Affiliated Faculty

  Eric Zolov 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 BlockPh.D., Duke Univ, 1997
Associate Dean for Research, School of Health Technology & Management
Director, Disability Studies Concentration, Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Associate Professor, HRS, and OT Programs
Areas of interest are historical perceptions of autism and intellectual disability in Brazil, emergence of Brazilian disability studies, disability and intersectionality in Brazil.

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

Ritch 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
Jonathan Cohen / Writer-in-Residence, Surgery Department, M.F.A., Columbia University, Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Areas of interest are modern Latin American literature (esp. poetry) in translation, history of inter-American literary relations, and practice of verse translation.


Liliana Dávalos
Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor Dávalos is an evolutionary biologist interested in the forces that shape biodiversity in time and space. Her lab focuses on how diversity in species and traits arises, and on helping shape policy to conserve ecosystems today and into the future.

Joanne Davila 
Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training
She has published widely in the areas of adolescent and adult psychopathology and interpersonal functioning. Her current research focuses on the interpersonal causes and consequences of depression and anxiety disorders, risk factors for the early development of romantic relationship dysfunction in adolescents and young adults, the role of attachment representations in interpersonal functioning, and well being among LGBT individuals.


Lou Charnon-Deutsch
Emeritus 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
Researches and teaches in the fields of Latino/a, labor, immigration, and U.S.-Mexico borderlands history. Her forthcoming book UNHARVESTED DREAMS: MEXICAN AMERICANS, MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS, AND THE MAKING OF AGRICULTURAL CALIFORNIA will be published by Yale University Press.

Melissa Forbis
Assistant Professor, Cultural Analysis and Theory / Sociology, 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.
Email:    Webpage in Sociology

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
SUNY Distinguished Professor of History & Sociology

Professor Gootenberg is a Latin American historian, specialized in Peruvian and Mexican history, with interdisciplinary interests in commodity history, state formation, economic ideas, and social inequality. His major interest is now the history of drugs, on which he published, among other works, Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug (UNC Press, 2009).


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, her research is primarily on Latin American migration to the U.S. and consequences of immigration enforcement policy. Most recently worked in Ecuador to study the impacts of U.S. immigrant detention and deportation 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, Department of History
Research interests include Mesoamerican Ethnohistory, 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. I have just published a book titled "Biography of a Hacienda: Work and Revolution in Rural Mexico" (University of Arizona Press) which draws on seven years of research in Puebla's Valley of Atlixco. I received a BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University.
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Francisco Ordóñez
Associate Professor, Linguistics, Ph.D. Graduate Center of the City of New York, 1997
Syntax, Dialectology of Spanish, Comparative Linguistics

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

Joseph Pierce
Assiatant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, PH.D., Univ Texas Austin, 2013
Contemporary Southern Cone and Latin American Literatures, Narrative, Autobiographical Writing, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory, Kinship Studies
Joaquín Martínez Pizarro
Professor, English Department, Ph.D. Harvard University
Old English and Old Norse; Medieval Latin; early medieval narrative; historiography as literature.

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
Associate Professor, Linguistics, 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. 

Javier Uriarte
Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Ph.D. 2011, New York University
19th and 20th century Latin American literature (including Brazil), travel writing, war and State-sponsored violence, theory and politics of time and space, Nation and State making in Latin America.
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 Dean and Associate Professor within the School of Health Technology and Management.
Interests include community base participatory research, educational disparities among youth of color, violence in schools and communities, health needs among Hispanic families, and faculty development mentorship.


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.

Karina Yager
Visiting Assistant Professor, Sustainability Studies Program, Ph.D., Yale University
Yager received her doctoral degree in Anthropology and works with NASA (Goddard Space Flight Center/Science Systems and Applications, Inc) and Earth Vision Trust. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change in mountain environments in Bolivia and Peru.

Eric Zolov
Associate Professor, History, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Research and teaching focuses on modern Latin America, with a particular interest in popular culture and the Cold War. Currently I am writing a book entitled, "The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties" (Duke University Press).




Wednesday, September 28th

"We're All From Somewhere Else: Becoming Latino in America" 


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