Affiliated Faculty
Hind Admed Zaki | Political Science and Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Hind Ahmed Zaki is an Assistant professor of Political Science with a joint appointment in the department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a comparativist who focuses on feminist theories of the state, feminist  movements, and qualitative research methods in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research interests also include gender-based violence in the region and qualitative research methods. Her current book manuscript explores the historical projects of state feminism in Egypt and Tunisia, and how they influenced gender-contestations in the aftermath of the Arab spring. The broader implication of these findings questions the assumption that democratic transition and gender justice go hand-in-hand. Her broader research interests includes understanding different models of state feminism in the region and how they influenced the history and development and agenda of feminist movements in the Arab world. In addition to her academic work, Ahmed Zaki serves as a consultant to a number of local women’s rights organizations in Egypt and the broader Middle East.
jbauer_360x450 Jon Bauer | UConn School of Law
Professor Bauer directs the Law School’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, a program in which law students, supervised by Clinic faculty, represent refugees who have fled persecution and are seeking asylum in the United States. Since the program’s founding in 2002, it has won grants of asylum or related forms of relief for over 140 clients and their families. Professor Bauer, a Yale Law School graduate, has been teaching and supervising students since 1988, when he joined the UConn faculty after four years as a staff attorney with the Legal Action Center, a public interest law firm in New York City. His teaching also has included courses on employment discrimination law, immigration and refugee law, and evidence, as well as clinics in the areas of civil rights, poverty law, and mediation.  Professor Bauer’s scholarly publications include studies of the role of physicians in asylum adjudication, refugees and dual nationality, the ethical implications of secret settlements, discrimination against people with disabilities, and pedagogical approaches to clinical law teaching.  He is a past president of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center and has served on the Boards of Directors of several other organizations providing legal services to low income people.  He has received a number of awards for his work  in legal education, immigration, and civil rights, including the Connecticut Bar Association’s Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award and a “Civil Rights Leaders and Legends” award from the Connecticut Human Rights and Opportunities Commission.
bBerger Bethany Berger | UConn School of Law
Professor Berger is a widely read scholar of Property Law and Legal History and one of the leading federal Indian Law scholars in the country.  She is a co-author and member of the Editorial Board of Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, the foundational treatise in the field, and co-author of leading casebooks in both Property Law and American Indian Law.  Her articles have appeared in the Michigan Law ReviewCalifornia Law ReviewUCLA Law Review, and the Duke Law Journal, among other publications, and have been excerpted and discussed in many casebooks and edited collections as well as in briefs to the Supreme Court and testimony before Congress.Professor Berger graduated with honors from Wesleyan University, where she was elected to phi beta kappa, and from Yale Law School.  After law school, Professor Berger went to the Navajo and Hopi Nations to serve as the Director of the Native American Youth Law Project of DNA-People’s Legal Services.  There, she conducted litigation challenging discrimination against Indian children, drafted and secured the passage of tribal laws affecting children, and helped to create a Navajo alternative to detention program.  She then became Managing Attorney of Advocates for Children of New York, where she worked on impact litigation and policy reform concerning the rights of children in public education.At the University of Connecticut School of Law, Professor Berger teaches American Indian Law, Property, Tribal Law, and Conflict of Laws.  She is also the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law, a chair named for one of America’s greatest poets, a lawyer who lived and worked in Hartford for most of his life.  She has served as a judge for the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals and as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan Law School.
Berthold-cropped-150x150 S. Megan Berthold, Ph.D. | School of Social Work
