LACIS has the cooperation of over 105 Affiliated Faculty from several departments across campus, which perform research or a portion of their teaching in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain or Portugal.
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African Languages and Literature
Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Isabelle C. Druc: Cultural Anthropology; Ethnography; Archaeology; Ceramic Production; and Ethnoarchaeology.
- Karen Strier: Biological Anthropology; Primate Social Behavior; Primate Ecology; and Conservation.
- Armando Muyolema: Latin American Literature and Culture; Indigenous Movements in the Andean Region; and Indigenous Insurgency.
- Sarah Clayton: Mesoamerican Archeology, Nahuatl.
- Jerome Camal: Global Music/ Caribbean/African diaspora, principally music of the French Antilles.
- Falina Enriquez: Cultural anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Brazil.
- Jessica Hurley: Yucatec Mayan Language
- Eve Emshwiller: Ethnobotany; Domestication and Evolution of Crop Plants; and Conservation of Genetic Diversity of Crops.
- Donald Waller: Plant ecology /evolution; tracking long-term ecological change; effects of deer, nitrogen deposition, habitat fragmentation, and climate change; conservation biology and genetics; metapopulation/metacommunity dynamics.
Center for Global Health
- Lori DiPrete Brown: global health, particularly the health and well-being of women and children in highly vulnerable situations around the world.
Civil Society and Commuity Studies
- Mariaelena Huambachano: Food sovereignty and environmental justice; Indigenous transnational comparative studies at the interface between cultural and agrobiodiversity proving a new approach to understand traditional knowledge, biocultural heritage and public policies.
- Carolina S. Sarmiento: Development, governance, and Cultural Spaces.
- Sara L Mckinnon: intercultural rhetoric, globalization/transnational studies, legal rhetoric, and transnational feminist theory. Most of her projects bridge rhetoric and qualitative/ethnographic research methods, but she is also interested in using performance-based methods to do and represent research.
Community and Environmental Sociology
- Samer Alatout: Environmental policy and politics/Water politics in the Middle East/Environmental politics on the US-Mexico and Palestine-Israel borders/International Development and the politics of sustainability.
- Gary Green: Rural and Community Development.
- Randy Stoecker: Community Organizing and Development; Community-Based Research; and Community Informatics.
- Jane Collins: Labor Processes; Gender; Development Studies; Agrarian Social Change; and Cultural Studies.
Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies
- Beatriz L. Botero: specialist in contemporary Latin American literature and cultural studies / Narrative and psychoanalysis, with special emphasis on identity, body and social conflict. She has also worked these topics in relation to contemporary visual art.
- Sarah Wells: Modernism and the avant-garde; science fiction, labor, translation, film, and media history.
- Stephen Quintana: Ethnic issues in development, counseling, and education Ethnic perspective-taking ability in children Integration of developmental and counseling theory.
Curriculum and Instruction
- Margaret Hawkins: Bilingual Education; Languages and Literacies domestically and abroad, Asia, Africa, Central and South America
Katie Kirchgasler: Curriculum Studies; Cultural Studies of Science Education and Public Health; Histories of Science and Health Interventions in Segregated and Colonial Schooling.
- Thomas Popkewitz: Curriculum History and Studies; Cultural Sociology of School Reform/Change; Professionalization/Teacher Education; and Historical Sociology of Education Sciences.
- Diego Roman: Bilingual/Bicultural education. His research interests are located at the intersection of linguistics, science education, and environmental studies.
- François Victor Tochon: Bilingual Education; International Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Teacher Education; and World Language Education.
- Kate Vieira: Social history of literacy, transnational migration, the materiality of literacy, qualitative research methodologies, multilingual writing, Latino/a Studies.
- Chris Walker: Caribbean Dance. Spoken word/First Wave; the fusion of Caribbean dance and contemporary styles using the traditional stage, alternate spaces, and multimedia as a medium.
• Carolyn Kallenborn: Mexican Art and Culture; Conceptual Garments and Sculptures.
- Maria Muniagurria: International Trade and Economic Development; Industrial Organization and Competition Policy; Dynamic Economics and Economic Growth.
Educational Policy Studies
- Nancy Kendall: comparative ethnographic research on global development education policies and their intersections with children’s and families’ daily lives.
- Kathryn Moeller: Education Globalization and development; Gender and Women’s Studies; Cultural Anthropology.
- Lesley Bartlett: International and Cooperative Education; Cultural Politics of Literacy in Brazil.
- Paul Block: Methods, models, and tools for managing climate variability and change; hydrologic forecasting and integration into decision model; addressing water quality and quantity extremes; hydro-economics and policy mechanisms; risk, reliability, and uncertainty; sustainable approaches.
- Steven P Loheide: hydroecology/ecohydrology, hydrogeology, river restoration, remote sensing, hydrologic consequences of climate change, vegetative water use/vegetation patterning, sustainable land-use practices, stream-aquifer interactions, ecosystem function/services, human interaction with aquatic ecosystems.
