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Center for Global Migration Studies Leadership and Staff

Staff

Colleen Woods (woodscp@umd.edu) is the director of the center and associate professor of history with a particular interest in US history om a global context, with a special focus on Asia and the Pacific. Her research interests include: immigration, US empire, transnational politics, decolonization, and global imperial history. Her first book, Freedom Incorporated: American Imperialism and Philippine Independence in the Age of Decolonization (Cornell University Press, 2020), argues that US imperialism and anticommunist politics were intertwined in the Philippines between the 1930s and late 1950s.

Christina Getrich (cgetrich@umd.edu) is the associate director of the center and assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on health disparities among Hispanic immigrants and on immigration policies and enforcement practices, citizenship and belonging, identity, second-generation youth, and immigrant families.

Katarina Keane (kkeane@umd.edu) is the assistant director of the center and an instructor in the department of history. Her dissertation explored the experiences and contributions of Southern women in the American feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Her teaching and research interests center on social movements in the post-1945 period.

Founding Directors

Ira Berlin was co-director of the center, distinguished university professor, and professor of history. In "The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States" (Harvard University Press, 2015), Berlin drew upon decades of study to offer a framework for understanding slavery’s demise in the United States, weaving the distinct characteristics of emancipation into a larger narrative of the meaning of American freedom.

Julie Greene (jmg@umd.edu) was co-director of the center and is professor of history with a particular interest in the history of labor, the working-class and immigration. Her most recent book, The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (Penguin Press, 2009), focuses on the tens of thousands of workingmen and workingwomen who traveled from all around the world to live and labor on the canal project.

Leadership Council

Aldo Bello

Aldo Bello formed Mind & Media, Inc., a full-service communication and media agency based in Washington, D.C., with Dr. Marilyn Finnemore in 1994. They envisioned a place where they could offer clients excellent communication products and services that make a measurable change in organizations, communities, and our world-products that inspire action.

In 2012, Bello received the "Humanitarian Award" from the Americans for Immigrant Justice. He was awarded the Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary for "What Happened" from the NY International Independent Film & Video Festival; Best Director, Documentary for "What Happened" from the NY International Independent Film & Video Festival; and Best Documentary for "What Happened" from the Long Island International Film Expo. He earned his Master's degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Maryland in 1994.

His most recent film, DREAM: An American Story, uses the story of Juan Gomez as a lens with which to view the young immigrant activists known as "Dreamers." The film won an Emmy Award for Best Public/Current/Community Affairs Series.

Martha Berlin

Martha Berlin was a former Vice President of Westat, a nationally respected survey research organization headquartered in Rockville, MD. The majority of Westat business is conducted under competitive contracts awarded by the Federal Government. She enjoyed 35 years at Westat and was respected as one of the organization's most senior and successful survey managers. Among the projects she directed the “National Assessment of Adult Literacy”, “Study of Reye Syndrome” (a devastating childhood illness that our research determined was caused by baby aspirin) and “Birth Defects and Military Service in Vietnam.” She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

Michael Mirgilio

Michael di Virgilio is the Director of Collective Bargaining with the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC). A bricklayer by trade, he served as a Vice President with BAC Local 3-NY from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Di Virgilio earned a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in American Studies from SUNY at Buffalo, and attended the Harvard Trade Union Program. During graduate school, he was part of the Graduate Group on Industrial Heritage Policy, was assistant to the editor for The Oral History Review, and served as Chapter Steering Committee Chair of the Graduate Student Employees Union, CWA Local 1188, SUNY at Buffalo Chapter. Mr. Di Virgilio has conducted research on various aspects of Italian emigration. He worked for the Folklife Division of the National Park Service's America's Industrial Heritage Project in the early 1990s and was a Scholar-in-Residence with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1995. In 2002, he received the Monsignor Geno Baroni History Prize for an article published in Italian Americana. Since 2008, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation.

Timothy Driscoll

Timothy Driscoll is Executive Vice President of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC). He began his apprenticeship with BAC's Local 3 Massachusetts in 1985 and became a Journeyman in 1988. He joined Local 1 Maryland/Virginia/D.C. in 1993 when he moved to the Washington, D.C. metro area. In 1995 he was tapped to join the Interntioanl Union's Government Relations department as a lobbyist for the union, then served as Assistant to the President. In 1999 he was promoted to the position of Director of Trade Jurisdiction, a position he held until his appointment to the Executive Board and an area in which he continues to lead. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Maryland, and is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.

