Affiliated Faculty

FACULTY AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF WORKING ON LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN 

CLACS collaborates and maintains relationships with over 100 faculty members and professional staff in over 30 departments at Brown University. Below are links to the research and projects of Brown University faculty affiliated with the Center.

Also, be sure to check out our publication Focus on Faculty. A pdf version of each issue is accessible at the end of this page.

Departments

Africana Studies
American Studies
Anthropology
 
Biology and Medicine 
CLACS

Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences 

Comparative Literature
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Economics 
Education
Environmental Studies

Ethnic Studies
French Studies 
Geological Sciences 
Hispanic Studies
History

 History of Art & Architecture
International Advancement Office
International Relations
John Carter Brown Library 
John Hay Library

Marine Biology Lab
Music
Political Science
Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Psychology

Public Policy
Religious Studies
Theater Arts and Performance Studies
Warren Alpert Medical School
Watson Institute



Africana Studies

Geri Augusto Visiting Associate Professor in Africana Studies. Specializations include: indigenous knowledge systems in southern Africa and the Caribbean and knowledges of the enslaved in the Caribbean and Brazil.

 

 Anthony Bogues Chair, Africana Studies. Specializations: Caribbean Studies. 

 

 

Anani Dzidzienyo Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies. Specializations: Afro-Brazilians and the Brazilian polity; Racial dimensions of Brazil’s relations with Africa.  


Keisha-Khan Perry Assistant Professor of Africana Studies. Specializations: Black women’s activism in Brazil; African diaspora studies; Race relations in Latin America. 

 

Besenia Rodriguez Associate Dean of the College for Research and Upperclass Studies. Specializations: Black Latin American Cultural and Political History. 

 

Corey Walker Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair. Specializations: Africana philosophy; Critical theory; Modern theology; Cultural studies in the Caribbean. 

 

American Studies

Ralph Rodríguez Associate Professor, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and English. Director of Graduate Studies. Specializations: Latina/o lit. and culture; Graphic novels/comic books; Queer theory; Race and ethnicity.  

 

Anthropology

 Paja Faudree Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Specializations: Indigenous social movements; Language and politics; Ethnicity and nationalism; Mexico; Ecuador. 


Matthew Gutmann Vice President for International Affairs; Professor of Anthropology. Specializations: Gender/sexuality, health, politics, ethnicity, militarism; Mexico, Latina/os in U.S.

 

Dwight Heath, Emeritus Professor of Antropology. Specializations: Anthropology of alcohol abuse. 

Stephen Houston Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology. Specializations: Mesoamerican culture, history, cultural anthropology, Mesoamerican and Mayan art. 

 

Jessaca Leinaweaver Vartan Gregorian Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Specializations: Transnational migration, adoption, and child agency in Peru. 

 

Andrew Scherer Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology. Specializations: Archeology of Mesoamerica. 

 

 

Kay Warren Charles C. Tillinghast Jr. '32 Professor in International Studies and Professor of Anthropology; Director Pembroke Center. Specializations: Social movements & ethnic nationalism in Latin America; Latin American foreign aid donors. 

Biology and Medicine

 Sarah MacCarthy

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

 Ricardo Lagos Former President of Chile. 

 

 

Patrick Sylvain Visiting Lecturer in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Specializations: Haitian, Haiti. 

Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences

Scott AnderBois Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological SciencesSpecializations: Semantics, Pragmatics, Mayan languages.

Comparative Literature

 Forrest Gander Professor of English and Literary Arts. Specializations: Mexican and US lit.; Translation of Latin American poetry. 

 

Stephanie Merrim Royce Family Professor of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies. 

 Esther Whitfield Associate Professor of Comparative Literature. Specializations: Contemporary Latin American literature; Cuban culture & literature; Caribbean & transatlantic studies. 

 

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Heather Leslie Sharpe Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology. Specializations: ecology, policy, and management of coastal marine ecosystems in Mexico and elsewhere. 

 

Economics

 Pedro Dal Bó Professor of Economics. Specializations: Experimental economic Game theory; Political economy. 

 

Justine Hastings Associate Professor of Economics. Specializations: consumer behavior, and its implications for firm strategy and optimal public policy design. 

 

John Vernon Henderson Eastman Professor of Political Economy Professor of Economics and Urban Studies. Specializations: Urban economics in Latin America. 

 

Sriniketh Nagavarapu Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Science. Specializations: environmental and labor economics in developing countries. 

 

Education

 Deborah Rivas-Drake Assistant Professor of Education and Human Development. Specializations: Adolescent development and education

 

Environmental Studies

 Dawn King Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies. Specializations: environmental and LGBT social movements in Latin America, comparative environmental politics, urban sustainability policy, and sustainable development in Cuba. 

