Affiliate Faculty by Department

AFRICANA STUDIES INSTITUTE

Jane Gordon, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Black political, social, and educational thought and contemporary slavery.

Lewis Gordon, Ph.D., Yale University
Africana philosophy, politics, and religion; Black existentialism, Black intellectual history; critical race theory

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.

AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS

Isaac A. (Morty) Ortega, Ph.D.. Texas Tech University
Foraging ecology; predator-prey relationship processes at the animal-animal level and animal-plant level; ecology in Patagonia.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Cesar Abadia-Barrero, D.M.Sc., D.M.D., Harvard Medical School.
Global Health and Social Medicine; Oral Biology; Medical Anthropology; Human Rights

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.

Merrill Singer, Ph.D., University of Utah.
Substance abuse and HIV/AIDS; political economy of health; syndemics; environmental health (global warming and ecocrises); health disparities.

Chrystal Smith, Ph.D., South Florida.
Cultural anthropologist with expertise in (1) education anthropology with a specialization in STEM higher education research, and (2) medical anthropology with a focus on the chronic disease health disparities.

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.

ASIAN AND ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE

Jason Chang, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Modern Mexico; US Empire; Race; Migration; Transnationalism; Borderlands; Comparative Racial Formations.

BALLARD INSTITUTE AND MUSEUM OF PUPPETRY

John Bell, Ph.D., Columbia University
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.

DRAMATIC ARTS

Michael Bradford, MFA, Brooklyn College
Theatre Studies, Playwriting

Lindsay Cummings, Ph.D., Cornell University
Theatre Studies; affect theory, feminist performance, community-based performance, theatre for social change.

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Gregory Anderson, Ph.D., Indiana University.
Plant Systematics; Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru.

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. Willig, 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

Jorge Agüero, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics, Health Economics, Labor Economics.

EDUCATION – CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Michele Back, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Additional language learning and use; Translingual/transcultural identities; Study Abroad; Peer tutoring; Spanish, Portuguese, and Quechua varieties.

Mark Kohan, Ph.D. in Educational Studies, University of Cincinnati
Inquiry based and culturally responsive educational partnerships that support community development.

Eliana Rojas, Ph.D., University of Connecticut.
Bilingual / Multicultural Education, TESOL, Mathematics, Curriculum and Instruction.

EDUCATION – EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Ed. D., Columbia University
Teaching and learning in urban colleges and universities.

Erica Fernández, Ph.D., Indiana University.
Educational Policy Studies; Parental Engagement; Family/Community/School Relations; Social Justice and Educational Equity; Critical Race Theory; Latin@ Critical Race Theory.

Richard Gonzales, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin.
Leadership development, equity issues in education, urban education, and school improvement.

Blanca Rincon, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Equity issues in higher education, with a specific focus on factors that impact retention for racial and ethnic minority students in STEM.

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.

Debanuj Dasgupta, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Feminist Geography, Geographies of Sexuality, Migration Studies, Critical Development Studies, Queer of Color Critique, Transgender Studies, Transnational Feminism and Sexuality Studies, South Asia & Caribbean Studies, Critical Trauma Studies.

Anji Seth, Ph.D., University of Michigan.
Regional Processes in Climate Change, Climate Modeling, Society and Climate.

HEALTH CENTER

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.

HISTORY

Jason Chang, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Modern Mexico; US Empire; Race; Migration; Transnationalism; Borderlands; Comparative Racial Formations.

Dexter Gabriel, Ph.D. in History, Stony Brook University, New York.
Black Atlantic, Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation, and Slavery in Popular Culture

Paul B. Goodwin (emeritus), 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.

Ariel Lambe, Ph.D., Columbia University.
1930s Cuban antifascism and support for the Second Republic in the Spanish Civil War.

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.

Ricardo Salazar-Rey, Ph.D. Harvard.
Institutional History and Comparative Slavery

Blanca Silvestrini (emeritus), Ph.D., State University of New York, Albany.
Latin American History and U.S. Social History of the 20th Century.

