Latin American and Latino Studies

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Program Faculty

María Acosta Cruz, Ph.D.
Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department
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. She teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature. Her main research and teaching 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 (Rutgers University Press 2014 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

Belén Atienza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Spanish Program Coordinator
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 is 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: 1-508-793-7256

Anthony Bebbington, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate School of Geography; Higgins Professor of Environment and Society
Development geography, political ecology, social movements, natural resource extraction, agrarian change.
Tel: 508-793-7370

Denise Bebbington, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor of International Development and Social Change (IDSC)
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program (as of January 1, 2012)
Socio-Environmental Movement Organizations and Networks, Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples, Environmental Justice, Development Administration, Non-Governmental Organizations, Institutional Development, Gender and Development, Community-based Management of Natural Resources.
Tel: (508) 421-3731

Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning
Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Community Development and Planning
Dr. Borges-Mendez has written on various public policy issues: workforce development; labor markets; Latino CBO’s; Latino poverty and community development in the United States; immigration; decentralization and civil society matters in Latin America. His research and teaching interests include, Urban and regional economic development, labor markets and workforce development, political economy, Latin America, Latinos in the U.S. and immigration, governance, non-profits and institutional development, and research methods.
Tel: 508-421-3838
Tel: 1-508-421-3838

John Brown, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics
Tel: 1-508-793-7390

Esteban Cardemil, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Mental health care disparities, prevention and treatment, cultural adaptations, depression
Tel: 508-793-7738

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

Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department
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 a comparative perspective.
Tel: 1-508-793-7723

John Garton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Willem Klooster, Ph.D.
Professor, 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

Constance Montross, Ph.D.
Constance M. Montross, former Director of the Language Arts Resource Center, began teaching Spanish at Clark in 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.

Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Concentration
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.
Tel: 1-508-793-7253

Heather Silber Mohamed, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Latino politics, immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, identity politics in the U.S.
Tel: 1-508-793-7797

Rosalie Torres Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Sociology Department
Racial and ethnic disparities in health and mental health
Tel: 1-508-793-7376

Lucilia Valerio, Ph.D.