Professor Thalhammer has been a member of the St. Olaf faculty since 1991. Her teaching and research specialization is in human rights and Latin American politics and development. She is also a member of the Latin American Studies faculty. In addition to her on-campus courses she has supervised a variety of internships and independent study projects, with topics ranging from human rights education in Nepal, Latin constituent relations in Los Angeles, community development (Cuzco, Peru and Tamil Nadu, India); comparative political development; and political economy of development.
Professor Thalhammer is coauthor of Courageous Resistance: the Power of Ordinary People (Palgrave, 2007)and numerous articles and book chapters. She is the faculty advisor for Amnesty International, SOLAS (St. Olaf Leaders Against Slavery) and the St. Olaf Sailing Club. Professor Thalhammer is married and has two terrific kids.