Viviana Grieco, PhD

Interim Vice-Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Viviana Grieco is the interim Vice-Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She developed her academic career at UMKC, achieving the rank of Professor in the Department of History in 2021. She specializes in the history of Latin America although her research agenda has expanded to include interdisciplinary collaborations in the digital humanities, the comparative history of servicemembers and veterans, and the power of artistic production in community building. Dr. Grieco has served as chair of UMKC’s Faculty Senate and represented UMKC at the Inter-Campus Faculty Cabinet. She is the author of The Politics of Giving in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Donors, Lenders, Subjects and Citizens (The University of New Mexico Press, 2014), which was translated into Spanish in 2018. Additionally, she co-edited with Alex Boruki and Fabricio Prado Rio de la Plata from Colony to Nations - Commerce, Society, and Politics. (Palgrave McMillan, 2021) and published multiple book chapters and journal articles in peer-review journals. Dr. Grieco has been very successful at fundraising for her research projects and supports her students’ careers by engaging them in research. She has been a mentor for UMKC’s Avanzando Scholars Program since 2013 and is very active in scholarly organizations serving Latin American and Latinx scholars. Dr. Grieco has been invited to share her work at prominent research centers including the London School of Economics in the UK and the Instituto Jose Maria Luis Mora in Mexico.

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