Faculty Associates

Paulina Alberto, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2005. Associate Professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and History. Research Interests: Modern Latin American history and historiography; Brazil; ideologies of race, nation, and citizenship; intellectual/cultural history; Afro-Latin American diaspora. palberto@umich.edu

Evelyn Alsultany, Ph.D., Stanford University, 2005. Associate Professor, American Culture. Research Interests: Representations of Arab and Muslim identities in the U.S. media, the cultural politics of the Middle East in North and South America, Arab-Latino convergences, popular culture, comparative ethnic studies, gender studies, mixed race identities. alsultan@umich.edu

Alicia Alvarez, J.D., Boston College Law School, 1985. Clinical Professor and Director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic, Law School. Research interests: Economic justice; non-profit law; community lawyering; clinical legal education; municipal law; land use law. aalvar@umich.edu

José A. Bauermeister, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2006. Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health; Director, Sexuality & Health Research Lab. Research Interests: Innovative technologies and HIV prevention and sexuality research; multilevel approaches to HIV/AIDS research; developmental perspectives on sexuality and health; psychosocial factors in sexual health behavior and health promotion theory; advanced quantitative and qualitative methods for the behavioral sciences. jbauerme@umich.edu

Ruth Behar, Ph.D., Princeton, 1983. Professor, Anthropology and Women's Studies. Research Interests: Self-narratives, autobiographies and life histories of Latin American and Latina women; ethnicity and narrative in American personal ethnographies; Cuba and Cuban Americans; diaspora Jewish cultures; agrarian life; popular religion. rbehar@umich.edu

Rosario Ceballo, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995. Associate Professor, Psychology and Women's Studies.  Research Interests: Effects of poverty and community violence on family relationships and children's psychological well-being, with special emphasis on African-American and Latino families; social networks and support systems; women's resiliency to stressful life events; coping with the effects of infertility among African-American couples, and Latinos' use of mental health services. rosarioc@umich.edu

David Córdova, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2010. Assistant Professor, Social Work. Research Interests: Latino health inequities, particularly as they relate to the prevention of substance abuse and HIV in adolescents. cordovad@umich.edu

Nilo Couret, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2013. Assistant Professor of Spanish. Research Interests: Latin American cinema and popular culture; post-independence cinemas of Asia and Africa; theories of film, television and new media; postcolonial studies; trauma studies and affect theory. ncouret@umich.edu

Jason De León, Ph.D., Penn State University, 2008. Assistant Professor, Anthropology. Research Interests: Material culture, political economy, undocumented migration, deportation, archaeology of the contemporary, theories of violence, U.S./Mexico border. jpdeleon@umich.edu

María de Lourdes Dorantes, M.A.Ed., University of Michigan, 1994. Lecturer IV, Spanish; Director, Spanish Elementary Language Program. Research Interests: Teaching and coordinating elementary Spanish, using technology in the classroom, Spanish for business, and Spanish for the medical profession. lourdes@umich.edu

John A. Garcia, Ph.D., Florida State University, 1971. Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona; Research Professor, Director of the Resource Center for Minority Data and Director of Community Outreach, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research/Current Population Survey, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Research Interests: Minority politics (including Latino politics), urban politics, methodology, data analysis, sampling techniques, American government. johngarc@umich.edu

Stephen Michael Garcia, Ph.D., Princeton University, 2002. Associate Professor, Psychology and Organizational Studies. Research Interests: Psychology of competition, decision-making, negotiation and conflict resolution. smgarcia@umich.edu

Anita González, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997. Professor of Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies Theatre & Drama, School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Research Interests: Intercultural performance and ethnic studies. amanjo@umich.edu

Héctor M. González, Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, 1998. Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University; Adjunct Faculty Associate, University of Michigan, Institute of Social Research, Program for Research on Black Americans. Research Interests: Health disparities in ethnic populations, chronic disorders, dementia in the cultural and socioeconomic milieu of older Mexican-Americans. hmgonzalez@epi.msu.edu

Ashley Lucas, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2006. Associate Professor, Theatre & Drama and LS&A Residential College. Research Interests: Chicana/o and Latina/o theatre, ethnographic theatre, Prision Creative Arts Project. lucasash@umich.edu

David Méndez, M.S., Ph.D., Michigan State, 1995. Associate Professor, Public Health (Health Management and Policy). Research Interests: Impact of product and service quality on demand, evaluation of residential radon policies and smoking cessation policies. dmendez@umich.edu

Joshua Miller, Ph.D., Columbia University, 2001. Associate Professor, English. Research Interests: U.S. literature, Modernism/Modernity, language politics, cultural theory, visual culture, comparative ethnic studies, modern Jewish literatures. joshualm@umich.edu

Elizabeth Birr Moje, Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994. Associate Dean for Research, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education. Research Interests: Secondary and adolescent literacy, literacy and cultural theory, qualitative and mixed research methods, urban youth culture, content area/disciplinary literacy. moje@umich.edu

