Affiliated Faculty

 Eric Zolov Director of Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center


Jennifer Anderson Ph.D. NYU, 2007
Assistant Professor, History Department

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.  

Email: jennifer.l.anderson@stonybrook.edu


Jorge L. Benach Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1972 
Distinguished Toll Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Pathology

Email: jorge.benach@stonybrook.edu


Pamela BlockPh.D., Duke Univ, 1997
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
Associate Dean for Research, School of Health Technology and Management
Director, Disabilities Studies Concentration, Ph.D. Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Stony Brook University

Areas of interest are historical perceptions of autism and intellectual disability in Brazil, emergence of Brazilian disability studies, disability and intersectionality in Brazil. 

Pamela.Block@stonybrook.edu 


Lena Burgos-Lafuente Ph.D., New York University

Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature,

Modern and Contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literatures, Poetry, Modern transatlantic literatures, Poetics and Literary Politics

Email: lena.burgos-lafuente@stonybrook.edu


Pablo Calvi Ph.D., Columbia University 

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

Email: Pablo.calbi@stonybrook.edu


 

Ritch Calvin Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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.

Email: Ritchie.Calvin@stonybrook.edu 


Jonathan Cohen  M.F.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Jonathan Cohen / Writer-in-Residence, Surgery Department

Areas of interest are modern Latin American literature (esp. poetry) in translation, history of inter-American literary relations, and practice of verse translation.

Email: Jonathan.Cohen@StonyBrook.edu


Liliana Dávalos  Ph.D., Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology/Ecology and Evolution

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.

Email: liliana.davalos-alvarez@stonybrook.edu


Joanne Davila Ph.D., University of CA
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.
http://www.psychology.sunysb.edu/jdavila-/webpage/

Email: joanne.davila@stonybrook.edu 


Lou Charnon-Deutsch Ph.D., University of Chicago 
Emeritus Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature

Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature (1997-2001). She is an affiliate of Women's Studies and of Comparative Literature. 

Email: lou.deutsch@stonybrook.edu


 

Margarita Espada 

Lecturer, Movement and Masks; Theatre Arts

Email: teatroyerbabruja@gmail.com 


Paul Firbas Ph.D., Princeton University

Associate Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature

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

Email: paul.firbas@stonybrook.edu


Daniela Flesler   Ph.D., Tulane University
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

20th Century Peninsular Studies; Spanish Cultural Studies, Spain and its Arab past, Immigration in Spain and Post-colonial theory.

Email: daniela.flesler@stonybrook.edu


Lori Flores Ph.D., History, Stanford University
Assistant Professor, History Department

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.

Email: lori.flores@stonybrook.edu


Melissa Forbis Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor, Cultural Analysis and Theory/Sociology

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: melissa.forbis@stonybrook.edu  


Georges Fouron Ed.D., Columbia University

Associate Professor, Social Sciences 

Joint appointment with Africana Studies; Social studies education; bilingual education; identity; Haiti; immigrants’ experience in America; transnationalism.

Email: georges.fouron@stonybrook.edu


Barbara Frank  Ph.D., Indiana University

Associate Professor, Art History

Joint appointment with Africana Studies and Anthropology; African Art History, African Diaspora, Ancient Mesoamerica.

Email: barbara.frank@stonybrook.edu


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

Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine

Email: Raymond.Goldsteen@stonybrook.edu


Paul Gootenberg
SUNY Distinguished Professor of History & Sociology; Chair, History Department

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).

Email: paul.gootenberg@stonybrook.edu


Catherine H. Graham Ph.D., University of Missouri - St. Louis
Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution

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.

Email: catherine.graham@stonybrook.edu


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.

Email: nancy.hiemstra@stonybrook.edu


Tiffany Joseph Ph.D. Univ. of Michigan
Assistant Professor, Sociology

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: http://www.tiffanydjoseph.com/

Email: tiffany.joseph@stonybrook.edu


Brooke Larson  Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor, History

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.

Email: brooke.larson@stonybrook.edu


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

Email: marci.lobel@stonybrook.edu


Adrián Pérez Melgosa Ph.D., University of Rochester 

Associate Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures,

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.

Email: adrian.perezmelgosa@stonybrook.edu


Timothy Moran  Ph.D., University of Maryland
Assistant Professor, Sociology

Professor Moran researches and writes on historical global inequalities, including the distribution of income between and within countries, gender inequality, and socio-economic development. 

Email: timothy.p.moran@stonybrook.edu


Elizabeth Newman  PhD in Anthropology from Yale University

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.  

Email: elizabeth.newman@stonybrook.edu.   homepage: www.elizabethnewman.org


Francisco Ordóñez  Ph.D. Graduate Center of the City of New York, 1997
Associate Professor, Linguistics

Syntax, Dialectology of Spanish, Comparative Linguistics

Email: francisco.ordonez@stonybrook.edu


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

Email: Rowan.Phillips@stonybrook.edu


Joseph Pierce PH.D., Univ Texas Austin, 2013
Assiatant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Contemporary Southern Cone and Latin American Literatures, Narrative, Autobiographical Writing, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory, Kinship Studies

Email: joseph.pierce@stonybrook.edu


Joaquín Martínez Pizarro Ph.D. Harvard University
Professor, English Department

Old English and Old Norse; Medieval Latin; early medieval narrative; historiography as literature.

Email: joaquin.martinez-pizarro@stonybrook.edu


 

Richard Ricioppo

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

Email: richard.ricioppo@stonybrook.edu


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

Picaresque Literature, Quevedian Studies, Humanism

Email: victoriano.roncero-lopez@stonybrook.edu


Ian Roxborough  Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Professor, Sociology

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.

Email: ian.roxborough@stonybrook.edu 


Lilia Delfina Ruiz-Debbe Ph.D., University of Geneva
Coordinator of the Language Program, Hispanic Languages and Literature

Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. With a strong foundation in the cognitive epistemology of Piaget at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Email: lilia.ruiz-debbe@stonybrook.edu


 

David Taylor Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Email: David.j.taylor@stonybrook.edu


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.

Email: madeline.cherney@stonybrook.edu


José Elías-Ulloa Ph.D., Rutgers University
Associate Professor, Linguistics

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. 

Email: jose.elias-ulloa@stonybrook.edu


Javier Uriarte Ph.D. 2011, New York University

Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures

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.

Email: Javier.Uriarte@stonybrook.edu


Kathleen Vernon Ph.D., University of Chicago
Associate Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literature

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

Email: kathleen.vernon@stonybrook.edu 


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.

Email: carlos.vidal@stonybrook.edu


Tracey Walters Ph.D., Howard University
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

African American Literature, Caribbean Literature, African Literature, Pan-African Literature, Black British Literature and Culture, 20th century American and British Literature, journalism.

Email: tracey.walters@stonybrook.edu


Kathleen Wilson Ph.D., Yale University
Distinguished Professor, History

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.

Email: kathleen.wilson@stonybrook.edu


Karina Yager  Ph.D., Yale University
Visiting Assistant Professor, Sustainability Studies Program

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.

Email: karina.yager@stonybrook.edu
 

 

 

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