Graduate Students

 

Anthropology

Dayuma Alban

Advisor(s): Florence Babb
Previous Institutions and Degrees:
Teaching Areas: Anthropology of gender, political ecology
Research Interests: Amazon region, Ecuador, oil extraction, indigeneity

Maia Dedrick

Advisor(s): Patricia McAnany
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, BMA University of Michigan
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Ancient Maya food, Identity, Gender

Aschsah Dorsey

Advisor(s): Amanda Thompson
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BS Penn State, MA Alabama
Teaching Areas: Anthropology, Biology
Research Interests: Maternal depression + food insecurity in the Peruvian Andes

Amelia Fiske

Advisor(s): Michele Rivkin-Fish, Margaret Wiener
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Bowdoin College
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Oil and Health in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Migration, Health Disparities, Latin America, Inequality

Tomás Gallareta-Cervera

Advisor(s): Patricia McAnany
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA UADY, MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Teaching Areas: Anthropology and Archaeology
Research Interests: Maya archaeology and monumental architecture, urbanism in the past and memory, collapse

Isaura Godinez

Advisor(s): Amanda Thompson
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA California State University, Chico
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Migration, health, environment, genetics, epigenetics

Laura María Gutiérrez Escobar

Advisor(s): Arturo Escobar, Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Universidad Nacional de Colombia; MA University of Texas at Austin
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Peasant Economies and Globalization, Rural social movements, Afro-descendent populations, Identity politics, Solidarity economy, Brazil/Colombia

Hannah Jahnke

Advisor(s): Amanda Thompson
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, Northwestern University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: pregnancy in Cuba, developmental origins of health and disease, Ecuador

Julia Longo

Advisor(s): Brian Billman
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, University of California, Santa Barba
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Household archaeology; political identity; household agency in political change; North Coast of Peru

Mary Margaret Morgan-Smith

Advisor(s): Patricia McAnany
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Millsaps College
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Colonial period archaeology in the Maya region, religious identity, household archaeology, ethnohistory, Yucatan, Mexico

B. Justine Williams

Advisor(s): Dottie Holland and Karla and Slocum
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA George Washington University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Power, participation and governance in food production and access, Cuba

Art/Art History

Klint Ericson

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees:
Teaching Areas: History of Western European Art
Research Interests: The influence of sixteenth-century Mexican missions on the religious architecture of seventeenth-century New Mexico.

Biology

Laura Mudge

Advisor(s): Dr. John Bruno
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BS College of Charleston, MS University of Charleston, SC
Teaching Areas: Biology, ecology
Research Interests: Ecology, coral reef conservation

City and Regional Planning

Allison Forbes

Advisor(s): Nichola Lowe
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Dartmouth College, MA University of Maryland
Teaching Areas: Economic Development Theory and Policy, Microeconomics
Research Interests: Work-based learning in North America

Andrew Guinn

Advisor(s): Prof. Tewari
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of Wisconsin- Madison
Teaching Areas: City Planning, Economic Development
Research Interests: economic development, political economy, labor markets, Brazil

Gwen Kash

Advisor(s): Daniel Rodriguez
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA NYU
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Pedestrian and cyclist safety and transportation access for immigrants and communities of color

Michelle Kelleher

Advisor(s): Mai Nguyen
Previous Institutions and Degrees: Global Studies and Psychology
Teaching Areas: Languages
Research Interests: Public space in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dana Schoewe

Advisor(s): Bill Lester
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Vanderbilt University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Transportation,economic development, local food networks

Luis E. Tafur

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: 
Teaching Areas: City Planning
Research Interests: Transportation

Zilo Toure

Advisor(s): Dr. Roberto Quercia
Previous Institutions and Degrees:
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: African Diasporic Identity

Erik Vergel-Tovar

Advisor(s): Daniel Rodriguez
Previous Institutions and Degrees: MS Erasmus University (Netherlands) National University (Colombia)
Teaching Areas: Housing, Transportation, Land use planning
Research Interests: Relationships between transportation, especially BRT, land policies and affordable housing.

Patrick Welch

Advisor(s): Dr. Danielle Spurlock
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Birmingham Southern College
Teaching Areas: Sustainability
Research Interests: Land use in developing countries & impacts on health

English and Comparative Literature 

Hannah Palmer

Advisor(s): Maria DeGuzman, Emilio del Valle Escalante
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Samford University
Teaching Areas: Spanish language, Literature, Film
Research Interests: Contemporary indigenous literatures, especially Maya; Yucatac Maya language; gender; oral tradition

Epidemiology

Catherine Panozzo

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees:
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: In my research I explore the occurrence of diarrheal disease and its treatment in the Sahsa-region of Nicaragua.

