Specialization Coordinator: Benjamin Hebblethwaite

The Caribbean Studies Specialization is designed to train students in interdisciplinary, comparative, and scientific approaches to Caribbean Studies and Caribbean Diaspora Studies. This specialization prepares students for research, teaching, and applied careers in the fields of Caribbean studies and Caribbean languages.


Recent Courses Relevant for CARIBBEAN STUDIES 

Elective Courses

Select up to 6 hours of coursework related to the specialization. 

Theory and Topics (recommended 3 hours from his list):

Methods courses

Recommended 3 hours from this list:

Other Elective Courses that may count if Caribbean content is included:

Courses offered infrequently that may count as electives:

Frequency of course offerings

Before each semester, the Center compiles and posts online a Guide to hundreds of LAS-related courses available the coming semester. Some courses contributing to specializations are offered every semester, others once every few years. The list of courses provided here is not intended to guarantee any curricular offerings, but rather to open horizons to topics that have been and may be offered in widely varied programs around UF.

Additional courses

Each specialization offers students the opportunity to craft personalized programs of study and to add their own contributions. Students may identify additional courses relevant for a specialization, including new and one-time offerings, and may seek approval from the Specialization Coordinator to count such courses toward specialization credits.


Grenville Barnes (Forest Resources and Conservation; Caribbean) Land Tenure, Cadastral and Land Information Systems

Karen Bjorndal (Biology; Caribbean) Nutritional Ecology, Sea Turtles

Marc Branham (Entomology; Caribbean, Jamaica) Insect Systematics and Taxonomy

Mark Brenner (Geological Sciences; Caribbean) Limnology, Paleolimnology, Tropical And Subtropical Lakes, And Watersheds

Kenneth Broadway (Music; Caribbean) Percussion

Manoucheka Celeste (Women’s Studies, African American Studies; Haiti) Haitian Diaspora

Jonathan Crane (Horticultural Sciences; Caribbean) Tropical Fruit Crop

James Essegbey (Linguistics; Caribbean)  Descriptive, Documentary And Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax-Semantics Interface, Semantics-Pragmatics Interface, Contact linguistics, African Languages, Mountain Languages, Creole Studies

Susan deFrance (Anthropology, Zooarchaeology; Andes)

Edward Evans (Food and Resource Economics; Caribbean) Agricultural Policy Analysis, International Trade, and Development.

Luke Flory (Plants; Cuba)

David Geggus (Emeritus. History; Haiti) Caribbean history, slavery in the Atlantic world

Clarence Gravlee (Anthropology; Puerto Rico) Medical Anthropology, Ethnicity, Race, and Racism, Human Biological Variation, Cultural Dimensions of Psychosocial Stress, Social Network analysis, cognitive anthropology

Lillian Guerra (History; Caribbean) Comparative History of the Caribbean, Caribbean Diasporas, Cuban Revolution

Benjamin Hebblethwaite (Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Haiti & Jamaica) Sociolinguistics, Language Documentation, Language Contact, Language Policy and Planning, Linguistics in Literacy and Lexicography

Michael Heckenberger (Anthropology; Brazil and Caribbean) Tropical and Historical Archeology, Pre-Industrial Complex Societies, Built Environment, Cultural Memory and Landscape, Historical and Political Ecology; Anthropology of the Body

William Keegan (Florida Museum; Caribbean) Caribbean prehistory

Michael Lauzardo (Medicine; Haiti) Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine

Pedro Malavet (Law; Puerto Rico) Comparative Law, Critical Race Theory, LatCrit Theory, U.S. Territorial Possessions, Evidence, Civil Procedure

Corene Matyas (Geological Sciences; Caribbean) Tropical Climatology, Severe Weather, Remote Sensing of Rainfall, Natural Hazards

Timothy McLendon (Law; Haiti) Comparative & Florida Constitutional Law, Historic Preservation Law

William Messina (Food and Resource Economics; Caribbean)

Jacqueline Miller (Florida Museum; Caribbean) Lepidoptera & Biodiversity

Paul Monaghan (Agricultural Education; Haiti) Community-based Social Marketing

Alfonso Perez Mendez (Architecture; Cuba) Evolution of Modern Architecture in the Decade after the WWII

Zully A. Rivera-Ramos (Counseling; Puerto Rico) Multiculturalism, Gender, Sexual, and Latinx Identities

Churchill Roberts (Telecommunications; Cuba) Documentary Film Production, Historical Documentary

Leah Rosenberg (English; Jamaica) Anglophone Caribbean, Postcolonialism, Nation Formation, Race, Gender, Sexuality

Fred Royce (Agriculture; Cuba) Agriculture Operations Management, Cooperative Production Systems, Crop Simulation, Climate and Agriculture, International Rural Development, On-Farm Computer Applications.

Lynn Sollenberger (Agriculture; Jamaica) Grassland Agroecosystems

Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo (Political Science; Puerto Rico & Caribbean) Urban Politics, Gated Communities, City Marketing/Branding

Marilyn Swisher (Family Youth and Community Services; Caribbean) Rural Development, Adult Educational Programs in Community Development, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture

Laurie Taylor (George A. Smathers Libraries; Caribbean)

Brijesh Thapa (Tourism, Recreation & Sport; Caribbean)

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt (Latin American and Caribbean Collection; Caribbean)