Affiliate Faculty

Iqbal Akhtar

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2012
Islamic political thought, Khoja history, Shia Islam, Tanzania, Zanzibar
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 322B
Contact: 305-348-7098 | iakhtar@fiu.edu | Website

Pascale Becel

Associate Professor of French
PhD, Unversity of California - Davis,1992
Women Studies, Reappraisal of Femenism in Colonial Context, African Literature in French and English
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM497B
Contact: 305-348-1944 | Pascale.Becel@fiu.edu | Website

Ferial Maya Boutaghou

Assistant Professor of French and Women Studies
PhD, Université de Limoges, France, 2006
Cultural and Cross-Cultural theory, 19th and 20th Century Literatures and Cultures in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Gender Studies, and Postcolonial Women Writers in French, English, and Arabic
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 215
Contact: 305-348-2408 | fboutagh@fiu.edu | Website

Lakhdar Boukerrou

Regional Director of FIU GLOWS
PhD, University of Minnesota,1986
International Development, Environmental Management, Capacity Building and Training, Project Management
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus MARC 430
Contact: 305.348.2494 | lboukerr@fiu.edu | Website

Phillip Carter

Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics
PhD, Duke University, 2009
Sociolinguistics, Critical approaches to subject formation, Language and Identity, Ethnicity, and Gender, Linguistic Anthropology
Contact: 305-348-1149 | pmcarter@fiu.edu | Website

John Clark

Professor of International Relations
PhD, University of Virginia, Foreign Affairs, 1992
Francophone Central Africa. Democratization, Ethnic Conflict, Economic Development, Sub-Saharan African Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Politics and Democratization, State-Society Relations
Office: MMC Campus, SIPA 433
Contact: 305.348.2556 | John.Clark@fiu.edu | Website

Danielle Clealand

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations
PhD, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Racial Politics in the Americas, Caribbean Politics, Race and Politics in the U.S., racial ideology, nationalism
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus SIPA 412
Contact: 305-348-3295 | Danielle.Clealand@fiu.edu | Website

Erin Damman

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations
PhD, Northwestern University, 2012
Comparative Politics, International Relations, African Politics, International Human Rights, and Research Methods and Design
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 405
Contact: 305.348.2556 | edamman@fiu.edu | Website

Nandini Dhar

Professor of English
PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
Slavery commemorations in the Black Atlantic, Neo-Slave Narratives, Historical Novels on Slavery, Postcoloniality, Gender Studies and Comparative Studies of African and South Asian Plantation Diasporas
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 466C
Contact: 305-348-1151| ndhar@fiu.edu | {website coming soon}

Jenna Gibbs

Assistant Professor of History
PhD, University of California Los Angels, 2008
British Atlantic (1760s-1840s). Circulation of Culture, Intellectual Thought, and Political Discourse Popular, Performative Culture
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus 385B
Contact: 305-348-3191 | jenna.gibbs@fiu.edu | Website

Brittany Gilmer

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
PhD, University of Toronto, 2013
Piracy in Somalia, transnational crime, international security, policing/penal institution in developing countries, combating terrorism
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PCA 369
Contact: 305.348.7917 | bgilmer@fiu.edu | Website

Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2012
Race and gender in traditional and new media, African Americans in news, whiteness, feminist approach, covering urban/rural news
Office: Biscayne Bay Campus, AC2 318A
Contact: 608-345-0717 | Robert.Gutsche@fiu.edu | Website | Twitter

Tometro Hopkins

Associate Professor of English and Linguistics
PhD, Indiana University 1992
World Englishes, Pidgins and Creole, Gullah, Sociolinguistics, Anthropological Linguistics
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 467B
Office: Biscayne Bay AC1 356
Contact: 305-348-3096
Contact: 305-919-5913 | Tometro.Hopkins@fiu.edu | Website

Assefa Melesse

Associate Professor of Earth and Environment
PhD, University of Florida, 2002
Sub-Saharan Africa, Hydrologic Modeling, Ecohydrology, Surface and Groundwater Interactions Modeling, Water-Energy-Carbon Fluxes Coupling and Modeling, Remote Sensing Hydrology
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus ECS 339
Contact: 305-348-6518 | Assefa.Melesse@fiu.edu | Website

April Merleaux

Assistant Professor of History
PhD, Yale University, 2010
20th Century U.S.History, Cultural History, Commodities, Immigration, Race and Racial Formation, Food Studies
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 371B
Contact: 305-348-7225 | amerleau@fiu.edu | Website

Aurora Morcillo

Professor of History
PhD, University of New Mexico 1995
Sexual Politics, Spain, Francisco Franco
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 216A
Contact: 305-348-1151| aurora.morcillo@fiu.edu | Website

Roderick Neumann

Professor of Geography
PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 1992
Political Ecology, Cultural Geography, Social Theory, Conservation and Development, Landscape Studies, Environmental History, Africa, U.S. West, Europe
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 329
Contact: 305.348.2936 | Roderick.Neumann@fiu.edu | Website

Ulrich Oslender

Assistant Professor of Geography
PhD, University of Glasgow, 2002
Political Geography, Cultural Geography, Political Ecology, Social Movements, Latin America, Colombia, Cultural Politics of Blackness, Forced Displacement, Geopolitical Discourses on Terror
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 324
Contact: 305.348.3651 | uoslende@fiu.edu | Website

Mark Padilla

Associate Professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies
PhD, Emory University, Doctor of Philosophy/ Anthropology, 2003
Ethnographic methods, globalization, critical medical anthropology, sexual tourism, Dominican Republic, HIV/AIDS and sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus SIPA 316
Contact: 305-348-1296| marpadi@fiu.edu | Website

