Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate faculty are essential to LACS in its development of an academic community that shows diversity but also common interests across disciplines. Their participation provides students and also each other with a broader awareness of research methodologies and themes, and it promotes collaboration, exchange, and mutual support.

Isabella Alcañiz

Alcañiz, Isabella
Department: Government and Politics
Office: 3104A Tydings Hall
Phone: 301-405-4156
Dr. Isabella Alcañiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland (UMD). Her research examines environmental and climate politics, international financial mechanisms for climate change, social network analysis, the state in the global south, gender politics, and Latin American politics. Her 2016 book with Cambridge University Press is entitled Environmental and Nuclear Networks in the Global South: How Skills Shape International Cooperation. Dr. Alcañiz holds a Licenciatura degree in International Relations from the Universidad de Belgrano (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University

Sharada Balachandran Orihuela

Balachandran Orihuela, Sharada
Department: English
Office: 3118 Tawes Hall
Phone: 301-405-9649
Sharada Balachandran Orihuela is an associate professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature Program. She is also an affiliate faculty in Asian American Studies, US Latino Studies, and American Studies. Her specializations are in nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century literature of the Americas; Hemispheric American studies; transnational American literature and economic history; and critical race and gender theory.

Francisco Barrenechea

Barrenechea, Francisco
Department: Classics
Office: 1210 Marie Mount Hall
Phone: 301-405-8670
Francisco Barrenechea is an associate professor in the Department of Classics. He received his PhD from Columbia University and his research and teaching interests include the reception of Greek and Roman literature and particularly ancient drama in Spain and Latin America.

Ralph Bauer

Bauer, Ralph
Department: English
Office: 3114 Tawes Hall
Phone: 301-405-9647
Ralph Bauer is associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, where he teaches courses on the literatures of the Americas, including Anglo, Spanish, and Native American literature. His research interests include the literatures and cultures of the colonial Americas, early modern studies, hemispheric studies, and the history of science.

Paula Beckman

Beckman, Paula
Department: College of Education
Office: 1308 Benjamin Building
Phone: 301-405-6492
Paula Beckman is Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. She specializes in rural education in Central America, early intervention, early childhood education, special education, and working with families. She is currently conducting research in El Salvador and other parts of Central America.

Jóhanna Birnir

Birnir, Jóhanna
Department: Government and Politics
Office: 2117F Chincoteague Hall
Phone: 301-405-7206
Jóhanna Birnir is associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics and the research director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management. Her research is in the field of comparative politics and focuses on political developments in new democracies in Latin America and Eastern Europe. More specifically, she studies the effects of institutions on party system development and ethnic politics with a special emphasis on conflict.

Juan Luis Burke

Burke, Juan Luis
Department: School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Office: ARCH 1218
Phone: 301-405-6791
Juan Luis Burke (Ph.D., McGill University) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he teaches architectural studio and courses on the history and theory of architecture, including one course solely dedicated to surveying the history of Latin America's built environment. His research and scholarly interests focus on the history and theory of the architecture and urbanism of Latin America, particularly Mexico, and its links with Europe, particularly Spain and Italy, from the 16th century to the present.

Melissa Blanco Borelli

Melissa Blanco Borelli
Department: School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
Office: 2810 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301-405-6676
Melissa Blanco Borelli is the author of She Is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body which won the Society of Dance History Scholars' 2016 de la Torre Bueno Prize for best book in Dance Studies. She has been faculty at MIT, University of Surrey, UK and Royal Holloway, University of London where she remains affiliated as a Reader in Dance Theory and Performance. Her research interests include theories of the body and embodied identity; blackness in Latin America; dance on screen; feminist historiography and performance/auto-ethnography; cultural memory; digital humanities; and decolonial aesthetics. A recipient of a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council grant, she is the Principal Investigator on a project with Universidad de Antioquia that co-creates digital performance archives with Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities affected by the armed conflict. She is the current President of the Dance Studies Association. A Native New Yorker, Dr Blanco Borelli enjoys running, traveling and learning new languages.

