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Affiliated Faculty

Department      Alphabetical      Research Interest

AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS

  • Boris Bravo-Ureta, Ph.D., University of Nebraska.
    Agricultural Production Economics; Agricultural Development and Agrarian Reform in Latin America.
  • Rigoberto López, Ph.D., University of Florida.
    Food Marketing; World Sugar Market.

ANTHROPOLOGY

  • James Boster, Ph.D., University of Californa, Berkeley.
    Cognitive anthropology, Intracultural variation, Quantitative methods, Ethnopsychology, Ethnobiology, Social Networks, Human ecology, Ethnology of South America.
  • Margaret Bruchac, Ph.D. University Massachusetts-Amherst
    Algonkian Indian oral traditions, material culture, cultural recovery, and performance. Colonial encounters, ethnobotany, historical landscapes, indigenous archaeology, museum representations and repatriation, transnationalism, and decolonizing methodologies.
  • Pamela Erickson, Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo, New York.
    Human Reproduction, Ecology, and Ethnomedicine; East Los Angeles, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Panama, The Philippines, and Nepal.
  • Jocelyn Linnekin, Ph.D., University of Michigan.
    Ethnological Theory, Gender, Cultural Identity and Nationalism, Historical Anthropology, Comparative Politics; Pacific Islands, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Samuel Martínez, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University.
    Latin America and the Caribbean; African Diaspora; Agrarian Societies.
  • Richard A. Wilson, Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science.
    Political and Legal Anthropology, Human Rights, Political Violence, History and Memory, Anthropological and Social Theory; South Africa and Central America.

ART AND ART HISTORY

  • Robin Greeley, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.
    Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art; Nationalism studies; Mexico and Nicaragua.

BALLARD INSTITUTE AND MUSEUM OF PUPPETRY

  • John Bell, Ph.D., Columbia Universtiy of California
    Puppetry performance, history, and scholarship.


COMMUNICATION SCIENCES

  • Diana Ríos, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
    Communication, Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, Ethnicity/Race, Gender/Women Studies.

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

  • Gregory Anderson, Ph.D., Indiana University.
    Plant Systematics; Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru.
  • Robin Chazdon, Ph.D., Cornell University.
    Biology; Ecology of Tropical Rain Forest
  • Felix Coe, Ph.D., University of Connecticut.
    Ethnobotany, systematics and floristics of New World Piperaceae; Floristics of Mesoamerica and Southeastern United States; Tropical Forest Ecology.
  • Michael R. Wilig, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.
    Tropical Ecology of Animal Populations and Communities; Sustainability of Ecosystem Services; Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.

ECONOMICS

  • Susan Randolph, Ph.D., Cornell University.
    Development Economics, Mexico.

EDUCATION- CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

  • Xae Alicia Reyes, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder.
    Education & Puerto Rican and Latino Studies.
  • Eliana Rojas, Ph.D., University of Connecticut.
    Bilingual / Multicultural Education, TESOL, Mathematics, Curriculum and Instruction.

ENGLISH

  • Kerry Bystrom, Ph.D. Princeton University.
    South Africa and Southern Cone (Argentina) literature and visual culture; memory studies; democratic transitions; culture, human rights, and humanitarianism; postcolonial studies.

GEOGRAPHY

  • Carol Atkinson-Palombo, Ph.D., Arizona State University.
    Urban Economic Development, Urban Transportation and Amenities, Land Use Change, Growth Management & Sustainable Cities, GIS-based modeling, Spatial Statistics, Mixed Methods.
  • Anji Seth, Ph.D., University of Michigan.
    Regional Processes in Climate Change, Climate Modeling, Society and Climate.

  • Bruce Gould, M.D., State University of New York Upstate Medical University at Syracuse.
    Associate Dean for Primary Care, Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center; Coordinator, UConn Farmworker Health Clinic.
  • Alan Lurie, Ph.D, University of Rochester; D.D.S, University of Califronia, Los Angeles
    Universidad del Desarrollo (Concepcion, Chile) dentistry faculty and student exchange program.

HISTORY

  • Jason Chang, Ph.D., Berkeley.
    Modern Mexico; US Empire; Race; Migration; Transnationalism; Borderlands; Comparative Racial Formations.
  • Anne Eller, Ph.D., New York Univeristy.
    Dominican History; African Diaspora; Atlantic World.
  • Paul B. Goodwin, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts.
    Latin America in the National Period; British-Latin American Relations; Argentina.
  • Mark Healey , Ph.D., Duke University.
    Urban Cultures; Populist Politics; State Power; Modern Citizenship.
  • Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Ph.D. Yale University.
    Modern Mexico; U.S. Latino/as; Las Américas, Transnational Migration and Empire.
  • Melina Pappademos, Ph.D. New York University.
    Social and cultural history of race, social and political mobilizations, nationalisms, and the experiences of African-descended people in the Americas, particularly for the Caribbean and Latin America.
  • Blanca Silvestrini, Ph.D., State University of New York, Albany.
    Latin American History and U.S. Social History of the 20th Century.
  • Karen Spalding, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.
    Colonial Latin American History, Ethnohistory; Peru.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES

  • Marysol Asencio, Ph.D., Columbia University.
    Gender; sexuality; migration; race/ethnicity; urban and community health; and social inequities/human rights.

