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More than 80 researchers and instructors at AU focus their work in large measure on Latin America and/or Latino populations residing in the United States, and President Sylvia Burwell and Provost Peter Starr have identified Latin American and Latino Studies as a top priority for expansion during the years ahead. As a campus-wide Center, CLALS draws on scholarship and training activities undertaken in all of the university's Schools and Colleges. Please explore the profiles of our affiliate faculty; affiliates in the Washington College of Law are listed separately.

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Robert Albro Research Assoc Prof Center for Latin American/Latino Studies

Trained in sociocultural anthropology, Dr. Robert Albro has maintained a long-term ethnographic focus on urban and indigenous politics in Bolivia. He is also an expert on Latin American social and ind

  robert.d.albro@american.edu

  (202) 885-6174

Patricia Aufderheide University Professor SOC - School of Communication

Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She founded the School's Center for Media & Soci

  paufder@american.edu

  (202) 885-2069

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Fernando Benadon Professor CAS - Performing Arts

I am a composer/theorist originally from Buenos Aires. I have released two albums, written a score for an indie feature film shown at Cannes, and been praised by The New York Times for my music’s “ear

  fernando@american.edu

  (202) 885-3452

Richard Bennett Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Bennett's research interests include comparative criminology and criminal justice as well as police organization and procedures. He has published extensively in the area of cross-nationa

  bennett@american.edu

  (202) 885-2956

Kim Blankenship Associate Dean for Research, CAS CAS - Sociology

Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Sociology, Founding and Acting Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society (housed in the department of sociology), Associate Dean of

  kim.blankenship@american.edu

  (202) 885-6211

Robert Blecker Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Blecker’s research interests include international trade, open economy macroeconomics, global trade imbalances, economic integration in North America, the Mexican economy, the limits to expo

  blecker@american.edu

  (202) 885-3767

Marcelo Bohrt Asst Professor SIS - School of International Service

Marcelo Bohrt is a sociologist interested in racial politics and statecraft in the Americas. His primary area of research investigates the role of racial ideas and racial politics in the making and tr

  bohrt@american.edu

  (202) 885-6701

Philip Brenner Prof Emeritus

Dr. Philip Brenner has published widely on U.S./Cuba relations, U.S./Latin American relations, contemporary U.S. foreign policy, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. His most recent book is <i>Cuba Lib

  (202) 885-1605

Robin Broad Professor SIS - School of International Service

<p>Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development, established and heads SIS’s International Development Program’s unique curricular offerings on rethinking globalization and developmen

  rbroad@american.edu

  (202) 885-1478

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Charles Call Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Call, an associate professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, focuses on post-war peacebuilding, statebuilding, democratization, human rights and police and justice

  call@american.edu

  (202) 885-1693

Marcy Campos Director, Center for Community Engagement & Service Ctr for Community Engagement and Svc

Marcy Fink Campos joined AU’s Center for Community Engagement & Service in 2004. As Director, she oversees all office programs and serves as the liaison to the Office of Campus Life, Academic Affa

  mfcampos@american.edu

  (202) 885-1551

Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Assoc Professor CAS - Sociology

Ernesto Castañeda conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in

  (202) 885-2412

Elizabeth Cohn Asst Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Elizabeth Cohn is an Assistant Professor specializing in U.S. foreign policy and Latin America. Her research interests include the U.S. promotion of democracy and Latin America. She is also deeply

  ecohn@american.edu

Ken Conca Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Ken Conca’s research and teaching focus on global environmental governance, environmental peacebuilding in war-torn societies, environmental politics and policy in the United Nations system, water

  conca@american.edu

  (202) 885-6391

Elizabeth Cotter Asst Professor CAS - Health Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University and the Director of the Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab. She is a licensed psychologist w

  cotter@american.edu

  (202) 885-3703

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Maria De Jesus Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health inequalities, a critical area of focus in interstate and transnational relations. Her research exami

  dejesus@american.edu

Molly Dondero Asst Professor CAS - Sociology

Molly Dondero is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on how immigration, race/ethnicity, social class, and place contribute to population-level inequality in he

  dondero@american.edu

  (202) 885-1492

Frank DuBois Assoc Professor KSB - Information Technology

Professor DuBois is Associate Professor of International Business and Chair of the International Business Department. His research focus is in global supply chain management, customs facilitation, cou

  fdubois@american.edu

  (202) 885-1967

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Todd Eisenstadt Professor, Research Director of CEP SPA - Government