Geography

Eloisa Berman Arévalo

Advisor(s): Gabriela Valdivia
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BS UMass- Amherst, MS University of Amsterdam The Netherlands
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Social Movements, Land Struggles, Ethnicity, Agrarian Change, Colombia and the Caribbean 

Adam Bledsoe

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Dartmouth College
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Race, Brazil, resistance and struggle

Chris Courtheyn

Advisor(s): Altha Cravey and John Pickles
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of California – Berkeley
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Colombian Community resistance to militarization and displacement and human rights accompaniment

Fredy R. Grefa

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BS Universidad San Francisco de Quito, MA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Rural Development, Social Change, Indigenous Peoples, Latin America

Francisco Laso

Advisor(s): Steve Walsh
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Columbia University, MSc University of Montpellier II, University of Groningen
Teaching Areas: Natural Resource Management, Conservation, Ecology
Research Interests: Tropical enviornments, agroecology, island ecosystems, conservation

Pavithra Vasudevan

Advisor(s): Stephen Walsh
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Duke University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Human/Environment Interactions

Priscilla Vaz

Advisor(s): John Pickles
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of Sao Paulo
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Peace and World Conflict Resolution, Alternative Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America

Global Studies

Andreina Malki

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Furman University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Foreign investments, Uruguay

Health Behavior

Dirk Davis

Advisor(s): Clare Barrington
Previous Institutions and Degrees: MPH
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: LGBTQ health disparities in Latin America

Hanaleigh Hoberman

Advisor(s): Suzanne Maman
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA American University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Violence prevention, women’s rights, community mobilization

Julie Kafka

Advisor(s): Beth Moracco
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Colby College
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Gender-based violence, mental health

Kelly Knudtson

Advisor(s): Carol Golin
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA UC Berkeley
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: HIV, GIS, Public Health, Latin America, Sexual health, Substance Use, Health Geography

Giuliana Morales

Advisor(s): Vivian Go
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, College of William & Mary
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, HIV key populations

Whitley Raney

Advisor(s): Shelley Golden
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Davidson College
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Migration and cross border health access

Amelia Rock

Advisor(s): Clare Barrington
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, Oberlin College, MS, Harvard
Teaching Areas: Public Health Program Evaluation
Research Interests: Structured and social determinants of sexual and reproductive health, especially gender and economic opportunity; sex work, intimate partner violence; structural barriers to treatment and care for HIV among key populations in Guatemala; resiliency among female sex workers living with HIV in Guatemala City; Dominican Republic; Brazil

Christin Stewart

Advisor(s): Luz McNauhton-Reyes
Previous Institutions and Degrees:
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Health Behavior, Haiti

Laura Patricia Villa Torres

Advisor(s): Clare Barrington
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Xochimilco, MSPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Teaching Areas: Qualitative Research Methods
Research Interests: Engagement of Latino migrant men in community based health promotion programs.

History

Angélica Castillo

Advisor: John C. Chasteen
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Southwestern University
Teaching Areas: Latin America, US History

Research Interests: Children, Nationalism, and Citizen Formation in Post-Independence Mexican primary schools, 19th Century Chilean and Mexican Popular Culture

Maikel Farinas Borrego

Advisor(s): Lou Perez
Previous Institutions and Degrees: B.A. in History at University of Havana, Cuba; M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Havana, Cuba                                                                                                                                                     Teaching Areas:  Latin America, Global History
Research Interests: History of capitalism, Business History, Voluntary Associations, Civil Society, Regional Analysis, International Relations, and Politics of Influence

Ann Halbert-Brooks

Advisor(s): Lou Perez
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Alfred University
Teaching Areas: Latin America, Gender/Women’s History, Global History
Research Interests: Women and education in Cuba, 1961 Literacy campaign

Shannon James

Advisor(s): John chasteen & Miguel La Serna
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of Arizona
Teaching Areas: Latin America, Global History
Research Interests: Nicaraguan revolution, education, nationalism

Sarah McNamara

Advisor(s): Jacquelyn Hall & Zaragosa Vargas
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of Florida
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Minorities in the American South, Oral and Public History

Jeanine Navarrete

Advisor(s): Zaragosa Vargas
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Wellesley College
Teaching Areas: Latin America/Caribbean and 20th century US History
Research Interests: Cuban-American exiles in Miami/Latino immigration to Miami