INSTITUTE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

  • Melina Pappademos, Ph.D. New York University.
    Social and cultural history of race, social and political mobilizations, nationalisms, and the experiences of African-descended people in the Americas, particularly for the Caribbean and Latin America.
  • Robert Stephens, Ph.D. Indiana University.
    History of Afro-Cuban music and culture, world music and music education.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

  • Jean C. Cowan, Ph D., SUNY Albany.
    Internal displacement, refugees, violence and the war on drugs; Colombia
  • Elizabeth Mahan, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
    Media-State Relations in Latin America; Latin American Popular Culture; Mexico.
  • Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Ph.D., Yale University.
    Modern Mexico; U.S. Latino/as; Las Américas, Transnational Migration and Empire.

LAW SCHOOL

  • Jon Bauer, J.D. – Yale University.
    Asylum and refugee law, employment discrimination .
  • Angel Oquendo, Ph.D., Harvard University.
    International and Comparative Law, Economics and Philosophy.

LIBRARY LIAISON

  • Marisol Ramos, M.A. State University of New York, Albany; MLIS, University of California, Los Angeles
    Latin American, Caribbean & Spanish Specialist and Curator for Hispanic History & Culture Collections.

 

LITERATURE, CULTURES AND LANGUAGES- SPANISH

  • Rosa Helena Chinchilla, Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook.
    Sixteenth-Eighteenth Century Guatemalan Literature; Member of the Academia de Geografía e Historia; Golden Age Spanish Poetry and Prose; Spanish Humanism; Women's Studies.
  • Miguel Gomes, Ph.D. State University of New York,, Stony Brook.
    Latin American Essay and Poetry; Brazil and Venezuela.
  • Guillermo Irizarry, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
    Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latina/o Literature and Culture. Ethnic studies in an American (hemispheric), context, and diaspora studies.
  • Jacqueline Loss, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
    19th and 20th century Spanish American Literature; Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Literature; Cuba.
  • Odette Casamayor-Cisneros, Ph.D. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales 
    Twentieth-century and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean literatures, cultures and societies, Latin American and Spanish cinema, African Diaspora, Transatlantic Studies, Cultural Studies in Post-cold war era societies.
  • Osvaldo Pardo, Ph.D., University of Michigan.
    Theology and Latin American Literature; Mexico.
  • Laurietz Seda, Ph.D., University of Kansas.
    Twentieth Century Latin American and Caribbean Cultures and Literatures, cultural studies, globalization, identities, transnationalism, film, theatre and performance.
  • Eduardo Urios-Aparisi, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago; and University of Glasgow.
    Pragmatics, Metaphor, Discourse Analysis, Politeness Theory and Applied Linguistics.

MUSIC

  • Robert Stephens, Ph.D.,  Indiana University.
    Ethnomosicology, languages of music, Yoruba Culture, Cuba.

NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING

  • Isaac M. Ortega, Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
    Wildlife; Foraging Ecology; Vegetation Communities; Chile, Patagonia.

NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

  • María-Luz Fernández, Ph.D., University of Arizona.
    Nutrition and Coronary Heart Disease; Mexico and U.S. Latinos.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • Shareen Hertel, Ph.D. Columbia University.
    Labor and Economic Rights, Social Mobilization and Public Opinion on Human Rights.
  • Peter Kingstone , Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.
    Comparative Politics; Latin America; Comparative Political Economy; Theories of International Relations; Brazil.
  • Matthew Singer, Ph.D., Duke University.
    Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics.
  • Charles Robert Venator Santiago, Ph.D, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
    U.S. territorial law and policy, immigration and criminal deportations, and nation-state building in the Caribbean.

Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

SOCIAL WORK

  • Antonia Cordero, D.S.W., Graduate Center, CUNY.
    Puerto Rican/Latino/a Studies Project; Individual, group and family therapy, Mental health and community services.
  • Diane Drachman, Ph.D., University of California School of Social Welfare.
    Social work with immigrant and refugee populations.
  • Catherine Medina, Ph.D., Columbia University.
    Puerto Rican/Latino/a Studies Project; Mental health services to Latino/a children and adolescents; Recruitment and retention of Latino/as in social work programs
  • Lirio Negroni, Ph.D., Boston College School of Social Work.
    Puerto Rican/Latino/a Studies Project; Mental health services to Latino/a children and adolescents.
  • Graciela Quiñones-Rodríguez, LCSW. Graduate School of Social Work, UConn.
    Clinician at UConn, Storrs in Counseling & Mental Health Services. Adjunct Faculty at UConn School of Social Work & Hartford's Capital Community College.
  • Lisa Werkmeister-Rozas, Ph.D., Smith College.
    Puerto Rican/Latino/a Studies Project; Racial/ethnic identity development, intergroup dialogue, bilingual/bicultural clinical issues, cultural competence/relevance, and health disparities.

SOCIOLOGY

  • Mary Fischer, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
    Stratification, Race/Ethnicity, Immigration, Education.
  • Nancy Naples, Ph.D., Graduate Center , CUNY.
    Gender, Inequality, Public Policy, Immigration, Globalization, Community Activism, and Disability Rights Movement.
  • Claudio Benzecry, Ph.D. New York University.
    Social Theory, Sociology of Culture, Ethnography, Latin America and Sociology of Music and the Arts.

 

CLACS VISITING FACULTY

  • Ailyn Morera, M.A., National University of Costa Rica (UNA).
    Theater Direction, Scriptwriting, Playwrighting.