Ethnic Studies

 Evelyn Hu-Dehart Professor of History. Specializations: Modern Mexico; Asian migration to Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

José Itzigsohn Professor of Sociology. Specializations: Sociology of development; Labor markets in the Caribbean; Social movements in Argentina. 

 

French Studies

 Reda Bensmaia Chair, French Studies. Professor of French Studies and Comparative Literature. Specialization: Haitian-French Caribbean Project. 

 

Pierre Saint-Amand Francis Wayland Professor, Professor of French Studies and Comparative Literature. Specializations: Haitian-French Caribbean Project. 

 

Geological Sciences

 Karen Fischer Professor of Geological Sciences. Specializations: Research on structure of earth’s crust using seismic waves in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

 

Hispanic Studies

 José Amor y Vázquez  Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies. Specializations: Latin American Literature.

 

 

Beth Bauer Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies. Specializations: Spanish language; Mexico; Dominican Republic. 

 

Michelle Clayton Associate Professor Hispanic Studies, Comparative Literature. Specializations: modern and contemporary Latin American and European writing and film, avant-garde aesthetics and poetry, dance, art history, and media studies.

Aldo Mazzucchelli Assistant Professor in Hispanic Studies. Specialization: 19th & 20th-century Latin American literature; Uruguay. 

 

Julio Ortega Professor of Hispanic Studies. Specializations: Contemporary Latin American novel and poetry; Theory of Latin American literature, especially Mexico and Andes. 


Nidia Schuhmacher Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies. Specializations: Spanish Language. 

 

 

Victoria Smith Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies. Specializations: Spanish Language. 

 

 

Silvia Sobral Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies. Specializations: Spanish Language. 

 

 

History 

 Amy Bushnell Adjunct Associate Professor of History. Specializations: Colonial New Spain and Florida. 

 

 

R. Douglas Cope Associate Professor of History. Specializations: Colonial Mexican history; Comparative history of the Americas; Native American peoples of Latin America.

 

James Green Professor of History and Brazilian Studies. Specializations: Modern Brazil; modern Latin America; gender and sexuality in Latin America. 

 

Amy Remensnyder Associate Professor of History. Specializations: Cultural and religious history of medieval Europe.

Thomas Skidmore Professor Emeritus of History. Specializations: Modern Latin America, especially Brazil.

History of Art & Architecture

 Kay Dian Kriz Chair and Professor of History of Art and Architecture. Specializations: 18th & 19th-century visual culture in the Caribbean. 

 

Catherine Zerner Professor of History of Art and Architecture. Specializations: Art and architecture of the Spanish Empire, including colonial Latin America.

 

International Advancement Office

Geoffrey Kirkman Associate Director and Watson Fellow. Specializations: Information technology and economy; Latin American baseball.

Joshua Taub Assistant Vice President for International Advancement.

 

 

International Relations

 Claudia Elliott Lecturer and Associate Director of the International Relations Program. Specializations: Theory of democracy and democratization, electoral reform, comparative democratization, political representation, Latin America, Venezuela, Mexico.

John Carter Brown Library

 Norman Fiering Emeritus Director and Librarian.

 

 

Michael Hamerly Librarian. 

Kenneth Ward Curator of Latin American books. 

John Hay Library

 Dominique Coulombe Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian, Humanities. Specializations: French Studies and Scholarly Resource Librarian; Haitian-French Caribbean Project.

 

Patricia Figueroa Curator, Iberian and Latin American Collections. 

 

 

Holly Snyder Curator, American Historical Collections. Spcializations: Anglophone Caribbean, Scholarly Resource Librarian.

 

Marine Biology Lab

 Christopher Neil Associate Professor (MBL) of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Specializations: water and elements cycles in the tropical forests of the Amazon.

 

Music

 Kiri Miller Associate Professor of Music. Specializations: Ethnomusicology; Latino diaspora music; Diaspora music in the Americas.

 

Joshua Tucker Assistant Professor of Music; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Specializations: Popular music and social change in Latin America

Political Science

Peter Andreas Professor of Political Science and International Studies. Specializations: U.S. Borders; Mexico

 

 

Richard Snyder Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Specializations: Comparative politics & political economy; government and politics of Latin America, especially Mexico. 

 

Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. Machine politics in Latin America.

 

 

Portuguese & Brazilian Studies

Onésimo Almeida Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.  Specializations: Portuguese and Brazilian intellectual history.

