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Faculty Associates

Su'ad Abdul KhabeerPh.D., Princeton University, 2011. Associate Professor of American Culture; Director, Arab and Muslim American Studies Program. 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. 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.

Paulina Alberto, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2005. Associate Professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and History. Research Interests: Modern Latin American history and historiography; Brazil; ideologies of race, nation, and citizenship; intellectual/cultural history; Afro-Latin American diaspora.

Ruth Behar, Ph.D., Princeton, 1983. Victor Haim Perera Collegiate 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.

José Casas, M.F.A., Arizona State University, 2003. Assistant 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. Associate Dean for Social Sciences, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA); Professor, Psychology and Women's Studies. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Anita González, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997. Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies Theatre & Drama, School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Research Interests: Intercultural performance and ethnic studies.

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, PhD, 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.

Ashley Lucas, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2006. Associate Professor, Theatre & Drama and LSA Residential College. Research Interests: Chicana/o and Latina/o theatre, ethnographic theatre, Prision Creative Arts Project.

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.

Joshua Miller, Ph.D., Columbia University, 2001. Associate Professor, English. Research Interests: U.S. literature, Modernism/Modernity, language politics, cultural theory, visual culture, comparative ethnic studies, modern Jewish literatures.

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. Assistant Professor, Political Science. 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.

Jonathan Ovalle, M. Mus., University of Michigan, 2000. Assistant Professor of Percussion, Director Latin Jazz Ensemble, School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Percussionist Jonathan Ovalle is Assistant Professor of Music and co-coordinator of the percussion program at the University of Michigan. In addition to his applied teaching duties, he is the co-director of the University’s famed percussion ensemble, as well as the director of the newly created Latin jazz ensemble. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and his primary teachers include Michael Udow, Julie Spencer, Michael Gould, Gerald Cleaver and Salvatore Rabbio, as well as additional studies with Ted Piltzecker.

Ivette Perfecto, Ph.D., Michigan, 1989. George Willis Pack Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources and Environment, 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 justices; political ecology; agroforestry and ecosystem management.

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

Awilda Rodriguez, PhD., University of Pennsylvania, 2013. Assistant Professor, Education. Research Interests: college access and choice issues in postsecondary education.

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.

Enid M. Rosario-Ramos, Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2011. Assistant Professor, School of Education. Research Interests: Intersections between adolescents' development of critical literacy skills and their participation in community activism, teacher education, disciplinary literacies, adolescents' civic engagement, and social justice 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 literatures 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.

Ruby C. Tapia, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2002. Associate Professor, English and Women's Studies. Research Interests: African-American literature, American literature (twentieth-century), gender and sexuality, Latina/o literature, literary theory, race and visual culture, photography, comparative ethnic studies, feminist theory.

Vasti Torres, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, 1997. Professor, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE), School of Education. Research Interests: Underrepresented student success in higher education; Latinx student identity development and college experience; issues of retention; experiences of working college students; community college initiatives.

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.

Antonia Villarruel, Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1993. Adjunct Professor of Nursing; Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Research Interests: HIV prevention among Latino and Mexican adolescents, care development and advancement of Latinos in health.