Professor Berthold is an Associate Professor and the Director of Field Education at the UConn School of Social Work (SSW) and a member of the Human Rights Institute’s Gladstein Committee. She coordinates the SSW Graduate Certificate Program in Human Rights. She has worked as a clinician with diverse refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced torture and other traumas since 1987 in the US and in refugee camps in Asia, including with the Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles. Professor Berthold has conducted hundreds of forensic psychosocial evaluations and testified extensively in U.S. Immigration Court in asylum hearings. She co-chairs the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs’ Research & Data Committee. She has conducted National Institute of Mental Health-funded research examining the prevalence of mental and physical health consequences among Cambodian genocide survivors and has published widely. She serves on the Torture Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board. Megan’s scholarship focuses on: (1) the long-term impact of torture, genocide, and other traumas on the health and mental health of Cambodian and other refugee and asylum-seeking populations; (2) the right to rehabilitation for survivors of state-sponsored torture; (3) effective mental health and interdisciplinary interventions to address disparities experienced by survivors of state-sponsored torture and genocide; (4) community-based refugee resettlement; and (5) a human rights-based approach to clinical social work practice. She has provided consultation to US-based NGOs and international bodies, including the International Rehabilitation Council for Victims of Torture. Her books include Human Rights-Based Approaches to Clinical Social Work Practice, and two co-edited volumes, Advancing Human Rights in Social Work Education and Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives. The National Association of Social Workers selected Dr. Berthold as the 2009 National Social Worker of the Year for her work with torture survivors.
capshaw-150x150 Katharine Capshaw | Department of English
Katharine Capshaw studies constructions of racialized childhood in literary and visual texts. Civil Rights Childhood: Picturing Liberation in African American Photobooks (Minnesota 2014) won the Children’s Literature Association prize for best scholarly book and the Honour Book Award from the International Research Society for Children’s Literature. Children’s Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (Indiana 2004) won the Children’s Literature Association prize for best scholarly book. With Anna Mae Duane, Capshaw edited Who Writes for Black Children? African American Children’s Literature before 1900 (Minnesota 2017), which won the Children’s Literature Association’s prize for best edited collection. Capshaw is Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Noël A. Cazenave | Department of Sociology
Noel Cazenave is interested in sociology, as well as numerous other social sciences and academic disciplines, largely for what they offer as instruments of human liberation from social and economic oppression and for the realization of our full potential as human beings. His life goals can be summed up as “Liberation through Struggle” and “Serenity through Practice.”In addition to being a Professor of Sociology, Cazenave is also on the faculty of the Urban and Community Studies program of the UConn Hartford Campus and a faculty affiliate with UConn’s Africana Studies Institute and its American Studies Program. His recent work is in the areas of: racism theory, U.S. poverty policy, political sociology, urban sociology, criminal justice, the sociology of emotions, and kindness. He coauthored Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card against America’s Poor, which won five book awards, and have since then published Impossible Democracy: The Unlikely Success of the War on Poverty Community Action Programs, The Urban Racial State: Managing Race Relations in American Cities, and Conceptualizing Racism: Breaking the Chains of Racially Accommodative Language. His most recently published book is Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism. The goal of his current book project, which is tentatively entitled Kindness Wars: The History and Political Economy of Human Caring, is to develop a large, robust, and politically-engaged conceptualization of kindness.Professor Cazenave received a Northeast Magazine Connecticut Bloomer award for contributions to the quality of life of the state for his White Racism course. He is also a 2020 winner of the University of Connecticut Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity-Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Award.  
Simon Cheng | Department of Sociology
Simon Cheng is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. His academic interests include race/ethnicity, education, family, political economy, and quantitative methods. He has published articles in these areas and is currently working on several others. His most recent studies focus on same-sex parenting, overparenting, and digital divide.
Elena Comay del Junco | Deparment of Philosophy

