LACC Faculty Advisory Board

Florida International University has one of the largest concentrations of Latin American and Caribbean studies scholars of any university in the country. LACC draws on the expertise of over 200 faculty associates representing most departments on campus. In an effort to serve all of our faculty, ensure engagement across departments, schools, and colleges, and continue support for interdisciplinary studies at FIU, LACC depends on the LACC Faculty Advisory Board. Please scroll down for a complete list of current LACC associated faculty serving on the LACC Faculty Advisory Board.


Alejandro Alvarado, Associate Professor, Journalism & Media and Director, Spanish-Language Journalism Master's Program

Office: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, AC2 336A

Contact: 305.919.4617 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Spanish-language media in the U.S. and Mexico, social media for communicators, global communication, news writing, ethics and social responsibility.

Ana María Bidegain, Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 304-B

Contact: 305.348.7266 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Christianity in Latin America, Women in Latin American Religions, History of Religion in Latin America.

Ligia Collado-Vides, Teaching Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, OE 210

Contact: 305.348.2274 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Ecology of tropical macroalgae: distribution and long-term changes of algal communities, demography, form-function relationship in clonal algae, invasive species. Modeling of Macroalgae: L-Systems and clonal growth. Marine Protected Areas in the Caribbean.

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

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA II

Contact: 305.348.2894 | | Website

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

Andrea Fanta, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 482B

Contact: 305.348.2851 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Contemporary Latin American literature and culture.

Leonardo Ferreira, Professor, Department of Journalism and Media

Office: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, AC1 325

Contact: 305.919.4169 | | 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.

Gabriela Hoberman, Director of Academic Programs, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center

Director of Academic Programs, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and Faculty Director, LACC Society, Politics & International Relations in Argentina

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA II.

Contact: 305.348.2894 |

Areas of expertise: Comparative politics, disaster risk policy, genocide, Latin American politics.

Hilary Landorf, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies & Executive Director, Global Learning

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PC 245F

Contact: 305.348.2410 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Globalizing K-20 curricula across the curriculum, integrative global learning in higher education, and the connection between global learning and human capability development.

Mark Padilla, Professor, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 320

Contact: 305.348.1296 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Tourism Studies, Gender/ Sexuality Studies, HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention, Mixed Methods Research on Health Inequities.

Ronaldo Parente, Professor, Department of Management & International Business

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MANGO 437

Contact: 305.348.4566 |

Areas of expertise: Automotive industry, multinational management, global strategy, supply chain management, modularization strategies, and cultural differences.

Bianca Premo, Professor, Department of History

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM DM 300-B-1

Contact: 305.348.1862 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Latin American history, including childhood and youth, the law, intellectual history, gender, slavery and ethnohistory.

Gayle Williams, Librarian, Latin American & Caribbean Information Services

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 225B

Contact: 305.348.2228 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Latin American and Caribbean studies and Modern Languages.