Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate faculty members are those whose academic appointments reside entirely in other campus units and who devote at least 25 percent of their research, teaching and/or service to the study of Latin America and the Caribbean and/or Latina/os in the United States. The Affiliate Faculty chair and serve on MALAS thesis committees and on various fellowship and grant competition selection committees. They also initiate many of the Center’s research programs, events, and other activities. The courses taught by Affiliate Faculty (with 25 percent or more Latin American or Latino Studies content) are advertised in our Course Guide, and form the basis for the Center’s Minor, Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate, and MALAS programs. The dynamism of the Center, and the quality of its programs, depends greatly on the participation of its affiliates.

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African American Studies & Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research

Manoucheka Celeste

Research Interest: Immigration, Media and Cultural Studies, Women of Color Feminist Theory, African Diaspora 
Geographic Expertise: Haiti, Caribbean

Bryce Henson

Research Interests: African Diaspora; Black Feminist/Queer Theory; Media & Cultural Studies; Critical Ethnography; Global Hip-Hop; Cultural Production; Critical Theory; and Visual Aesthetics
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

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Agricultural Education and Communication

Paul Monaghan

Research Interest: Community-based social marketing
Geographic Expertise: Haiti, Latino Studies

T. Grady Roberts

Research Interest: Teaching and learning, experiential learning, study abroad, capacity building, agricultural development
Geographic Expertise: Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Ecuador, Belize, Haiti

Cecilia E. Suarez

Research Interest: Cultural Studies, Leadership Education, Critical Race Theory, Instersectionality of Identities, Latin@ Studies, Higher Education Leadership, Women of Color in Education, Students of Color
Geographic Expertise: General

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Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Clyde Fraisse

Research Interest: Climate-based agricultural risk management applications, crop growth modeling
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

Dorota Z. Haman

Research Interest: Irrigation and water management, plant water requirements
Geographic Expertise: Central and South America

Eric S. McLamore

Research Interest: Development and application of biotechnology in rural communities
Geographic Expertise: Colombia

Rafael Muñoz-Carpena

Research Interest: Hydrology, water quality
Geographic Expertise: Central and South America

Fred Royce

Research Interest: Agricultural cooperatives, international development, decision support systems
Geographic Expertise: Central America, Cuba

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Agronomy

Lynn Sollenberger

Research Interest: Forage plants and grazing livestock
Geographic Expertise: Jamaica, Mexico

S. Luke Flory

Research Interest: Invasive Plant Management
Geographic Expertise: Cuba, Galapagos

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Anthropology

Susan deFrance

Research Interest: Zooarchaeology
Geographic Expertise: Peru, Bolivia, Caribbean

Susan Gillespie

Research Interest: Archaeology, ethnohistory, iconography
Geographic Expertise: Mesoamerica

Clarence Gravlee

Research Interest: Ethnic disparities in health, cultural dimensions of psychosocial stress
Geographic Expertise: Puerto Rico

Michael Heckenberger

Research Interest: Archeology of non-western cultures of the humid tropics; historical anthropology
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

Richard Kernaghan

Research Interest: Violence, rights and political community
Geographic Expertise: Peru

Michael E. Moseley

Research Interest: Archaeology of Andean complex civilizations
Geographic Expertise: Andean South America

Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo

Research Interest: Archaeology, historical ecology
Geographic Expertise: Andes, Amazonia

George Aaron Broadwell

Research Interest: Native American languages
Geographic Expertise: Mexico, Mesoamerica

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Architecture

Martha Kohen

Research Interest: Urban planning
Geographic Expertise: South America 

Alfonso Perez-Mendez

Research Interest: Design
Geographic Expertise: Cuba, Caribbean

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Art and Art History

Kaira Cabanas

Research Interest: Modern and contemporary art of the Americas
Geographic Expertise: Latin America

Coco Fusco

Research Interest: Latin American and Latino Visual art, Performance Art, Film and Cultural Theory
Geographic Expertise: Cuba, US-Latino Communities, General

Gaby Hernandez

Research Interest: Social Design, Design Thinking, Diversity and Inclusion in Design, Community Engagement, Ethnographic Design Research Methods
Geographic Expertise: Costa Rica, Mexico, General

Heidi C. Powell

Research Interest: art and memory, pedagogy in arts education, medicine and arts integration, indigenous identities, learning environments in the arts, art cultures, and arts-based research
Geographic Expertise: Guatemala, General