Neil Horikoshi

Neil Horikoshi serves as president and executive director of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). Prior to joining the APIASF, Mr. Horikoshi had a 30-year career with IBM, serving in a variety of local and executive management roles. He serves as chairman of the board of the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, is an advisory council member for both the Asian American Justice Center and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies and is a Board of Governors member for the "Go for Broke" National Education Center. He has been Member of Washington D.C. Advisory Board of BB & T Corp. since March 2011. He earned his bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii and a juris doctorate and master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.

Michael Lin

Michael C. Lin has held many leadership roles within the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), including serving as the National Executive Director (2007-08), as the first Chair of the Building Campaign (2003-04) and four years as the National President (1995-98). He is currently the OCA's representative on the Steering Committee of the 1882 Project, initiated last year by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, National Council of Chinese Americans, and OCA. The 1882 Project is a national initiative to educate Americans about the history and lessons of the historic Chinese Exclusion policy, first enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1882 specifically to bar Chinese and, subsequently, other Asians from immigrating to this country.

After more than 30 years of service, Michael recently retired from the National Institutes of Health where his work contributed to a Nobel Prize. He is currently a member of Maryland Council for New Americans, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Montgomery College in Maryland and a member of the "Committee of 100." Michael emigrated from Taiwan, China to the U.S. more than 40 years ago. He obtained his doctorate degree in Georgia.

Marc Schliefer

Marc Schliefer is the President of Equity Planning Inc and an accomplished and experienced financial planner. He joined the family practice in 1979, and in 1984, he earned the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. For over 30 years, Marc has built the firm on his core values and a commitment to placing his clients’ needs above his own. He specializes in personal financial engineering, and his goal is to increase each client’s wealth by creating and implementing tailored and effective financial strategies.

He has been featured on several talk shows and radio broadcasts, and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal (Tax Report, 10/25/2000). He is also a contributor to the John Eric Home Magazine, where he writes a monthly column on pertinent financial topics. Marc attended the University of Maryland, College Park, and holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 securities registrations held with Cetera Advisor Networks, and life and health insurance licenses. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA®) and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is on the Planned Giving Committee for the Montgomery College Foundation.

Jose Tijerino

Jose Antonio Tijerino is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation. Mr. Tijerino oversees the operation of the national, nonprofit organization. Prior to this, he was the director of public relations in the communications department for the Fannie Mae Foundation. Before that, he served as a manager for corporate communications for Nike, Inc.'s marketing department and served as a spokesperson. Before joining Nike, Mr. Tijerino developed and managed public relations and public affairs campaigns as an account supervisor for Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolf public relations firms in Washington. He is extremely active in the District of Columbia community by serving on several boards and as communications counsel to numerous nonprofits. In addition, he serves on D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams's Commission on Latino Affairs. Mr. Tijerino earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland where he graduated from the school of journalism and minored in psychology.

Ruth Wasem

Ruth Wasem is a specialist in the Domestic Social Policy Division at the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Library of Congress. In that capacity, she has researched, written, and testified before the U.S. Congress on immigration and social welfare policies. Congressional committees and offices have released many of her reports, which are widely cited. She is also an adjunct professor of public policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, where she teaches courses on immigration policy as well as legislative policy making. Wasem earned masters and doctorate degrees in History at the University of Michigan and received her baccalaureate degree in History, Political Science and Psychology from Muskingum University. Her most recent publications include Tackling Unemployment: The Legislative Dynamics of the Employment Act of 1946 (Upjohn Institute Press, 2013) and “Welfare and Public Assistance” in Encyclopedia of American Immigration, 2nd Edition, (M.E. Sharpe, 2013).

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board guides the Center on programming, course development, and fundraising. The Board members, who serve two-year terms, are drawn from across the University’s colleges and departments.

Sharon Harley

Sharon Harley (sharley@umd.edu), Associate Professor and chair of the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, researches and teaches black women's labor history and racial and gender politics. She is the editor and a contributor to the noted anthologies Sister Circle: Black Women and Work (Rutgers, 2002) and Women's Labor in the Global Economy: Speaking in Multiple Voices (Rutgers, 2008). She has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and, in the spring of 2008, at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, where she worked on her historical monograph about gender, labor, and citizenship in the lives of African Americans in the United States from the 1860s to 1920s.

