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, School of Communication + Journalism
Faculty Program Coordinator, Spanish-language Journalism Masters
Office: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, AC2 336A
Contact: 305.919.4617 | email@example.com | Website
Areas of expertise: Communications, government relations, crisis management, national security and Hispanic journalism
Ligia Collado-Vides, Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, OE 210
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, DM 352
Areas of expertise: Criminal violence, gangs, police, democratization and public opinion in Latin America.
Andrea Fanta, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 482B
Areas of expertise: Contemporary Latin American literature and culture.
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
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, Associate Professor, Politics & International Relations
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 418
Areas of expertise: Comparative politics, Latin America, democratic institutions, and political violence.
Okezi Otovo, Assistant Professor, History and African & African Diaspora Studies
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 395B
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, Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies
Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 320
Areas of expertise: Tourism Studies, Gender/ Sexuality Studies, HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention, Mixed Methods Research on Health Inequities.
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
Areas of expertise: Automotive industry, multinational management, global strategy, supply chain management, modularization strategies, and cultural differences.
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
Areas of expertise: Portuguese language instruction, second language acquisition, language proficiency assessment and study abroad.