Affiliated Faculty

Africana Studies

David Ponton III., Ph.D.                                                                                                                              His work utilizes traditional historical methodologies as well as geographic information systems (GIS). Both in teaching and research, his interests include African American history, gender and society, and the sociology of race.

Rodriguez, Cheryl, Ph.D.
Urban Anthropology –Community Research; Gender, Race, Class and Policy; Black Women, Activism and Politics; Youth and Community.

Simeon-Jones, Kersuze., Ph.D.
Francophone Studies: Africa and the Caribbean, Comparative Literature of the Black Diaspora, Black Internationalism: Literary and Socio-Political Movements, Women History within the Diaspora. 


Baer, Roberta D., Ph.D.
Nutritional and medical anthropology, ethno-pharmacology, international development (Latin America, contemporary U.S.)

Castañeda, Heide, Ph.D.
Social inequality and medicine, transnational labor migration, immigrant and refugee health, health policy, citizenship, border politics (Mexico & U.S.)

Davis-Salazar, Karla L., Ph.D.
Anthropological archaeology, complex societies, human-environment interaction, water management, gender, mortuary ritual, ceramics, the Maya (Mesoamerica, and Central America).

Himmelgreen, David, Ph.D.
Nutritional anthropology, dietary acculturation and obesity among women and children in Hartford, Connecticut and in Tampa and on the impact that ecotourism is having on food choices and nutritional status of households in Costa Rica. Madrigal, Lorena
Genetics, Sickle-Cell Anemia, Human Fertility, Natural Selection, and Living Populations (Costa Rica)

Jayaram, Kiran, PhD.
Anthropology of political economy,mobility, and education, and the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba.

Romero-Daza, Nancy, Ph.D.
HIV/AIDS, women's health, health problems in the inner city, infant mortality, drug abuse, commercial sex. Focus on Hispanic community.

Wienker, Curtis.
Forensic and biomedical anthropology, cultural influences on human population biology, biology of Cubans and African Americans.

Tykot, Robert H., Ph.D.
Archaeological science, ancient diets and spread of maize in Latin America, and marble in Mesoamerica.

Wallman, Diane Ph.D.
Caribbean History and Prehistory; Atlantic Slave Trade; Historical Archaeology; Colonial Subsistence; Human-environment dynamics.

Wells, Christian E., Ph.D.
Archaeology of Mesoamerica and the American Southwest, complex societies, political and ritual economy, ceramic and soil analysis, quantitative methods.

White, Nancy,Ph.D.
Prehistory of the Americas, American archaeology, origins of complex societies, cultural and human ecology, archaeological theory, cultural contact and interaction, gender in anthropological perspective, cultural resource management, public archaeology, and sea level rise along the Gulf Coast from Florida through Mexico.

Yelvington, Kevin A., Ph.D.
Social anthropology, ethnicity, class and gender, work and class, development studies, historical approaches (Latin America, Caribbean, U.S.)

Zarger, Rebecca K., Ph.D.
Sociocultural anthropology, environmental anthropology, ethnoecology, ethnographies of childhood, public engagement in environmental policy, conservation, migration and environmental change, environmental education (Central America and the Caribbean).

Child and Family Studies

Callejas, Linda, Ph.D.
Conducts research and evaluation in the areas of collaborative community development initiatives, behavioral health disparities among minority populations, and racial and ethnic identity formation, especially among U.S. Latino populations.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Trotz, Maya, Ph.D.
Sustainability, water quality, ecotourism and small scale mining impacts on sustainable livelihoods, climate change, environmental/environmental engineering education in formal and informal settings in the US and in developing countries.

College of Marine Science

Muller-Karger, Frank, Ph.D.
Marine primary production, monitoring of large-scale phenomena, understanding climate control and climate change, interpretation of numerical models of the ocean, and assessing the importance of continental margins(Venezuela).

College of Public Health

Mason, Thomas, Ph.D.
Specializes on Assessment of Environmental and Occupational and Exposure-Related Health Effects.

Hoare, Ismael, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Specializes on Injury Prevention, Caribbean and Central American Health Systems amd Community Health Assessment

Calvo, Arlene, Ph.D.
Specializes on Health Education

Community and Family Health

Martinez-Tyson, Dinorah Ph.D
Dr. Martinez Tyson is bilingual (English/Spanish) and is academically trained in applied medical anthropology and epidemiology. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health in the College of Public Health and also a Courtesy Professor in Anthropology.

Electrical Engineering

Moreno, Wilfrido, Ph.D.
System integration for industrial applications in the areas of Industrial Controls & Instrumentation, Robotics, Digital Signal Processing, Reconfigurable Architectures, Analog-Digital Mixed Signal Design & Synthesis, Communications and Biomedical Engineering.


Mooney, Susan, Ph.D.
Comparative literature; nineteenth and twentieth-century Hispanic and American literatures; theory.

