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, Journalism and Media

Office: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, AC2 336A

Contact: 305.919.4617 | jalvarad@fiu.edu | Website

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

Ligia Collado-Vides

Ligia Collado-Vides, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, OE 210

Contact: 305.348.2274 | colladol@fiu.edu | 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 | jomcruz@fiu.edu | Website

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

Andrea Fanta

Andrea Fanta, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages

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

Contact: 305.348.2851 | afanta@fiu.edu | Website

Areas of expertise: Contemporary Latin American literature and culture.

Leonardo Ferreira

Leonardo Ferreira, Professor, Journalism and Media

Office: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, AC1 325

Contact: 305.919.4169 | leferrei@fiu.edu | 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.

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 | Website

Areas of expertise: Religion in Latin America, twentieth-century Catholicism, contemporary Evangelicalism, Religion Analysis and Interpretations.

Hilary Landorf

Hilary Landorf, Associate Professor, Department of Leadership and Professional Studies

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PC 245F

Contact: 305.348.2410 | landorfh@fiu.edu | 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, Department of Politics & International Relations

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 418

Contact: 305.348.3293 | levittb@fiu.edu | Website

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

Okezi Otovo

Okezi Otovo, Associate Professor, Department of History

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

Contact: 305.348.3966 | ootovo@fiu.edu | 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, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 320

Contact: 305.348.1296 | marpadi@fiu.edu | Website

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

Ronaldo Parente

Ronaldo Parente, Professor, Department of Management & International Business

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MANGO 437

Contact: 305.348.4566 | rcparent@fiu.edu | Website

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

Augusta Vono

Augusta Vono, Instructor, Department of Modern Languages

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 485B

Contact: 305.348.2049 | vonoa@fiu.edu | Website

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

Gayle Williams

Gayle Williams, Librarian, Latin American & Caribbean Information Services

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 225B

Contact: 305.348.2228 | gayle.williams@fiu.edu | Website

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