Latin American and Latino Studies

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Program Faculty


María Acosta Cruz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Born and raised in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, María Acosta Cruz received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her main research interests are Caribbean and Latino cultures. She explores issues such as the making and marketability of identities, Puerto Rican cultural history, and national and gender-based stereotypes. Her book Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture & the Fictions of Independence is upcoming from Rutgers University Press and is also part of the American Literatures Initiative from NYU, Fordham, Temple and Virginia University Presses. The series has funding from the Mellon Foundation.
Tel: 1-508-793-7677
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Kiran Asher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Dr. Asher attempts to bring about social change by addressing issues of power related to gender, race, and historical location. Her research and teaching interests include: Culture and power, political economy, gender studies, the politics of biodiversity conservation, and Latin American studies. Her scholarly interests also address postcolonial, marxist, and feminist theories of power, and the nexus of nature/culture and politics.
Tel: 1-508-421-3823
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Belén Atienza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Dr. Atienza specializes in the cultures and literatures of Spain from 1492 to the present, with a special focus on history of psychology, marginalized groups, hybrid identities, and drama. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Atienza received a B. A. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Princeton University. She was also the recipient of an Erasmus European Award which gave her the privilege to study Italian literature at the Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy. Dr. Atienza teaches courses on minorities in the Hispanic world, representations of violence in Spanish literature and cinema, and the myth of the hero in Spanish narrative, as well as more traditional topics such as Spanish literary analysis, golden Age drama and Cervantes. Her book El loco en el espejo:Locura y melancolia en la Espana de Lope de Vega was published by Rodopi in 2009. In addition to being a scholar of literature, Dr. Atienza ia also a poet and a writer of satires. Her book of short stories entitled Saltaparedes was published in Pontevedra, Spain, in 2011. Dr. Atienza is passionate about sharing her love for poetry inside and outside of the classroom. As a founding member of the Tertulia Julia de Burgos in Worcester, she often does poetry readings for the Hispanic community. Her interest about pedagogy and poetry has brought her to unexpected places such as Chiapas, Mexico, where she established a teaching collaboration with the CELALI (Centro de Estudios de Lenguas y Literaturas Indigenas) and designed and taught workshops about poetry, ritual and symbolism.
Tel: (508) 793-7256
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Anthony Bebbington, Ph.D.
Higgins Professor of Environment and Society; Director, School of Geography
Development geography, political ecology, social movements, natural resource extraction, agrarian change.
Tel: 508-793-7370
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John Brown, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics; Mosakowski Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow
Tel: 1-508-793-7390
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Marvin D'Lugo, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; Adjunct Professor, Screen Studies and Literatures
Professor D'Lugo teaches courses on aspects of Spanish and Latin-American literatures. His primary areas of research involve Spanish-language cinemas with particular emphasis on Spain, Mexico and Argentina. He regularly teaches courses on these national cinemas as well as on the aesthetic practices that enable Spanish-language regional cinema to engage Hispanic audiences beyond national borders. Along with his scholarly writings on Hispanic transnational film, he has published books and articles on Spanish film auteurs Luis Bunuel, Carlos Saura and Pedro Almodovar. Since 2008 he has been the principal editor of the international film journal, Studies in Spanish and Latin-American Cinemas while also serving on the editorial boards of the British journal, Transnational Cinemas and the Spanish journal of film history, Secuencias.
Tel: 1-508-793-7725
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Timothy Downs, D.Env.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Policy Environmental science and engineering, integrated capacity building for sustainable development, natural resource management, human-environment interaction
Tel: 1-508-421-3814
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Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of French, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Dr. Ferly's research interests are Caribbean literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective, including the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic regions. She studies especially contemporary women's writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her work focuses on the issues of race and gender in connection with history, language, and the Caribbean literary tradition. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on literatures and cultures from Francophone countries, on French popular culture, immigration in France and on Caribbean writing from comparative perspective.
Tel: 508-793-7723
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John Garton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Director, Art History Program
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Willem Klooster, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of History
Dr. Klooster specializes in the history of the Atlantic world (15th-19th centuries). He teaches classes on comparative colonialism (the Americas), the age of Atlantic revolutions (1776-1824), and Caribbean history. His recent research includes, Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History (New York University Press, 2009) and Migration, Trade, and Slavery in an Expanding World: Essays in Honor of Pieter Emmer (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009).
Tel: 1-508-421-3768
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Stephanie F. Larrieux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Film genre, television, cultural theory, cinema history, theories of authorship, and the language of media and visuality
Tel: 508-793-7285
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Constance Montross, Ph.D.
Director, Language Arts Resource Center
Dr. Montross is located on the 4th floor of Goddard Library. Constance M. Montross, Director of the Language Arts Resource Center, has been teaching Spanish at Clark since 1984. She did her undergraduate work at Connecticut College and received a master's and doctorate from Yale University. With her colleague, Esther Levine of the College of the Holy Cross, she is the author of 3 editions of an anthology of readings- the most recent edition being Vistas y voces Latinas, Prentice Hall, 2002. In 2001 she received an Outstanding Service Award from Clark University.
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Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Posner's current research focuses on democratization and political participation in developing regions, particularly Latin America. He is also interested in the impact of economic globalization and related state reforms on social organization and collective action in both developing and developed countries, and in comparative environmental policy and democratization in developing countries. Dr. Posner is also affiliated with the Latin American and Latino Studies Concentration.
Tel: 1-508-793-7253
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Lucilia Valerio, Ph.D.
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