Graphic Studio

Smith, Noel, M.A.
Institute for Research in Art, Visual and Performing Arts

Global Health

Callegari, Carlos, Ph.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology, Health Education Administration and Leadership

Izurieta, Ricardo, Ph.D.
Tropical and Infectious Diseases

Political Science

Augsburger, Aaron, Ph.D.
Latin America; social change and state transformation; globalization and development; cultural studies; political ethnography

Mantilla, Luis Felipe, Ph.D.
Religious Parties and Secular Politics in Mexico and Turkey


Novoa, Adriana, Ph.D.
Cultural conflict and identity formation in post-independence Latin America.

Ramos, Frances
Colonial Latin America, especially Mexico

Humanities and Cultural Studies

Belgrad, Daniel, Ph.D.
19th and 20th century cultural and intellectual history, environmental history, regional cultures, Mexican culture, and cultural and literary theory (Mexico).

Rachel May
Human Rights, Revolutionary Movements/Ideology, Popular Social Movements, Leftist Politics.

Library and Information Science

McCook, Kathleen de la Peña,Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor, Latino Librarian of 2002

Psychological and Social Foundations

Braunstein, Lauren, Ph.D                                                                                                                          Dr. Braunstein's research interests include investigating the role of language ideologies within multilingual educational settings, specifically within Dual Language (Two-Way Immersion) bilingual schools. She also researches the recruitment, preparation, and retainment of pre-service teachers of color. 

Hernández, Victor, Ph.D
The interface that integrates the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational strategies designed to connect curriculum, teaching and learning in work contexts as a means to maximize career-oriented learning for all students (Mexico).

Zalaquett, Carlos., Ph.D.
Psycho-therapy and counseling techniques, multi-cultural counseling, characteristic of successful Latina/o students, mental health and education in the Americas (North, Central, South, and the Caribbean).

Secondary Education

Cruz, Bárbara C., Ph.D.
Global and multi -cultural perspectives in education, with an emphasis on ethnic minority students.

Smith, Phil, Ph.D.
English Language Teaching Management, Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology. ( Brazil). 

School of Social Work

Rahill, Guitele, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Social Work in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at USF

Carrion, Iraida Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Social Work


Aranda, Elizabeth, Ph.D.
Latino and Latina Studies; Migration.

Hordge-Freeman, Elizabeth Ph.D.
Dr. Hordge-Freeman joined the Sociology department and ISLAC in August 2012. Her primary research focuses on racial socialization and the reproduction of inequality in African-descended communities in the Americas, particularly Brazil. Her other areas of interest include social psychology, family, gender, and emotions.

Padilla, Beatriz, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                  As a migration scholar from the Global South, her interests involve the Transatlantic region that includes Latin America, Europe (Iberoamerica) and the US. Her research focuses on different aspects of migration processes, public policies, health and diversity, gender, race, ethnicity and discrimination. She has published in international journals in different languages: International Migrations, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and Policy & Politics.

Theatre & Dance

Dora Arreola
Associate Professor of Theatre
Acting and Movement

Finelli, Patrick M., Ph.D.
Theatre History, Contemporary Performance Theory, Caribbean Theatre and Sound for the Stage.

Soledad Sanchez-Valdez
Visiting Theatre Faculty
Theatre Design

Elsa Valbuena

World Languages

Arbesu, David, Ph.D.
David Arbesú is Assistant Professor of Spanish at USF, where he teaches courses on Medieval and Golden Age Spain, and Transatlantic Florida Studies.

Altuna, Margarita, Ph.D.                                                                                                                           Her research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Spanish American Literature, Ecuadorian Literature, Afro-Ecuadorian Literature, Latin American Civilization, Literature and Cinema, and Literature and Journalism. 7

Brescia, Pablo, Ph.D.
Theory and history of Latin American short fiction; 20th Century Mexican and Southern Cone Narrative and Colonial Mexico ( Mexico and Southern Cone).

Cámara, Madeline, Ph.D.
Hispanic Languages and Literature, Women Studies.

Cano, Carlos, Ph.D.
Language Education

Davies, Celia
Portuguese Instruction, she is a native Brazilian with an MA in Applied Linguistics who has a thirty year career of teaching languages (Portuguese, English, and Spanish). Ms. Paula-Davies has contributed to USF’s Study Abroad programs by leading student trips to Brazil and Costa Rica, and is currently teaching Portuguese I and II fully online

De la Pava, Alejandro
Spanish Language Instruction

Jiménez, Roberto                                                                                                                                              His research interests include exploring the ethics of solidarity, interdependence, and nonviolence in global citizenship education. Prof. Jiménez teaches Spanish language courses, as well as courses of Latin American culture and film. He also serves as the advisor for the Latin American Student Association on his campus.

Ramírez-Wohlmuth, Sonia, Ph.D.
Proffessor Ramírez-Wohlmuth teaches undergraduate courses in Spanish at all levels including expository writing, introduction to Spanish linguistics, and introduction to Spanish translation.

Scharm, Heike, Ph.D.
Interdisciplinary and comparative approaches on modernity in contemporary Hispanic fiction (philosophy, literature, film, art in Spain, Latin America, and Europe).

Wagner, Martinez, Ph.D.                                                                                                                           Her research interests include Francophone women writers, foreign Resistors during World War II in France and French immigrant literature and film. In her book Les écrivaines francophones en liberté (2007),