Yomaira Figueroa — Assistant Professor, Department of English, African American and African Studies Program, Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities Program, Michigan State University.
Research interests: Afro-Latino Studies, Decolonial Thought, Afro-Hispanic Literature, Transatlantic & Caribbean Literature, Comparative Ethnic Studies, and Afro-Diaspora Cultural Studies.
Larisa Pérez Flores — Visiting Scholar in CCS, Fall 2014. Graduate Students, Universidad de La Laguna (ULL).
Came to Rutgers to conduct research on her thesis project “West Indian Diaspora, Intersectionality and Policies of Membership. Writings and Identities in a Transnational Context.”
Research interests: Diaspora and transnational studies, migration and immigration, literary studies, cultural studies, black aesthetics, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, subaltern studies, critical feminist discourses, colonial and postcolonial studies, decoloniality, critical epistemology, social movements and revolution, insularity.
Carlos Fernández — Director of The Center for Latino Arts and Culture. Ph.D. Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
Research interests: popular religious practice, performance, festival, traditional and popular music, poetics and politics of song and revolutionary movements in Central America and the Caribbean.
Tania del Mar López Marrero — Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Coastal Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Ph.D. Geography, Pennsylvania State University
Research interests: human-environment interactions, natural hazard’s vulnerability and adaptive capacity, community resilience, ecosystems services, Caribbean, mixed methods, participatory research techniques, cartography
Julio Nazario, Assistant Dean II, coordinates Honors Colloquia, outreach, co-curricular and global programs, for the SAS Honors Program.
Research interest: philosophy and has read widely in the field and earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Queens College (CUNY) and a MFA in the Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University