Affiliate Faculty by Department

Agricultural and Resource Economics


Art and Art History

Ballard Institute And Museum of Puppetry

Business Law

Dramatic Arts and Media

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Education - Curriculum and Instruction

Education - Educational Leadership

Extension - Urban and Community Forestry


Health Center


Human Rights


Latin American Studies

Law School

Library Liaison

Literatures, Cultures & Languages




Political Science


Public Policy

Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

Social Work


Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Urban and Community Studies


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


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

Noga Shemer
Ph.D., University of California-San Diego
Psychological anthropology; Caribbean cultures; race, ethnicity, and nationalism; cultural anthropology; politics of representation; identity and belonging; person-centered ethnography

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

Samuel Martinez (emeritus)
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins
His main area of research expertise is the migrant and minority rights mobilizations of undocumented Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Héctor Camilo Ruiz Sánchez
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
HIV epidemic in Urban Latin America and dynamics of Latinx communities settling in new growth communities.


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


John Bell
Ph.D., Columbia University
Puppetry performance, history, and scholarship


Rachel Chambers
Ph.D., University of Essex. M.A., Oxford University. LLM by Research, Multinational corporations and human rights, University of Kent
Comparative work on transnational tort litigation and analysis of the accountability potential of laws mandating human rights disclosure and due diligence by corporations


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

Oscar Guerra
B.A., Tecnologico de Monterrey University, Mexico City, M.S., Tecnologico de Monterrey University, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digital Film / Video Production, Critical Media, Critical thinking, Social Investment, Independent Media, Immersive Media, Latinx Media


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

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

Carlos Garcia-Robledo
Ph.D., University of Miami
Ecological and evolutionary consequences of global change on plant-arthropod interactions; tropical rain forests, montane forests and high-elevation ecosystems in Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico

Erin Kuprewicz
Plant-animal interactions in the Tropics; Costa Rica and Mexico


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

Rebecca A. Campbell-Montalvo
Ph.D., University of South Florida
Inequality and Health in Racial, Ethnic, and Linguistic Minority Groups K-12; Mexican American Indians and Schooling; Migration and Education; School Ethnography; University Climate, Cultural Models, and Network Analysis and Underrepresented Women and Racial/Ethnic Minority Engineering Undergraduates

Jason Irizarry
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention with an emphasis on increasing the number of teachers of color, culturally responsive pedagogy, youth participatory action research, and Latino/a students in U.S. schools

Elizabeth Howard
Ed. D., Harvard University, M.A. Educational Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, 1993, B.A. Spanish Language and Literature, University of Maryland, 1987
Dual Language Education, Biliteracy Development, Sociocultural Competence and Identity Development, and Emergent Bilingual Learners

Sandra Quiñones
Ph.D., University of Rochester
Multicultural Education, Equity, & Social Justice in Teacher Education, Critical Qualitative Research, Family Engagement in Community Schools, Community Engagement in Higher Education, Cultivating Multilingual Ecologies in Schools.


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

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

H. Kenny Nienhusser
Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University, MSW & BA, Stony Brook University
Higher education policy; UndocuDACAmented students; Implementation of public/institutional policies affecting minoritized students’ college access; Minoritized students’ high school-to-college transition; Diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education

Saran Stewart
Ph.D., University of Denver
Access and equity, diversity; critical and inclusive pedagogy, postcolonial theories in education, and research methodologies


Mayra Rodríguez
PhD, Purdue University
My research has examined the interactions between nature and people to identify the factors that stop us from achieving equitable resilience.


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


Rocío Chang
Psy.D. & M.A. University of Hartford, B.S. Trinity College
Psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults and biological, foster and adoptive families including treatment for mood and co-occurring disorders, PTSD, complex trauma

Angela Bermúdez-Millan
Ph.D. & M.P.H University of Connecticut
Public Health Sciences

Bruce Gould (emeritus)
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., UCLA School of Dentistry
Professor and Chair, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences


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

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

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


Davis Chacón Hurtado
Ph.D., Purdue University
Research interests include the evaluation of transportation systems; transportation planning; economic resilience; environmental justice, equity, and human rights; and sustainable transportation planning in developing countries

José Falconi
Ph.D., Harvard University
Latina American Art, Art History, and Architecture


Scott Wallace
B.A., Yale University; M.A. University of Missouri-Columbia
Journalism-former Central America correspondent; human rights; environment; vanishing cultures; conflict over land resources


Elizabeth Mahan
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Media-State Relations in Latin America; Latin American Popular Culture; Mexico


Jon Bauer
J.D., Yale University
Asylum and refugee law, employment discrimination

Ángel Oquendo
J.D., Yale University
Comparative law, international litigation, constitutional law, Latin America


Jennifer Schaefer
Ph.D., Emory University
Research Services Librarian for Latina/o, Caribbean, & Latin American Studies and Spanish Studies


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

Eduardo Urios-Aparisi
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago; and University of Glasgow
Pragmatics, Metaphor, Discourse Analysis, Politeness Theory and Applied Linguistics


Robert Stephens (emeritus)
Ph.D., Indiana University
Ethnomusicology, languages of music, Yoruba Culture, Cuba


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


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


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

Sandy Grande
Ph.D. & M.Ed., Kent State University, B.F.A Syracuse University
Her research and teaching interfaces Native American and indigenous Studies with critical theory toward the development of more nuanced analyses of the colonial present

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

Elva Orozco Mendoza
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
Comparative political theory, political violence, decolonial feminism, Latin American politics, and democratic theory

Matthew Singer
Ph.D., Duke University
Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics

Beth (Posner) Ginsberg
Ph.D., New York University 
Voting and Electoral Behavior among Latino and Asian Americans.


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

Kenneth Pérez
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, B.A. UConn
Research interests are phenomenology, experimental elicitation, psychological well-being, positive affective science, and self-transcendence


Edith J. Barrett (emeritus)
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

Renzo de la Riva Agüero
Ph.D., Indiana University - Bloomington
Local administrative capacity, community-based civil society organizations (CSO), collaborative governance, environmental sustainability, service delivery performance, public administration in developing countries, political economy of development, mixed-methods research, and fieldwork research



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


Antonia Cordero (emeritus)
D.S.W., Graduate Center, CUNY
Puerto Rican/Latino/a Studies Project; Individual, group and family therapy, Mental health and community services

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

Diane Drachman
Ph.D., University of California
Social work practice with immigrant and refugee populations U.S. policies/immigrants and international population movement


Manisha Desai
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Gender and Globalization; Transnational Feminism; Human Rights ; Contemporary Indian Society; Social Movements; Gender and Development; South Asian American Issues

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

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


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


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

Melisa Argañaraz Gomez
Ph.D. University of Maryland
Critical Youth Studies, Urban Political Economy, Immigration, and Youth Participatory Action Research.