 

Adeline Becker Executive Director of The Education Alliance for Equity and Excellence; Clinical Professor of Education. Specializations: Literacy in the cross-cultural context; Minority populations; Education graduate programs in Brazil.

 

Maria Pacheco principal investigator and co-director of the New England Equity Assistance Center (NEEAC) at The Education Alliance. Specializations: English as a Second Language to Portuguese and Brazilian heritage communities.

L. Simas-Almeida Senior Lecturer in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies. Specializations: Portuguese language and literature; Luso-African literature. 


Patricia Sobral Senior Lecturer in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Specializations: Portuguese language; Brazilian cinema; Brazilian literature.

Luiz Valente Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Comparative Literature. Speciliazations: 19th and 20th-century Brazilian literature and intellectual history; Comparative literature; Literature of the Americas. 


Nelson Vieira University Professor and Professor of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies and Judaic Studies. Specializations: Modern Brazilian lit.; 19th century novel of Brazil; Women writers from Brazil; Jewish-Brazilian narratives. 


Psychology

Cynthia Garcia Coll Professor of Psychology. Specializations: Socio-cultural influences on development, high risk populations, minority populations; Puerto Rico. 

 

Religious Studies

Thomas Lewis Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Specilizations: Liberation theology in Latin America.

 

 

Sociology

Gianpaolo Baiocchi Director of Development Studies. Specializations: Democracy, urban governance, racism, social movements, civil society, and Brazil. 

David Lindstrom Professor of Sociology. Specializations: Demography, migration, reproductive change; Latin America (Mexico and Guatemala) and Africa. 

 

Timmons Roberts Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology. Specializations: climate change and international development. 


Leah VanWey Associate Professor of Sociology. Specializations: Migration & household livelihoods in developing countries, Community economic development in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

 

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Patricia Ybarra Associate Professor of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies. Specializations: Theatre historiography of the Americas; Theatre, nationalism and American identities in North America.


Warren Alpert Medical School

Cesario Bianchi Associate Professor of Surgery (Rhode Island Hospital Cardiothoracic Research) and CAPES Visiting Professor (Federal University of Goias, Brazil). He provides research training for medical students (Santa Casa de Sao Paulo) and studies the effects of Brazilian natural products on heart diseases.


Joseph Bliss Associate Professor of Pediatrics. Specializations: Health care in Guatemala. 

 


Jeffrey Borkan Professor of Family Medicine. Specializations: Doctor-patient communication and narratives; Dominican Republic.


Dorothy Delessio Senior Teaching Associate in Family Medicine. Specializations: Nutrition in the Pawtucket Hispanic community; International nutrition training. 

Joseph Diaz Associate Professor of Medicine. Specializations: Dominican Republic exchange program for medical students.

 

David Egilman Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine. Specializations: Occupational medicine; Health & safety in workplace; Health issues in Latin America, esp. Nicaragua and Cuba. 

Timothy Empkie Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine. Specializations: Healthcare in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


Mark Fagan Professor of Medicine. Specializations: Co-Director of the Department of Medicine Dominican Republic Exchange Program. 

Timothy Flanigan Dean's Professor of Medical Science, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice. Specializations: HIV & Hepatitis infections in underserved communities. 

 

Roberta Goldman Clinical Professor of Family Medicine. Mid-life changes among Spanish-speaking Latinas; Barriers to care in U.S. Hispanic communities. 


Skip Granai Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Specializations: Health care in the Dominican Republic. 

Emily Harrison Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. Specializations: Health care in Honduras. 

Stephen McGarvey Professor of Epidemiology and Anthropology. Specializations: International health and environmental issues; Global Health scholarly concentration for medical students. 


Amy Nunn Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research) and Assistant . Specializations: Generic medicines for HIV in Brazil and other developing countries. 


Pablo Rodriguez Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Specializations: Health care in the Dominican Republic. 

Peter Simon Clinical Associate Professor. Specializations: Health care in Haiti. 


 

Marcia Smith Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine. Specializations: Health Care in the Dominican Republic.  

 


Barbara Stonestreet Professor of Pediatrics. Specializations: Health care in the Dominican Republic. 

Watson Institute

Katrina Burgess Visiting Scholar in International Studies. Specializations: International and comparative political economy.

 

Jane Jaquette Adjunct Professor of International Studies. Specializations: Latin American Politics, Women’s Movements in Latin America.

 

Abraham Lowenthal Adjuct Professor of International Studies. Specializations: Economic reforms in Latin America, East Asia, and Central Europe. 


 Barbara Stallings William R. Rhodes Research Professor and Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Development. Specializations: Economic reform and development in Chile.