Maria Rogal

Research Interest: Design, Design Thinking, Participatory Design, Development, Intercultural Communications
Geographic Expertise: Mexico, General

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi

Research Interest: Pre-Columbian and colonial art
Geographic Expertise: Andes, Mexico, General

Sergio Vega

Research Interest: Visual, historical and cultural studies; photography
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

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Biology  

Karen Bjorndal

Research Interest: Biology of sea turtles
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

Walter S. Judd

Research Interest: Systematics
Geographic Expertise: General

Francis E. Putz

Research Interest: Ecology
Geographic Expertise: South America

Claudia Romero

Research Interest: Tropical conservation
Geographic Expertise: South America

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Chemistry

Valeria Kleiman

Research Interest: Energy transfer
Geographic Expertise: Argentina

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Civil & Coastal Engineering

Arnoldo Valle-Levinson

Research Interest: Physical oceanography, estuary-ocean exchange, estuarine & coastal hydrodynamics
Geographic Expertise: Mexico, Chile

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Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Manuel Bermudez

Research Interest: Programming languages, transfer of technology, software engineering
Geographic Expertise: Costa Rica, Venezuela

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Counseling & Wellness Center

Zully A. Rivera-Ramos

Research Interest: Gender diversity, sexual orientation, and/or Latinx identities
Geographic Expertise: Latinx individuals in the U.S. and Puerto Rico

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Economics

Germán Bet

Research Interests: Industrial Organization
Geographic expertise: Argentina

Elias Dinopoulos

Research Interest: International economics, economic development
Geographic Expertise: General

Cecilia Peluffo

Research interest: Development Economics
Geographic expertise: South America

Hector Sandoval

Research Interest: Social Interactions, Education, Development Economics, Program Evaluation
Geographic Expertise: Mexico

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Education: Teaching and Learning

Christopher L. Busey

Research Interests: Afro-Latin history and citizenship education in Latin America and the U.S.; Intersections of African-American and Afro-Latinx racial thought in Latin America and the U.S.; Racial politics of education for African-American and Latinx communities
Geographic Expertise: Latin American, United States

Maria Coady

Research Interest: Bilingual education, ESL language and literacy development
Geographic Expertise: Latino Studies

Ester de Jong

Research Interest: Bilingual education, language policy, and program evaluation
Geographic Expertise: Latino Studies

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English

Tace Hedrick

Research Interest: Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, feminist theory, feminist art history
Geographic Expertise: General

Leah Reade Rosenberg

Research Interest: Anglophone Caribbean studies, postcolonial studies, cultural studies
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

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Entomology and Nematology

Marc Branham

Research Interest: Evolution of sexual communication in fireflies
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean, Jamaica

James Cuda

Research Interest: Biological control of invasive weeds
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

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Environmental Engineering Sciences

David Kaplan

Research Interest: Hydrologic and ecological models, ecological restoration, saltwater intrusion
Geographic Expertise: Brazil, Costa Rica

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Family Youth and Community Sciences

Jorge H. Ruiz Menjivar

Research Interest: The study of household financial decision-making and the measurement of financial constructs such as financial risk tolerance, economic well-being, financial socialization and knowledge, using modern psychometric theory. The investigation of topics related to financial and consumer decision-making in Latin America.
Geographic Expertise: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Ecuador 

Marilyn Swisher

Research Interest: Participatory Research, Sustainable Agriculture
Geographic Expertise: Central America, Caribbean

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Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

Andy Naranjo

Research Interest: International finance and capital markets, international asset pricing
Geographic Expertise: General

Brian Gendreau

Research Interest: Emerging markets finance, international asset pricing
Geographic Expertise: General

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Florida Museum of Natural History

Kitty Emery

Research Interest: Environmental archaeology
Geographic Expertise: Mesoamerica

William F. Keegan

Research Interest: Archaeology, economic and ecological anthropology, horticultural societies
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

Bruce MacFadden

Research Interest: Vertebrate paleontology
Geographic Expertise: Bolivia

Susan Milbrath

Research Interest: Archaeology, Mayan codices
Geographic Expertise: Mesoamerica

Jacqueline Miller

Research Interest: Systemics and taxonomy of Lepidoptera
Geographic Expertise: Mexico, Caribbean

Max Nickerson

Research Interest: Systematics and ecology of amphibians and reptiles
Geographic Expertise: Central America

