Davila, Arlene


El Mall: The Spatial and Class Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America. Berkeley: UC Press, 2016.

Culture Works: Space, Value and Mobility Across the Neoliberal Americas. NYU Press, 2012.

Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race. NYU Press, 2008

Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos and the Neoliberal City. University of California Press, 2004

Latinos Inc.: Marketing and the Making of a People. University of California Press, 2001.

Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York, co-edited with Agustin Lao. Columbia University Press, 2001.

Sponsored Identities: Cultural Politics in Puerto Rico. Temple Univeristy Press, 1997


2014 Contemporary Latin@ Media: Production, Circulation and Politics (edited with Yeidy Rivero) New York University Press.

2014 On Latin@s and the Immigration Debate. Edited Vital Subjects Dossier in American Anthropologist Vol. 116, No. 1, pp. 146–159,

2014 Locating Neoliberalism in Time, Space and Culture. American Quarterly. Vol 66 (3): 549-555.

To Stop Tiptoeing Around Race: What Arizona's Battle Against Ethnic Studies Can Teach Academics. Identities: Global Studies in Power and Culture, Volume 19, Number 4, 1 July 2012, pp. 411-417.

2004 El Barrio's 'We Are Watching You Campaign:' On the Politics of Inclusion in a Latinized Museum. AZTLAN: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 30 (1): 153-178.

2004 Empowered Culture? New York City's empowerment Zone and the Selling of El Barrio. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 594: 49-64. 

2001 Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York (edited volume, co-editor with Agustin Lao). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Current News/Projects
Updated October 2016

This year was all about the publication of El Mall, the Spatial and Class Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America with UC Press. I held multiple talks and events for the book to share its findings and had a great time speaking to a variety of audiences. I also started a new project on the marketing and circulation of Latinx art, and published a short piece with some preliminary thoughts on the interplay of racism, Latinx art and the illusion of visibility in Art 21 Magazine. Another highlight was participating in the BlackLivesMatter in Latin America event organized by some Africana grad students, and re­doing the same panel at the AfroLatino/a Festival. I also enjoyed teaching my grad seminar on Visual Culture and Race and a new undergrad lecture on Contemporary Latin American Cities focusing on matters of culture, neoliberalism, and creative economies among other topics. This fall, I’m excited to help host the third “Art of Justice Conference at SCA,” with a variety of local arts groups, and to participate on some conferences on creative economies and cities where I look forward to continuing to share about El Mall.

Updated on 10/05/2016