Giovanna Bassi Cendra specializes in modern Latin American art and architecture. She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her dissertation research adopts a transnational, eco-critical approach to interrogate the ways in which the ideology of "development," systems thinking, and extractivist agendas drove the construction of new spaces for higher education in South America during the postwar period. The Rice University Wagoner Foundation and the Department of Art History support her work. Her previous research focused on the political deployment of the "integration of the arts" at precisely the historical moment in which modernism was institutionalized globally. Giovanna has received multiple awards, including the Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art (2017). Her winning essay appeared in the ICAA Documents Project Working Papers (December 2018). Giovanna has collaborated with the Documents of 20th Century Latin American and Latino Art, the digital archive and publications project of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2015-16). She has presented her work at Rice University, the Universidad de Lima in Lima, Peru, the University of Georgia, and the 103rd CAA Annual Conference in New York.