Norris H. Williams

Research Interest: Molecular systematics of orchids and euglossine bees
Geographic Expertise: Panama, South America

Thomas C. Emmel

Research Interest: Population biology and conservation ecology, butterflies and land snails
Geographic Expertise: General

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Food and Resource Economics

Charles Adams

Research Interest: Marine economics
Geographic Expertise: General

Jeffrey Burkhardt

Research Interest: Natural resource ethics and policy
Geographic Expertise: General

Edward Evans

Research Interest: International trade policy, agro-economics
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

Travis McArthur

Research Interest: Development Economics, Agriculture, and International Trade
Geographic Expertise: Mexico and Bolivia

William Messina

Research Interest: International trade
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

Charles Moss

Research Interest: Agricultural finance, agricultural policy, quantitative methods
Geographic Expertise: Mexico

Conner Mullally

Research Interest: Development economics, impact evaluation
Geographic Expertise: Peru, Uruguay, Nicaragua

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Forest Resources and Conservation

Grenville Barnes

Research Interest: Land tenure, cadastral and land information systems, GIS
Geographic Expertise: Central and South America, Caribbean

Stephanie Bohlman

Research Interest: Forest ecology
Geographic Expertise: Panama

Eben N. Broadbent

Research Interest: Tropical forest ecology, conservation biology, ecosystem ecology, geospatial analyses and technology
Geographic Expertise: Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazilian Amazon

Robert Buschbacher

Research Interest: Governance and resilience of land use dynamics; NGO theories of change and professional development
Geographic Expertise: Brazil; Amazon-Andes region

 Douglas Carter

Research Interest: Forest economics and management
Geographic Expertise: General

Francisco Escobedo

Research Interest: Urban forestry
Geographic Expertise: Chile

P.K.R. Nair

Research Interest: Agroforestry, international forestry
Geographic Expertise: General

Denis Ribeiro do Valle

Research Interest: Ecological statistics, environmental health
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

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Geography

Michael Binford

Research Interest: GIS and RS applications in environmental systems, landscape dynamics
Geographic Expertise: South America

Sadie Ryan

Research Interest: Disease ecology, tropical conservation, human-wildlife interface
Geographic Expertise: Ecuador

Cynthia Simmons

Research Interest: Economic development and environmental policy
Geographic Expertise: Brazil, Amazonia

Jane Southworth

Research Interest: Climate change, remote sensing, land use, land cover change
Geographic Expertise: Honduras, Guatemala

Corene Matyas

Research Interest: Climatology, hurricanes, climate and change
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

Peter Waylen

Research Interest: Hydrology, climatology, quantitative methods
Geographic Expertise: South America

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Geological Sciences

Mark Brenner

Research Interest: Limnology, paleolimnology
Geographic Expertise: Mesoamerica, Caribbean

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George A. Smathers Libraries

Crystal A. Felima

Research Interests: Disasters, Risk and Vulnerability, Structural Inequalities, The State, Gender, Religion and Belief Systems, Narrative Research, Applied/Engaged Anthropology, and Digital Humanities
Geographic Expertise: Haiti, Caribbean

Richard Freeman

Research Interest: Anthropology research methods/librarianship, visual anthropology, digital scholarship
Geographic Expertise: Argentina, Latin America

Laurie Taylor

Research Interest: Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

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History

Ida Altman

Research Interest: Latin American colonial history
Geographic Expertise: Spain, Mexico and Colonial Spanish America

David P. Geggus

Research Interest: Caribbean history, slavery
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

Lillian Guerra

Research Interest: Caribbean Diasporas and Caribbean History
Geographic Expertise: 20th Century Cuba, Puerto Rico

Jeffrey D. Needell

Research Interest: Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century slavery and race relations, urban history, political history, intellectual and cultural history
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

Paul Ortiz

Research Interest: Oral history, Latino history
Geographic Expertise: Latino studies

Heather A. Vrana

Research interests: Social movements, student movements, oral history, memory, disability history
Geographic Expertise: Central America and Mexico

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Horticultural Sciences

Jonathan Crane

Research Interest: Tropical fruits
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica

Steven A. Sargent

Research Interest: Postharvest physiology and technology
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

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IFAS International Programs

Kathleen M. Colverson

Research Interest: Gender and Agricultural Systems; Participatory Methodologies and Approaches and Small Holder Farming Systems
Geographic Expertise: Central and South America, East Africa and Southeast Asia

