University at Albany

Core Faculty



Pedro Cabán


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Department - Chairperson

Race and American Political Development, Latinos and U.S. Political Economy, the political economy of U.S. - Puerto Rican relations, colonialism and imperialism during the American century, Latino Social Movements, Latino Political Mobilization and Protest Movements, Race and Ethnic Studies and the University.

Ruth Felder


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Department

She is interested in the political economy of development in Latin America and her research addresses the complex interplay between the economic, politico-institutional, and social dimensions of development and locates domestic processes in the broader regional and international contexts in which they take place.

Gabriel Hetland


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Department

He studies politics, democracy, the state, political parties and labor and social movements in Latin America and the US, with a focus on urban participatory governance.

Johana Londoño


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Department

Latino/a Urban Culture in the US; Political Economy of Cities; Comparative Ethnic Studies; Social and Cultural Theory; Representations of Poverty; Social Welfare; the Cultural Politics of Architecture and Urban Design; Aesthetics and Visual Culture.

Patricia de Santana Pinho


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Departmen

Blackness, whiteness, racism, and forms of resistance to racism. African-American roots tourism to Brazil and how it affects transnational black relations and shapes the position of Brazil in the Black Atlantic world. 

Christine Preble


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Departmen

Cultural Anthropology. U.S. transnational forces on the cruise ship industry and its effect on culture and the economy throughout the Caribbean.

Joint Appointed Faculty (Members)

José E. Cruz


Political Science Department

Latino political participation in the Northeast, focusing on Puerto Ricans in New York and Connecticut. In particular, it explores the role of race and ethnicity in the political process, how minority elites fashion political alliances, and the role of leadership in bridging the gap between political representation and policy responsiveness.

Dan Levy


Educational Administration & Policy Studies Department

Levy is the founder and director of PROPHE (Program for Research on Private Higher Education), a global scholarly network, originally funded by the Ford Foundation. Levy's seven books and over one-hundred articles concentrate on higher education policy globally, related non-profit sectors, or Latin American politics. His Building the Third Sector won the 1997 prize for best book in nonprofit and voluntary action research from the leading academic association in the field. Levy has lectured at nearly all the top-ranked U.S. universities and in six continents, also consulting for leading international agencies. He is co-author of the Inter-American Development Bank’s first ever policy paper on higher education.

Max Lifchitz


Music and Theatre Department

Active as composer and performer, Max Lifchitz holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Harvard University. His creative and performance activities have garnered grants from the ASCAP. Ford and Guggenheim Foundations; the NYS Council on the Arts Individual Artists Program; and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the founder and director of North/South Consonance, Inc., a non-profit organization based in New York City devoted to the performance and recording of music by composers from the Americas. He was invited to join the UAlbany teaching staff  in 1986.

Blanca Ramos


Social Welfare Department

Social Work Practice, Mental Health, Cultural Diversity, Cross-Culture Social Work and Immigrants.


Gilbert Valverde


Educational Policy and Leadership Department

Curriculum policy, policy analysis, evaluation and indicator syems and development assistance for education.  


Joint Appointed Faculty (Associate Members)

Jeanette Altarriba


Psychology Department

Issues of bilingualism, second language acquisition, and language in applied settings, for Spanish-English bilinguals who represent the Caribbean and countries of Central and South America.

Barbara Sutton


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

Globalization, body politics, human rights, women's and global justice movements, and intersections of inequalities based on gender, class, race-ethnicity, sexuality, and nation, particularly in Latin American contexts.


Participating Faculty (Affiliated Members)

Jesús Alonso Regalado


University Library

Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies subject librarian.


Susan Gauss


History Department

Research and teaching focus on modern Mexico and South America, including comparative state-society relations and public policy; global commodities and consumption; gender in a global context; revolutions and social movements in Latin America; and the U.S. and Latin America.

Glyne Griffith


English Department

The intersection of literature, ideology and culture, and his scholarship and teaching examine the inter-relatedness of imperialist discourse and Caribbean literature and culture. 

Walter E. Little


Anthropology Department

Cultural and Ethnic Identity, Cultural Performance, Gender Relations, Marketplace and Household Economics, Transcultural Studies - Tourism, Urban Anthropology.   Areas: Mesoamerica. 

Faculty Emeritus

Edna Acosta-Belén


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Department

Application of postcolonial/subaltern feminist, and cultural studies theoretical approaches to the study of the Puerto Rican and U.S. Latino(a) experience.  

Christine E. Bose


Sociology Department

Gender ; Stratification ; Labor Markets ; Occupations ; Comparative Development Issues ; Historical Sociology ; Race and Ethnicity.

Colbert I. Nepaulsingh


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Department

Medieval Spanish literature and culture; the impact of medieval Spain on the New World; Caribbean literature and culture; Jews in medieval Spain and Jews in the New World.