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UF experts on Caribbean-American Heritage scholarship and research

The following University of Florida researchers are available to speak to reporters on a range of topics related to Caribbean-American heritage.

Dania Alexandrino

UF Division of Media Properties Spanish-language news programming manager and Noticias instructor, UF College of Journalism and Communications

Research interests: Caribbean diasporas, Latin American Diaspora, Venezuela and Puerto Rican history and politics

Geographic expertise: Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Cuba

alexandrinodania@ufl.edu

 

Manoucheka Celeste

Assistant professor with a joint appointments at UF’s Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research and the UF African-American Studies Program

Research interests: Immigration, media and cultural studies, women of color feminist theory, African diaspora

Geographic expertise: Haiti, Caribbean

celeste@ufl.edu

 

Lillian Guerra

Professor, Department of History, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Research interests: Caribbean diasporas and Caribbean history

Geographic expertise: 20th century Cuba, Puerto Rico

lillian.guerra@ufl.edu

  

Benjamin Hebblethwaite

Associate professor of Haitian, Haitian Creole and francophone studies, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Research interests: Haitian Creole instruction and linguistics

Geographic expertise: Haiti

hebble@ufl.edu

 

Martha Kohen

Professor, School of Architecture, UF College of Design, Construction and Planning; affiliate faculty member, UF Center for Latin American Studies

Research interests: advancing the resiliency of the built environment through the creation of new livability paradigms and the adaptation of the existing urban realms to evolving climate environments, ensuring the prosperity of growing populations; Puerto Rico Re_Start program to help recovery efforts post Hurricane Maria; issues of sea level rise in vulnerable settlements in Florida, the Gulf and Atlantic coasts and the Caribbean Islands

Geographic expertise: Puerto Rico, the Caribbean

mkohen@ufl.edu

 

Paul Losch

Associate university librarian, George A. Smathers Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection

Research interest: Bibliographic resources for Latin American studies

Geographic expertise: Caribbean

plosch@uflib.ufl.edu

 

Pedro Malavet

Professor of Law, UF Levin College of Law

Research interests: Comparative law, critical race theory, LatCrit theory

Geographic expertise: Puerto Rico

malavet@law.ufl.edu

 

William Messina

UF/IFAS Department of Food Resource and Economics

Research interests: International trade, study of Cuba’s agricultural sector to assess economic implications of lifting the trade embargo

Geographic expertise: Caribbean

wamess@ufl.edu

 

Paul Ortiz

Professor, Department of History, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Research interests: Oral history, Latino history

Geographic expertise: Caribbean

 portiz@ufl.edu

 

Tanya Saunders

Associate professor, UF Center for Latin American Studies

Research Interests: Sociology of culture, social identity (race, gender, sexuality), critical queer theory/queer of color critique, African Diaspora studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, coloniality studies, sociology of art, comparative sociology, political sociology, sociology of music, qualitative research methods, sociological theory, comparative sociology, postcolonial studies

Geographic expertise: Cuba, Brazil

tanyasau@latam.ufl.edu

 

Marianne Schmink

Professor emerita and distinguished teaching scholar, Latin American Studies/anthropology, UF Center for Latin American Studies

Research interests: Tropical conservation and development, gender and development

Geographic expertise: Brazil, Latin America

schmink@ufl.edu

 

Carlos A. Suarez Carrasquillo

Lecturer in political science, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Research interests: Urban politics, gated communities, city marketing/branding

Geographic expertise: Puerto Rico, Caribbean

casuarez@ufl.edu

 

Jocelyn M. Widmer

Assistant scholar and director for online degree programs, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UF College of Design, Construction and Planning; affiliate faculty member, UF Center for Latin American Studies

Research interest: Intersection of urban planning and global health

Geographic expertise: Latin America, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Haiti

widmerj@ufl.edu