Thomas Ruppert

Research Interest: Environmental law
Geographic Expertise: Costa Rica

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Journalism

John Kaplan

Research Interest: Photojournalism
Geographic Expertise: Cuba, General

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Landscape Architecture

Maria C. Gurucharri

Research Interest: Comprehensive problem-solving in natural systems & urban landscapes
Geographic Expertise: Central America

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Languages, Literatures & Cultures: Haitian Creole

Benjamin Hebblethwaite

Research Interest: Haitian Creole instruction & linguistics
Geographic Expertise: Haiti

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Latin American and Caribbean Collection

Paul Losch

Research Interest: Bibliographic resources for Latin American Studies
Geographic Expertise: General

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt

Research Interest: Colonial Latin American history, Latin American and Caribbean archives, diversity
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean, Mexico

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Law

Thomas T. Ankersen

Research Interest: Environmental law, water law, protection of biological diversity
Geographic Expertise: Central America

Berta Hernández-Truyol

Research Interest: International human rights, issues of gender/race and Latinas/nos in the law
Geographic Expertise: General

Joan Flocks

Research Interest: Agricultural labor, child labor
Geographic Expertise: Latino Studies

Pedro Malavet

Research Interest: Comparative law, critical race theory, LatCrit theory
Geographic Expertise: Puerto Rico, Latino Studies

Timothy McLendon

Research Interest: Environmental law
Geographic Expertise: Haiti, Brazil

Jon Mills

Research Interest: Florida constitutional law, environmental law, legislative drafting
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

Winston Nagan

Research Interest: International human rights
Geographic Expertise: Ecuador

D. Daniel Sokol

Research Interest: International business and regulation
Geographic Expertise: General

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Linguistics

James Essegbey

Research Interest: Descriptive, documentary and theoretical linguistics, Creole studies
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

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Medicine: Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine

Vincent DeGennaro

Research Interest: Surgical missions and training, epidemiology, breast cancer treatment  
Geographic Expertise: Haiti

Michael Lauzardo

Research Interest: Tuberculosis, general pulmonary disease, mycobacterial infections
Geographic Expertise: Haiti, Dominican Republic

Amy Y. Vittor

Research Interest: Field experimental methods for determining enzootic hosts, human immunological and genetic susceptibility to alphaviruses, epidemiology of eastern equine encephalitis, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis in Panama
Geographic Expertise: Panama, Peruvian Amazon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Asia

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Music

Kenneth Broadway

Research Interest: Percussion
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean

Silvio Dos Santos

Research Interest: Music criticism and analysis
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

Larry Crook

Research Interest: Ethnomusicology, music history
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

Kristen Stoner

Research Interest: Popular and classical flute of Latin America
Geographic Expertise: Peru, Brazil, Argentina

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Natural Resources and Environment

Ignacio Porzecanski

Research Interest: Biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, wetlands management
Geographic Expertise: General

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Nursing

Robert Lucero

Research Interest: Consumer and clinician-centered health information technology, Latino caregivers
Geographic Expertise: General

Stacciarini, Jeanne-Marie

Research Interest: Psychiatric and mental health nursing
Geographic Expertise: Brazil, Latino Studies

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Political Science

Leslie E. Anderson

Research Interest: Popular politics and citizen empowerment, development of democracy
Geographic Expertise: Central America, Argentina

Myra Leann Brown

Research Interest: International political economy, international environmental relations, international relations
Geographic Expertise: General

Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo

Research Interest: Urban politics, gated communities, city marketing/branding
Geographic Expertise: Puerto Rico, Caribbean

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Plant Pathology

Karen Garrett

Research Interest: Plant disease epidemics and management
Geographic Expertise: Andes

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Religion

Anna L. Peterson

Research Interest: Christianity in Latin America, social ethics, environmental ethics
Geographic Expertise: Central America

Robin Wright

Research Interest: Indigenous religions, ethnohistory, Indian policy
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

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Sociology

Stephen Perz

Research Interest: Collaborative practice, environmental conservation, sustainable development, complex systems, resilience, infrastructure, population
Geographic Expertise: Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia

Barbara A. Zsembik

Research Interest: Latino sociology, demography of health and aging in minority populations
Geographic Expertise: General