Ben Reed

Advisor(s): Cynthia Radding
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA DePaul University; MA Indiana University at Bloomington
Teaching Areas: History, Religious Studies, Gender Studies
Research Interests: Mexico City; Early modern Catholicism

Alyssa Skarbek

Advisor(s): Miguel La Serna
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Southwestern New York, Masters Southwestern New York
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Mexican indigenous culture & civil/political rights (Chiapas)

Sam Finesurrey

Advisor(s): Louis A. Pérez, Jr.
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Wisconsin
Teaching Areas: US/Latin American History
Research Interests: US colonialism in 20th century Cuba

Anthony Rossodivito

Advisor(s): Louis A. Pérez, Jr.
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA/MA, University of North Florida
Teaching Areas: Latin American/ Caribbean/ U.S. History
Research Interests: The Cuban Revolution, Radical social movements and insurgencies in Latin America, the Puerto Rican Independence Struggle

Daniel Velasquez

Advisor(s): Cynthia Radding
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA  Honors College at Florida Atlantic University, MA University of Central Florida
Teaching Areas: US/ Colonial Latin American History
Research Interests: Colonial Latin America, Atlantic World, Spanish Borderlands

Mishio Yamanaka

Advisor(s): Fitz Brundage
Previous Institutions and Degrees: MA Kyoto University
Teaching Areas: US History
Research Interests: Gulf South, Atlantic History, Creoles

Nathan Gill

Advisor(s): Miguel La Serna and Louis Perez                                                                                                                                                                                        Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, NC State, MA, Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Modern Latin American political history, 20th century Andean South America

Media and Journalism

Carol Bono

Advisor(s): Dr. Charles Tuggle
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Universidad Rafael Landivar (Guatemala)
Teaching Areas: Alternate television, cultures and diversity in Guatemala, semiotics
Research Interests: Gender, migration, culture shock, linguistics

Pablo Mino

Advisor(s): Joe Cabosky
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Pontifacia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Teaching Areas: Hispanic media, Latin American Media, Strategic Comunication
Research Interests: Gastronomy and the wine industy: An opportunity for Chile to improve its brand in the United States from a strategic communication perspective

Music

Barkley Heuser

Advisor(s): David Garcia
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, MA, MM SUNY Stony Brook
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Afro-Latin music, music and narrative

Mike Levine

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: NYU, Brooklyn College CUNY, Rutgers University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Cuban protest music, local music cultures

Sierriana Terry

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA North Carolina Central University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Anime/cartoon music, ethnomusicology (music festivals, theater, popular music), African American studies, Strauss operas and art songs, late 19th and 20th century American music

Law

Christina Anderson

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Brazil racial inequality laws

Maternal and Child Health

Meredith Burns

Advisor(s): Claudia Fernandez
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA James Madison University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Gender & migration, LA family planning, abortion laws, etc.

Philosophy

Maikel Fariñas Borrego

Advisor(s): Louis A. Pérez
Previous Institutions and Degrees: B.A. in History at University of Havana, Cuba; M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Havana, Cuba
Teaching Areas: Latin America, Global History
Research Interests: History of capitalism, Business History, Civil Society, Regional Analysis, International Relations, and Politics of Influence

Political Science

Juan Ariel Bogliaccini

Advisor(s): Evelyne Huber
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, Universidad Católica del Uruguay; MA, Universidad Alberto Hurtado de Chile
Teaching Areas: Latin American politics Inequality
Research Interests: Inequality, deindustrialization, service economy Democratic institutions in Latin America

Claire Dunn

Advisor(s): Evelyne Huber
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Colby College
Teaching Areas: Comparative politics, Latin American politics
Research Interests: Social policy, inequality

Kate McKiernan

Advisor(s):  Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Franklin and Marshall College
Teaching Areas: Comparative politics, Latin American politics
Research Interests: Multi-level governance, decentralization, accountability, corruption, clientelism

Luigi Mendez

Advisor(s): Evelyne Huber
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, Colorado College
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Latin America; City Sustainability in Latin America

Raphael Marbach

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Heidelberg University (Germany)
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Democratization, confliction & violence in Latin America

Michelle Smoler

Advisor(s): 
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, Middlebury College
Teaching Areas: International relations, social movements
Research Interests: social movements, voter behavior, democratization

Sondi Stachowski

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Wesleyan                                                                                                                                                                               Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Comparative social policy

Casey Stegman

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA UCLA
Teaching Areas: Latin American politics
Research Interests: Latin American political thought, race and gender, democratization, Brazil

Maria Asuncion Tudela

Advisor(s): Dr. Ariana Vigil
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of North Carolina at Asheville
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Latino/Latina studies, identity politics

Emily Wager

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Clemson University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Latino political behavior in the U.S., immigrant assimilation

Psychology

Lynda Lin

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: University of Chicago
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Culture, psychology, neuroscience

Public Health

Jeniece Alvey

Advisor(s): Miriam Labbok
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, UCLA
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Maternal and child health and nutrition in Latin America and within Latin populations in the US.

