Stefan Rinke is Dr. phil. and Dr. phil. habil by the Catholic University of Eichstätt. He is Professor of Latin American History and Director of the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He was president of AHILA from 2014 to 2017. In 2017 he was awarded the José Antonio Alzate Prize from the Academica Mexicana de Ciencias and CONACYT and received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín.