Maria del Mar Logroño Narbona, Ph.D. | Project Director and Principal Investigator
Dr. Logroño is an Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at Florida International University. Her research focuses on the history of Arab migrations to Latin America. She has conducted archival research in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, France, Great Britain, Brazil and the United States. She has authored several articles on this topic, among them: “Information and Intelligence Collection Among Imperial Subjects Abroad: The Case of Syrians and Lebanese in Latin America, 1915-1930” in The French Colonial Mind, edited by Martin Thomas (University of Nebraska Press: forthcoming), “La actividad política transnacional de las comunidades árabes en Argentina: El caso de Jorge Sawaya,” in La Contribución Árabe a las Identidades Iberoamericanas, Gema Martin Muñoz ed., (Casa Árabe, December 2009).

Field Researchers

Diego G. Castellanos
Researcher, Theological and Religious Studies Center, CETRE, El Rosario University Author of Islam en Bogotá.

Paulo Daniel Farah, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy and Human Sciences at USP (University of São Paulo, Brazil).
Director of the Center for Arab Studies at University of São Paulo, Editor of Fikr, Review of Arab and South American Studies, and Director of the South America-Arab World Library/Research Center in Brazil. Author of O Islã (Islam) and Glossário de Nomes e Termos Islâmicos (Glossary of Islamic Names and Terms).

John Tofik Karam, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (Syracuse University, New York). Currently he’s a professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program of Depaul University, Chicago. His areas of interest are: ethnicity, nationalism, globalization, and what he calls the “Arab Americas.” His book, Another Arabesque. Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil \(Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2007) won awards from the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) and the Arab-American National Museum (AANM). It was translated into Portuguese as Um outro arabesco: etnicidade sírio-libanesa no Brasil neoliberal/ in 2009 by the Editora Martins.

Silvia Montenegro, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Sociology (Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brasil). She’s a CONICET-affiliated researcher in the Universidade Nacional de Rosario (UNR) and professor in the Department of Socio-Cultural Anthropology of the College of Humanities and Arts (UNR). Her areas of interest are: religious identities, the relations between religion and ethnicity, the practices of transnationalism and diasporic communities in contemporary society.

Paulo Gabriel Hilu da Rocha Pinto, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Anthropology (Boston University, Boston). Currently, he’s a professor in the department of anthropology of the Univeridade Federal Fluminense (UFF) and coordinator of the Núcleo de Estudos sobre o Oriente Médio (NEOM) in the same university. His research is funded by CNPq and Faperj. His areas of interest: religion (Islam), ethnicity, pilgrimage, religious subjectivities, as well as the body, ritual, and performance. He carries out fieldwork with Sufi communities in Syria (Aleppo) and with Muslim communities in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Curitiba, and Foz do Iguaçu).

Fernando Rabossi, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Anthropology (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Museu Nacional) and M.A. in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (University of Stockholm). Currently he’s a Visiting Professor in the graduate program of Social Anthropology of the National Museum (Rio de Janeiro), where he is one of the coordinators of the Research Center in Culture and Economy (). His themes of interest are: markets, the state, globalization, ethnography, and culture.

Zidane Zeraoui, Ph.D.
Ph.D, in Political Science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM. Professor and researcher, International Relations, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Campus Monterrey. Author of Islam y política. Los procesos políticos árabes contemporáneos (1997); Árabes y musulmanes en Europa. Historia y procesos migratorios (2006). Editor of La paz y las regiones del mundo (2007) and co-editor of Sobre el Medio Oriente (2007).

Project Partners

FIU International Media Center:

  • Mercedes Vigón | Assistant Director, FIU International Media Center
  • John Virtue | Director, FIU International Media Center

FIU Office of Media Relations:

  • Madeline Baró | Assistant Director, FIU Office of Media Relations

FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center:

  • Uva de Aragón, Ph.D. | Project Contributor and Former Associate Director of the Cuban Research at Florida International University. Dr. de Aragón is a prolific author and expert on Cuban and Cuban-American issues. + More Info