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Soil and Water Science

Pedro A. Sanchez

Research Interest: Conservation and Sustainable development, Tropical Soils, Food Production and Hunger Reduction
Geographic Expertise: Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa

Jerry B. Sartain

Research Interest: Soil fertility
Geographic Expertise: General

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Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Jessi Aaron

Research Interest: Spanish linguistics
Geographic Expertise: Mexico

Susana Braylan

Research Interest: Spanish language instruction 
Geographic Expertise: General

Kathryn Dwyer Navajas

Research Interest: Spanish language instruction 
Geographic Expertise: Dominican Republic

Andréa C. L. Ferreira

Research Interest: Brazilian Literature and History, Race and Nation-Building in Brazil
Geographical Expertise: Brazil

Antonio C. Gil

Research Interest: Spanish language instruction
Geographic Expertise: General

M. Elizabeth Ginway

Research Interest: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian narrative
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

Emily Hind

Research Interest: Mexican literature, film, history, and culture
Geographic Expertise: Mexico

Victor Jordan

Research Interest: Spanish Language Instruction, Latin American culture and civilization
Geographic Expertise: Colombia

Gillian Lord

Research Interest: Second language acquisition, L2 phonetics and phonology, technology in language education
Geographic Expertise: Mexico

Ximena Moors

Research Interest: Spanish language instruction 
Geographic Expertise: General

Greg Moreland

Research Interest: Languages across the curriculum and for the professions
Geographic Expertise: Mexico

Charles Perrone

Research Interest: Luso-Brazilian studies and literature
Geographic Expertise: Brazil

David Pharies

Research Interest: Romance historical linguistics
Geographic Expertise: General

Martín Sorbille

Research Interest: 19th century Spanish-American literature
Geographic Expertise: General

Clara Sotelo

Research Interest: Spanish language instruction 
Geographic Expertise: Colombia

Jorge Valdés Kroff

Research Interest: Psycholinguistics, Spanish-English code-switching; Spanish heritage speakers 
Geographic Expertise: General

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Telecommunication

Michael Leslie

Research Interest: Impact of media content on society from cross-cultural perspective
Geographic Expertise: Mexico, Brazil

Amy Jo Coffey

Research Interest: Foreign language programming in the US, audience analysis
Geographic Expertise: Latino Studies, Costa Rica

Churchill Roberts

Research Interest: Documentary film, international telecommunication, and social impact of the mass media
Geographic Expertise: Cuba, Panama

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Theatre and Dance

Joan Frosch

Research Interest: Dance ethnography, choreography
Geographic Expertise: General

Tony Mata

Research Interest: Musical theater
Geographic Expertise: Latino Studies

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Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Brijesh Thapa

Research Interest: People, parks and protected areas management; World Heritage Sites and tourism management; Tourist behaviors and impacts: socio-cultural, environmental, economic; Ecotourism and cultural heritage tourism; Tourism, conservation and sustainable development issues
Geographic Expertise: Caribbean, Latin America, Central America

Angélica M. Almeyda Zambrano

Research Interest: Human Geography, Ecological Anthropology, Human Ecology, Political Ecology, Tropical Conservation and Development, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Environmental Change and Water Quality, Sustainability Science
Geographic Expertise: Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, the Amazon

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Urban & Regional Planning

Jocelyn M. Widmer

Research Interest: Her research lies at the intersections of urban planning and global health, with a particular focus on community- and technology-based approaches to development where communication and education are equally critical for dissemination and development.
Geographic Expertise: Latin America, the Caribbean, Dominican Republic, and Haiti

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Veterinary Medicine

Klibs Galvão

Research Interest: Dairy cows, reproductive physiology & management, dairy production medicine
Geographic Expertise: General

Jorge Hernandez

Research Interest: Epidemiology
Geographic Expertise: Mexico

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Wildlife and Ecology Conservation

John Blake

Research Interest: Tropical ecology
Geographic Expertise: Ecuador, Amazon, Argentina

Lyn C. Branch

Research Interest: Conservation biology, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology
Geographic Expertise: Southern Cone

Robert Fletcher

Research Interest: Landscape and spatial ecology
Geographic Expertise: Ecuador

Susan K. Jacobson

Research Interest: Human dimensions of natural resource management, environmental education
Geographic Expertise: General

Kathryn E. Sieving

Research Interest: Avian ecology and conservation
Geographic Expertise: General

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