Core Staff and Faculty
Britta Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 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 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.
Liana Gonzalez is a fourth year English, Language and Literature major with a minor in Law and Society. She will be going to the Dominican Republic this spring break as a part of the UMD Alternative Breaks Experience. The focus of the program is youth development. She will be there working with children in the classroom and empowering young girls and women. Liana has been involved in the TOTUS Spoken Word Experience – which allows students to explore marginalized identities and ways they can spark conversations about them through spoken word. TOTUS is run through UMD’s Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) office. Additionally, Liana currently serves on the Pride Alliance Executive Board at UMD – the largest LGBTQ+ student organization – which also runs under the MICA office. Liana also has a background in performing arts and as a life goal hopes to use this to creatively spark conversations around social injustices in order to create change. She is very excited to be joining the LASC staff.