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Affiliate Faculty | U.S. Latina/o Studies Program

Affiliate Faculty

ana-rodriguezAna Patricia Rodriguez
– Dr. Rodriguez 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 M.A. and 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; gender studies; U.S. Latina/o popular culture; community-based research; and Latina/o education (K-16). Professor Rodríguez has published numerous articles on the cultural production of Latinas/os in the United States and Central Americans in the isthmus and in the wider Central American diaspora. Her books include De la hamaca al trono y al más allá: Lecturas críticas de la obra de Manlio Argueta (with Linda J. Craft and Astvaldur Astvaldsson; San Salvador: Universidad Tecnológica, 2013) and Dividing the Isthmus: Central American Transnational Histories, Literatures, and Cultures (University of Texas Press, 2009).


RORandy Ontiveros – Dr. Ontiveros writes and teaches in the areas of contemporary American literature and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural studies. His first book, In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement, is published by New York University Press. The book studies the literature, theater, music, non-fiction prose, and other creative genres of the Chicano civil rights movement. His second book project is about the suburbs in Latino/a literature and politics. In the classroom, Dr. Ontiveros teaches surveys and topics in US Latino/a Literature, contemporary American literature, cultural studies, the literature of Maryland, and more.


balachadran-orihuela-picture-1Sharada Balachandran Orihuela – Dr. Orihuela is an assistant professor in the Department of English. Her specializations are in nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century literature of the Americas; Hemispheric American studies; transnational American literature and economic history; and critical race and gender theory. She is currently working on her first book project tentatively titled, “Undocumented: Piracy and Personhood in Hemispheric American Literature.” This project traces a genealogy of piratical American economic exchange, and argues that narratives depicting trade allow us to understand liberal subjectivities operating outside the scope of national rights. This study engages the limits and possibilities of possessive individualism through the study of several piratical figures in transnational American literature.


CRChantel Rodriguez – Dr. Rodriguez received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a specialization in twentieth-century transnational U.S. history.  Her areas of research interest are U.S.-Mexico labor relations, political economy, occupational health, and citizenship. Her book manuscript, Health on the Line: The Railroad Bracero Program and the Struggle for Health Citizenship during World War II, examines the debates over the health rights of Mexican guest workers laboring on American railroads in order to show that the railroad bracero program played a crucial and under-examined role in shaping the larger twentieth struggle for health citizenship.


RZRuth Zambrana – Dr. Zambrana is a professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity. Her work focuses on the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other contextual variables in disparities in the provision of public health, human services and education with an emphasis on Latino women, children, and youth. Emerging scholarship is on inequalities in racial/ethnic women’s health and disparity, knowledge production and public policy. Co-authored books include Health Issues in the Latino Community (2001); Drawing from the Data: Working Effectively with Latino Families (2003), and an anthology (Forthcoming, 2008) entitled Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice.



MEMichelle Espino – Dr. Espino is an assistant professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program. Dr. Espino’s contributions to the field of student affairs administration and higher education focus on understanding how institutional cultures, policies, and practices as well as community contexts affect and inform educational achievement, outcomes, and experiences along the P-20 pipeline for racial/ethnic minorities, particularly for Latinas/os. The Latina/o population is the largest minority population in the U.S., yet continues to experience the lowest educational attainment rates of any minority group. Her interest in analyzing educational experiences and career trajectories of Latina/o students, administrators, and faculty is timely and essential for developing strategies for crafting inclusive institutional environments that will support and empower all stakeholders.


MGMary A. Garza – Dr. Garza is an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and Associate Director in the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Dr. Garza received her MPH from the School of Public Health at San Diego State University with an emphasis in health education and health promotion. Her research activities embrace the full spectrum of the intervention research process–from planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating, to dissemination of research findings – using a community-based participatory research approach. She has a strong interest in health disparities research, including understanding the interplay of psychosocial, behavioral, and neighborhood-level factors associated with health behavior; specifically, factors related to cancer screening. Dr. Garza’s research interests also include the role and influence of religion and spirituality on health outcomes and domestic violence.


OCPOlivia Carter-Pokras – Dr. Carter-Pokras is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. A health disparities researcher for 3 decades, Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras has been recognized by the Governor of Maryland, Surgeon General, Assistant Secretary for Health, and Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association for her career achievements to improve racial/ethnic data, develop health policy to address health disparities, and improve health care quality for Latinos.  Dr. Carter-Pokras is the PI for a PCORI engagement contract “The Patient Voice in Cultural Diversity Training for Patient Centered Outcomes Researchers,” and a School Health Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Evaluation Project for the state of Maryland. She also serves as Co-Investigator for the University of Maryland’s PATIENTS program which supports patient centered outcomes research at the University of Maryland.


JCQHJuan Carlos Quintero-Herencia – Dr. Quintero-Herencia taught at the University of Puerto Rico’s Department of Hispanic Studies, Rio Piedras, from 1992 to 2001 and was appointed Andrew W. Mellon Research Associate at Brown University’s Department of Hispanic Studies from 1998 to 2000. He is the author of Fulguración del espacio: Letras e imaginario institucional de la Revolución cubana 1960-1971 (2002), Latin American Studies Association Premio Iberoamericano, La máquina de la salsa: Tránsitos del sabor (2005), and La hoja de mar (:) Efecto archipiélago I (2016). He is the editor of Caribe abierto ( ) Ensayos críticos (2012). As a poet he is the author of El hilo para el marisco/Cuaderno de los envíos (2002), Pen Club of Puerto Rico Poetry Prize, La caja negra (1996), Libro del sigiloso (2012) and El cuerpo del milagro (2016). He was a founding member and coeditor of the journal of Puerto Rican poetry Filo de juego, and was also a member of the collective journal Nómada, and a contributor to the Puerto Rican journals bordes and Postdata.

GetrichChristine Getrich – Dr. Christina Getrich is a critical medical and sociocultural anthropologist whose research examines Latino health disparities and the incorporation of mixed-immigration status families into U.S. society. She explores the lived and embodied experiences of immigration policies and enforcement practices in order to determine how Latino immigrants, their children, and advocates maneuver to fight for broader social inclusion. Dr. Getrich’s newest project explores the health and well-being of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in Maryland. She is leading a team of UMD graduate and undergraduate anthropology students to determine how this population’s access to care, health conditions, and overall well-being have changed as a result of DACA. This project is funded by the Dean’s Research Initiative, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and by the Graduate School through a Research and Scholarship Award.

stromquiNelly Stromquist – Dr. Stromquist holds a Ph.D. degree in international development education from Stanford University and a master’s in political science from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She specializes in issues related to social change and gender, which she examines from the perspective of critical sociology. Her research interests focus on the dynamics of educational policies and practices, gender relations, and equity, particularly in Latin America. She is author of numerous articles and several books. Among the books as sole author, most recent are Feminist Organizations and Social Transformation in Latin America (2006); Education in a Globalized World: The Connectivity of Economic Power, Technology, and Knowledge (2002); and Literacy for Citizenship in Brazil: Gender and Grassroots Dynamics in Brazil (1997). She is also co-editor of The World Bank and Education: Critiques and Alternatives (2012) and editor of La construccion del genero en las politicas publicas: Perspectivas comparadas desde America Latina (2006) and Globalization and Culture: Integration and Contestation across Cultures (2000). She was a Fulbright New Century Scholar during 2005-06 and the recipient of the Swedish Kerstin Hesselgren award for 2012. She is former president of the Comparative and International Education Society.

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