Affiliated Faculty

Paul Firbas   



 Paul Firbas Director of Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center

Jennifer Anderson
Assistant Professor, History Department. Ph.D. NYU, 2007
Areas of interest are Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean in the early modern period, exploring the history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery, issues of labor, race, and gender, and the rise of nationalism and revolutionary movements.  

Jorge L. Benach
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Director, Center for Infectious Diseases,
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1972 

Pamela Block
Clinical Associate Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy
Post Doctoral Fellowship, Brown University, Ph.D., Duke University
Assistant Professor (adjunct) at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University. 
Dr. Block is an Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program, Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health Technology and Management, and Director of the Concentration in Disability Studies for the Ph.D. Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and a recent President of the Society for Disability Studies (2010-2011). Dr. Block received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University in 1997. Her dissertation was entitled "Biology, Culture and Cognitive Disability: Twentieth Century Professional Discourse in Brazil and the United States." She researches disability experienc on individual, organizational and community levels, focusing on socio-environment barriers, empowerment/capacity-building, and health promotion. Her qualitative research combines historical analyses with community-based enthnographic and participatory approaches.

Lena Burgos-Lafuente
Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature, Ph.D., New York University
Modern and Contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literatures, Poetry, Modern transatlantic literatures, Poetics and Literary Politics

Ritchie Calvin
Associate Professor, Women's Studies Department, Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Research and teaching interests are primarily Latinas and Latina literature in the U.S., and Mexican women writers, including Rosario Castellanos and Brianda Domecq, and their representations of women and articulations of feminism.

Jonathan Cohen
Writer-in-residence, Dept. of Surgery, Ph.D., SUNY-Stony Brook American Literature (Early/Modern); Creative Writing (Poetry/Translation); Latin American Poetry in Translation (Modern); Literary Translation (History/Theory).

Liliana Dávalos
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolution, Ph.D., Columbia University
Focus on studying the effects of environmental change on evolution and conservation. Active research projects include analyzing the role of climate change in Caribbean mammal extinction, developing an evolutionary timeline for the most ecologically diverse mammalian family, and quantifying risks to Andean biodiversity from the expansion of illicit crops.

Joanne Davila
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Research interests are not specific to Latin American or Caribbean issues, but very interested in the recruitment, support, advancement, and retention of Latino students, scholars, and faculty.

Lou Charnon-Deutsch
Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature, Ph.D., University of Chicago 
Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature (1997-2001). She is an affiliate of Women's Studies and of Comparative Literature. 

Paul Firbas
Associate Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature, Ph.D., Princeton University
Textual culture in early colonial South America, particularly epic poetry, history and geography; material processes of production and circulation of texts in colonial Andes; 20th century Peruvian discourses on the colonial past. Textual criticism.

Daniela Flesler
Associate Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature, Ph.D., Tulane University
20th Century Peninsular Studies; Spanish Cultural Studies, Spain and its Arab past, Immigration in Spain and Post-colonial theory.

Lori Flores
Assistant Professor, History Department, Ph.D., History, Stanford University
Her dissertation, “CONVERGING COMMUNITIES IN FIELDS OF DIVISION: MEXICAN AMERICAN STRUGGLES FOR RIGHTS IN AN AGRICULTURAL CALIFORNIA TOWN, 1940-1970,” chronicles the postwar history of Mexican American community organizing in the agricultural center of Salinas, California and examines the migrations of labor, cultural phenomena, and civil rights activists and movements between Salinas and the "Mexican metropolis" of Los Angeles that help to explain how the Chicano movement took root and evolved differently in California's rural and urban communities.

Melissa Forbis
Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Her research interests include transnational feminist theory, race/ethnicity, indigenous rights, anthropology of the state and nationalism, immigration, and Latin America. One of her key interests is in theorizing and developing engaged and collaborative research methodologies. Her teaching includes courses on gender, social movements and Latin America, and an engaged research seminar and practicum.

Georges Fouron
Associate Professor, Social Sciences, Ed.D., Columbia University
Joint appointment with Africana Studies; Social studies education; bilingual education; identity; Haiti; immigrants’ experience in America; transnationalism.

Barbara Frank
Associate Professor, Art History, Ph.D., Indiana University
Joint appointment with Africana Studies and Anthropology; African Art History, African Diaspora, Ancient Mesoamerica.

Raymond L. Goldsteen
Director, Graduate Program in Public Health, Director, Center for Health Policy and Management
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Dr.P.H., Columbia University

Paul Gootenberg
Professor, History; Ph.D., University of Chicago
Modern Latin America, economic and political economy, the Andes and Mexico, new social science, history of drugs.

Catherine H. Graham
Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Ph.D., University of Missouri - St. Louis
Research two main areas: empirical work focused on landscape and behavioral ecology, with an emphasis on human-altered landscapes and bioinformatics/geographic information systems (GIS) modeling to examine how current and historical environmental factors affect patterns of species distribution. With a focus on tropical systems and collaboration with researchers from Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico.

Nancy Hiemstra
Assistant Professor of Migration Studies, Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory
A political geographer by training, and research is primarily on Latin American migration to the U.S. Most recently worked in Ecuador to study the impacts of U.S. migrant detention and deportation policies in migrant origin countries.

Tiffany Joseph
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ph.D. Univ. of Michigan
Her research includes the racialization of immigrants and their US-born children, comparative frameworks of race and impact of migration in the Americas (Brazil), and health and healthcare access among vulnerable populations.  Visit her personal webpage:

E. Anthony Hurley
Associate Professor, Africana Studies, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Joint appointment with European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Francophone literature of the Caribbean and Africa; Caribbean poetics; Afro-Caribbean culture; Caribbean American literature.

