University of Washington

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Faculty

Below is a list of faculty associated with Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  For more information about the individual, click on the his or her name.

Deborah Caplow

PhD Washington (1999) Lecturer,
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell

19th and 20th century art history, Mexican art, American art, women artists

Kimberly Barrett

EdD, University of San Francisco (1989), Retired senior lecturer of Psychology Department.

Racism, identity, immigration, law

Matt Baretto

PhD, University of California, Irvine (2005) Associate Professor, Political Science; Director, Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity & Race; Director, The Washington Poll. 

Latino and immigrant voting behavior, and teaches courses on Racial and Ethnic Politics, Latino Politics, Voting and Elections, and American Politics

Charles Bergquist

PhD Stanford (1973) Professor Emeritus, History.

Modern Latin America, U.S.-Latin American relations, Latin American film, labor and popular movements

Philip Brock

PhD Stanford (1982) Associate Professor, Economics. 

Latin America (Chile) of the 19th century and 1973-present.  Recent publications: "Securitizacion de Hipotecas y Desarrollo Economico: Un Ensayo sobre la Caja Hipotecaria de Chile" (2009).  "Sobre Los Determinantes de los Spreads Marginal y Promedio de las Tasas de Interes Bancarias: Chile 1994-2001" (2003).  "Understanding   the behavior of bank spreads in Latin America" (2000)

Ana Mari Cauce

PhD Yale (1984) Provost & Executive Vice President, University of Washington; Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Washington; Earl R. Carlson Professor of Psychology; Professor of American Ethnic Studies;
Adjunct Professor, Womens Studies and College of Education

at-risk children, adolescents, families, ethnic minority youth, homeless youth

Patrick Christie

PhD Michigan (1999) Associate Professor, School of Marine Affairs and JSIS

Nicaragua, Caribbean, Philippines, coastal management, marine protected areas, participatory research, qualitative research methods, sustainability


Shannon Dudley

PhD California-Berkeley (1997) Associate Professor, School of Music

Ethnomusicology, Caribbean music, popular music, national identity

Cynthia Duncan

PhD Illinois Champaign-Urbana (1983) Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW-Tacoma

Hispanic Studies, 20th century Latin American literature, film and television studies, with an emphasis on women’s issues

Lauro Flores

PhD California-San Diego (1980) Professor, Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Chicano and Latin American literature, especially literature of Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela

Luis R. Fraga

PhD Rice University (1984) Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement; Director of the Diversity Research Institute; Professor of Political Science

Latino politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, immigration politics, education politics, and voting rights policy.

Erasmo Gamboa

PhD University of Washington (1984) Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies and adjunct, History

U.S. ethnic and minority history, U.S. labor and immigration history, Mexican American and Latino History of the Pacific Northwest

Robert Gara

PhD Oregon State (1964) Professor Emeritus, Forest Resources

General forestry, international forestry, forest entomology, forest chemicals, individual courses in Latin American forestry

Maria Elena Garcia

PhD Brown University (2001) Associate Professor, Comparative History of Ideas Program

Indigeneity, Multicultural Politics, and Development in the Andes; Indigenous intellectual production of human-animal articulations Recent publications: "Super Guinea Pigs?" (Anthropology Now, Sept 2010).  "Making Indigenous Citizens: Identities, Development, and Multicultural Activism in Peru" (Stanford University Press, 2005);
Desafios de la Interculturalidad (Inst. de Estudios Peruanos Lima, 2008

Anthony Geist

PhD California-Berkeley (1978) Professor/Chair, Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature


Carlos Gil

PhD California-Los Angeles (1975) Professor Emeritus, History

Modern Latin American history, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, U.S.-Latin American relations, and Hispanics of the U.S.

Anthony Gill

PhD California-Los Angeles (1994) Associate Professor, Political Science

Latin America, religion and politics of the Southern Cone

Maria Gillman

MA Oregon State (1985) Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Literature of Mexico and Central America

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy

PhD California-Berkeley (2001) Associate Professor, JSIS and Law, Society and Justice

Sociology of law, sociology of development, human rights and democracy in Latin America, particularly Guatemala

Ricardo Gomez

PhD Cornell University (1997) Communications, MA Universite du Quebec a Montreal (1992) Communications; Assistant Professor, Information School

Social impact of communication technologies in community development settings

Margaret Griesse

PhD University of Frankfurt (2001) Lecturer on Latin American Studies UW Tacoma

International education, social movements, human rights and violence against women in Latin American (especially Brazil)

Michelle Habell-Pallan

PhD California-Santa Cruz (1997) Associate Professor, Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Chicana and Chicano literature, performance culture, popular culture, women of color feminist theories and writing

Susan Harewood

PhD Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2006) Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences - UW Bothell

Communication, popular music, performance, race and gender in the English speaking Caribbean

Eugene Hunn

PhD California-Berkeley (1973) Professor Emeritus, Anthropology

American Indian Studies, including the Indian heritage of Mexico and Central America

