LACC Research Advisory Board

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Environment

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 392

Contact: 305.348.0146 | epanders@fiu.edu | Website

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

Ana María Bidegain, Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 305B

Contact: 305.348.2186 | anamaria.bidegain@fiu.edu | Website

Areas of expertise: Christianity in Latin America, women in Latin American religions, and history of religion in Latin America.

David Bray

David Bray, Professor, Department of Earth & Environment

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 376

Contact: 305.348.3877 | brayd@fiu.edu | Website

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

Jose Miguel Cruz, Director of Research, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 352

Contact: 305.348.2894 | jomcruz@fiu.edu | Website

Areas of expertise: Criminal violence, gangs, police, democratization and public opinion in Latin America.

Jorge Duany

Jorge Duany, Director, Cuban Research Institute

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 446

Contact: 305.348.1991 | joduany@fiu.edu | Website

Areas of expertise: Migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the United States.

Leonardo Ferreira

Leonardo Ferreira, Professor, Journalism and Media

Office: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, AC1 325

Contact: 305.919.4169 | leferrei@fiu.edu | Website

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

Okezi Otovo, Associate Professor, Department of History

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 395B

Contact: 305.348.3966 | ootovo@fiu.edu | Website

Areas of expertise: Latin America, modern Brazil, and thematic topics such as gender, race, public health, and the social history of medicine.

Bianca Premo

Bianca Premo, Associate Professor, Department of History

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 300B1

Contact: 305.348.1862 | premob@fiu.edu | Website

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

Javier Francisco Ortega, Professor, Department of Biological Science

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, OE 242

Contact: 305.348.2080 | ortegaj@fiu.edu | Website

Areas of expertise: Plant systematics with a focus on using molecular methods to establish phylogenetic relationships among taxa, and conservation genetics.

Jean Rahier

Jean Rahier, Professor, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 328

Contact: 305.348.2247 | Jean.Rahier@fiu.edu | Website

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

Melissa Baralt, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 485B

Contact: 305.348.2851 | mbaralt@fiu.edu | Website

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

Michael Bustamante, Assistant Professor, Department of History

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 385C

Contact: 305.348.2035 | mbustama@fiu.edu | Website

Areas of expertise: Latin American, Latina/o, Caribbean, and U.S. histories.

Augusta Vono

Augusta Vono, Instructor, Department of Modern Languages

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 470A

Contact: 305.348.2049 | vonoa@fiu.edu | Website

Areas of expertise: Portuguese language instruction, second language acquisition, language proficiency assessment and study abroad.

Nelson Varas-Diaz

Nelson Varas-Diaz, Professor, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 330

Contact: 305.348.2618 | nvarasdi@fiu.edu | Website

Areas of expertise: Social, political and individual level implications of stigmatization.