LACC Student Success & Support Advisory Board

Nicolas André

Nicolas André, Associate Teaching Professor and Haitian Studies Certificate Director, Department of Modern Languages

Associate Teaching Professor and Haitian Studies Certificate Director, Department of Modern Languages

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 488C

Contact: 305-348-2908| nandre@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Applied linguistics, language development, language teaching, Haitian studies.

Astrid Arraras

Astrid Arraras, Teaching Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations

Teaching Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations.

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 406

Contact: 305-348-1692 | astrid.arraras@fiu.edu

Areas of Expertise: Latin American politics, democratization, and political development.

Simone Athayde

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

Brazilian Studies Program of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Associate Professor at Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

Contact: 305.348.2894 | sathayde@fiu.edu

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

Christopher Baraloto

Christopher Baraloto, Professor and Director of the International Center for Tropical Botany

Professor, Biological Sciences; Associate Director, Institute of Environment; and Director of the International Center for Tropical Botany

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, OE 243

Contact: 305-348-2864 | Cbaralot@fiu.edu

Areas of Expertise: Tropical plant diversity, functional ecology of tropical trees, biodiversity, global change, and forest management.

Jose Miguel Cruz

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

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

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

Jorge Duany

Jorge Duany, Director, Cuban Research Institute and Professor, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies

Director, Cuban Research Institute and Professor, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies.

BA, (Magna Cum Laude), Columbia University, Psychology, 1978. MA, University of Chicago, Social Sciences, 1979. PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Latin American Studies, 1985.

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Cuban Research Institute, DM 445

Contact: 305.348.1991 | joduany@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the United States.

Nicola Gavioli

Nicola Gavioli, Associate Teaching Professor of Portuguese, Department of Modern Languages

Associate Teaching Professor of Portuguese, Department of Modern Languages

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

Contact: ngavioli@fiu.edu

Areas of Expertise: Brazilian 20th and 21st centuries literature, literature, medicine memory studies, war and witness literature, human rights and activism in contemporary Brazilian culture, disability in Brazilian literature and cinema, queer culture, novels by António Lobo Antunes.

Joseph Holbrook

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

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.

A. Douglas Kincaid

A. Douglas Kincaid, Associate Professor, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies

Associate Professor, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies.

Ph.D. in Sociology, The Johns Hopkins University, 1987 M.A. in Political Science, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979 B.A in Latin American Studies, Dartmouth College, 1973.

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 333

Contact: 305.348.6172 | AD.Kincaid@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Development and social change in Latin America, international migration and nationalism, food systems and movements.

Judith Mansilla

Judith Mansilla, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of History

Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of History.

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 371B.

Contact: 305-348-2225 | jmansill@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Colonial Latin America, the Andean region, and the Atlantic World. Her work integrates environmental, political, social, economic, and legal history approaches.

Melissa McCartney

Melissa McCartney, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, OE 270

Contact: 305-348-2201 | mmccartn@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Use scientific literature as an educational tool in order to highlight and promote scientific practices.

Frank Mora

Frank Mora, Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations

Professor, Politics and International Relations; Senior Researcher, Jack D. Gordon Institute of Public Policy; and Former Director, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

BA, The George Washington University, International Affairs, 1986MA, University of Miami, Inter-American Studies, 1989PhD, University of Miami, International Affairs, 1993.

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM-354.

Contact: 305-348-2899 | moraf@fiu.edu

Areas of Expertise: Foreign policy analysis, politics and democratization, state-society relations.

Javier Francisco Ortega

Javier Francisco Ortega, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences.

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, OE 242

Contact: 305.348.2080 | ortegaj@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Plant systematics with a focus on using molecular methods to establish phylogenetic relationships among taxa, and conservation genetics.

Nelson Varas-Diaz

Nelson Varas-Diaz, Professor, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

Professor, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 330

Contact: 305.348.2618 | nvarasdi@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Social, political, and individual level implications of stigmatization.

Chantalle Verna

Chantalle Verna, Associate Professor, Department of History

Associate Professor, Department of History.

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 385-A. FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, ACI 372-A.

Contact: 305-348-3561 (MMC), 305-919-5330 (BBC) | Email: verna@fiu.edu

Areas of Expertise: US-Haiti relations, inter-American relations, African diaspora, immigration and ethnicity.

Augusta Vono

Augusta Vono, Instructor and Director of the Portuguese Program

Instructor and Director of the Portuguese Program, 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.

Maida Watson

Maida Watson, Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages

Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages.

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 496.

Contact: 305-348-2043 | watsonm@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Latin American literature and languages in international business, women playwrights in Peru, Panamanian poetry, and Cuban exile theater.

Gayle Williams

Gayle Williams, Librarian, Latin American and Caribbean Information Services, FIU Libraries

Librarian, Latin American and Caribbean Information Services, FIU Libraries.

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 225B.

Contact: 305.348.2228 | gayle.williams@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, literature, poetry and composition, modern languages, television and film, theatre and dance.

Susanne Zwingel

Susanne Zwingel, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations

Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 420

Contact: 305-348-2248 | szwingel@fiu.edu

Areas of expertise: International women’s rights and their translation, gender equality advocacy around the world, global governance and gender, feminist, constructivist and post-colonial IR theories gender and armed conflict.