Karen Spalding (emeritus), Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.
Colonial Latin American History, Ethnohistory; Peru.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES

Marysol Asencio, Dr.P.H., Columbia University.
Gender; sexuality; migration; race/ethnicity; urban and community health; and social inequities/human rights.

Linda Halgunseth, Ph.D., University of Missouri.
Latino and African American Parenting; Cultural Influences on Parent-Child Relations and Parenting; Children of Immigrants; Culturally-Appropriate Measurement Development.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Jean C. Cowan, Ph D., SUNY Albany.
Internal displacement, refugees, violence and the war on drugs; Colombia

Elizabeth Mahan (retired), 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 .

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.

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.

LITERATURES, CULTURES AND LANGUAGES

Odette Casamayor Cisneros, Ph.D., Arts and Literatures, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France.
Blackness & Afro-Latin American Studies; Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Literature and Culture; Cultural Studies; Cuba.

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.

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.

Roger Célestin, Ph.D. Graduate Center, CUNY

Osvaldo Pardo, Ph.D. University of Michigan.
Colonial Spanish American literature and culture

MUSIC

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

NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING

NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

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

PHARMACY

José Manautou, Ph.D., Purdue University
Target organ toxicity, particularly for the liver; hepatic detoxification and disposition mechanisms; hepatotoxicants and interference affecting susceptibility to chemical injury

PHILOSOPHY

Lewis Gordon, Ph.D., Yale University
Africana philosophy, politics, and religion; Black existentialism, Black intellectual history; critical race theory

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Jane Gordon, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Black political, social, and educational thought and contemporary slavery.

Veronica Herrera, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Comparative Politics, Latin America, Environmental Policy

Shareen Hertel, Ph.D. Columbia University.
Labor and Economic Rights, Social Mobilization and Public Opinion on Human Rights.

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.

PSYCHOLOGY

Marie Coppola, Ph.D., University of Rochester
Language Acquisition, Homesign, Sign Language and Language Emergence, Gesture and Communication, Fieldwork Methods for Sign Language Research.

Nairan Ramirez-Esparza, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
Culture, Language, and Personality; Culture, Language and Health; Culture, Language and Development

PUBLIC POLICY

Edith J. Barrett, Ph.D. – Northwestern University
Urban public policy (esp. adolescent issues, education, housing, social welfare); Methodology and program/policy evaluation;
Political attitudes and behavior (esp. among under-represented groups); Public opinion/survey research

PUERTO RICAN/LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER

Fany Hannon, Center Director
Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, Higher Education and Latinas/os.

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.

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

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.

Miriam Valdovinos, Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Washington
Health and mental health effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) on Latina/o families; Culturally-responsive prevention and intervention efforts to address IPV health inequities; Social belonging and social exclusion of undocumented immigrant families; interdisciplinary community based research practices; qualitative methodologies.

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

David Embrick, Ph.D., Texas A&M University.
Impact of contemporary forms of racism on people of color; Inequalities in the business world; Race and education; Impact of schools-welfare-prisons on people of color; sex discrimination.

Mary J. Fischer, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Stratification, Urban Sociology, Higher Education, Residential Segregation, Immigration.

Daisy Verduzco Reyes, Ph.D., University of California-Irvine
Social Movements; Political Sociology; Race/Ethnicity; Latino Politics; Education; Gender and Sexuality; Qualitative Methodologies

Nancy Naples, Ph.D., Graduate Center, CUNY.
Gender, Inequality, Public Policy, Immigration, Globalization, Community Activism, and Disability Rights Movement.

SPEECH, LANGUAGE, AND HEARING SCIENCES

Adrian Garcia-Sierra, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Speech perception, bilingualism, language development, event related potentials

URBAN AND COMMUNITY STUDIES

Ruth Glasser, Ph.D., Yale University
U.S. ethnic and Latino history, oral history, urban history, public history, service learning.