- Tim Osswald: polymer engineering including modeling and simulation in polymer processing, engineering design with plastics, sustainability, and biopolymers.
- Roberta Hill: Twentieth-Century Literature and History; Race, Gender, Class, and Ethnicity; Life Writing; Minority Discourse; and American Indian Literature
- Jesse Lee Kercheval: Writing poetry in English and Spanish. Writing fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction. Additional interests include translation and Uruguayan poetry: Circe Maia, Tatiana Oroño, Agustín Lucas among others.
- Christa Olson: 19th and 20th-century visual cultures in the Americas; historical methods and methodological pedagogy; publics, democracy, nationalism, & transnationalism; coloniality and post-colonialism.
- Cherene Sherrard-Johnson: African American Literature; 19th Century American Literature; Feminist Theory; Cultural Studies; and Caribbean Literature.
- Adrian Treves: ecology, law, and human dimensions of ecosystems in which crop and livestock ownership overlap the habitat of large carnivores from coyotes up to grizzly bears.
- Lisa Rausch: agricultural expansion and the cultural, social, and institutional factors that promote or inhibit conservation-positive behaviors among agricultural actors.
- Erika Marin-Spiotta: how anthropogenic and climatically-driven landscape disturbance alters the accumulation and loss of biomass and biologically active elements within and across ecosystem boundaries.
- Sarah Moore: Geographies of waste; space and social theory (including Marxian, post-structural psychoanalytic and legal approaches); urban geography; and environmental justice.
- Holly Gibbs: tropical land-use change and globalization, particularly on the potential to reconcile food security, climate change, and conservation goals.
- Almita Miranda: Race/ethnicity, gender, neoliberalism, (im)migration, citizenship, transnationalism, borders/boundaries, social movements, mixed-status families, political and cultural geographies; Latinx ethnography; U.S., Mexico
- Lisa Naughton-Treves: Biodiversity conservation in developing countries; Social conflict and land use around protected areas; Land tenure & property rights; Attitudes toward wildlife; Wildlife conservation in human-dominated landscapes; Tropical Africa; Tropical South America.
- Susan Lee Johnson: Relations of power in western North America both as a place of lived experience and as an imagined space. Gender histories; U.S. western, borderlands, Pacific, and other place-based histories; Latino, African American, American Indian, and Asian American histories; histories of sexual minorities and majorities; histories of whiteness; and social and cultural histories more broadly defined.
- Brenda Plummer: Afro-American, 20th century U.S., race, and history of foreign relations. My Research and Teaching Interests: Afro-American History; History of U.S. Foreign Relations. Current research: Afro-Americans and U.S. foreign affairs; race and gender in the Cold War era.
- James Sweet: Africans and their descendants in the broader world.
- Patrick Iber: politics of culture and intellectuals, socialism and democracy, poverty and inequality, cultural diplomacy and imperialism, and the added value of transnational approaches to history.
- Pablo Gomez: History of Medicine and Science in Latin America; History of Medicine and Science and the African Diaspora; Early modern corporeal epistemologies: Race and Medicine.
- Elizabeth Hennessy: the intersection of environmental history, political ecology, science and technology studies.
Human Development and Family Studies
Institute for Biology Education
Catherine Woodward: Tropical Ecology and Conservation. Interrelationships between land use, water quality, and human health.
Journalism & Mass Communication
• Hernando Rojas: Political communication, in particular examining: (a) the deployment of new communication technologies for social mobilization in a variety of contexts; (b) the influence of audience perceptions of media (and audience perceptions of media effects) on both public opinion and the structure of the public sphere; and (c) the conditions under which media support democratic governance.
- Alexandra Huneeus: human rights law, with emphasis on Latin America. Her work stands at the intersection of law, political science, and sociology.
Medicine and Public Health
- Javier Calderón: Classical Guitar; and Music of Latin America and Spain.
- Ronald Radano: Cultural Theory; Race; Globalization; Popular. His research explores the quality of aliveness (“animation”) that listeners commonly experience in US black music. Whereas animation is typically theorized as an inversion of the economic processes of reification (an alienated, reified person/laborer gives way to an animated, sentient thing), he argues that black music’s origin as a product of slave labor introduced a unique set of animated properties that underlies its immense cultural value.
Planning and Landscape Architecture
- Samuel Dennis Jr.: understand and create environments that support human health and well-being, especially for young people. He is particularly interested in the role that urban open spaces play in preventing chronic disease. Although he continues to pursue his early interest in the social construction of landscape meaning, his current research engages communities in assessing and improving their neighborhoods through participatory research, planning, and design.
- Edna Ledesma: Urban design; Latinos; U.S.-Mexico border; place; markets
- Alfonso Morales: Urban social theory, law, food systems, economic development.
- Erica Simmons: Civic Society, Globalization, Human Rights, Latin America, Methodology, Revolution, Social Movements.
