collection of the Francisco Xavier Clavigero Library at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she provided bibliographic instruction to faculty and students, provided specialized reference in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and organized the Manuel González Presidential Archives.  She conducted graduate studies in History at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Verónica is the LAL stacks manager, reshelving/carrel supervisor and office manager who coordinates the day-to-day operations of the front office.  Verónica is also the person to contact regarding missing books.


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