Elena Comay del Junco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Her work in the history of philosophy focuses on Ancient Greek philosophy, and includes Roman, late ancient, and Islamo-Arabic philosophy. In contemporary social and political philosophy, she focuses on questions of race and racism. She is currently working on an ongoing collaborative project examining racial inequalities in health and medicine through a philosophical lens.


coundouriotis-150x150 Eleni Coundouriotis | Human Rights Institute
Eleni Coundouriotis is Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies. She is also a member of the Gladstein Committee at the Human Rights Institute.  Her work has focused on issues of genre and literary history in Anglophone and Francophone literatures from Africa and the Caribbean, and across the tradition of the realist novel in nineteenth-century Europe. Her first book, Claiming History: Colonialism, Ethnography and the Novel (Columbia UP 1999), places the emergence of the postcolonial novel in Africa within the context of ethnographic discourse and argues that the novel’s engagement with history through realism provided a model of critique of ethnographic discourse for African writers. Most importantly, realism as an aesthetic enabled African writers to ironize their position as authentic subjects.  Her engagement with ethnography led to other publications: essays on the African short story and its relation to folktales, on Melville Herskovits and the idea of history, and on Bessie Head’s ethnography of the Botswana village of Serowe. Furthermore, she has published a number of essays on African women writers (Nadine Gordimer, Yvonne Vera, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Bessie Head). Her work on human rights has focused on victims’ narratives in South Africa, child soldier narratives, rape and testimony (with specific attention to Rwanda), and on the emerging genre of human rights history. Her second book, The People’s Right to the Novel: War Fiction in the Postcolony, was published in 2014 by Fordham University Press. This study of the war novel as a genre situates the African war novel at the convergence of two sensibilities: the naturalist aesthetic and the discourse of humanitarianism. Both these sensibilities are present in culturally hybrid forms in the African war novel, reflecting its syncretism as a narrative practice engaged with the colonial and postcolonial history of the continent. The war novel makes claims to collective rights and the genre is analyzed as a form of people’s history that participates in a political struggle for the rights of the dispossessed. Her current project, “Making It Real,” examines the realist aesthetics of various types of testimonial narratives that attain canonical status as human right narratives.
cutter-150x150 Martha J. Cutter | Department of English and Africana Studies Institute
Martha J. Cutter is Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches classes in African American literature and post- Civil War American Literature. From 2006-2014 she was the editor-in-chief of MELUS: Multi- Ethnic Literature of the United States and before that was the senior editor of Legacy: A Journal on American Women Writers for two years. Her first book, Unruly Tongue: Language and Identity in American Women’s Writing (UP of Mississippi, 1999) won the 2001 Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association. Her second book, Lost and Found in Translation: Contemporary Ethnic American Writing and the Politics of Language Diversity, was published in 2005 by the University of North Carolina Press. Her third book, The Illustrated Slave: Empathy, Graphic Narrative, and the Visual Culture of the Transatlantic Abolition Movement, 1800-1852 was recently published by the University of Georgia Press. She also has over thirty-five articles and book chapters, which have appeared in journals such as American Literature, African American Literature, Callaloo, Women’s Studies, Studies in American Literary Realism, CEA Critic, Arizona Quarterly, MELUS, Legacy, and Criticism, and in the collections Mixed Race Literature (Stanford UP, 2002), Passing and the Fictions of Identity (Duke UP, 1996), and Passing in the Works of Charles Chesnutt (U. of Mississippi Press 2009). She is currently at work on an NEH-funded study of Henry Box Brown titled: “Slavery as Spectacle: The Lives and Afterlives of Henry Box Brown, the Slave Who Mailed Himself to Freedom.”
desai-150x150 Manisha Desai | Department of Sociology
Manisha Desai is Professor of Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut.  Committed to decolonizing knowledge and social justice, her research and teaching interests include Gender and Globalization, Transnational Feminisms and women’s movements, Human Rights movements, and Contemporary Indian Society.
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Dr. Shardé M. Davis | Department of Communications

Dr. Shardé M. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and a Faculty Affiliate of the Africana Studies Institute and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) at the University of Connecticut.

Her primary area of specialization is interpersonal communication, with emphases in racial and gender identity, intra/intergroup dynamics, and supportive communication, as well as resistance, counter hegemony, and resilience.  Her specific line of research explores how Black women’s complex identities—and the power-laden social structures that shape them—influence the way they communicate with close others.  These interests are represented in her theory, called The Strong Black Woman Collective (SBWC; Davis, 2015).  The theory explicates how Black women use their communication during group-level interactions with other Black women to collectively manage their marginal position in U.S. society.  New research on the theory connects Black women’s culturally nuanced behavior to important health and relational outcomes, such as self-reported mental health, well-being, stress and anxiety, relational closeness, group solidarity, and group identification.  While her primary line of research focuses on communication among Black women groups, a secondary interest involves investigating communication behavior of other marginalized groups, like the elderly, people of color, financially-strained families, and divorcing couples.  Dr. Davis uses a variety of methods from post-positivist, feminist, and critical perspectives to address these inquiries.

Dr. Davis has published her research in various academic outlets, such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Health Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, and Review of Communication.  Her research has also been featured in media outlets like Clutch Magazine and The Relationship Matters podcast.  Dr. Davis is involved in various professional communities around the nation, and her service includes serving as the Chair of the African American Communication and Culture Division (AACCD) of the National Communication Association.  Aside from her academic pursuits, Dr. Davis volunteers her time to organizations and non-profits that support the overall livelihood of Black women and other people of color in the greater Hartford community.

duane_am-150x150 Anna Mae Duane | Department of English
Anna Mae Duane is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She teaches courses on American Studies, African American literature, and disability studies.She is the author of Suffering Childhood in Early America: Violence, Race, and the Making of the Child Victim (University of Georgia Press, 2010), and the editor of Child Slavery Before and After Emancipation: An Argument for Child-Centered Slavery Studies (Cambridge 2017) and The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities. She has co-edited two books:  Hope is the First Great Blessing: Leaves from the New York African Free School (New-York Historical Society, 2008),and Who Writes for Black Children?: African American Children’s Literature before 1900 (UMinnesota 2017). Her other publications include contributions to the Cambridge History of the American Novel (2011), an article in the Norton edition of Charlotte Temple (2010) and an article in American Literature (Sept 2010). She has received an NEH fellowship, and NEH Enduring Questions grant and a Fulbright fellowship. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the intertwined discourses of African colonization and education by tracing the careers of the alumni of the New York African Free School as they became the first generation of African American doctors, actors, and abolitionists.
Dexter-Gilbert Dexter Gabriel | Department of History

Dr. Dexter Gabriel earned his Ph.D. in history from Stony Brook University-New York. His research interests include the history of bondage, resistance, and freedom in the Black Atlantic, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to slavery within popular culture and media. His current research explores British Emancipation in the Anglo-Caribbean and its impact on abolitionist strategies in nineteenth-century North America. His work has been translated into the social arena through panel discussions, lectures, articles, and interviews in popular media.

