CILAS & LAS Affiliated Faculty

The Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies at UCSD works closely with university faculty from a wide range of departments and with diverse expertise.

Latin American Studies Graduate Students:  Click here for information on Thesis Committee Membership.

Department of Anthropology

Guillermo Algaze, Ph.D.,Professor

Algaze is an expert on Near Eastern, Anatolian, and Mesopotamian archaeology, early civilizations, and complex societies.

Geoffrey Braswell, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Braswell is an expert on the archaeology of Mexico and Central America, particularly the ancient Maya civilization.

Thomas Csordas, Ph.D., Professor
Tom Csordas is an expert on psychological and medical anthropology, anthropological theory, and comparative religion.

Paul Goldstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Goldstein is an expert on complex societies, anthropological archaeology, Latin America, Peru and Andean South America, El Nino, and ancient climate change.

John B. Haviland, Ph.D., Professor
Haviland is an anthropological linguist, with interests in the social life of language. His major research has been on Tzotzil (Mayan) in highland Chiapas.

Janis H. Jenkins, Ph.D., Professor
Jenkins is an expert on psychological and medical anthropology, mental health, and Mexican and Central American migrants.

David Pedersen, Ph.D., Associate Professor
David Pedersen is an expert on relations between El Salvador and the United States, particularly the recent decades of Salvadoran migration.

Nancy Grey Postero, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Postero is an expert on political economy, multiculturalism, citizenship, identity, indigenous politics, development, and non-governmental organizations.

Kathryn Woolard, Ph.D., Professor
Woolard is an expert on linguistic anthropology, language and ethnicity, bilingual communities, language ideology, and political discourse.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Mario J. Molina, Ph.D., Professor
Molina is the 1995 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry for his research on the threat to the ozone layer. His current research involves assessing and mitigating the air pollution problems of rapidly growing cities around the world.

Department of Cognitive Science

Rafael Núñez, Ph.D., Professor
Rafael Núñez is an expert in how the human mind creates abstraction. His particular interest is in high-level cognitive phenomena.

Department of Communication

Brian Goldfarb, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Goldfarb is a digital media artist, curator, and educator. His research and visual media production focuses on media studies and contemporary visual and digital culture.

Matilde Córdoba Azcárate, Ph.D.,Lecturer                                                                                                                                                                                                                Azcárate’s research specializes in critical tourism development, space production and heritage politics in contemporary southern Mexico (Yucatan) and Spain. 

Daniel C. Hallin, Ph.D., Professor
Hallin is an expert on U.S. media coverage of Latin America and comparative analysis of media and politics.

Olga A. Vásquez, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Vásquez is an expert on bilingualism and biculturalism, education, literacy, after-school learning and education for the global context.

Elana Zilberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Zilberg's research interests include global flows of people, money, and commodities. She is currently working on the policing and deportation of Salvadoran immigrant gang youth and their reception in El Salvador.

Department of Economics

Marc-Andreas Muendler, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Muendler is an expert on international trade and international finance with a focus on trade and investment policies and their effects on domestic industries and labor markets.

James Rauch, Ph.D., Professor
Rauch is an expert on International Trade, Economic Growth and Development.

Department of Ethnic Studies

Kirstie Dorr, Ph.D, Assistant Professor
Dorr is an expert on critical race, gender and transnational cultural studies.

Ross Frank, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Frank is an expert on northern Mexico during the colonial and early national period, and on Native American history and culture.

Robert R. Alvarez, Ph.D. - Emeritus
Alvarez is an expert on national and regional identity in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.

Ana Celia Zentella, Ph.D. - Emeritus
Zentella is one of the foremost researchers in “anthro-political linguistics”; other research interest include bilingualism, child language specialization, Latino Spanish and English Dialect

Department of History

David G. Gutiérrez, Ph.D., Professor
Gutiérrez is an expert on Chicano history, the history of the American Southwest, comparative ethnic studies, and immigration.