Lewis Bayard Morgenstern, M.D., University of Michigan, 1990. Professor, Neurology, Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery, Medical School; Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health; Vice Chair of Neurology for Finance and Faculty Development, Medical School; Director of the Stroke Program, University of Michigan Health System. Research Interests: Health disparities in stroke; community and professional education to improve stroke treatment and stroke prevention; intracerebral hemorrhage. lmorgens@umich.edu

Lucila Nerenberg, M.D., Universidad of Buenos Aires Medical School, 1985. Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry; Lecturer, Psychology. Research Interests: Intercultural health and farmworker issues; community physician; substance abuse treatment and medical care for farmworkers in Lenawee County. nerenber@umich.edu

Robert M. Ortega, Ph.D., Michigan, 1991. Associate Professor, School of Social Work. Research Interests: Areas of relationship development, treatment interventions, and service utilization, particularly in the realm of mental health, child welfare and juvenile justice, with a focus on race/ethnicity and gender issues. rmortega@umich.edu

Jonathan Ovalle, M. Mus., University of Michigan, 2000. Assistant Professor of Percussion, Director Latin Jazz Ensemble, School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Percussionist Jonathan Ovalle is Assistant Professor of Music and co-coordinator of the percussion program at the University of Michigan. In addition to his applied teaching duties, he is the co-director of the University’s famed percussion ensemble, as well as the director of the newly created Latin jazz ensemble. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and his primary teachers include Michael Udow, Julie Spencer, Michael Gould, Gerald Cleaver and Salvatore Rabbio, as well as additional studies with Ted Piltzecker. ovalle@umich.edu

Ivette Perfecto, Ph.D., Michigan, 1989. Professor, Natural Resources and Environment. Research Interests: Agricultural ecology and tropical ecology in Latin America; natural resources and sustainability issues in the tropics; conservation of biodiversity; environmental justices; political ecology; agroforestry and ecosystem management. perfecto@umich.edu

Deborah Rivas-Drake, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2005. Associate Professor of Education and Psychology. Research Interests: Development of ethnic and racial identity; academic achievement; mental health; developmental perspectives that attend to cultural and ecological/contextual factors. drivas@umich.edu

Yeidy Rivero, PhD., University of Texas, 2000. Associate Professor, American Culture and Screen Arts and Cultures. Research Interests: Television studies, race and media, global media, Latina/o, Spanish Caribbean, Latin American, and African diaspora studies. yrivero@umich.edu

Enid M. Rosario-Ramos, Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2011. Assistant Professor, School of Education. Research Interests: Intersections between adolescents' development of critical literacy skills and their participation in community activism, teacher education, disciplinary literacies, adolescents' civic engagement, and social justice education. erosario@umich.edu

Ian Robinson, Ph.D., Yale, 1990. Lecturer IV, Sociology and Residential College; Associate Director, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations' ILIR labor and Global Change Program. Research Interests: The impact of neoliberal economic restructuring on the living standards of workers, and the power resources, strategies, and character of unions in North America; the impact of neoliberal structuring on the state in North America; the formation of social movement coalitions seeking to change the institutions and rules that govern international economic integration processes and factor flows so as to make economic globalization more compatible with the values of social justice and environmental sustainability. eian@umich.edu

Jaime Rodríguez-Matos, Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005. Assistant Professor, Spanish. Research Interests: Caribbean literature, Latin American poetry, Latino/a culture, political theory and philosophy. jaimerod@umich.edu

Xiomara Santamarina, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998. Associate Professor, English, African American and African Studies, and American Culture. Research Interests: 19th Century African American literatures with a primary focus on autobiography and slave narratives; antebellum fiction and prose; economic criticism; theories of value, race and labor; U.S. literature; feminist theory. xiomara@umich.edu

Teresa Satterfield, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1995. Associate Professor of Spanish. Research Interests: Theoretical linguistics, first language acquisition, bilingualism, generative Romance syntax, complex adaptive systems. tsatter@umich.edu

Luís Sfeir-Younis, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1989. Lecturer II, Sociology. Research Interests: sexuality, multiculturalism, sociology of animals, marriages and families. lsfeir@umich.edu

Ruby C. Tapia, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2002. Associate Professor, English and Women's Studies. Research Interests: African-American literature, American literature (twentieth-century), gender and sexuality, Latina/o literature, literary theory, race and visual culture, photography, comparative ethnic studies, feminist theory. rtapia@umich.edu

John Vandermeer, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1971. Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Alfred T. Thurnau Professor. jvander@umich.edu

Gustavo Verdesio, Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1992. Associate Professor of Spanish and American Culture (Native American Studies). Research Interests: Colonial studies, Native American studies, pre-contact indigenous societies, material culture, popular culture, theory. verdesio@umich.edu

Antonia Villarruel, Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1993. Professor of Nursing, Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair, Associate Dean for Research and Global Affairs, Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (Division II). Research Interests: HIV prevention among Latino and Mexican adolescents, care development and advancement of Latinos in health. avillarr@umich.edu