Professor Eisenstadt serves as research director of the Center for Environmental Policy (CEP). He has worked on six continents, publishing multiple award-winning books and dozens of articles on climat

  eisensta@american.edu

  (202) 885-6493

Heather Elms Assoc Professor KSB - International Business

Heather Elms, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Management at the Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington, DC. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business ethics, busine

  elms@american.edu

  (202) 885-1965

Noemi Enchautegui-de-Jesus Professorial Lecturer CAS - Psychology

Dr. Enchautegui-de-Jesus received her MA and PhD in Community Psychology from New York University. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the NIMH’s Family Research Consortium III at the University of Mic

  enchaute@american.edu

  (202) 885-1773

Larry Engel Assoc Professor SOC - School of Communication

With nearly 40 years of teaching and filmmaking, and 250 projects, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels, and National Geographic, among many other outlets. Awards include a Daytime

  engel@american.edu

  (202) 885-2688

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Eileen Findlay Professor and Department Chair, Critical RGC Studies CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Eileen Findlay graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she held a Jacob Javits fellowship. Both her books, <em>'We Are Left Without a Father Here':

  efindla@american.edu

  (202) 885-6264

Anthony Fontes Asst Professor SIS - School of International Service

Anthony W. Fontes, geographer and ethnographer, writes and teaches about violence, migration and forced displacement, transnational illicit economies, mass incarceration, and the politics of security

  awfontes@american.edu

  (202) 885-6704

Scott Freeman Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Scott Freeman is an anthropologist whose work is at the intersection of the anthropology of the environment, critical development studies, and the anthropology of labor in Haiti and the Dominican

  freeman@american.edu

  (202) 885-6685

Max Paul Friedman Interim Dean, CAS CAS - Dean's Office

Max Paul Friedman joined the History Department at American University in 2007 and holds an appointment as Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service. In July 2020, he

  friedman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2446

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Carolyn Gallaher Senior Associate Dean SIS - School of International Service

I do research in two distinct areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politicsIn the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patterns

  caroleg@american.edu

William Gentile Journalist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Bill Gentile is an independent, national Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker teaching at American University (AU) in Washington, DC. His career spans four decades, five continents

  gentile@american.edu

  (202) 885-2663

Brett Gilbert Assoc Professor KSB - Management

Dr. Gilbert is the inaugural Kogod Regional Innovation Chair and associate professor (with tenure). Her research spans economic geography, internationalization and performance streams of literature. C

  bgilbert@american.edu

Agustina Giraudy Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Professor Giraudy's book, <i>Democrats and Autocrats</i> (Oxford University Press, 2015), explores the multiple pathways towards subnational undemocratic regime continuity within democ

  giraudy@american.edu

Louis Goodman Professor and Dean Emeritus, SIS SIS - School of International Service

Louis Goodman carries out research on social change and politics in Latin America and in Asia. His current research focuses on public goods, regional alliances and development. He has published widely

  goodman@american.edu

  (202) 885-1625

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches and teaches global environmental and agricultural policy and agrarian politics. A critical geographer, she draws upon political ecology and decolonial studies to res

  graddy@american.edu

Ludy Grandas Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Ludy Grandas’ research interests include issues of national identity in Latin America and in the Hispanic communities in the U.S. Her teaching interests include the Studies of Culture in Latin America

  grandas@american.edu

  (202) 885-2434

Sonya Grier Professor KSB - Marketing

Professor Grier is an interdisciplinary scholar with diverse expertise across private, government, and non-profit sectors. Her research examines marketplace topics related to race, with a focus on enh

  griers@american.edu

  (202) 885-1971

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Austin Hart Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

<p>Austin Hart is Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in the School of International Service and serves as Graduate Research Methods Coordinator. Dr. Hart a political scientist specializ

  ahart@american.edu

  (202) 885-1640

Eric Hershberg Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Center for Latin American/Latino Studies

Eric Hershberg is director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and a professor of government at American University. From 2007-2009 he was President of the Latin American Studies Assoc

  hershber@american.edu

  (202) 885-6172

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K. L. Knee Assoc Professor CAS - Environmental Science

I am an interdisciplinary environmental scientist whose research focuses on how human activities and land use (agriculture, oil and gas extraction, urbanization, etc) affect water quality. I am also i

  knee@american.edu

  (202) 885-1093

Alan Kraut Distinguished Professor CAS - History

Alan M. Kraut is University Professor of History at American University and a non-resident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Specializing in immigration and ethnic history and the history of m

  akraut@american.edu

  (202) 885-2410

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William LeoGrande Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs SPA - Government

