Affiliate Faculty by Research Interest

Hemispheric Migrations, Diasporas, and U.S. Latina/os

  • Marysol Asencio, Ph.D., Columbia University.Latino and Latina Studies.
  • 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.
  • Jon Bauer, J.D., Yale University. Civil Rights Clinic, Employment Discrimination, Evidence, Asylum Clinic.
  • 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.
  • Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Ed. D., Columbia University Teaching and learning in urban colleges and universities.
  • Jason Chang, Ph.D., Berkeley.Modern Mexico; US Empire; Race; Migration; Transnationalism; Borderlands; Comparative Racial Formations.
  • 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.
  • Mary Fischer, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Stratification, Race/Ethnicity, Immigration, Education.
  • Bruce Gould, M.D., Syracuse University. Associate Dean for Primary Care, Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center; Coordinator, UConn Farmworker Health Clinic.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mark Kohan, Ph.D. in Educational Studies, University of Cincinnati. Inquiry based and culturally responsive educational partnerships that support community development.
  • Jacqueline Loss, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. 19th and 20th century Spanish American Literature; Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Literature; Cuba.
  • Samuel Martínez, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Latin American and the Caribbean; African Diaspora; Agrarian Societies.
  • 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.
  • Nancy Naples, Ph.D., Graduate Center, CUNY Gender, Inequality, Public Policy, Immigration, Globalization, Community Activism, and Disability Rights Movement.
  • 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.
  • Diana Ríos, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin. Communication, Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, Ethnicity/Race, Gender/Women Studies.
  • Eliana Rojas, Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Bilingual / Multicultural Education, TESOL, Mathematics, Curriculum and Instruction.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Health, Ecology and the Environment

  • Gregory Anderson, Ph.D., Indiana University. Plant Systematics; Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru.
  • Marysol Asencio, Ph.D., Columbia University. Latino and Latina Studies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • María-Luz Fernández, Ph.D., University of Arizona. Nutrition and Coronary Heart Disease; Mexico and U.S. Latinos.
  • Carlos Garcia-Robledo, B.Sc. in Biology, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Ph.D. in Biology, University of Miami. Understanding the process of colonization and adaptation of organisms to novel environments.
  • Adrian Garcia-Sierra, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Speech perception, bilingualism, language development, event related potentials
  • Bruce Gould, M.D., Syracuse University. Associate Dean for Primary Care, Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center; Coordinator, UConn Farmworker Health Clinic.
  • 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
  • Veronica Herrera, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Comparative Politics, Latin America, Environmental Policy
  • Erin Kuprewicz, Ph.D. in Biology, University of Miami
    Plant-animal interactions, ecology and conservation biology, seed dispersal and predation, forest community dynamics, anthropocene, technology-enabled science education. Field sites in Sierra Los Tuxtlas region of the state of Veracruz, Mexico; and La Selva and Las Cruces, Costa Rica.
  • Alan Lurie, Ph.D., University of Rochester; D.D.S, UCLA Universidad del Desarrollo (Concepcion, Chile) dentistry faculty and student exchange program.
  • 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.
  • Isaac M. Ortega, Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Wildlife; Foraging Ecology; Vegetation Communities; Chile, Patagonia.
  • 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.
  • Anji Seth, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Regional Processes in Climate Change, Climate Modeling, Society and Climate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Human Rights

  • Jon Bauer, J.D., Yale University. Civil Rights Clinic, Employment Discrimination, Evidence, Asylum Clinic.
  • Jean C. Cowan, Ph D., SUNY Albany. Internal displacement, refugees, violence and the war on drugs; Colombia
  • Bruce Gould, M.D., Syracuse University. Associate Dean for Primary Care, Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center; Coordinator, UConn Farmworker Health Clinic.
  • Shareen Hertel, Ph.D., Columbia University. Labor and Economic Rights, Social Mobilization and Public Opinion on Human Rights.
  • 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.
  • Samuel Martínez, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Latin America and the Caribbean; African Diaspora; Agrarian Societies.
  • Angel Oquendo, Ph.D., Harvard University. International and Comparative Law, Economics and Philosophy.
  • 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.
  • Karen Spalding, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley. Colonial Latin American History, Ethnohistory; Peru.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Resources.
  • 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.

Political Economy, Development, and Society

  • 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.
  • Dexter Gabriel, Ph.D. in History, Stony Brook University, New York. Black Atlantic, Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation, and Slavery in Popular Culture
  • Mark Healey, Ph.D., Duke University. Urban Cultures; Populist Politics; State Power; Modern Citizenship.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Angel Oquendo, Ph.D., Harvard University. International and Comparative Law, Economics and Philosophy.
  • 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.
  • Matthew Singer, Ph.D., Duke University.Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics.
  • 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 and Resources.
  • 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.

Culture, Power, and Race/Ethnicity

  • Marysol Asencio, Ph.D., Columbia University.Latino and Latina Studies.
  • John Bell, Ph.D., Columbia University of California Puppetry performance, history, and scholarship.
  • Rosa Helena Chinchilla, Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook.Golden Age Spanish Poetry and Prose, Spanish Humanism, Women’s Studies.
  • 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.
  • Dexter Gabriel, Ph.D. in History, Stony Brook University, New York. Black Atlantic, Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation, and Slavery in Popular Culture
  • 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
  • Robin Greeley , Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art; Nationalism studies; Mexico and Nicaragua.
  • Miguel Gomes, Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook.Latin American Essay and Poetry; Brazil and Venezuela.
  • Paul B. Goodwin Jr.., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts.Latin America in the National Period; British-Latin American Relations; Argentina.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jesus A. Ramos-Kittrell, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, Musicology.
  • Diana Ríos, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.Communication, Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, Ethnicity/Race, Gender/Women Studies.
  • Eliana Rojas, Ph.D., University of Connecticut.Bilingual / Multicultural Education, TESOL, Mathematics, Curriculum and Instruction.
  • 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.
  • Noga Shemer, Ph.D., University of California-San Diego. Psychological Anthropology, Caribbean.
  • Karen Spalding, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley.Colonial Latin American History, Ethnohistory; Peru.
  • Robert Stephens, Ph.D., Indiana University.Ethnomosicology, languages of music, Yoruba Culture, Cuba.
  • Eduardo Urios-Aparisi, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago; and University of Glasgow.Pragmatics, Metaphor, Discourse Analysis, Politeness Theory and Applied Linguistics.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Resources.

Gender, Reproduction and Sexuality

  • Marysol Asencio, Ph.D., Columbia University.Gender; sexuality; migration; race/ethnicity; urban and community health; and social inequities/human rights.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nancy Naples, Ph.D., Graduate Center, CUNY.Gender, Inequality, Public Policy, Immigration, Globalization, Community Activism, and Disability Rights Movement.
  • Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Ph.D., Yale University.Modern Mexico; U.S. Latino/as; Las Américas, Transnational Migration and Empire.
  • 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.