University at Albany




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.

Christine Vassallo-Oby
Full time Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies Program


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

Professor Cruz's research examines Latino politics, minority coalition politics, social movements in Spain and the United States, and the politics of diasporic citizenship. He has published extensively on Puerto Rican and Latino politics in the United States.

Lead faculty in Spain (Madrid) Study Abroad Summer Program. See program highlight in the Rockefeller College News Magazine - pp. 11.

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. His present work explores Latin American realities within global realities. Such is the case in Levy’s work as Director of PROPHE (Program for Research on Private Higher Education), a global scholarly network.

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)

Jesús Alonso Regalado
Associate Librarian

University Library

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


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.

Ray Bromley Professor


Geography & Planning Department

Urban planning; regional planning; urban development; urban renewal; community development; housing policy; neighborhood decline; neighborhood revitalization; abandoned buildings; fire tragedies; micro-enterprise; micro-credit; retail markets; street vendors; Peru; Colombia

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. 

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)

María A. Aguilar Assistant Professor


Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department

Research: 19th Century Latin-American Literature, Latin-American Poetry, Caribbean Studies, Brazilian Studies, Gender Studies, African Diaspora in Latin America, Visual Arts, Latin American Intellectual History, Culture and State Formation, Nationalism.


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. 

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.