Christine Hunefeldt, Ph.D., Professor
Hunefeldt's research interests include economic and social history of the Andean region, slavery and abolition, and women and family history.

Natalia M. Molina, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Molina is an expert on comparative ethnicities, Latina/o history, and public health attitudes toward immigrants.

Michael Monteón, Ph.D., Professor
Monteón is an expert on Latin America's political economy, who has written on Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Latin American labor and the region's debt crises.

Pamela Radcliff, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Radcliff's research interests include Spanish politics, culture, and Labor Reform in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

Eric Van Young, Ph.D., Professor
Van Young's current research is on a biography of the Mexican statesman and historian Lucas Alaman. 

Daniel Widener, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Widener is an expert on African-American and California history.  

David R. Ringrose, Ph.D. -  Emeritus
Ringrose is an expert on early modern Europe, with an emphasis on the economic history of Europe and the history of Spain.

School of Global Policy and Strategy (formerly IR/PS)

Peter Cowhey, Ph.D., Professor
Peter Cowhey is an internationally recognized expert in telecommunications and information policy and markets.

Richard Feinberg, Ph.D., Professor
Professor Feinberg is an authority on U.S. foreign policy, multilateral institutions, and summitry.

Stephan Haggard, Ph.D., Professor
Professor Haggard's research interests center on the international relations and comparative political economy of East Asia and Latin America. 

Gordon Hanson, Ph.D., Professor
Professor Hanson is an authority on foreign investment, the economics of immigration, and international trade. 

Sandra L. Pedregal, M.A., Lecturer
Ms. Pedregal teaches content-oriented, Spanish language courses at advanced levels. Past course themes have included technology and science; international politics and economics; business and maquiladoras; and, environmental policy.  

Department of Linguistics

Eric Bakovic, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Bakovic is an expert on the sound patterns of the Spanish spoken in Latin American and the Iberian Peninsula.

Grant Goodall, Ph.D., Professor
Goodall is an expert on syntactic theory, structure of Spanish, second language acquisition and methodology of language teaching.

John C. Moore, Ph.D., Professor
Moore's research interests include Spanish syntax, causative and restructuring constructions, and lexical semantics.

Department of Literature

John Blanco, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Blanco is an expert on Filipino Literature, 19th century Latin American and Caribbean Literature, and Anti-Colonial Thought.

Robert Cancel, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Cancel is an expert on Caribbean and African literature and Third World Studies

Gloria Chacon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Chacon's interests lay in Indigenous literatures of the Americas; Chican@/Latin@ literary and cultural movements; Central American poetics and politics; US Central Americans; Latin American literary and cultural theories.

Jaime Concha, Ph.D., Professor
Concha is a specialist in 19th Century Latin American intellectual history and Latin American Poetry.

Stephanie Jed, Ph.D., Professor
Jed is a Professor of Italian and Comparative literature: The Renaissance, History of Writing, Women's Studies.

Sara Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Johnson research includes 19th and 20th century literature of the Spanish Caribbean literature, popular culture in the Caribbean.

Misha Kokotovic, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Kokotovic is a specialist in Central American and Andean Literatures as well as Latin American(ist) cultural theory and political economy.  

Jorge Mariscal, Ph.D., Professor
Mariscal is an expert on Latinos in the U.S. military (past and present) and Chicano history with a focus on the Chicano Movement of the 1960s.

Luis Martín-Cabrera, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Luis Martín-Cabrera is an expert on Peninsular and Latin American Literature and Culture (Transatlantic Studies).

Max Parra, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Parra's research interests include Latin American Literature, Mexican literature, Caribbean literature, and Indigenismo Narrative.

Beatrice M. Pita, Ph.D., Lecturer
Pita's research interests include women's fiction, California narratives, and Latin American short stories.

Rosaura Sánchez, Ph.D., Professor
Sá¡nchez research interests include Chicana literature, gender studies, and Marxist theory.

