Department of History

West Chester University

506 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-3220
Fax: 610-436-3069


Tia Malkin-Fontecchio

Thomas Legg

Assistant Professor of History

Office Location: 519 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-2168
Email: tmalkin-fontecchio@wcupa.edu

Teaching Interests:

Colonial and Modern Latin America; Brazil; US Latin American Relations; Mexico; historiography; and Social Studies.

Current Research:

Dr. Malkin-Fontecchio's dissertation, "Citizens or Workers: The Politics of Education in Northeast Brazil 1959-1964," centered on the connection between populism and popular education movements. Her current research focuses on the representation of race in contemporary Brazilian cinema. Her essay, "The New Marginality: Representations of the Favela in Recent Brazilian Cinema" was recently published in Jonathan Friedman, ed., Performing Difference: Representations of the Other in Film and Theater (University Press of America, 2008).

Brief Biography:

Before coming to WCU Tia Malkin-Fontecchio was an Assistant Professor at Lebanon Valley College from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Malkin-Fontecchio received her BA degree in Latin American Studies and Latin American Literature from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994. She received her MA and PhD degrees in Latin American History from Brown University in 1996 and 2003 respectively. As an undergraduate she spent a semester living in Rio de Janeiro and as Fulbright Fellow she conducted research in the Brazilian Northeast.