Professor of <a href="https://www.american.edu/spa/gov/index.cfm">Government</a> and a specialist in Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, Profess

  wleogra@american.edu

  (202) 885-6234

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Juliana Martinez Assoc Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Martínez focuses on the intersection of violence and body politics in the Latin-American and US Latino context. Her two main areas of research are: representation of historical violence rece

  jmartinez@american.edu

  (202) 885-2586

Sarah Menke-Fish Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning SOC - School of Communication

Sarah Menke-Fish is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She serves as Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Associate Director for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking. Menke-Fish l

  smenke@american.edu

  (202) 885-2098

Jeffrey Middents Assoc Professor CAS - Literature

Jeffrey Middents studies and teaches film and world literature at American University in Washington, DC, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the present. He received h

  middents@american.edu

  (202) 885-2979

Emily Morris Director of Intl Training and Education Program and Sr Professorial Lecturer SOE - School of Education

Dr. Emily (Markovich) Morris is a scholar and educator of comparative education and international development whose research explores questions of social justice and equity through formal and nonforma

  emorris@american.edu

  (202) 885-8218

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Amy Oliver Assoc Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Professor Oliver's teaching and research on Latin America explore philosophical topics such as marginality, feminism, <em>nepantlismo</em>, and <em>transfronterismo</em>. S

  aoliver@american.edu

  (202) 885-2140

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Randolph Persaud Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Randolph B. Persaud is Associate Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. He specializes in the areas of race and international relations, globalization, human se

  persaud@american.edu

Jennifer Poole Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Professor Poole’s research and teaching interests fall at the intersection of international trade, labor economics, and development economics. With an emphasis on Brazil, her broad research agenda con

  poole@american.edu

  (202) 885-6689

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Cathy Lisa Schneider Professor SIS - School of International Service

Professor Schneider teaches and writes on democracy, dictatorship and resistance; comparative social movements; collective violence; racial profiling, police violence and racial and ethnic discriminat

  cschnei@american.edu

  (202) 885-1666

Robert Sicina Professorial Lecturer KSB - Management

Professor Sicina has 30 years of experience in senior executive positions at Citibank, American Express and various entrepreneurial endeavors. He worked for fourteen years in Latin America for Citiban

  bsicina@american.edu

  (202) 885-1858

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Matthew M. Taylor Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Matthew Taylor is an associate professor at the School of International Service at American University. He is the author or co-editor of four books and a variety of articles on crime, corruption, cour

  mtaylor@american.edu

Amelia Tseng Asst Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Amelia Tseng is Assistant Professor in World Languages and Cultures. Her research addresses how language shapes and is shaped by identity across immigrant generations in Latinx diasporic contexts,

  tseng@american.edu

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Ximena Varela Director, Arts Management Program CAS - Performing Arts

Ximena Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in arts management curricular design (both on campus and online), museum management, international cultura

  varela@american.edu

  (202) 885-3883

David Vazquez Associate Professor Literature and CRGC, Program Director of Latinx Studies CAS - Literature

David J. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Literature and Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. He teaches courses on comparative Latina/o/x literature, comparative ethnic American literature, c

  dvazquez@american.edu

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz Assoc Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Vidal-Ortiz's scholarship cuts across racialization, sexuality, gender, migration and religion, and is interdisciplinary. He coedited two award winning books: <a href="https://nyupress

  vidalort@american.edu

  (202) 885-2443

Nuria Vilanova Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Núria Vilanova teaches Latin American Culture, Literature and Cinema. Her research is devoted to the impact of social change and migration on cultural production. She works on textual and cinematic na

  vilanova@american.edu

  (202) 885-2393

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Earl Anthony Wayne Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Distinguished Diplomat in Residence SIS - School of International Service

In addition to his role at AU, Wayne is a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Co-Chair of its Mexico Institute Advisory Board. He is a Senior Non-Resident

  eawayne@american.edu

Brenda Werth Assoc Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Brenda Werth’s research interests include Latin American theater, performance, documentary film, memory studies, human rights, gender, social movements, and translation. She teaches courses on Latin A

  werth@american.edu

  (202) 885-1449

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Thespina Yamanis Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and structural conditions to health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to

  nina.yamanis@american.edu

  (202) 885-6562

Joseph Young Professor SIS - School of International Service

Professor Young's interests relate to the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including poli

  jyoung@american.edu

  (202) 885-2618

Gay Young Department Chair, Sociology CAS - Sociology

(Gloria A.) Gay Young has a longstanding focus on gender and development (GAD) which has led her to study a range of issues, including the nature and consequences of women’s labor force participation

  gyoung@american.edu

  (202) 885-2254