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Faculty Associates

Su'ad Abdul Khabeer
, Ph.D., Princeton University, 2011. Associate Professor of American Culture. Research Interests: Intersections of race, religion, and popular culture; Critical Muslim studies; Black studies; anthropology; performance.

Ángel F. Adames-Corraliza, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, 2016. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Climate and Space Science and Engineering, College of Engineering. Research Interests: tropical meteorology; atmospheric dynamics; general circulation of the atmosphere; climate variability and change.

Ruth Behar, Ph.D., Princeton, 1983. Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, James W. Fernandez Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology. Research Interests: Self-narratives, autobiographies, and life histories of Latin American and Latina women; ethnicity and narrative in American personal ethnographies; Cuba and Cuban Americans; diaspora Jewish cultures; agrarian life; popular religion.

Andrea Bolivar, Ph.D. Washington University, St. Louis, 2018. Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies.  Research interests: cultural anthropology; ethnography; transgender studies; sex workers/sex work; racism; cisgenderism; immigration; urban midwest; normative ideas of Latinidad.

José Casas, M.F.A., Arizona State University, 2003. Associate Professor in Playwriting. Research Interests: new play development, devised playwriting, applied theatre, ethnographic theatre, theatre for young audiences, Chicana/o theatre, agitprop theatre.

Rosario Ceballo, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995. Professor Emerita of Women's and Gender Studies and Professor Emerita of Psychology. Research Interests: Effects of poverty and community violence on family relationships and children's psychological well-being, with special emphasis on African-American and Latino families; social networks and support systems; women's resiliency to stressful life events; coping with the effects of infertility among African-American couples, and Latinos' use of mental health services.

David Córdova, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2010. Associate Professor, Social Work. Research Interests: Latino health inequities, particularly as they relate to the prevention of substance abuse and HIV in adolescents.

Nilo Couret, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2013. Associate Professor of Spanish. Research Interests: Latin American cinema and popular culture; post-independence cinemas of Asia and Africa; theories of film, television, and new media; postcolonial studies; trauma studies and affect theory.

Fernanda Cross, Ph.D., University of Michigan 2019.  Assistant Professor of Social Work; School of Social Work.  Research interests: Latinx youth; family processes; educational outcomes; ethnic-racial socialization; health; and identity development.

Ashley E. Cureton, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Social Work, 2019. Assistant Professor of Social Work and Education. Research Interests: arts-based programs; children and adolescents; community-engaged research; global social work and health; immigration; intervention research; out-of-school time; refugee policy and resettlement; qualitative research methods; school-based Interventions; urban education.

María de Lourdes Dorantes, M.A.Ed., University of Michigan, 1994. Lecturer IV, Spanish; Director, Spanish Elementary Language Program. Research Interests: Teaching and coordinating elementary Spanish, using technology in the classroom, Spanish for business, and Spanish for the medical profession.

Sherina Feliciano-Santos, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2011. Associate Professor of Anthropology. Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: linguistic anthropology, narratives, race and ethnicity, identity, Indigeneity, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

John A. Garcia, Ph.D., Florida State University, 1971. Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona; Research Professor Emeritus, Director of the Resource Center for Minority Data and Director of Community Outreach, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research/Current Population Survey, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Faculty Associate Emeritus, Latina/o Studies. Research Interests: Minority politics (including Latino politics), urban politics, methodology, data analysis, sampling techniques, American government.

Carlos Francisco Jackson: MA, California College of the Arts. MFA, University of California-Davis. Dean and Professor, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. Research Interests: Chicanx Art & Art History, Visual Studies, Community Engaged Praxis, Abolition, Marxist Analysis of Subjectivity.

Stephen Michael Garcia, Ph.D., Princeton University, 2002. Associate Professor, Psychology and Organizational Studies. Research Interests: Psychology of competition, decision-making, negotiation, and conflict resolution.

Olga López-Cotín, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1993. Senior Lecturer, Spanish Program Head, Residential College. Research Interests: Latin American women writers, urban narratives, ethnic and racial minorities in Spain, Cuban studies, language pedagogy.

William D. Lopez, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2016; MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, 2008. Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Public Health; Faculty Director of Public Scholarship, National Center for Institutional Diversity. Research Interests: Health impacts of immigration enforcement; qualitative methods and advocacy in research; law enforcement violence; public writing and scholarship.

Jamaal Sharif Matthews, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2010. Associate Professor of Education and Psychology in the School of Education. Research Interests: social cognition, achievement motivation, identity development among adolescents in urban and under-resourced schools. Populations of interest include Black American adolescents, Dominican and Puerto Rican adolescents in the American northeast, and Mexican American children in the southwest exploring teachers’ bilingual education practices.

David Méndez, M.S., Ph.D., Michigan State, 1995. Associate Professor, Public Health (Health Management and Policy). Research Interests: Impact of product and service quality on-demand, evaluation of residential radon policies, and smoking cessation policies.

