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Dr. Erika Robb LarkinsErika Robb Larkins
Director

Office: AL-626
Phone: (619) 594-5028
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Erika Robb Larkins is the director of the Center for Brazilian Studies and associate professor of Anthropology and Sociology at SDSU. She received her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and also holds a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching focus on violence and inequality in urban settings. Her first book, The Spectacular Favela: Violence in Modern Brazil (U California Press 2015), explores the political economy of spectacular violence in one of Rio’s most famous favelas. Dr. Larkins is presently working on a second book examining the private security industry in Brazil.

 

Dr. Kristal BivonaKristal Bivona
Assistant Director
Office: AL-626
Phone: (619) 594-4771
Email:
[email protected]

Dr. Kristal Bivona is the Assistant Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies and teaches courses on Brazilian Cultural Studies for the College of Arts and Letters. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College, and received a B.A. in English with a Spanish minor from SDSU as a community college transfer student. Her current book project investigates how filmmakers from Brazil and the Southern Cone grapple with transitional justice, victimhood, and memory of the most recent military dictatorships. Her work broadly looks at how cultural production, including street art, installations, and film, engages with pressing contemporary issues, such as state violence, transitional politics, and human rights.
 
Flavia SoaresFlavia Soares
Center Coordinator
Office: AL-626
Phone: (619) 594-4771
 
Flavia Soares is the Center Coordinator. She graduated with an MBA degree in Business & Management Systems from Candido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, and also has a BS in Business Administration. With over 10 years of management consulting experience, most of them leading management improvement projects at Petrobras S/A, she seeks to use her background as well as her cultural and language skills to promote collaboration and support the Center for Brazilian Studies in all its areas of expertise. 
 
Brooke DolabellaBrooke Dolabella
Assistant/Student
Office: AL-626
Email: [email protected]
 
Brooke is currently working towards her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and MA in Latin American Studies. She got her start in the field of public health while volunteering for an NGO in Brazil and previously received a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is most interested in maternal health, environmental justice, and refugee/im(migrant) health.
 
Amethyst SanchezAmethyst Sanchez
Assistant/Student
Office: AL-626
 
As a graduate student in the Anthropology Department, Amethyst’s research interests coincide with her degrees in both Anthropology and Sociology, with particular emphasis on activism, feminism, structural inequality, and historical archaeology. Though she is Argentine and not Brazilian, Amethyst is happy to be engaging with her Latin American heritage through working as a research assistant and staff member at the Center.
 

 

Associated Faculty & Staff

Ryan AbmanRyan Abman
Assistant Professor, Economics
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Stuart AitkenStuart Aitken
Professor, Geography
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Cristina AlfaroCristina Alfaro
Professor, Dual Language and English Learner Education
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Adisa AlkebulanAdisa Alkebulan
Chair, Africana Studies
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Thaís da C. L. AlvesThaís da C. L. Alves
Chair, Construction Engineering and Management
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Cristian Aquino-SterlingCristian Aquino-Sterling
Associate Professor, School of Teacher Education (STE) and Associate Dean for Diversity and International Affairs, College of Education
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Jessica BahamJessica Baham
International Programs Coordinator, College of Arts and Letters
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Mark Ballam,Mark Ballam
Managing Director, CIBER, College of Business
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Rebecca BartelRebecca Bartel
Assistant Director, Center for Latin American Studies
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Pablo BenPablo Ben
Associate Professor, History
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Trent BiggsTrent Biggs
Professor, Geography
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Fernando J. BoscoFernando J. Bosco
Professor, Geography
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Stephanie BrodineStephanie Brodine, M.D., Georgetown University
Professor, Public Health
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Amanda BryantAmanda Bryant
Assistant Director, CIBER
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Grace ChengGrace Cheng
Director, Interdisciplinary Human Rights Initiative
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Cássia De AbreuCássia De Abreu
Lecturer, Portuguese
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Kevin Delgado

Kevin Delgado
Associate Professor, Music
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Fernando De SalesFernando De Sales
Assistant Professor, Geography
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Robert EdwardsRobert Edwards
Professor, Biology & Computer Science
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Salvador EspinosaSalvador Espinosa
Associate Professor, Public Administration
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Gabriel GonzalezGabriel Gonzalez
Assistant Professor, Marketing
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Allen GontzAllen Gontz
Professor and Chair, Geology
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Philip GreinerPhilip Greiner
Director, School of Nursing
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Lawrence HerzogLawrence Herzog
Professor, City Planning
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José Carmelo InterlandoJosé Carmelo Interlando
Professor, Mathematics
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Zoe Jarocki

Zoe Jarocki
Undergraduate Instruction Librarian, Library & Information Access
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Susan KieneSusan Kiene
Professor, School of Public Health
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Matthew LauerMatthew Lauer
Director, Sustainability Program
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Enrico MarcelliEnrico Marcelli
Associate Professor, Sociology
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Madhavi McCall

Madhavi McCall
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters
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Anta MerrittAnta Merritt
Lecturer, Africana Studies
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Nadezda NovakovicNadezda Novakovic
Program Specialist, LARC
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Thomas NovotnyThomas Novotny
Professor, School of Public Health
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Ramona PérezRamona Pérez
Director, Center for Latin American Studies
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John PutnamJohn Putnam
Director, International Business Program
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Amy Schmitz WeissAmy Schmitz Weiss
Professor, School of Journalism and Media Studies
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Kate SwansonKate Swanson
Associate Professor, Geography
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Charles ToombsCharles Toombs
Professor, Africana Studies
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Milton TorikachviliMilton Torikachvili
Professor, Physics
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Patricia van DammePatricia van Damme
Advisor, College of Business
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Ricardo VasconcelosRicardo Vasconcelos
Professor, Portuguese
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Matthew VerbylaMatthew Verbyla
Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering
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Roland WolkowiczRoland Wolkowicz
Associate Professor, Biology
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María Luisa ZúñigaMaría Luisa Zúñiga
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
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Intercollegiate Advisory Board Members (2019-2020 Term)

Ryan Abman
Stuart Aitken
Thaís da C. L. Alves
Cristian Aquino-Sterling

Mark Ballam
Fernando De Sales
Gabriel Gonzalez

Zoe Jarocki
Madhavi McCall
Milton Torikachvili

Ricardo Vasconcelos
Roland Wolkowicz
María Luisa Zúñiga

Visiting Scholars

Alexandra Almeida
Doctoral Student
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Denise De Alcântara
Visiting Scholar
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Salvador Gullo Neto
Visiting Scholar
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Tomas Salem
Doctoral Student
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