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

Alejandro Alvarado, Associate Professor, School of Communication + Journalism

Faculty Program Coordinator, Spanish-language Journalism Masters

Office: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, AC2 336A

Contact: 305.919.4617 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Communications, government relations, crisis management, national security and Hispanic journalism

Ligia Collado-Vides

Ligia Collado-Vides, Senior Lecturer, 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

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 | | Website

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

Andrea Fanta

Andrea Fanta, Assistant Professor of Spanish, 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.

Hilary Landorf

Hilary Landorf, Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives

Associate Professor, Leadership and Professional Studies, College of Arts, Sciences & Education

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.

Barry Levitt

Barry Levitt, Associate Professor, Politics & International Relations

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 418

Contact: 305.348.3293 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Comparative politics, Latin America, democratic institutions, and political violence.

Okezi Otovo

Okezi Otovo, Assistant Professor, History and African & African Diaspora Studies

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

Contact: 305.348.3966 | | Website

Areas of expertise: Latin American history, Brazilian history, History of the Atlantic World, Afro-Latin America, Race, Gender, and the Social History of Medicine and Public Health.

Mark Padilla

Mark Padilla, Professor, 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

Ronaldo Parente, Associate Professor, Department of Management & International Business

Academic Director of the Doctoral Program for Management & International Business Knight Ridder Center Research Fellow

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MANGO 437

Contact: 305.348.4566 | | Website

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

Augusta Vono

Augusta Vono, Portuguese Instructor, Department of Modern Languages

Director, Portuguese Program
Director, Celpe-Bras Proficiency Exam FIU
Liaison, Brazil-U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 485B

Contact: 305.348.2049 | | Website

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