Ernesto Calvo

Calvo, Ernesto
Department: Government and Politics
Office: 3140 Tydings Hall
Phone: 301-405-4156
Ernesto Calvo is associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics, having joined UMD in the fall of 2010. He specializes in comparative politics, political economy, and methods. Calvo’s research focuses on political representation, elections, and congresses. His work has received awards from the Comparative Politics sections of the American Political Science Association and the Latin American Studies Association.

Alejandro Cañeque

Cañeque, Alejandro
Department: History
Office: 2101M Francis Scott Key
Phone: 301-405-4265
Alejandro Cañeque is an associate professor in the Department of History. His research concentrates on colonial Latin America, early modern Spain, and the Spanish empire. Special interests include the political and religious cultures of the early modern Spanish world, with an emphasis on colonial Spanish America and the Spanish Atlantic world.

Janet Chernela

Chernela, Janet
Department: Anthropology
Office: 1111 Woods Hall
Phone: 301-405-1421
Janet Chernela has been a professor of anthropology and Latin American studies at UMD since 2004. She is a leading scholar in indigenous peoples and protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon. Her research interests include indigenous rights, NGOs, and intergovernmental processes as well as gender, language, and performance. She is the founder of AMARN, one of the oldest ongoing indigenous associations in Brazil.

Merle Collins

Collins, Merle
Department: English
Office: 3104 Tawes Hall
Phone: 301-405-3775
Merle Collins is a professor in the Department of English. Her academic work has centered on the study of the Americas, particularly the Caribbean. Her research interests include culture and society in the Caribbean and the African diaspora in the Americas. Also a creative writer, Collins is the author of novels, poetry, and critical essays on Caribbean literature and politics.

David A. Crocker

Crocker, David A.
Department: Public Policy
Office: 3111G Van Munching Hall
Phone: 301-405-4763
David Crocker is Senior Research Scholar and Director of the School of Public Policy’s PhD program. Coming to UMD in 1993, he specializes in international development ethics, sociopolitical philosophy, transitional justice, democracy, and democratization in Latin America.

Laura Demaría

Demaría, Laura
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 2215B Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-314-2476
Laura Demaria received her undergraduate degree at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, and her Ph.D. at Washington University, in St. Louis. Her research explores spatial configurations and the production of space in Latin American literature and concentrates primarily on the Southern Cone with an emphasis on Argentina. While revising space, she is also interested in studying the complex ways in which nineteenth-century discourses are reinscribed in twentieth century literature and contemporary cultural artifacts. Rereadings and rewritings, archives and mapping are the key connecting words of her research. She is the author of Buenos Aires y las provincias: relatos para desarmar (Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2014), and Argentina-s: Ricardo Piglia dialoga con la generación del 37 en la discontinuidad (Editorial Corregidor, 1999). She is also a creative writer and has published Cruces de Carlota (Alción, 2008), a collection of short stories, and her first novel, St. Louis Blues, is forthcoming. She is also the author of numerous articles on 19th, 20th, and 21st literature and culture in referred journals.Currently, she is working on Provincias Un/Idas. Her book Buenos Aires y las provincias: relatos para desarmar was awarded the 2015 Premio Humanidades by the Section Studies on the Southern Cone, affiliated to the Latin American Studies Association (LASA); Cruces de Carlota received the University of California-Los Angeles Premio de Literatura Latinoamericana. In Argentina, she was distinguished with the Premio Universidad at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Her most recently published book by Editorial Beatriz Viterbo in Argentina is titled Buenos Aires y las provincias: relatos para desarmar (2014) .

Michael Evans

Evans, Michael
Department: Geology
Office: 3214 Benjamin Building
Phone: 301-405-8763
Michael Evans is a paleoclimatologist and associate professor in the Department of Geology who is particularly interested in the mechanisms by which tropical processes both influence and respond to global change on seasonal to centennial timescales and vice versa.

