Rachel Stein

Research & Instruction Librarian

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    Rachel Stein
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    The Latin American Library

Primary Responsibilities

The Latin American Research and Instruction Librarian develops reference services and instructional programs for the Latin American Library in consultation with the Director. She combines advanced academic research expertise, information fluency, instruction and outreach with collection development in Latin American Studies. She has collection development duties for Cuba and Brazil. She also coordinates the LAL web site and the library’s presence on social media.

About Rachel Stein

Rachel Stein holds a Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University. Her doctoral research examined the printing of books on America, Africa, and Asia in 17th-century Lisbon, tracing global production networks across coordinates as diverse as Mexico City, Isla Margarita, Buenos Aires, Bahía, Antwerp, Portuguese Morocco, and Goa. Rachel’s work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon-Rare Book School Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento.

Rachel brings extensive pedagogical experience to the position of LAL Research & Instruction Librarian. She has taught Latin American & Iberian cultural studies and Spanish language courses at Columbia, New York University, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. She is especially passionate about project-based pedagogy: her students have put together digital exhibits of rare books; created audio guides of Latin American and Spanish artworks; and engaged with Hispanic New York through Twitter, to name a few.

Before pursuing an academic career, Rachel lived in Madrid, Spain, for five years, where she worked as a copy editor and translator. Her translations can be found in The Chile Reader (Duke UP, 2014) and Collected Writings on Velázquez (Yale UP, 2008), among other publications.



Latin American & Iberian Cultures
Columbia University

Middlebury College

The College of Letters
Wesleyan University