Nancy Mirabal

Nancy Mirabal joined the faculty in the Department of American Studies in Fall 2014. Professor Mirabal’s work focuses on the migration of Caribbean people to the United States. Her book, Hemispheric Notions: Diaspora, Masculinity, and the Racial Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1945, draws on hundreds of interviews, and she has a strong interest in oral history. She will add to the growing strengths of the Center’s Archive of Immigrant Voices, a digital humanities and oral history project. She comes to UMD from the Department of Latino/a Studies at San Francisco State University.

 

Kim Nickerson

Kim J. Nickerson was Director of the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program before joining the University of Maryland in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences as Assistant Dean for Diversity in 2006. He has more than 17 years of experience in creating and administering training programs to guide underrepresented minority students into science careers across the spectrum of behavioral and social science disciplines. Dr. Nickerson has also consulted with federal agencies and universities regarding diversity and increasing the presence of underrepresented ethnic minorities in the sciences, including serving on grant review panels at the NIH, NSF and SAMHSA.

Dr. Nickerson’s research interests have focused on race, ethnic and cultural factors related to health and mental health statuses, and in the use and effectiveness health and mental health services for ethnic minorities. He is also interested in the general field of health disparities as well as the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics, especially the ELSI issues related to ethnic minority communities. He has served on the National Advisory Council for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and also as a member of the NHGRI ELSI Research Advisors Group.

Michael Rendall

Michael Rendall (mrendall@umd.edu) joined the University of Maryland in the fall of 2011, moving from the non-profit RAND Corporation where he was Senior Social Scientist, Director of the Population Research Center and Postdoctoral Program in Population Studies, and Associate Director of the Labor and Population Division. His methodological work has included evaluation of data quality in fertility, family structure, and international migration; elderly poverty measurement; new statistical methods for combining survey and population data; and new methods for the simulation of cohort lifetimes and population dynamics. His theoretical work has included exploration of relationships of socio-economic inequality and social policy to fertility, household structure, and migration. His current research topics include migration between Mexico and the United States over the 1990s and 2000s, migration and social-demographic outcomes of New Orleanians following Hurricane Katrina, and modeling the development of obesity across U.S. childhoods.

Ana Patricia Rodriguez

Ana Patricia Rodríguez (aprodrig@umd.edu) is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and U.S. Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches courses in Latin American, Central American, and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include Central American and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures; Central American cultural production in the U.S.; transnational migration and cultural production; diaspora studies; violence and postwar/trauma studies; and community-based research. Professor Rodríguez has published articles on the cultural production of Latinas/os in the United States and Central Americans in the isthmus and the wider Central American diaspora. Her book, Dividing the Isthmus: Central American Transnational Histories, Literatures, and Cultures (University of Texas Press, 2009), examines narratives of economic, symbolic, and human excess in Central American isthmian and diasporic texts. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled "Same Story, Different Endings": Trauma and Cultural Memory in the Salvadoran Diaspora, which explores the construction of post-traumatic memory of Salvadorans in the United States through representations in film, music, performance art, and testimonial texts.

Paul Shackel

Paul Shackel (pshackel@umd.edu) is a Professor of Anthropology and the Founding Director of the Center for Heritage Resource Studies at the University of Maryland. Prior to establishing the Center for Heritage Resource Studies, he joined the Department of Anthropology in 1996 after working for the National Park Service for 7 1/2 years. Shackel is interested in the ways material items are used by individuals and groups in order to create social relations and group identity. Material culture and landscapes are powerful tools that can express gender, ethnicity, class, and power relations. Taking an anthropological and historical perspective of material culture allows him to pursue questions on how the value and meaning of goods may change over time in order to define and redefine individual and group relations.

Daryl Williams

Daryle Williams (daryle@umd.edu) is an Associate Professor of History and the author of the Culture Wars in Brazil: The First Vargas Regime, 1930-1945 (Duke University Press, 2001), 2001 winner of the American Historical Association's John Edwin Fagg prize. He has also authored several articles and book chapters on twentieth-century Brazilian cultural history. Recent research has examined the cultural politics of World Heritage in the Southern Cone and humanities computing. His current research examines blackness, the fine arts, and Brazilian slave society.

 

 

Janelle wong

Janelle Wong (janellew@umd.edu) is a Professor of American Studies and the Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the faculty at the University Maryland in 2012, she was at the University of Southern California in the Departments of Political Science and American Studies and Ethnicity. She also served as Executive Director of the Institute of Public Service at Seattle University (2011-12). Wong is author of Democracy's Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. The most recent is Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (2011, Russell Sage Foundation), based on the first nationally representative survey of Asian American' political attitudes and behavior. This groundbreaking study of Asian Americans was conducted in eight different languages with six different Asian national origin groups. Wong has received research funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, Irvine Foundation, and Carnegie Foundation. She was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, in 2006-2007.

