LACC Research Advisory Board
Elizabeth Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Environment
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 392
Areas of expertise: Natural history of tropical freshwaters of Central America, the Andean Amazon, and East Africa, and the effects of human activities on these ecosystems.
Ana María Bidegain, Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 305B
Areas of expertise: Christianity in Latin America, women in Latin American religions, and history of religion in Latin America.
David Bray, Professor, Department of Earth & Environment
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 376
Areas of expertise: Community forest management in Mexico and Central America, and natural resource and ecosystem management in Latin America and globally.
Jose Miguel Cruz, Director of Research, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 352
Areas of expertise: Criminal violence, gangs, police, democratization and public opinion in Latin America.
Jorge Duany, Director, Cuban Research Institute
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 446
Areas of expertise: Migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the United States.
Leonardo Ferreira, Professor, Journalism and Media
Office: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, AC1 325
Areas of expertise: Study of comparative communication law and ethics, Latin American media history, and journalism for social development including ethnic and community reporting.
Okezi Otovo, Associate Professor, Department of History
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 395B
Areas of expertise: Latin America, modern Brazil, and thematic topics such as gender, race, public health, and the social history of medicine.
Bianca Premo, Associate Professor, Department of History
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 300B1
Areas of expertise: Latin American history, colonial Peru and Mexico and early modern Spain in the fields of legal studies, ethnohistory, gender and family history and Atlantic history.
Javier Francisco Ortega, Professor, Department of Biological Science
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, OE 242
Areas of expertise: Plant systematics with a focus on using molecular methods to establish phylogenetic relationships among taxa, and conservation genetics.
Jean Rahier, Professor, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 328
Areas of expertise: Cultural Anthropology, African Diaspora Studies, Afro-Latin America, Festivity Studies, European Colonialism, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa
Melissa Baralt, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 485B
Areas of expertise: Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism and second language acquisition, Sociocultural and environmental factors that affect parent-child interaction, classroom vs. online language learning, methodologies of language teaching, language teacher education and cognition, and minority student experiences in the foreign language classroom.
Michael Bustamante, Assistant Professor, Department of History
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 385C
Areas of expertise: Latin American, Latina/o, Caribbean, and U.S. histories.
Augusta Vono, Instructor, Department of Modern Languages
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 470A
Areas of expertise: Portuguese language instruction, second language acquisition, language proficiency assessment and study abroad.