He is jointly-appointed faculty with the Africana Studies Institute.

glasberg Davita Silfen Glasberg | Department of Sociology
Davita Silfen Glasberg is Interim Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, and a Professor of Sociology. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses and authored or coauthored 12 books and dozens of scholarly journal articles on issues of power and oppression, human rights, finance capital and the state, predatory lending and structural racism, and inequality and diversity. Her latest books are Political Sociology: Oppression, Resistance, and the State, coauthored with Deric Shannon (Sage/Pine Forge Press); William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha. 2015, The Human Rights Enterprise: The State, Resistance, and Human Rights (Polity Press); and Human Rights in Our Own Back Yard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States, coedited with William T. Armaline and Bandana Purkayastha (University of Pennsylvania Press)(Hirabayashi Book Award for Best Book, 2012, American Sociological Association Human Rights Section).  Her latest book with Deric Shannon and Abbey Willis, Bringing Others to the Table: Multi-Sites of Power and State Projects (Rowman + Littlefield/Lexington), due out this winter, reconceptualizes state theory beyond class dynamics to help explain policies and practices around multiple oppressions, such as racism, sexism, and heteronormativity.

Linda C. Halgunseth | Human Development and Family Studies
Linda C. Halgunseth
 is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut.  Her research focuses on parenting and children’s well-being in Latino and African American families.  Dr. Halgunseth serves as Chair of the Latino Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).  She received the Early Career Award in both Teaching and Research Excellence by from AAUP and the SRCD Latino Caucus.  Dr. Halgunseth’s integrated review on Latino parental control was published in the special issue of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Child Development.  She also published the Mexican Parenting Questionnaire (MPQ), a short parenting measure for use with Mexican immigrant mothers in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Prior to working at UCONN, she worked as a research associate in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, a research coordinator at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and as a director for youth and family programs in Centro Latino de Salúd, Educación, y Cultura.  She received a BA in psychology and Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin, and a MS and PhD in human development and family studies from the University of Missouri.