Affiliate Faculty

Judith Friedenberg

Judith Freidenberg (jfreiden@umd.edu) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology who is currently researching health care and employment needs of Latin American immigrant retirees in Langley Park, Maryland. She coordinates the Network for Latino Research to foster research on social issues affecting local immigrant populations from Latin America. She is currently the Program Director for a new project at the University of Maryland investigating the anthropology of immigrant life. This program proposes to build links between the research and the policy communities to contribute to our knowledge of the New Americans. You can find her presentation on her most recent publication, Contemporary Conversations on Immigration in the United States: The View from Prince George's County, Maryland here.

David Freund

David Freund (dmfreund@umd.edu) is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland who specializes in 20th-century U.S. history, with a research focus on the American metropolis, racial politics, and the impacts of public policy on economic opportunity and popular ideology. He is the author of Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Surburban America. His current projects include a book-length history of the federal state's impact on financial markets, economic growth, and free market ideology since the Great Depression and The Modern American Metropolis, an edited source book for Wiley Blackwell.

 

Gary Gerstle

Gary Gerstle (gary.gerstle@vanderbilt.edu) Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University, is the author, co-author, and co-editor of six books and the author of more than thirty articles on twentieth-century American history. His particular interests include: immigration, race, and nationality; the significance of class in social and political life; and social movements, popular politics, and the state. His first book, Working-Class Americanism (Cambridge, 1989), explores issues of class, ethnicity, and Americanization among workers and their unions during the Great Depression. American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century (Princeton, 2001), winner of the 2001 Saloutos Prize for the outstanding work in immigration and ethnic history, examines how the modern American nation was shaped by the robust, protean, and contradictory traditions of civic and racial nationalism. He is also co-editor of E Pluribus Unum? Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation (2001). His many articles include "Liberty, Coercion, and the Making of Americans" (Journal of American History, 1997), which has been anthologized in The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience and republished in Spanish in Desarrollo Economico, an Argentine journal.

Perla Guerrero

Perla Guerrero (:guerrero@umd.edu) is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and the first core faculty member in the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in 2010. Her research and teaching interests lie comparative race and ethnicity, immigration, space and place, labor, and 20th century U.S. history. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her work is informed by historical methods and human geography as they pertain to Latina/o Studies, American Studies, and the U.S. South. Last year Dr. Guerrero was a Latino Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow as well as Goldman Sachs Junior Fellow at the National Museum of American History.

Roberto Korzeniewicz

Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz (korzen@umd.edu) is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. He is a comparative and historical sociologist. In one line of research, Professor Korzeniewicz studies different dimensions of global inequality (e.g., between countries, within countries, and between men and women). A second line of research focuses on social movements, particularly in Latin America. Using a World-Systems approach, his recent work has examined the interaction between globalization, inequality and structural adjustment policies, as well as patterns of response and participation by civil society to free trade agreements in the Americas. His latest book is Unveiling Inequality: A World-Historical Perspective.

Alan Kraut

Alan Kraut is Professor of History and an affiliate faculty member of the School of International Service at American University. He is also a Non-resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. The immediate past President of the Organization of American Historians, the largest professional organization of American historians, he specializes in U.S. immigration and ethnic history, the history of medicine in the U.S., and nineteenth-century US history. He has authored or edited nine books and over a hundred articles. His book Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the “Immigrant Menace” (Basic, 1994) won several national awards, including the Theodore Saloutos Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the Phi Alpha Theta Award for the Best Book in History by an established author. Most recently, he has co-edited Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping the Nation's Immigration Story (Rutgers University Press, 2013). He received his Ph. D. in history from Cornell University in 1975.

Siv B. Lie

Siv B. Lie is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland. Her research in ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology examines the cultural politics of expressive practices and minority rights with a focus on how Romani ("Gypsy") populations use music and language to serve their own social, political, and economic interests. Siv has published in Popular Music and Society and Ethnic and Racial Studies and has a piece forthcoming in Jazz and Culture. She is co-founder and Principal Coordinator of the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, an organization that brings together scholars, artists, and community members to raise awareness about Romani musics and cultures, and Co-Curator of the Music section of RomArchive, a digital archive of Romani arts set to launch in 2018. She received her Ph.D. from New York University.