Alpesh Patel

Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art and Theory and Director of the MFA Program in Visual Arts
PhD,University of Manchester, England, 2009
Race, visual culture, identity, post-identity art world, anti-racist and transnational approach
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, VH 235
Contact: 305.348.3366 | alkpate@fiu.edu | Website

Vrushali Patil

Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
PhD, University of Maryland, 2006
Globalization in Historical Perspective, Transnationalism, Colonial and ‘Postcolonial’ Constructions of ‘Race,’ Gender, Sexuality, Culture, Nation, Feminist Theory/Social Theory/Postcolonial Theory/Critical Race Theory , ‘Postcolonial’ or ‘Third World’ Negotiations of Modernity, Tourism and Diaspora
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 210
Contact: 305.348.0519 | Vrushali.Patil@fiu.edu | Website

Tudor Parfitt

Research Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs; President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies, Department of Religious Studies
M.A. (Oxon) D.Phil., FRSA, FRGS, FRHistS
Hebrew and Hebrew Literature, Jewish Studies, Jewish/ Muslim Relations, Attitudes Toward Jews and Zionism in South Asia and Jews in Asia and Africa, Judaising Movements
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 302
Contact: 305-919-4154 | tparfitt@fiu.edu | Website

Valerie Patterson

Clinical Associate Professor
PhD, Florida International University,1995
Human resource Policy and Management, Administrative and Governmental Ethics, Organization Theory and Behavior, Contemporary Race and Gender issues, Nexus between Government and Hip-Hop culture, the Deconstruction of Bureaucratic Dysfunction, and the Construction and Development of Hip-Hop Epistemology
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus PCA 367A
Contact: 305.348.0425 | Valerie.Patterson@fiu.edu | Website

David Rifkind

Associate Professor of Architecture
PhD, Columbia University, 2007
Architectural History and Theory. Urbanism and Architecture in Ethiopia during Italian occupation (1936-1941)
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus PCA 383B
Contact: 305-348-1867 | Rifkind@fiu.edu | Website

Heather Russell

Associate Professor of English
PhD, Rutgers, University, New Jersey, 2002
Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class, Postcolonial Literature in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 465B
Contact: 305-348-3369 | heather.russell@fiu.edu | Website

Shimelis Setegn

Program Executive Officer, GLOWS, Assistant Professor of Research, EOH
PhD, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010
Environmental, hydrological and hydrodynamic modeling, watershed dynamics, predicting impact of climate and land use changes on water resources, agriculture, and populations, GIS and remote sensing applications in the environment and water resources.
Office: Office: BBC-AC1 268, MMC-AHCII 595A
Contact: (305) 919-4122 (BBC) (305) 348-2327 | ssetegn@fiu.edu | website

Moses Shumow

Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication
PhD, University of Miami, 2010
Media, immigration, community, digital literacy, production and consumption of immigrant and Hispanic/Latino media in transnational communities and globalized contexts
Office: Biscayne Bay Campus, AC2 317
Contact: 305.919.5939 | mshumow@fiu.edu | Website

Vicky Silvera

Head, Special Collections, University Archivist, Curator
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 422A
Contact: 305-348-316 | silverav@fiu.edu | Website

Linda Spears-Bunton

Associate Professor of Education Curriculum & Instruction
Ed.D, University of Kentucky, Lexington, 1992
Cultural Dimensions of Reading, Response and Literacy Learning, Curriculum Design, Literacy Acquisition, Multicultural Curriculum Development and Instruction
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, ZEB 351A
Contact: 305.348.2976 | spears@fiu.edu | Website

Derrick Scott

Instructor of Geographic Information Systems/Geography and Social Sciences
PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, 2012
Geographic Information Systems, Urban Geography, Geo-Economics/Politics, Housing issues, New-Urbanism, Smart Growth, Areas, West Indies, US Cities, Sub-Saharan Africa
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 306
Contact: 305.348.2752 | Derrick.Scott@fiu.edu | Website

Ryan Stoa

Deputy Director - Global Water for Sustainability Program, Fellow in Water Law and Policy - College of Law
J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2011
International Environmental Law, Water Law and Policy, Ocean and Coastal Law, International Development, Nile River Basin, Haiti
Office: Biscayne Bay Campus, Academic 1, 270
Contact: 305.919.4118 | rstoa@fiu.edu | Website

Juan Torres-Pou

Professor of Spanish
PhD, Rutgers, University New Brunswich,1990
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 492A
Contact: 305-348-6223 | Torres-pou@fiu.edu | Website

Chantalle F. Verna

Associate Professor of History and International Relations
PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2005
The culture of inter-American Relations, Haiti and the United States during mid 20th Century
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 385A
Contact: 305-348-0180 | Chantalle.Verna@fiu.edu | Website

Eric Von Wettberg

Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD, Brown University, 2007
Population Genetics, Agroecology, Conservation Genetics, Domestication of Legume Crops, Plant Tolerance of Stressful Soils, Microbial Mediation of Plant Traits
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus ACH 318B
Contact: 305-348-2298 | eric.vonwettberg@fiu.edu | Website

Donna Weir-Soley

Assistant Professor of English
PhD, University of California-Berkley, 2000
African American and African Caribbean Literature. Written and Performance Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction
Office: North Campus AC1 350
Contact :305-919-4817 | Weir_Soley@fiu.edu | Website

Kirsten Wood

Associate Professor of History
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
American South, Women's History, Gender, Slavery, and African American History
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus VH 207
Contact: 305-348-2803 | Kirsten.Wood@fiu.edu | Website

Albert Wuaku

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
PhD,University of Toronto, Canada, 2004
History of African and African Diaspora Religions, Socio-Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religion and Diaspora Hinduism. Religious Globalization, Religion and Peace, and the Connection between Religion, Health and Healing
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 302
Contact: 305-348-6768 | Albert.Kafui_Wuaku@fiu.edu | Website