Laurie Frederik

Frederik, Laurie
Department: Latin American Studies Center and Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies
Office: 2816 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.405.6682
Laurie Frederik Meer is associate professor of performance studies in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and director of LASC. She has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago, specializes in the role of artists and intellectuals in Cuban and Latin America, and is interested in subversive cultural movements and national identity. Her book, Trumpets in the Mountains: Theater and the Politics of National Culture in Cuba, was published by Duke University Press in 2012. Her newest research examines legal culture and courtroom testimony in the United States and Puerto Rico and will be the subject of her next book.

Christina Getrich

Getrich, Christina
Department: Anthropology
Office: 0123A Woods Hall
Phone: 301-405-1424
Christina Getrich is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research is focused on Latino and immigrant health disparities, primary health care service delivery, lived experiences of health and immigration policies and enforcement practices, and broader constructions of belonging and citizenship. Her research has been principally based in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands in the Southwest.

Dorith Grant-Wisdom

Grant-Wisdom, Dorith
Department: Honors College
Office: 1119 Anne Arundel Hall
Phone: 301-405-1551
Dorith Grant-Wisdom is a professor in the Honors College. She holds a PhD in Political Science and her research and teaching interests include Issues of Globalization, Sustainability and Development; Immigration and Citizenship; Political Economy of the Caribbean & Latin America; and U.S. Foreign Policy towards the region. She has worked on Leadership Development for Diversity and Social Inclusion with Afro- and Indigenous Colombians, and has directed study abroad courses in the Caribbean. She is also a member of the editorial and advisory board of Annual Editions, “Global Issues.

Julie Greene

Greene, Julie
Department: History
Office: 2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
Phone: 301-405-4265
Julie Greene is a professor of History who specializes in United States labor and working-class history. Her research and teaching interests span across immigration and political history, the history of empire, and transnational approaches to the history of the Americas. Greene is the author of the book The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (The Penguin Press, 2009).

Perla Guerrero

Guerrero, Perla
Department: American Studies
Office: 2329 Tawes Hall
Phone: 301-405-1359
Perla M. Guerrero is Associate Professor of American Studies and U.S. Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also affiliate faculty with the Asian American Studies Program, the Center for Global Migration Studies, and the Latin American Studies Center. Her research and teaching interests include relational and comparative race and ethnicity with a focus on Latinas/os/xs and Asian Americans, space and place, immigration, labor, U.S. history, and the U.S. South. She has received multiple awards including two from the Smithsonian Institution to be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The first allowed her to work on her book project, Nuevo South: Asians, Latinas/os, and the Remaking of Place, and the second to contribute to the “Our American Journey” Immigration/Migration Initiative, a Smithsonian-wide endeavor with a new exhibit to open at NMAH. Guerrero has published numerous book chapters and articles and presented her work nationally and internationally. She has also worked with community organizations, non-profits, smaller museums and presented her work in public humanities programs such as the national symposium “Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation” and offered a Terp Talk titled “Reactions to a Diversifying U.S. South.”

George Hambrecht

Hambrecht, George
Department: Anthropology
Office: 0111 Woods Hall
Phone: 301-405-1002
George Hambrecht is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and an archaeologist with a specialty in environmental archaeology and zooarchaeology. Though his main area of research is in the North Atlantic, he is also part of the Barbuda Historical Ecology Project based on the island of Barbuda in the Leeward Islands. Hambrecht’s research interests in the Caribbean center on the environmental effects of Euro-African colonization in the post-Columbian era. He also has an interest in the use of animals as both agents of environmental change as well as ideological and religious symbols and tools.

Patricia Herron

Herron, Patricia
Department: McKeldin Library
Office: 5101D McKeldin Library
Phone: 301-405-9280
Patricia Herron is the University of Maryland librarian for Latin American Studies, and Latina/o Studies, as well as for English, Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition. She offers library research assistance and produces research guides in Latin American Studies and Latina/o Studies. Herron has collaborated with professors in the Business School, on study abroad courses to Nicaragua related to microfinance consulting. She is currently involved in fundraising efforts for the Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program, a US tax-exempt, charitable foundation established in 2003 to support the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and to promote lending libraries in Central America.

Regina Igel

Igel, Regina
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 2211 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-6457
Regina Igel is a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and department advisor, specializing in Brazilian literature.