Brooke Larson
Professor, History, Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor Larson’s current research examines Colonial, Ethnicity, Peasantry, Andes ideals, and practices of popular (particularly "Indian") education in Bolivia during the first decades of the twentieth century. It highlights the rise of a radical popular pedagogy among rural Aymara communities, which eventually forced their claims for land, schools, and citizenship rights into the center of Bolivian nationalist politics.

Marci Lobel
Associate Professor, Psychology, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles Stress, coping, and social comparison processes; Hispanic women. 

Adrián Pérez Melgosa
Associate Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Ph.D., University of Rochester
Main interest is in the cross-cultural relationship among US and Latin America; especially on the role narrative fictions (films and novels) play in the workings of hemispheric hegemony.

Eduardo Mendieta
Professor, Philosophy, Ph.D., New School for Social Research
Global ethics, discourse ethics, critical theory (in particular Karl-Otto Apel and Jürgen Habermas), theories of modernity, postmodernity, postcolonialism, and Latin American philosophy.

Timothy Moran
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Professor Moran researches and writes on historical global inequalities, including the distribution of income between and within countries, gender inequality, and socio-economic development. 

Elizabeth Newman 
Assistant Professor, History Department, Ph.D., Yale University
Research interests include Mesoamerican Historical Archaeology and Environmental Archaeology with a specialty in Zooarchaeology. Since 2006, I have been directing a research project that examines the social and cultural origins of revolution in Puebla, Mexico using the disciplines of history, archaeology, and ethnography.

Francisco Ordóñez
Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature, Ph.D. Graduate Center of the City of New York, 1997
Syntax, Dialectology of Spanish, Comparative Linguistics

Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Assistant Professor, English Department, Ph.D. Brown University
African-American and Caribbean literature; Poetry; Poetics.

Joaquín Martínez Pizarro
Professor, English Department, Ph.D. Harvard University
Old English and Old Norse; Medieval Latin; early medieval narrative; historiography as literature.

Silvio Rendon
Assistant Professor, Economics Department. Ph.D. NYU, 1997
Areas of interest are Labor Markets, International Migration and Remittances Mexico-US, Economic Growth.

Victoriano Roncero-López
Professor, Hispanic Languages & Literature
Ph.D. 1987, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Ph.D. 1988, University of Illinois
Picaresque Literature, Quevedian Studies, Humanism.

Ian Roxborough
Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Joint appointment with History Department. Interests are in processes of large-scale social and political change; urban labor movements, particularly in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, and on revolutions and political stability, and in international political economy. Recent research examines U.S. military policy with regard to Latin America, part of a larger project on American military strategy since the end of the Cold War.

Lilia Delfina Ruiz-Debbe
Coordinator of the Language Program, Hispanic Languages and Literature, Ph.D., University of Geneva
Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. With a strong foundation in the cognitive epistemology of Piaget at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Madeline del Toro Cherney
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
My anthropological focus is based on Latin American social concerns and how the anthropological figures into Latin American identity and cultural dynamics. The courses I teach at Stony Brook are of a broad range but all ultimately focus on Latin American society within the current global condition.

José Elías-Ulloa
Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages & Literature, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Jose Elias-Ulloa is a formal linguist, whose specialization is phonology. His main interest is the study of indigenous languages of the Americas. His specialization is on the study Amazonian languages spoken in Peru (in particular, languages that belong to the Pano linguistic family). He’s interested in their grammatical (phonological) characteristics and how they are affected by the contact with Spanish as well what types of Spanish emerge from that contact. 

Kathleen Vernon
Associate Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Since receiving her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago,
Spanish cinema, Latin America, and the U.S. during the "Golden Age" of the 1930s and 1940s. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Women's Studies

Carlos Vidal
Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the School of Health Technology and Management
He is one of the editors of the Critical Social Welfare Issues: Tools for Social Work and Health Care Professionals. His Chapter in that book is on "Cultural Diversity among Hispanic Families: Implications for Practitioners." He is Project Director of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) at Stony Brook University, a federally funded program aimed at increasing a more diverse and competitive applicant pool of underrepresented individuals in grades 7 through 12, as well as adults, to pursue careers in allied health professions.  His Professional Areas of Interest include Social Policy and Research within the Child Welfare field, Health and Mental Health Care issues among Hispanic children ;Violence in schools, sports and communities; Cultural Competency Education and Training, Anger and Conflict Management, the Hispanic Family and Community Based Participatory Research.

Tracey Walters
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, Ph.D., Howard University
African American Literature, Caribbean Literature, African Literature, Pan-African Literature, Black British Literature and Culture, 20th century American and British Literature, journalism.

Kathleen Wilson
Associate Professor, History, Ph.D., Yale University
Caribbean history, and especially gender, post-colonial theory, race and the history of performance in the British West Indies. My current book (in press: The Island Race: Englishness, Empire and Gender in the 18th Century (London, Routledge, 2002) includes a study of the fate of an English courtesan who emigrates to Jamaica and becomes Mistress of the Revels there; my next book, on colonial theatre, will examine local and transatlantic contexts of Jamaican social and theatrical performance and compare it to theatre and society in other British colonial sites.

Eric Zolov
Associate Professor, History, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Modern Latin America, particularly Mexico. U.S.-Latin American Relations, Popular Culture, Global 1960s.



Annual Graduate Conference

Urban Explorations:
Latin America’s Cities, Past & Present
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Wed. April 23 (2014), 1.00 to 2.20 pm
Social & Behavioral Sciences N320



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