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Caribbean, Latin American & Latino Studies

Masters of Arts in Humanities in Caribbean and Latin/o American Studies (CLAS)
A Multi-Sited Pre-Professional Program in Advanced Studies and Research


Program Associate Faculty at UB (a selection)

Craig Centrie teaches in the Program of Latina/o Studies. He is the author of Identity Formation of Vietnamese Immigrant Youth in an American High School and the director of El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera in downtown Buffalo.

Christian Flaugh (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures) specializes in francophone Caribbean and Sub-Saharan African studies, freak culture studies, disability studies, gender studies, and theatre and performance.  He is a member of the Transnational and Transcolonial Caribbean Research Studies Group (Columbia University/CUNY) and is co-founder of the French-language theatre troupe, Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte.  He has articles published in Forum for Modern Language Studies (2009), the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (2010), Theatre Topics (2011), and L’Esprit Créateur (2013).  He is also the author of Operation Freak:  Narrative, Identity, and the Spectrum of Bodily Abilities (Montreal:  McGill-Queen’s UP, 2012).

Cecil Foster has a PhD from York University (2003). He is a professor in the Department of Transnational Studies in the University at Buffalo. An author of several acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction, Foster is one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals on issues of citizenship, culture, multiculturalism, politics, race, ethnicity and immigration. As a well-respected journalist and columnist, Foster has worked with major Canadian print and broadcast media. According to the New York Times (Nov. 5, 2002), he is one of Canada’s leading fiction writers, who depicts the immigration experience and provides a non-traditional perspective on Canada, citizenship and issues of belonging. Foster’s most recent books are Blackness and Modernity: The Colour of Humanity and the Quest for Freedom (McGill-Queen’s UP 2007), which won the 2008 John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award by the Canadian Sociology Association, and Where Race Does Not Matter: The New Spirit of Modernity (Penguin, 2005). An earlier book, A Place Called Heaven: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada, won the 1996 Gordon Montador Award for the “Best Canadian Book on Contemporary Social Issues.” Foster is a frequent contributor to the Canadian print media and to Canadian radio and television. He is currently writing a book on Democracy, Rights, and Equality; a historical novel on the Black Canadian experience; as well as a book on multiculturalism as a Greek tragedy with its aspiration for racial reconciliation and ethnic harmony. In the academic year 2008 – 2009, Foster was a Senior Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is consulted widely in government and industry on issues of multiculturalism, diversity, race, and citizenship.

Jorge Guitart (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures) is an internationally renowned authority in phonological theory, Spanish phonology, and Semantics in Spanish Pedagogical Grammar. His most recent publication is Sonido y sentido: teoría y práctica de la pronunciación del español (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004).

Shaun Irlam (Department of Comparative Literature) conducts research and teaching in 18th-century cultural studies and aesthetics in England and France, current critical theory with an emphasis on deconstruction, and postcolonial literature and theory with emphasis on Caribbean and African literatures.

Carine Mardorossian  (English Department) specializes in the fields of World Literature, Postcolonial and Caribbean studies, and Feminist Theory. She is the author of Reclaiming Difference:Caribbean Women Rewrite Postcolonialism ( Charlottesville, VA: U of Virginia P (New World Series), August 2005).

Antoinette (Toni) Pressley-Sanon is a graduate of Hamilton College (B.A.), The New School for Social Research (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin- Madison where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in the Department of African Languages and Literature with a minor in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies. She has conducted extensive research in Benin Republic, West Africa and Haiti. Her work focuses on memory, history and cultural production in Africa and its diaspora. She has published several articles and reviews in major journals and is currently finishing up her manuscript on Haitian history, memory and cultural production.

Ramón Soto-Crespo (Department of Transnational Studies). His research interest include Latina/o Studies, Caribbean and Latin American literature, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis and queer studies. His book, Mainland Passage: The Cultural Anomaly of Puerto Rico (University of Minnesota Press, 2009).

Camilo Trumper completed his PhD in Latin American History at Berkeley in 2008. He is interested in the connection between urban history, politics, and visual and material culture. He is currently revising his dissertation, a cultural history of political change in late twentieth-century Chile, for publication. This is a study of the myriad ways in which traditionally marginalized individuals claimed city spaces as a means of entering into political debates. His investigation of urban politics extends to protests, marches, strikes, as well as public art, street photography and documentary film, which he understands as part of a broader attempt to challenge the limits of the public sphere in post-war Chile. His future research plans take him into the 19th and 20th centuries through a study of the Chilean port city of Valparaiso in the context of a wider “Pacific World,” and toward a social and cultural history of street food in the Americas. He has taught courses in Latin American urban history, visual culture and material culture, and historical methods.

Marion Werner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her research interests lie at the intersection of critical development studies, feminist theory, and political economy with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. She brings these perspectives to her work on the economic restructuring of export industries, the gender and racial politics of labor value, and, more recently, development policy and politics.  Her book manuscript, Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, explores the politics of industrial restructuring in the export garment industry to reveal the on-going struggles over place production and workers’ livelihood strategies in the Caribbean.  Her work has appeared in several academic journals including Gender, Place and Culture, Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography, Economic Geography, and New West Indian Guide, as well as the magazine NACLA: Report on the Americas. Marion’s current research explores shifting trends in development policy in the face of failures of neoliberal reform, and contemporary food politics and policy in the Dominican Republic.