University at Albany

Core Faculty



Pedro Cabán

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.

Glyne Griffith

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

Johana Londoño


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

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 Faculty

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


Affiliated Faculty

Jeanette Altarriba

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.

José E. Cruz

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.

Susan Gauss

Susan Gauss researches and teaches about nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American history, with a focus on state formation, nation-building, and development in Mexico. As a scholar of social and political history, she explores the history of industry, commodities, consumption, labor, and gender. Her first book, Made in Mexico: Regions, Nation, and the State in the Rise of Mexican Industrialism (Penn State University Press, 2010), examines the emergence of state-led industrialization in mid-twentieth century Mexico. Currently she is working on a new book that examines the history of Mexican beer from the mid-19th century to the present. Her courses and seminars focus on modern Latin America, especially Mexico and South America. She also teaches widely on comparative state-society relations and public policy; on global commodities and consumption; on gender in a global context; on revolutions and social movements in Latin America; and on the U.S. in Latin America.

Dan Levy

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

Lifchitz's primary production vehicle is North/South Consonance, the New York City-based contemporary music group he founded and has directed for 25 years. The North/South reference highlights the shared cultural roots of North and South American concert music, and celebrates the differences among nations embodied in the artistic expression of their citizens.

Walter E. Little

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

Jesús Alonso Regalado

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


Blanca Ramos

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


Barbara Sutton

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.


Gilbert A. Valverde

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



Edna Acosta-Belén

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

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

Colbert I. Nepaulsingh

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.