Affiliate Faculty

Iqbal Akhtar

Associate 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 | | Website

Rokeshia Ashley

Assistant Professor, Communication
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2018
Health communication in body image and modification, maternal health, culturally competent strategies to improve black women and babies maternal mortality, interactions between patients and healthcare providers pre-, during, and post-natal, multi-cultural marketing communication
Office: Biscayne Bay Campus, ACII 339D
Contact: 305-919-4164 | |

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 | | Website

Isaac Burt

Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2010
Multicultural counseling, Neuroscience and racism/discrimination, Flow state and optimal experience, Culturally sensitive treatments, Creative and contemporary techniques in counseling
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus ZEB 236
Contact: 305-348-7209 | | 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 | | Website

Mitzi Carter

Assistant Teaching Professor, Global and Sociocultural Studies and Interim Director, Global Indigenous Forum
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2016
Cultural anthropology, Okinawa, world ethnographies, race and ethnicity, anthropology of globalization, Asian studies, world capitalism and the African diaspora in the Modern World System
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus SIPA 307
Contact: 305-348-2247 | | 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 | | Website

Shawn Christian

Associate Professor, English
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
African American Literature, African American culture, literature of the long Civil Rights Movement, Literature of the Harlem Renaissance, Women and Gender Studies
Office: Modesto Maidique Campus, English Department
Contact: 305-348-2874 | | {Website coming soon} |

John Clark

Chair and Professor of Politics and 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 | | 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| | {website coming soon}

Trina Fletcher

Assistant Professor of Engineering Education
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2017
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM, Black Wealth Building, Women and Girls in STEM, STEM at HBCUs, Informal STEM Learning
Office: Engineering Campus 1270
Contact: 305-348-0196 | | Website

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 | | 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 | | Website

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 | | Website

Charles Jalloh

Professor of Law
Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, 2012
International law, criminal justice and human rights, Africa and the International Criminal Court, war crimes, and African legal studies
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Contact: 305-348-0199 | | Website

Shewonda Leger

Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2019
Rhetoric and writing, multilingual writing and pedagogy, Edwidge Danticat, social change, digital humanities
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 453
Contact: 305-348-2874 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | Website

J. Janewa Osei-Tutu

Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Queen's University, 1997
LL.M., McGill University, 2002
Intellectual property, natural rights, and human rights; intellectual property and culture; intellectual property, human rights & corporations
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus RDB 2053
Contact: 305-348-1118 | | Website

Ulrich Oslender

Associate 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 | | 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| | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | Website

Jean Muteba Rahier

Professor of Anthropology and African & African Diaspora Studies
Ph.D., Université de Paris X, Nanterre, France, Sociology, 1994
Multiculturalism, ethnoracial law, Afrodescendants’ human rights,the Memorialization of the Slave Trade in West Africa, inter-racial intimacy in the Belgian Congo
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus SIPA 328
Contact: 305-348-2246 | | Website

David Rifkind

Associate Professor of Architecture
Chair, Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design
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 | | Website

Daniel Royles

Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., Temple University, 2014
United States history, African American life and culture, public health, sexuality, social movements, and the human body
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus DM 385B
Contact: 305-348-3191 | | Website

Heather Russell

Associate Professor of English\ Vice Provost Faculty Leadership & Success

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 | | 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 | | website

Vicky Silvera

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

Juan Torres-Pou

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

Keisha McIntyre-McCullough

Clinical Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus ZEB 255A

Contact: 305-348-3230 I

Carlene Vincent-Robinson

Assistant Dean, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, Teaching Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice Faculty Fellow for Social Justice and Inclusion and Student Access and Success Division of Academic and Student Affairs

Office: Modesto Maidique Campus, SIPA 526,

Contact: Main: 305.348.7266 | Direct: 305.348.1288 | E-mail:

Agatha Caraballo

Associate Teaching Professor, Public Policy & Administration, Director, Maurice A. Ferré Institute for Civic Leadership

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus PCA 267B | PCA 354

Contact: 305-348-8490 I

Maria Reid

Assistant Teaching Professor Black Faculty Association, Director Hybrid Faculty Fellow Psychology Faculty Facilitated Feedback Committee, Chair Department of Psychology

Office: BBC, AC1, 379B

Contact: (305)919-4177 I