Clara Irazábal

Irazábal, Clara
Department: Urban Studies and Planning Program
Office: 3835 Campus Drive
Phone: 301-405-8000
Clara Irazábal is the Director of the Urban Studies and Planning Program (URSP) in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP) at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, in the Washington DC area. She previously was the Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program and Professor of Planning in at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Irazábal also worked as Associate Professor and Director of the Latin Lab at Columbia University in the City of New York and Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. She got her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and has two master degrees, one from UCB and another from the Central University of Venezuela. In her research and teaching, she explores the interactions of culture, politics, and placemaking, and their impact on community development and socio-spatial justice in Latin American cities and US Latinx, immigrant, and minority communities. Irazábal has published academic work in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. She is the author of Urban Governance and City Making in the Americas: Curitiba and Portland (Ashgate, 2005) and the editor of Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)Here (Routledge 2014) and Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events: Citizenship, Democracy, and Public Space in Latin America (Routledge 2008, 2015). Irazábal is an editorial board member of internationally accredited architectural and planning journals and book presses, including associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA). Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher, and/or professor in countries of the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She is a lecturer at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, where she annually teaches a course in a European Erasmus Mundus program. She has taught award-winning planning and multidisciplinary studios internationally in Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and Trinidad and Tobago; and domestically in Latinx, Black, and immigrant/refugee communities. Irazábal frequently offers her expertise on local, national, and international media.

Steven Klees

Klees, Steven
Department: College of Education
Office: 3112E Benjamin Building
Phone: 301-405-2212
Steven Klees is professor of International Education Policy. Klees’ work examines the political economy of education and development with specific research interests in globalization, neoliberalism, and education; the role of aid agencies; education, human rights, and social justice; the education of disadvantaged populations; the role of class, gender, and race in reproducing and challenging educational and social inequality; and alternative approaches to education and development. Klees has worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz

Korzeniewicz, Roberto Patricio
Department: Sociology
Office: 3103 Art-Sociology Building
Phone: 301-405-6398
Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology. His current research focuses on global patterns of income inequality, social stratification and mobility, and on historical and current patterns of change among social movements in Latin America. His book Unveiling Inequality (Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 2009), co-written with Timothy P. Moran, won the 2010 Best Book Award of the Political Economy of the World-System section of the American Sociological Association.

Manel Lacorte

Lacorte, Manel
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 2202 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-8233
Manel Lacorte is associate professor of Spanish applied linguistics and director of the Spanish Language Program. His research focuses on language teaching methodology, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics in the Spanish-speaking world.

Thayse Lima

Lima, Thayse
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 2210 Jimenez Hall
Phone: 301-405-4025
Thayse Leal Lima is an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has a PhD in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University and specializes in intellectual exchanges between Brazil and Hispanic American countries. Her research and teaching interests also include nineteenth century to contemporary Brazilian literature and culture, Modern Latin American literature and intellectual history, transnationalism and international literary circulation.

Karen Lips

Lips, Karen
Department: Biology
Office: 4219 Biology-Psychology Building
Phone: 301-405-5030
Karen Lips is a professor in the Department of Biology. She studies the ecology and evolution of tropical amphibians throughout Latin America, focusing especially on disease ecology and conservation. In 2017-2018 she served as a Jefferson Science Fellow for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the US Department of State where she was involved in science and educational diplomacy.

Ryan Long

Long, Ryan
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 3215 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-4025
After receiving his PhD from Duke University in 2002, Ryan Long taught Spanish at the University of Oklahoma for 11 years. His publications include work on the EZLN [Zapatista Army of National Liberation], Mexican cinema, prison literature, and writers such as Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, María Luisa Mendoza, José Gorostiza, Juan Villoro, Laura Esquivel, and Roberto Bolaño. His book, Fictions of Totality: The Mexican Novel, 1968, and the National-Popular State, was published in 2008 by Purdue University Press. In addition to shorter pieces about Cristina Rivera Garza and Bruno Montané, he is currently working on two book projects, one about Bolaño and another about the Swiss architect and one-time Bauhaus director Hannes Meyer, who lived and worked in Mexico from 1939 to 1949.