- Benjamin Marquez: Political sociology and American politics. Cause Lawyers, Immigration, Identity, Latinos, Mexican Americans, Philanthropy, Race, Social Movements, Texas.
- Jon Pevehouse: Democratization, Foreign Policy, Human Rights, International Agreements, International Institution, International Trade, Political Economy.
- Jonathan Renshon: Psychology of judgment and decision-making in foreign policy, and more broadly, in international security and experimental methods.
Population Health Sciences
- Jonathan Patz: Environmental health effects of climate change, multisectoral solutions for global health.
- Leonelo Bautista: Cardiovascular diseases, particularly in the identification of risk factors for hypertension and barriers for hypertension control. His current etiologic work is centered on the independent and joint roles of stress hormones, sex hormones, and immune response markers on the development of cardiometabolic risk factors.
School for Workers
Armando Ibarra: Chicano/a Latino/a working communities, adult education on issues of diversity in the workplace, international labor migration, leadership development, organizing workplaces, and applied research.
- Patrick Barrett: U.S./Latin American Relations, El Salvador.
- Katie Jensen: Race, political sociology, and forced migration in the Americas, with a focus on Brazil.
- Jenna Nobles: how people make decisions about migration and fertility and the implications of these decisions for population change. Her current projects include the links between residential change and crime, anticipatory migration behavior, demographic responses to the diffusion of health risks, and the reconstruction of hidden population traits.
- Gay Seidman: Political Sociology, Economic Change and Development, Class Analysis and Historical Change, Demography and Ecology, Social Movements and Collective Behavior.
Spanish & Portuguese
- Mercedes Alcalá-Galán: Early modern Spanish literature, gender studies, poetics
- Grant Armstrong: Morphology, syntax, and semantics of Spanish. He also works on Yucatec Maya, a Mayan language spoken in the Yucatán peninsula. His research interests within Mayan linguistics include Split Ergativity, Grammatical Function Changing Morphology, the Morphology of Root Classes, Non-Verbal Predicates and Comparative Approaches to Spanish and Mayan Verb Semantics and Morphology.
- Katarzyna Beilin: The Iberian Peninsula and Latin America with a focus on environmental issues, alternative economies, time and memory, and indigenous epistemologies. Together with other Environmental Humanities scholars, she has launched an Environmental Cultural Studies platform that has produced interdisciplinary research.
- Ksenija Bilbija: Cultural studies, gender criticism, and post-traumatic memory, with interest in Spanish American Literatures. Ksenija’s research broadly looks at how cultural memory and memorialization work within neoliberal society.
- Glen Close: Transatlantic Dynamics of Twentieth-Century Spanish American Narrative.
- Guillermina De Ferrari: Caribbean literature and art, Cuban literature and visual culture, the Caribbean novel, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, world literature.
- Victor Goldgel-Carballo: 18th and 19th-Century Latin American Literature, Visual Culture, Media History, and Comparative Race and Ethnicity.
- Paola Hernández: Contemporary Latin American theatre, performance, and Latinx Studies.
- David Hildner: Renaissance / Baroque drama and poetry of Spain, Luso-Brazilian literature before 1800, philosophy and literature, religion and literature, advanced language practice.
- Steve Hutchinson: Early modern Spain, the Mediterranean, and Africa.
- Luis Madureira: Luso-Brazilian colonial and postcolonial studies, Modernism and Modernity in Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean, Early modern and colonial studies, Theatre and performance in Africa.
- Ruben Medina: Mexican and US Latinx literature and culture, continental connections, film studies, Neo-Avant-Garde movements, and Mexican migration to the United States.
- Sarli Mercado: lyrical landscapes in poetic and visual art expressions by Latin American artists linking urban and non-urban environments to ecological thinking. This project is also tied to the study of literary/artistic representation and production and the proliferation of traumatic memory sites in urban spaces in Latin America in dialogue with the “Global South.” Included in her research are topics related to contemporary Southern Cone poets and the literary practices of twenty-first century Spanish American writers.
- Marcelo Pellegrini: 19th and 20th Century Latin American Poetry; the Latin American Essay; and Translation Theory.
- Guido Podestá: Latin American Literature, Cinema, and Cultures.
- Rajiv Rao: Intonational Phonology; Prosodic Phonology; Optimality Theory; Phonetic and Phonological Variation; Second Language Acquisition; and Afro-Hispanic Phonetics and Phonology.
- Kathryn Sánchez: 19th and 20th Century Luso-Brazilian Narrative; Visual Culture and Gender Studies; and Contemporary Women Writers.
- Ellen Sapega: 20th Century Portuguese Literature and Culture.
- Catherine Stafford: Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy; and Phonetics.
- Fernando Tejedo-Herrero: Socio-historical approaches to language, including morphosyntactic changes from Latin to Romance and standardization processes in Early Modern Spanish.
Jorge Osorio: Pathobiological Sciences; viruses and zoonotic pathogens.
Warren Porter: Bioinformatics, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolution. Climate and Disease/Low-Level Toxicants in Reptiles and Mammals.