Julia Barfield

Advisor(s): Gary Cuddeback
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Westmont College
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Migration

Nadya Belenky

Advisor(s): Steve Cole
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Stanford University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Infectious diseases; Mental health; Intersection of health and political science

Caitlin Nelligan

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of North Carolina Asheville,  Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Fiocruz, Brazil
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, stigma, contraception use-patterns, health disparities

Lindsay Rhodes

Advisor(s): Melissa Troester
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BS University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Teaching Areas: Epidemiology, Biology
Research Interests: Genetic epidemiology and the Latino minority’s representation in such studies

Carla Salvo-Lewis

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: food insecurity, health disparities, social determinants of health

Kari Thatcher

Advisor(s): n/a
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BFA Theatre Chapman University
Teaching Areas: n/a
Research Interests: Health Disparities and Migratory Peoples

Religious Studies

Leonard (Lenny) Lowe

Advisor(s): Randall Styers
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Kentucky Christian, MTS Duke University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Haitian Religious Economy, development/design, ethnogrophy

Barbara Sostaita

Advisor(s):
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Salem College, MA Yale
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Ethnography, transnational migration, social movements in the Americas

Romance Languages

Zully Amaya

Advisor(s): Alicia Rivero
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA in International Relations and Political Science at Concordia University; MA in Hispanic Literature, Spanish Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, and French at Sonoma State University
Teaching Areas: Spanish and French
Research Interests: Americanist and Contemporary Literature

Emily Clark

Advisor(s): Alicia Rivero
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Rhodes College; MA University of Memphis
Teaching Areas: Spanish, ESL
Research Interests: Southern Cone literature; Central American literature

Alejandra Marquez

Advisor(s): Oswaldo Estrada
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA, MA Texas A&M International
Teaching Areas: Spanish language and culture
Research Interests: Representations of lesbianism in contemporary Mexican literature

Thomas Phillips

Advisor: Juan Carlos González Espitia)

Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Auburn, MA UNC-Chapel Hill
Teaching Areas: Spanish Language
Research Interests: Trauma, memory, and exile in Argentina

Greg C. Severyn

Advisor(s): Emilio del Valle Escalante
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Kent State University, MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Teaching Areas: Spanish language
Research Interests: Contemporary Central American narrative, US representations in 20th/21st century Latin America, Civil wars and social movements.

Elisa Salemi

Advisor(s): Emilio Del Valle Escalante
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of Genoa, Italy, MA University of Rome, Italy
Teaching Areas: Spanish, Translation, Interpretation
Research Interests: Southern Cone, literature and politics in Portugal & Brazil, Spanish contemporary literature, Translation-interpretation

Whitney Winters

Advisor(s): Alicia Rivero
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of Hawaii at Manoa
Teaching Areas: Spanish
Research Interests: Political representations in Latin American Literature

Sociology

Joe Bongiovi

Advisor(s): Arne Kalleberg
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Notre Dame, MA Cornell
Teaching Areas: Labor Relations, Labor History, Sociology of Family, Sociology of Gender, Organizational Theory
Research Interests: International and Comparative Organizations and Work

Heather Edelblute

Advisor(s): Ted Mouw
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA College of William and Mary; MPH University of Georgia
Teaching Areas: Public Health, International Migration and Population Processes, Sociology of Health and Mental Illness, Medical Sociology
Research Interests: Migration and Health, Social Support for mothers in transnational families, Health impacts of international migration on origin communities, Gendered aspects of transnational social networks

Sally Morris

Advisor(s): Jacqueline Hagan
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Furman University
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Social Stratification with an emphasis on the rural American South, religion

Alyssa Peavey

Advisor(s): Jacqueline Hagan
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, MA University of Florida
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Mexican Immigration to the US

Holly Straut

Advisor(s): Jackie Hagan
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BBA Umass Amherst
Teaching Areas:
Research Interests: Latin American migration/gender, Migrant workers

Joshua Wossink

Advisor(s): Jacqueline Hagan / Krista Perreira
Previous Institutions and Degrees: BA Grinell College, Political Science
Teaching Areas: Carolina Population Center Trainee
Research Interests: Mexican return migrants, deportation, reintegration

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