Rafael Lorente

Lorente, Rafael
Department: Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Office: 529 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. Suite 950
Phone: 202-628-1673
Rafael Lorente is the Washington bureau chief of Capital News Service and the director of the master's program in journalism. Lorente is a former reporter with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald. As a reporter in Washington for the Sun-Sentinel, Lorente covered the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the attacks of Sept. 11, and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, particularly Cuba.

Ronald Luna

Luna, Ronald
Department: Geographical Sciences
Office: 2108 Lefrak Hall
Phone: 301-405-4073
Ronald Luna is the undergraduate director in the Department of Geographical Sciences. His areas of interest are transnational theory, Latin American migration to the United States, the Central American community in the Washington, DC metro area, and the creation of cultural spaces by Latinos in the US.

Carlos Machado

Machado, Carlos A.
Department: Biology
Office: 1210 Biology-Psychology Building
Phone: 301-405-9447
Carlos A. Machado is Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. He specializes in evolutionary genetics of insects, plants, and human parasites. Most of his work has been conducted in South and Central America.

James Maffie

Maffie, James
Department: American Studies
Office: 2139 Francis Scott Key Hall
Phone: 301-405-8961
Jim Maffie is senior lecturer in the Department of American Studies and an affiliate of the Departments of Philosophy and History and Religious and Latin American Studies Programs. He is the author of Aztec Philosophy: Understanding a World in Motion (2014) and numerous articles examining various aspects of conquest-era Mexica (Aztec) philosophical thought. He argues that the conquest-era Mexica advanced a highly sophisticated and systematic philosophy worthy of consideration alongside other world philosophies. Maffie is currently writing a second book tentatively entitled, Aztec Ethics: Reciprocity and Balance in a World of Motion, that focuses on Mexica ethics and understanding of the good life. His work employs a broadly inter-disciplinary approach including philosophy, indigenous studies, linguistics, ethnography, religious studies, ritual studies, art history, archaeology, and history.

Abigail McEwen

McEwen, Abigail
Department: Art History and Archaeology
Office: 4206 Art-Sociology Building
Phone: 301-405-1486
Abigail McEwen is an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. An historian of modern American art, she has focused her scholarship around the practices of Latin American avant-gardes over the twentieth century. Her book, Revolutionary Horizons: Art and Polemics in 1950s Cuba (Yale University Press, 2016), describes the visual strategies and political purchase of the vanguardia in pre-Revolutionary Havana.

Eyda Merediz

Merediz, Eyda
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 2215H Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-6451
Eyda Merediz is associate professor of Latin American literature and culture in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, specializing in Cuban literature and cinema.

Nancy Mirabal

Mirabal, Nancy
Department: American Studies & U.S. Latina/o Studies
Office: 3329 Tawes Hall
Phone: 301-405-1354
Nancy Raquel Mirabal is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and US Latino Studies Program. She is a historian who earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mirabal has published widely in the fields of Afro-diasporic communities in the United States and in the politics of territoriality, gentrification, and spatiality, publishing two articles examining displacement and gentrification in the Mission District of San Francisco. She is first editor of “Technofuturos: Critical Interventions in Latino Studies,” a co-editor of “Keywords in Latino Studies” (NYU Press, 2017), and has completed a book entitled “Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York City, 1823-1957." (NYU 2016).

Phil Tajitsu Nash

Nash, Phil Tajitsu
Department: Asian American Studies
Office: 1145 Cole Student Activities Bldg.
Phone: 301-405-0996
Phil Tajitsu Nash has taught Asian Pacific American history, art, and public policy courses; served as a Curator on APA issues at the Smithsonian; and worked with Native Americans in North America and Brazil on human rights, culture, and language issues. He has taught a Study Abroad class for students in the Brazilian Amazon, where they studied rainforest ecology and indigenous issues, and is currently researching the migration of Asians to Brazil. Nash has a B.A. in Urban Design Studies from N.Y.U. and a J.D. from Rutgers (Newark) School of Law.

