University at Albany

Core Faculty



Pedro Cabán

Professor and Chairperson

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

Assistant Professor

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

Political economy of development in Latin America, labor policies and tranformations in labor market relations in Argentina.

Gabriel Hetland

Assistant Professor

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

Politics, democracy, the state, political parties, labor and social movements in Latin America and the United States. Focus on urban participatory democracy in cities governed by left and right parties in Venezuela and Bolivia.

Johana Londoño

Assistant Professor


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

Associate Professor


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

Visiting Assistant Professor


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

Associate Professor



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

Distinguished Professor



Educational Administration & Policy Studies Department

Levy maintains his longstanding research interests in Latin American politics and development, including particular emphasis on higher education policy. Though always concerned to explore how his reading and field research on Latin America related to global tendencies, he now mostly explores global matters, using his specialized regional background to help identify and understand those matters. Such interactive regional-global exploration is reflected in Levy’s work as Director of PROPHE (Program for Research on Private Higher Education), a global scholarly network and in his ongoing policy research and advising.


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

Associate Professor



Social Welfare Department

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



Gilbert Valverde

Associate Professor




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

Associate Professor



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

Associate Librarian




University Library

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


Susan Gauss

Associate Professor



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

Associate Professor



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

Associate Professor



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

Distinguished Professor Emerita



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

Professor Emerita



Sociology Department

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

Colbert I. Nepaulsingh

Professor Emerita


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.