Peter Mallios

Peter Mallios (mallios@umd.edu) is an Associate Professor of English and founding director of the Foreign Literatures in America project at the University of Maryland. His research and teaching focus on 19th and 20th century U.S. literature, history, law, and politics, and global developments in the modern and modernist novel. He is the author of Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity (Stanford UP, 2010) and is currently working on two book projects: a history of foreign authored literature in the U.S., and a study of the constitutional effects of the Woodrow Wilson administration on modern American literature.

 
Julie Park

Julie Park (juliepar@umd.edu) is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. She is also a faculty associate of the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). Professor Park's research focuses most broadly on the adaptation process of immigrants in the United States which includes the areas of immigration, demography, race, and urban studies. Professor Park currently teaches courses in immigration, Asian Americans Studies, and social demography. Other undergraduate courses include Asian American Public Policy and Interethnic Diversity in the West. She has also taught the following graduate courses: Urban Demography and Growth, Urban Diversity and Communication, and Statistics and Arguing from Data.

Linda Rabben

Linda Rabben is an associate research professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland. Professor Rabben has studied, written about and worked on migration, human rights, development and environmental issues in the United States, Brazil and other countries for more than 25 years. Her professional experience includes writing, research, training and public speaking on migration for numerous organizations, such as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, immigrant rights groups, religious congregations and community groups. She is the author of many books and articles, including Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History (University of Washington Press, 2016). Her migration research has included fieldwork in the United States, Britain, France and the Netherlands. She did graduate work at Sussex University(UK) and received a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology and Latin American studies from Cornell University.

David Sicilia

David Sicilia (dsicilia@umd.edu) is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Henry Kaufman Fellow in Business History in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. His research and teaching focus on the evolution of global and U.S. capitalism, including the role of immigrant entrepreneurs. He is co-author or co-editor of seven books and numerous articles on business and economic history, and a frequent commentator on national and international media outlets.

Cluster Faculty

The University of Maryland’s “cluster hire” in Migration Studies has proven to be central to the Center’s scholarship. On May 31, 2012, Provost Ann Wylie awarded the Center for the History of the New America (now the Center for Global Migration Studies) and five departments in the Colleges of Arts and Humanities and of Behavioral and Social Sciences a one-quarter of a million-dollar grant to add five scholars in the study of migration to the University’s faculty. The award was matched one-for-one by the two Colleges and five Departments involved—American Studies; Anthropology; the School of Languages, Literature and Cultures; Sociology; and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies—bringing the University’s total new contribution to the study of migration to one half million dollars. Together with members of Maryland’s current faculty who teach and study the movement of peoples, these scholars will make College Park into an international center for the study of immigration

Nancy Mirabal

Nancy Mirabal joined the faculty in the Department of American Studies in Fall 2014. Professor Mirabal’s work focuses on the migration of Caribbean people to the United States. Her book, Hemispheric Notions: Diaspora, Masculinity, and the Racial Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1945, draws on hundreds of interviews, and she has a strong interest in oral history. She will add to the growing strengths of the Center’s Archive of Immigrant Voices, a digital humanities and oral history project. She comes to UMD from the Department of Latino/a Studies at San Francisco State University.

 

Christina Getrich

Christina Getrich also arrived in Fall 2014, joining the Department of Anthropology. Professor Getrich is a medical anthropologist with an extensive background in qualitative research and experience working with diverse Hispanic and Native American peoples in the Southwest. Her research focuses on health disparities among Hispanic immigrants and on immigration policies and enforcement practices, citizenship and belonging, identity, second-generation youth, and immigrant families. Professor Getrich will arrive at the University just in time for our conference on “Migration, Disease, Medicine, and Public Health in a Global Age: An Exploration of Immigrants and Health in International Perspective” (September 18-20) jointly sponsored by the Center and the Maryland Center for Health Equity. Accompanying the conference will be a massive health festival filling Cole Field House and expected to provide medical and dental care for some 80,000 people.

Thayse Lima

Thayse Lima joined the School of Literature, Languages, and Cultures in January 2015. Ms. Lima completed her doctoral work at Brown University, one of the few universities in the United States to have a free-standing PhD-granting Portuguese/Brazilian Department. Her work, which is heavily based in archival research, brings to life a movement in Brazil to bring Brazilian literature into the Latin American mainstream, thereby redefining and broadening the concept of Latin American cultural production itself. Her research, as she describes, “demonstrates how transnational circulation of intellectual thought also has a significant impact in the way cultural identity and geo-cultural borders are conceived.” Lima, a native of Brazil, has four articles in print and one forthcoming.