Zita Nunes

Nunes, Zita
Department: English and Comparative Literature
Office: 2119 Tawes Hall
Phone: 301-405-3801
Zita Nunes is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of African American/African Diaspora literature, the literature of the Americas, and literary theory. She teaches in the areas of African American/African Diaspora, Caribbean, and Latin American Literature and Culture. The author of Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas (Minnesota UP, 2008), Professor Nunes is the PI on the first phase of a digital archive of the black press in multiple languages, titled Digital Bilingual (Portuguese/English) Edition of Correio de Africa [Africa Mail] Newspaper (1921-24) with Scholarly Apparatus, which is made possible in part by a major three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Professor Nunes is completing a book manuscript titled Racism in Translation: Multilingualism, the Harlem Renaissance, Comparative Literature, which is anchored round the life and writings of the St Vincent-born, James Bertram Clarke, who travelled and published throughout the Americas under assumed names in an act of literal and literary self-invention that translated him from James Bertram Clarke into José Clarana and Jaime Gil—a black man, a West Indian, a Latin American, Venezuelan Jew, a white Chilean. Zita Nunes examines the way Clarke fractured himself in what, from the vantage point of the present, looks like a thought experiment on the relationship of racism and translation, using his body as a vector, taking what is understood as an ontological identity and making of it a performance, an epistemology, and the basis for anti-racist politics. Professor Nunes lectures widely and teaches internationally, including in Brazil and Argentina. She has published journal and book articles, exhibition catalogues, and served as a co-editor with Gwen Bergner of a special issue of American Literature titled “The Plantation, the Post-Plantation, and the Afterlives of Slavery.” The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including Fulbright awards to Brazil and Mozambique, Professor Nunes was a fellow in the ADVANCE Leadership and Advancing Diversity programs and has served repeatedly as research mentor for the McNair Program. She has been the director of the Comparative Literature Program, of the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, and served as the Associate Chair of the English department.

Randy Ontiveros

Ontiveros, Randy
Department: English
Office: 3123 Tawes Hall
Phone: 301-405-3833
Randy Ontiveros is an associate professor of English. His areas of interest include Chicano/Latino literature and culture, contemporary American literature, social movements, geography, immigration, and gender studies. His first book, In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement, is available from New York University Press. He currently is writing a book about Latinos/as and the American suburb.

Valérie Orlando

Orlando, Valérie
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 3215 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-4027
Valérie Orlando is Professor of French and Francophone Literatures in the Department of French and Italian, where she also serves as Head. She is the author of six books, the most recent of which are: The Algerian New Novel: The Poetics of a Modern Nation, 1950-1979 (University of Virginia Press, 2017), New African Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2017), and Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society (Ohio UP, 2011). She published with Sandra M. Cypess (Professor Emeritus of Spanish) the co-edited volume, Reimaging the Caribbean: Conversations among the Creole, English, French and Spanish Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2014). She has written numerous articles on Francophone writing from the African diaspora, African Cinema, and French literature and culture. She was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Grant to Morocco and Tunisia in spring 2007 and an American Institute of Maghrebi Studies (AIMS) grant for May-June 2009 to Morocco. She is also Series Editor for After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France with Lexington Books.

Mehl Penrose

Penrose, Mehl
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 3215 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-8902
Mehl Penrose is Associate Director for Academic Affairs in the School of Languages, Literature and Cultures, associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and affiliate faculty in LGBT Studies. His scholarly interests concentrate on the problematic of gender and sexuality in modern Spanish cultural discourse and also include queer studies, reception theory, camp theory, contemporary Mexican theater, modern Peruvian literature, and trans-Atlantic Hispanic studies.

 Maria Polinsky

Polinsky, Maria
Department: Department of Linguistics
Office: 1417 A Marie Mount Hall
Phone: 301-405-7002
Maria Polinsky received her doctorate in Linguistics in 1986. She has taught at the University of Southern California, the University of California, San Diego and Harvard University. She specializes in linguistic theory and has done extensive work on endangered languages in different locations around the world.