Lucy Jarosz

PhD California-Berkeley (1990) Associate Professor, Geography

Africa, United States, geography, food, agriculture, rural poverty, development theory

Monika Kaup

PhD Ruhr University, Germany (1991) Assistant Professor, English

Borderlands, women writers, modernism, cultural studies, U.S., Mexican, Canadian literature

G.J. (Jim)  Kenagy

PhD California-Los Angeles (1972) Professor Emeritus, Biology

Zoology, mammals

Stephen Kosack

PhD Yale University (2008) Assistant Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs, Affiliate faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Comparative politics and political economy with a focus on on understanding and explaining distributive policymaking in developing countries


Victoria Lawson

PhD Ohio State (1986) Professor, Geography

Urbanization in developing nations, development theory in social science with particular attention to Latin American thought

Jose Antonio Lucero

PhD Princeton (2002), Associate Professor, JSIS; Director and Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Indigenous politics, social movements, and representation in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru.  Recent publications: Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes ( 2008)

Ana Luengo

PhD University of Hamburg, Germany (2003), Visiting Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese Studies; Affiliate Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

20th Century, 21st Century, Critical Theory, Film/Cinema, Hispanic Studies, Latin American Literature, Spanish

Victor Menaldo

PhD Stanford University (2009), Assistant Professor, Political Science

Comparative politics, political economy of development

Amos Nascimento

PhD University of Frankfurt (2002) Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) program, UW Tacoma, Affiliated with IAS, JSIS, and Germanics

Philosophy and culture in Latin America, MERCOSUR (especially Argentina and Brazil), race, and human rights

Edgar O'Hara

PhD Texas (1989) Professor, Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Latin American poetry

Yolanda Padilla

PhD University of Chicago (2004) Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Visual Arts.  Affiliate faculty, Latin America and Caribbean Studies.

Her research examines the ways in which early twentieth-century Mexican Americans understood the local specificities of their experiences in the United States in the larger context of cultural and political relations between the U.S. and Mexico.

Devon G. Peña

PhD Texas-Austin (1983) Professor, Anthropology; Adjunct, Chicano Studies

Agro-ecology, bioregionalism, ethno-ecology, social movements, labor process theory, workplace politics


Ileana Rodriguez Silva

PhD University of Wisconsin (2004) Associate Professor, History

Blackness, class, material identity, post emancipation Puerto Rico, race, nationalism, gender, labor migration

Elizabeth Salas

PhD California-Los Angeles (1987) Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies

Chicanas, Mexicanas, Chicanos, and minorities in the military

Julie Shayne

PhD, UC Santa Barbara (2000) Sociology , Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW-B; Affiliate Associate Professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Faculty Associate, Center for Human Rights at UW-S

Women, resistance, and feminism in Latin America and the diaspora.
Recent publications: "Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas" (2014), "They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism" (2009), "The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba" ( 2004)

Cynthia Steele

PhD California-San Diego (1980) Professor, Comparative Literature

Latin American literature and cultural studies

Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky

PhD CUNY Graduate Center (2006) Sociology, Assistant Professor, LSJ/American Ethnic Studies

Race, immigration, and gender in the Americas

Pierre Van den Berghe

PhD Harvard (1960) Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Anthropology, family, social change, society, race ethnicity

Julie S. Villegas

PhD Washington (1997) Associate Director, Honors Program, Affiliate Assistant Professor with the English Dept.

Mexico, US/Mexico Border, borderlands, American Ethnic studies, identity politics, culture

Adam Warren

PhD UC-San Diego (2004) Associate Professor, History

Medical reform in Peru, Latin American colonial period medicine.  Recent publications: "Medicine and Politics in Colonial Peru: Population Growth and the Bourbon Reforms" ( 2010)

Jonathan Warren

PhD California-Berkeley (1997) Associate Professor, International Studies

race, ethnicity and nationalism in the Americas, visual sociology.  Recent publications: "Comparative racisms: What anti-racists can learn from Latin America" (2011), Racial Revolutions: Antiracism and Indian Resurgence in Brazil ( 2001), Racing Research, Researching Race: Methodological Dilemmas in Critical Racial Studies (2000)

Richard Watts

PhD Yale (1998), Associate Professor, French and Italian Studies

Post/colonial francophone world.  Recent publications: Post/Coloniality: The Manufacture of Literary Identity in the Francophone World (2005)

Glennys Young

PhD UC, Berkeley, 1989, M.A., UC, Berkeley, 1983, B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1981. Professor, Russia, Soviet Union and world history.

Cuba, Spain, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Russia, East Europe and Central Asia. Recent Publications: To Russia with 'Spain': Spanish Exiles in the USSR and the Longue Duére of Soviet History (2014), The Communist Experience in the Twentieth Century- A global History through Sources (2011), Power and the Sacred in Revolutionary Russia-Religious Activists in the Village (1997)

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