Director, Ericka Verba (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Dr. Verba is Director and Professor of Latin American Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She is currently researching the biography of Chilean folklorist, musician, artist, and “mother” of the new song movement, Violeta Parra (1917-1967). Her prior research activities and publications focused on the intersection of gender and class politics in Chile in the early twentieth century and includes the book Catholic Feminism and the Social Question in Chile, 1910-1917 (2003). She has received grants from the National Endowment from the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and was the recipient of the E. Bradford Burns Award for service to the Pacific Coast Council on Latin America Studies (2007). She was previously a member of the History Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills (2004-2015). She is also an accomplished musician and was a founding member of the Los Angeles-based new song groups Sabiá and Desborde.

Enrique C. Ochoa (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)

Dr. Ochoa is a Professor of Latin American Studies and History at California State University, Los Angeles. From 2013-2014 he was the President's Distinguished Professor at CSULA, and from 2006 to 2008, the Michi and Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair of Multicultural Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. He has edited over a dozen books and journals including Feeding Mexico: The Political Uses of Food Since 1910 (2000); Latina(o) Los Angeles: Migrations, Communities and Political Activism (co-editor, 2005); History and Critical Pedagogies: Transforming Consciousness, Classrooms, and Communities, a special issue of Radical History Review (co-editor, 2008); and "Reframing Immigration in the Americas," a special issue of Dialogo: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Latina(o) Studies (co-editor, 2015). He has published several articles on Mexican politics and history, food studies, Latina(o) studies, and critical community-based education. Dr. Ochoa works to link his classes and research to social justice movements to draw on the rich experiences of students and Los Angeles communities. He is a past board member of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Historians Against the War, Latin American Perspectives, and Radical History Review. He is a founder of the Latina/o History Bee and is currently working with local school districts to implement an intersectional ethnic studies curriculum for K-12 classes.

Gabriela Fried-Amilivia (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)

Human rights; cultural Sociology; collective memory and trauma after political conflict; gender; Southern Cone studies. (Biography pending)

Associated Faculty

Emily Acevedo (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University)
Department of Political Science
Latin American politics; political and economic development in Latin America; U.S. foreign policy in Latin America; Model United Nations Program

Raquel Ackerman (Ph.D., Cambridge University)
Department of Anthropology
Andes; religion; symbolism; social organization; sociolinguistics; political rhetoric; identity and ethnicity; Quechua

Jose Manuel Aguilar-Moreno (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin)
Department of Art
Pre-Colombian art and history (Maya and Aztec); colonial art of Mexico; Indian-Christian transculturation; tequitqui art

Gastón Alzate (Ph.D., Arizona State University)
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Mexican and Colombian literature with focus on theater and performance art; Latin American films and popular culture; political and sexual dissidence in contemporary Mexico

Beth Baker (Ph.D., University of New Mexico)
Department of Anthropology
Latin America with an emphasis on Central America and Mexico; international migration and transnationalism; social movements; ethnicity and nationalism; the state; remittances and economic development; social theory; ethnography

Pablo Baler (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
20th-century Latin American culture, literature, visual arts

Enrique Berumen (M.F.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles)
Department of Television, Film and Media Studies
Latin American cinema; screenwriting

Cristina Bodinger-de Uriarte (Ph.D., Harvard University)
Department of Sociology
U.S. Latin American relations; Latin America in the U.S. press

William Bollinger (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Latin American Studies program
Caribbean; Central America; Peru; labor studies; U.S.-Latin America relations; comparative history of race relations

James Brady (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Department of Anthropology
Archeological method and theory; Maya ideology; Maya cave archeology; ceramic analysis

Mario Castaneda (Ed.D., Pepperdine University)
Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Charter College of Education
Social and educational success of the Central American community; African legacy of Central America; issues of inter-group
relations between ethnic minority groups; museum outreach programs for the Latino community

Paul de Castro (D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin)
Department of Music
Afro Latin music; Latin American folk and popular music; piano and corneta china performance

Ramon A. Castillo-Ponce (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine)
Department of Economics and Statistics
Latin American economies

María Dolores Costa (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts)
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
18th-, 19th-, 20th-century narrative

Louis Esparza (Ph.D., Stony Brook University)
Department of Sociology and Latin American Studies
Political sociology, social movements, Latin America

Dionne Espinoza (Ph.D. Cornell University)
Departments of Chicano(a) and Latino(a) Studies, Liberal Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Chicano(a) and Latino(a) studies; women’s movements and feminisms; cultural and critical theory

Eileen Ford (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Department of History
Intersection of culture and politics in post-revolutionary Mexico; child population and policies in Mexico; state formation and popular culture in modern Latin America

Jennifer Garrison (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Department of Geology
Recent volcanic activity and volcanic hazards in El Salvador and Nicaragua

Ester E. Hernández (Ph.D. University of California, Irvine)
Department of Chicano(a) and Latino(a) Studies
Latinos in the U.S.; community health; gender; immigration and globalization

Barry Hibbs (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin)
Department of Geology
Hydrology and environmental issues; U.S.-Mexico border

Rita Ledesma (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Department of Social Work
Bicultural practice issues; child- and family-focused practice and policy; qualitative research; research and practice in Latino and American Indian communities

Kittiya Lee (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University)
Department of History
Group identities in Colonial Latin America; Brazil

Alejandra Marchevsky (Ph.D., University of Michigan)
Department of Liberal Studies
Gender, sexuality and migration; immigration policy; neoliberalism, labor, and the welfare state in the U.S. and Latin America

Paola Marin (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Colonial Latin America, mainly Mexico; contemporary Latin American theater and poetry

John J. Ramirez (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Department of Television, Film and Media Studies
Latin American film; documentary theory and history; queer theory and gender studies; media literacy

Romelia Salinas (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
University Library
Latino and Latin American Studies research resources and methods; digital divide; information barriers

Michael Soldatenko (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Department of Chicano(a) and Latino(a) Studies
Chicano(a)/Latino(a) intellectual history; Chicano(a) student politics

Alejandro Solomianski (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh)
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Latin American literature

Aaron Huey Sonnenschein (Ph.D., University of Southern California)
Department of English
Documentation and revitalization of the indigenous language of Mexico

Valerie Talavera-Bustillos (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Department of Chicano Studies
Education; Chicano/Chicana studies

Molly Talcott (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara)
Department of Sociology
Social inequality and change; globalization studies; human rights

Carlos Tejeda (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Division of Educational Foundations and Interdivisional Studies, Charter College of Education
Decolonizing pedagogies; critical educational theory; sociology of education

Angela Vergara (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego)
Department of History
Modern Latin America; Chilean history; labor studies

Alejandro Villalpando (M.A., California State University, Los Angeles)
Latin American Studies
Central American studies; Central American diaspora; racism and state violence; neoliberalism; immigration, U.S. Militarism and imperialism

Marlene Zepeda (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Department of Child and Family Studies
Mother-infant behavior in Mexican immigrant and Mexican American families; development of cultural competency in preschool teachers

Emeritus Faculty

Donald Bray (Ph.D., Stanford University)
U.S.-Latin American relations; Cuba; Chile; Central America
email: DonaldWBray@aol.com

Marjorie Bray (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School)
International economic relations; Cuba; Central America; film
email: DonaldWBray@aol.com

Timothy Harding (Ph.D., Stanford University)
Department of History
Latin America, Brazil, Cuba

John Kirchner (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
South America; transportation; tropical agriculture
email: jkirchn@calstatela.edu