Juan Carlos Quintero Herencia

Quintero Herencia, Juan Carlos
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 2215D Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-6450
Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia (Santurce, Puerto Rico. BA. University of Puerto Rico, M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University). Professor Quintero-Herencia taught at the University of Puerto Rico's Department of Hispanic Studies, Rio Piedras, from 1992 to 2001 and was appointed Andrew W. Mellon Research Associate at Brown University's Department of Hispanic Studies from 1998 to 2000. He is the author of Fulguración del espacio: Letras e imaginario institucional de la Revolución cubana 1960-1971 (2002), Latin American Studies Association Premio Iberoamericano, La máquina de la salsa: Tránsitos del sabor (2005), and La hoja de mar (:) Efecto archipiélago I (2016). He is the editor of Caribe abierto ( ) Ensayos críticos (2012). As a poet he is the author of El hilo para el marisco/Cuaderno de los envíos (2002), Pen Club of Puerto Rico Poetry Prize, La caja negra (1996), Libro del sigiloso (2012) and El cuerpo del milagro (2016). He was a founding member and co editor of the journal of Puerto Rican poetry Filo de juego, and was also a member of the collective journal Nómada, and a contributor to the Puerto Rican journals bordes and Postdata. Quintero-Herencia has held fellowships from the Ford and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña/National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Areas of interest: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature, Contemporary Puerto Rican and Cuban Literatures, Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, Literary Theory, Theory, Cultural Analysis, Philosophy, Poetics ( ) Politics, Sensoriality and Archipelagic poetics.

Sean Downey

Ramos, Iván A.
Department: Women's Studies
Office: 2101 Woods Hall
Phone: 301-405-6877
Iván A. Ramos is assistant professor of LGBTQ studies in the department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. He was previously a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. He received his PhD in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from UC Berkeley. His first book, Sonic Negations: Unbelonging Subjects, Inauthentic Objects, and Sound between Mexico and the United States, examines how Mexican and U.S. Latino/a artists and publics utilized sound to articulate negation in the wake of NAFTA. Iván’s broader research investigates the links and slippages between transnational Latino/a American aesthetics in relationship to the everydayness of contemporary and historical violence. In Fall 2016, he was a member of the “Queer Hemisphere: América Queer” Residential Research group at the University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine. His writing has appeared in several journals including Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and ASAP/Journal. He has articles forthcoming in the catalog for the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., sponsored by the Getty Foundation, and the anthology Turning Archival from Duke University Press.

Fernando Rios

Rios, Fernando
Department: School of Music
Office: 3110E Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301-405-8585
Fernando Rios is an associate professor in the School of Music. An ethnomusicologist and historian with a specialization in the Southern Andes (especially Bolivia), his research explores the social history of musical expressions as a window into issues such as nation-building, cultural appropriation, and globalization. He regularly offers the undergraduate Gen-Ed class “The Impact of Music on Life,” graduate ethnomusicology seminars such as “The Anthropology of Music” and “Music and Nation-Building,” and various courses with a Latin American focus, including “Mexican and Mexican-American Music,” “Music of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador,” and “Readings in Latin American and Latinx Music.”

Ana Patricia Rodríguez

Rodríguez, Ana Patricia
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 2215E Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-2020
Ana Patricia Rodríguez is associate professor with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese specializing in Central and Latin American literatures and U.S. Latina/o Studies. Her interests include transnational and diasporic cultural production, popular culture, and community based research.

Karin Rosemblatt

Rosemblatt, Karin
Department: History
Office: 2127 Taliaferro Hall
Phone: 301-405-4286
Karin Rosemblatt is Professor in the Department of History at University of Maryland, College Park. She studies the relation of gender, race/ethnicity, and class to governance and state policies.