Winifred Woodhull, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Woodhull is an expert on literatures of France, Africa, and the Caribbean, critical gender studies and postcolonial studies.

School of Medicine

Kimberley C. Brouwer, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor - Department of Medicine, Division of Global Health
Brouwer's research interests includes infectious disease epidemiology, geographic information systems, and migrant health.

Richard S. Garfein, PhD, M.P.H., Adjunct Professor - Department of Family Medicine
Garfein is an expert on behavioral transmission of blood borne viral infections, including HIV, HBV.

Vivian Reznik, M.P.H., M.D. - Department of Pediatrics
Reznik's research interests include youth violence prevention, cultural competency.

Dean Sidelinger, M.D., Department of Pediatrics
Sidelinger's research interests include evaluation of curriculum to teach improved delivery of culturally effective care to pediatric residents.

Steffanie A. Strathdee, Ph.D., Professor - Global Public Health
Strathdee is an expert in epidemiology, infectious diseases and border health.

Maria Luisa Zúñiga, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor - Department of Family & Preventive Medicine
Zúñiga is an expert on behavioral, epidemiology, community based research and HIV/AIDS health care service.

Department of Political Science

Marisa Abrajano, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Abrajano is an expert on campaigns and elections, political behavior, Latino politics, and race and politics in the United States.

Scott Desposato, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Scott Deposato is an expert on area comparative politics, especially political parties, legislatures, and elections.

David R. Mares, Ph.D., Professor
Mares' research interests include international security, international political economy and Latin American civil-military relations.

Sebastian M. Saiegh, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Saiegh's research focuses on comparative politics, political economy and institutions.

Peter H. Smith, Ph.D., Professor
Smith is an expert on NAFTA and negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas, drug trafficking and drug policy.

Paul Drake, Ph.D., – Emeritus
Drake is a distinguished professor and emeritus in Political Science. Drake specializes in Chilean politics and, more generally, Latin American political economy.

Department of Sociology

David Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Fitzgerald is an expert on international migration, race, ethnicity, and nationalism. 

Carlos Waisman, Ph.D., Professor
Waisman is an expert on democratization and the economic and political institutions of the southern cone particularly Argentina.

León Zamosc, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Zamosc is an expert on social movements, ethnicity and indigenous peoples, and rural sociology.

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Mirle D. Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D., Lecturer
Bussell is an expert on community development and affordable housing.

Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D., Lecturer
Pezzoli does research and writing on environmental management systems, information technology and knowledge networking.

Department of Visual Arts

Edwin (Teddy) Cruz, M.F.A., Professor
Cruz's work dwells at the border between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico, where he has been developing a practice and pedagogy that emerge out of the particularities of this bicultural territory.

Ricardo Dominguez, M.F.A., Associate Professor
Dominguez is an expert on electronic civil disobedience, hacktivism, digital activism, information warfare.

Louis J. Hock, M.F.A., Professor
Hock's research interests include film and video making and public art.

Elizabeth A. Newsome, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Newsome is an expert on the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, including the Aztec, Olmec and Izapan cultures.

Rubén Ortiz-Torres M.F.A., Professor
Ortiz-Torres is widely regarded as one of today's leading Mexican Artists and as an innovator in the 1980s.

Mariana Wardwell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Wardwell's research interests include art history and the overlap of art, politics and theory.


Sarah A. Buck Kachaluba, M.L.I.S., Ph.D. (History), Latin American Studies and Iberian Languages and Literatures Librarian

Sarah’s historical research focuses on 20th-century women’s history, gender roles, and population and reproductive politics in 20th-century Latin America (especially Mexico) and her library research examines the advantages, disadvantages, and research abilities offered by digital vs. print Humanities research resources and digitization, the development of the e-book and the future of the book in Spain and Latin America, and the opportunities offered by digital scholarship.