LACC Brazilian Studies Advisory Board

Ana María Bidegain

Ana María Bidegain, Professor

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

Contact: 305-348-7266 | anamaria.bidegain@fiu.edu | Webpage

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

Clinton Jenkins

Clinton Jenkins, Associate Professor

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 376

Contact: 305-348-6236 | cljenkin@fiu.edu | Webpage

Areas of expertise: Conservation ecology, Brazil, Atlantic Forest, Amazon Biodiversity and endangered species, spatial analysis, and conservation planning.

Joseph Holbrook

Joseph Holbrook, Director of Academic Programs, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 350

Contact: 305.348.2894 | jholbroo@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Comparative history of 20th Century Cuba and Brazil, Catholic students social movements, Religion and politics in Latin America, twentieth-century Catholicism and politics, contemporary Evangelicalism, religious analysis and interpretation, religious pluralism and democracy in Colombia and Brazil. Introduction to Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

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.

Okezi Otovo

Okezi Otovo, Associate Professor

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 395

Contact: 305-348-3966 | ootovo@fiu.edu | Webpage

Areas of expertise: Black maternity, racial disparities in health, women’s life experiences in Miami, gender, race, public health, and the social history of medicine.

Ronaldo Parente

Ronaldo Parente, Professor, Academic Director of the Doctoral Program for Management & International business, Knight

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MANGO 437

Contact: 305-348-4566 | rcparent@fiu.edu | Webpage

Areas of expertise: Ecosystems and platform companies, sharing and digital economy, strategic management, international business, and innovation.

Simone Athayde

Simone Athayde, Associate Professor, LACC & Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

Contact: 305.348.2894 | sathayde@fiu.edu | Webpage

Areas of expertise: biodiversity conservation, interdisciplinary research, integrative science, indigenous knowledge systems, ethnobotany and ethnoecology, and participatory research and management of social-ecological systems.

Maria-Luisa Veisaga, Director of Andean Studies, LACC & Biomolecular Science Institute

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 352

Contact: 305.348.4232 | veisaga@fiu.edu | Webpage

Areas of expertise: As a Quechua from Bolivia, her research focuses on the chemical properties of medicinal plants.

Augusta Vono

Augusta Vono, Retired Teaching Professor of Portuguese, Department of Modern Languages

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 485B

Contact: 305.348.2049 | vonoa@fiu.edu

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

Pascal Bécel

Pascal Bécel, Professor of French and Chair

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 497B

Contact: 305-348-6222 | borgenhe@fiu.edu | Webpage