Elizabeth Birr Moje, Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994. Dean of the School of Education, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education. Research Interests: Secondary and adolescent literacy, literacy and cultural theory, qualitative and mixed research methods, urban youth culture, content area/disciplinary literacy.

Eliana Moya-Raggio, M.A.Ed., University of Michigan, 1975. Lecturer III Emerita of Spanish, Residential College. Faculty Associate Emerita, Latina/o Studies. Research Interests: Spanish language pedagogy; Latina women in the United States; Latin American women writers; arpilleras and women's resistance in Chile.

Lewis Bayard Morgenstern, M.D., University of Michigan, 1990. Professor, Neurology, Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery, Medical School; Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health; Vice-Chair of Neurology for Finance and Faculty Development, Medical School; Director of the Stroke Program, University of Michigan Health System. Research Interests: Health disparities in stroke; community and professional education to improve stroke treatment and stroke prevention; intracerebral hemorrhage.

Robert M. Ortega, Ph.D., Michigan, 1991. Associate Professor, School of Social Work. Research Interests: Areas of relationship development, treatment interventions, and service utilization, particularly in the realm of mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice, with a focus on race/ethnicity and gender issues.

Mara Cecilia Ostfeld, M.P.P. Harvard, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2013. Associate Faculty Director and Director of Communications, Poverty Solutions; Assistant Research Scientist, Detroit Metro Area Communities Study, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Research Interests: Impact of Spanish-language media on Latino political identification; political communication; political behavior; political psychology; Latino politics; racial and ethnic politics; experimental design.

Ivette Perfecto, Ph.D., Michigan, 1989. James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Professor of Environmental Justice, School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). Research Interests: Agricultural ecology and tropical ecology in Latin America; natural resources and sustainability issues in the tropics; conservation of biodiversity; environmental justice; political ecology; agroforestry and ecosystem management.

Deborah Rivas-Drake, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2005. Professor of Psychology and Stephanie J. Rowley Professor of Education. Research Interests: Development of ethnic and racial identity; academic achievement; mental health; developmental perspectives that attend to cultural and ecological/contextual factors.

Emilio Rodriguez, B.A., University of California, Irvine, 2011. Lecturer I School of Music Theatre and Dance. Research Interests: Cross-cultural connections, representation in theatre and the arts, Caribbean folktales.

Mabel Rodríguez, MA, University of Rochester, 1992. Lecturer IV, Spanish Program, Residential College. Research interests: Second language acquisition of Spanish academic writing by English speakers, the history of tango, written vs. oral language in the age of the internet, bilingualism, Teatro Campesino, Migrant Outreach, and Education.

Ian Robinson, Ph.D., Yale, 1990. Lecturer IV, Sociology and Residential College; Associate Director, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations' ILIR labor and Global Change Program. Research Interests: The impact of neoliberal economic restructuring on the living standards of workers, and the power resources, strategies, and character of unions in North America; the impact of neoliberal structuring on the state in North America; the formation of social movement coalitions seeking to change the institutions and rules that govern international economic integration processes and factor flows so as to make economic globalization more compatible with the values of social justice and environmental sustainability.

Teresa Sanchez-Snell, B.S., Eastern Michigan University, 1995. Lecturer II and Spanish Language Internship Program Coordinator, Residential College. Research Interests: Spanish language pedagogy; experiential learning; Latina/o communities in Southeast Michigan.

Xiomara Santamarina, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998. Associate Professor, English, African American, and African Studies. Research Interests: 19th Century African American literature with a primary focus on autobiography and slave narratives; antebellum fiction and prose; economic criticism; theories of value, race, and labor; U.S. literature; feminist theory.

Teresa Satterfield, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1995. Professor of Spanish. Research Interests: Theoretical linguistics, first language acquisition, bilingualism, generative Romance syntax, complex adaptive systems.

Daniel Valella, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2019. Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature. Research interests: multiethnic American literature (especially after 1945); comparative ethnic studies; rhetorical theory; queer of color culture and critique; film; structures of citizenship, detention, deportation, and exile.

John Vandermeer, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1971. Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Alfred T. Thurnau Professor.

Gustavo Verdesio, Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1992. Associate Professor of Spanish and American Culture (Native American Studies). Research Interests: Colonial studies, Native American studies, pre-contact indigenous societies, material culture, popular culture, theory.

Emilia Yang, Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California, 2022. Assistant Professor of Art and Design - Anti Racism by Design. Research Interests: Digital Media, Transformative Justice, Community Engaged Research, Interactive Art, Performance, Extended and Mixed Reality, Digital Archives, Games, Central America and its Diasporas, Decolonization, Memory Studies, Social Movements, Transnational Feminism and Women of Color critiques.