Core Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences

John Twichell

Director of Latin American Studies

(305) 284-6893
John Twichell is a Ph.D. (University of Miami, 2015) and Lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences, where he instructs undergraduate courses in the Programs of International Studies and Latin American Studies. His course offerings are in the areas of international relations, Latin American and Caribbean politics and society, research...

Tracy Devine Guzmán

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-5585

Eduardo Elena

Assoc. Professor
Interim Chair

(305) 284-4231
Eduardo Elena specializes in the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America, with a particular interest in the societies of the South Atlantic coast (including Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil).  Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he grew up in the United States and was educated at the University of Virginia (B.A.) and Princeton...

Lillian Manzor

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-5585

Yolanda M. Martinez-San Miguel, Ph.D.


(305) 284-5585
Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel specializes in colonial, postcolonial Latin American, and Caribbean literature. She teaches courses on critical theory, comparative coloniality, gender and sexuality studies, and Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean studies. She has taught at Princeton University (1997-2000), Rutgers, the State University of...

William J Pestle

Associate Professor
Chair of Anthropology Department

(305) 284-3761
Will Pestle is a bioarchaeologist interested in the reconstruction of the lifeways of the prehistoric peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. In his research, he uses a variety of biogeochemical analytical techniques to study patterns of subsistence, mobility, and environmental interaction in prehistoric human populations. He is in the third...

Lilian E Yaffe, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

(305) 284-8833
Dr. Lilian Yaffe is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Program of International Studies and a senior lecturer in the Department of Geography. She holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Miami and an MA in Latin American Economic Development from Andalucia International University in Spain. Dr. Yaffe currently teaches...

School of Communication

Sallie L Hughes

Faculty Director and Senior Faculty Research Area Lead for Latin American Studies

(305) 284-8163
Sallie Hughes, Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Management, earned her PhD in Latin American Studies from the Roger Thayer Stone Center at Tulane University. She is the Faculty Director and Senior Faculty Research Area Lead for Latin American Studies at UMIA. Hughes is author of Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism...