Core Staff and Faculty

Britta Anderson

Britta Anderson ( is the Interim Director of LASC. She completed her PhD in Spanish Literature, with a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, at Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. Her research examines contemporary literature and murals produced on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border that respond to the policing of citizenship and mobility through institutional systems. Her current projects address art practices among incarcerated Chicano men and performance art that challenges gendered labor systems in Ciudad Juárez. Her teaching experience includes courses in Latino/a Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Spanish language. She is currently teaching Issues in Latin American Studies I and II, and a course on public art and social justice.

Laurie Frederik

Laurie Frederik ( is associate professor of performance studies in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and she teaches LASC's capstone research course. 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.

Eric Tomala

Eric Tomalá is the LASC program coordinator. He spent over a decade of his life studying and working in New Mexico, as a Senior Academic Advisor for undergraduates at the University of New Mexico. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business and a Masters of Art in Sociology from New Mexico State University. Eric’s academic interest has focused on the political economy of food production. He recently co-published a paper in the Journal of Agromedicine titled “Health and safety in organic farming: a qualitative study”.

Sabrina Gonzalez

Sabrina Gonzalez ( is currently a PhD student in the History Department working on Latin American History. Her research interests are anarchist activism and its relation to the state, history of medicine and eugenic discourses at the beginning of the twentieth century in the Southern Cone. Sabrina disfruta pasar tiempo con gente, un mate con amigos, una charla con su mama, una caminata al atardecer.

Daniela Pardo

Daniela Pardo is third-year undergraduate in the school of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at UMD doing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a minor in Real Estate Devolpment. Two of her future goals include traveling to Italy to further study architecture, and helping under-developed countries in their built environment. At LASC Daniela works with social media, graphic design, and helps to keep the office running smoothly. This is her third year working at LASC, and she loves it.

Pablo Murga

Pablo Murga is a current junior in the undergraduate Architecture program. Since his parents are from Guatemala and Bolivia and visits to both countries often, he is really familiar with his Latino heritage. Pablo really enjoys playing soccer and spending time with friends and family. This is his second year as part of the LASC Team, and he hopes to embrace his Latino cultural through the many events that the office holds.