Michelle V. Rowley

Rowley, Michelle V.
Department: Women’s Studies
Office: 2101 Woods Hall
Phone: 301-405-0981
Dr. Michelle Rowley is an Associate Professor to the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Maryland. Before joining the department in 2006 she served in the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Cincinnati (2004-2006). She completed her Ph.D. as a Fulbright Scholar at Clark University, Worcester MA (2003). She presently serves on the editorial collective for Feminist Studies. Her research interests address issues of gender and development, the politics of welfare, as well as state responses to questions of Caribbean women’s reproductive health and well being and rights for sexual minorities. Her publications include “When the Post-Colonial State Bureaucratizes Gender: Charting Trinidadian Women’s Centrality Within The Margins,” “Where the Streets Have No Name: Getting Development Out of the (RED).” “Rethinking Interdisciplinarity: Meditations on the Sacred Possibilities of an Erotic Feminist Pedagogy,” and “Whose Time Is It?: Gender and Humanism in Contemporary Caribbean Feminist Advocacy.” Her book is entitled Feminist Advocacy and Gender Equity in the Anglophone Caribbean: Envisioning a Politics of Coalition (Routledge, 2011).

Thurka Sangaramoorthy

Sangaramoorthy, Thurka
Department: Anthropology
Office: 0113A Woods Hall
Phone: 301-405-1437
Thurka Sangaramoorthy, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Sangaramoorthy is a cultural and medical anthropologist and public health researcher with 22 years of expertise in conducting applied ethnographic research, including rapid assessments, among vulnerable populations in the United States, Africa, and Latin America/Caribbean. Her expertise includes global health and migration, HIV/STD, health systems, and environmental risk. She is the author of two books: Treating AIDS (Rutgers UP, 2014) and Rapid Ethnographic Assessments (Routledge, 2020), and teaches courses on global health, medical anthropology, and research methods.

David Sartorius

Sartorius, David
Department: History
Office: 2101E Francis Scott Key Hall
Phone: 301-405-4287
David Sartorius is an associate professor in the Department of History with a special interest in racial ideologies in 19th century Cuba.

Saúl Sosnowski

Sosnowski, Saúl
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 4215 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-4772
Saúl Sosnowski is a professor of Latin American literature and culture. In addition to Latin American-Jewish literature, his research has centered on issues of civic education, democracy, conflict management, and cultural politics with a focus on Latin America.

Daryle Williams

Williams, Daryle
Department: History
Office: 2125 Taliaferro Hall
Phone: 301-405-0061
Daryle Williams is the director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History and associate director of the Hispanic American Historical Review. His primary fields of study are Brazil and Modern Latin America.

Ruth Zambrana

Zambrana, Ruth
Department: Women's Studies
Office: 2101D Woods Hall
Phone: 301-405-0451
Ruth Enid Zambrana is a professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, and adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine. Zambrana's work focuses on the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, nativity, and structural inequality with a focus on mental and physical health/well-being of marginalized and minority communities. She is the author of Latinos in American Society: Families and Communities in Transition (Cornell University Press, 2011) and editor of The Magic Key: The Educational Journey of Mexican Americans from K-12 to College and Beyond (University of Texas Press, 2015).


Judith Freidenberg

Harrison, Regina
Department: Anthropology
Regina Harrison is Professor Emerita of Latin American literature (Spanish) and Comparative Literature (English) and affiliate professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on the oral traditions of the Quechua-speaking indigenous peoples of the Andes. As a documentary filmmaker, she explores the role of tourism in indigenous Andean communities.

Judith Freidenberg

Freidenberg, Judith
Department: Anthropology
Judith Freidenberg is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, specializing in immigration and Latin American society and culture. She has also conducted research in Langley Park concerning the lack of health care for Latino immigrants.

Nelly Stromquist

Stromquist, Nelly
Department: College of Education
Office: 2211 Benjamin Building
Phone: 301-405-7925
Nelly Stromquist is professor of international education policy in the College of Education. Her research focuses on gender issues, adult literacy and social movements, and the impact of globalization on education, particularly on the professoriate. She was awarded the 2012 Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professorship by the Swedish Research Council.

Sandra Cypess

Cypess, Sandra M.
Department: School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office: 2215 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-6449
Sandra Messinger Cypess is professor of Latin American literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, with an interest in feminist theory and Latin American women writers. Her current book is Uncivil Wars: Elena Garro, Octavio Paz, and the Battle for Cultural Memory (University of Texas Press 2012).