Matthew Hughey | Department of Sociology
Matthew W. Hughey, PhD is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, where he is also an affiliate faculty of the Africana Studies Institute; the American Studies Program; the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, & Policy; the Sustainable Global Cities Initiative, and; the Graduate Certificate and Masters Program in Race, Ethnicity, & Politics. He is also affiliate faculty at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England); University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), and; Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth, South Africa).   He has also been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University (USA); The University of the Free State (South Africa); the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Warwick (England); the School of Law at the University of Kent (England), and; the Department of Sociology at Trinity College—Dublin (Ireland) and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship.   Professor Hughey studies the relationship between the heterogeneous interpretations of race and the long-term staying power of racism and racial inequality across several areas: identity formation; organizations; media; political engagements; science and technology; religion, and; public advocacy.  He has published over eighty scholarly articles and nine books, such as The White Savior Film: Content, Critics, and Consumption (Temple University Press), which received the 2016 Outstanding Publication Award from the Southwest Sociological Association; White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race (Stanford University Press), which was co-winner of the Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 2014; The Obamas and a (Post)Racial America? (Oxford University Press), and 12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today (The New Press), which received the 2011 Prevention for a Safer Society Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and in 2015-16 was reimagined as a theatrical performance for The Billie Holiday Theatre at The Center for Arts & Culture in Brooklyn, NY. A frequent expert witness for legal disputes involving racial discrimination, he is an active voice in international media and has been celebrated for his contributions to the field—he has received both the Distinguished Early Career Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Mentoring Excellence Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.  He currently serves as editor of Sociology Compass—Race and Ethnicity.
Kalichman_crop Seth Kalichman | Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)
Seth Kalichman is Professor of psychology and the Editor-in-Chief of AIDS and Behavior, published by Springer-Nature. He is the author of the book Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience & Human Tragedy. Professor Kalichman’s research focuses on all aspects of the global AIDS pandemic. He devotes all of his research time to behavioral and social aspects of AIDS in the US and South Africa. His research is committed to developing and testing interventions to prevent the spread of HIV and assist people living with HIV to live long and healthy lives through increasing access to health care, improving retention to health care, and increasing life-long medication adherence.
libal Kathryn Libal | Human Rights Institute
Kathryn Libal is Associate Professor of Social Work and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Human Rights Institute. Following her doctoral studies in cultural anthropology at the University of Washington, she taught women’s studies and anthropology at the University of Kansas for several years. Since 2007, she has taught at the School of Social Work and Human Rights Institute, specializing in human rights, social welfare and the state. Her scholarship has focused on the Middle East and United States. She has published on women’s and children’s rights movements in Turkey and on the advocacy of international non-governmental organizations on behalf of Iraqi refugees. One aspect of her current scholarship examines the localization of human rights norms and practices in the United States, with a focus on social mobilization for the right to adequate food and housing. She is also involved in collaborative research with Scott Harding and S. Megan Berthold on voluntarism and refugee resettlement in the United States and Canada. She is co-editor (with Shareen Hertel) of Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and author (with Scott Harding) of Human Rights-Based Approaches to Community Practice in the United States (Spring, 2015). She also co-edited (with S. Megan Berthold, Rebecca Thomas, and Lynne Healy) Advancing Human Rights in Social Work Education (Council on Social Work Education Press, 2014).
Glenn-Website-Photo-200x200 Glenn Mitoma | Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
Glenn Mitoma is an Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute and the Neag School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  Glenn has been director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center since 2013, and has focused on increasing the Dodd Center’s impact on the realization of human rights in Connecticut and beyond.In addition to publishing articles in Human Rights QuarterlyBiography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and History, Glenn has recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Human Rights on humanitarianism and responsibility.  His first book Human Rights and the Negotiation of American Power was published in 2013 as part of the University of Pennsylvania Press series Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights.  This work examines the link between the coincident mid-twentieth century ascendancies of the U.S. as the preeminent global power and human rights as the most compelling global ethic. His current projects include a biography of the Lebanese philosopher and diplomat—and prominent UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights author—Charles H. Malik, and an edited documentary history of human rights in the twentieth century.  Glenn is also the book review editor of the Journal of Human Rights, on the national steering committee for Human Rights Educators USA, and a founding member of the Connecticut Human Rights Partnership.He attended the University of California Santa Cruz earning a BA in photography, where his work focused on the intersection between the built and natural environments, and he developed an appreciation for banana slugs and their habitats.  After several years working in the creative field in Seattle, Glenn returned to California and enrolled at Claremont Graduate University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies.  During his time at CGU, Glenn’s focus turned to human rights and his dissertation examined the historical and cultural origins of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
hartford-director Mark Overmyer-Velazquez | Campus Administration, Hartford

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez is Director of UConn Hartford and Professor of History and Latino and Latin American Studies. The founding Director of El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean & Latin American Studies, he trained at Yale University as a historian of Latin America and U.S. Latinos and has dedicated his research and teaching to these intersecting fields. He completed his book, Beyond la Frontera: The History of Mexico-U.S. Migration(Oxford, 2011), while on fellowship as the Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. His lastest book analyzes the historical experiences of people from Latin America and the Caribbean in their hemispheric and global diasporas. Global Latin(o) Americanos: Transoceanic Diasporas and Regional Migrations (Oxford, 2017), emerges from his work as a Fulbright Scholar examining the history of Peruvian migrants in Chile. Winner of the New England Council on Latin American Studies Best Book Award, his first work, Visions of the Emerald City: Modernity, Tradition and the Formation of Porfirian Oaxaca, Mexico (Duke, 2006; Spanish translation 2010), analyzes how elites (city officials and Church leaders) and commoners (city artisans and female sex workers) mobilized visual cultures to construct and experience the mutually defining processes of modernity and tradition during late 19th and early 20th century Mexico. Former co-chair of the Latina/o Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association, he also edited the two volume,Latino America: State by State (Greenwood, 2008), which addresses the historical significance of the growing Latin(o) American population throughout the United States.

bandana-headshot-150x150 Bandana Purkayastha | Department of Sociology
Bandana Purkayastha is Professor of Sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies, and Head of Sociology at the University of Connecticut (UCONN).  She is American Sociological Association’s national representative to the International Sociological Association.  Her current research interests focus on human rights/human security, migration, intersectionality, and transnationalism; she is working on three projects, human trafficking; water, inequalities and rights (a Fulbright-Nehru project), and a Global Religion Research Initiative project on Islam and Hinduism with scholars from five countries.  Her research on ethnicity, racism, gender, violence and peace has been published in in many countries. She was awarded American Sociological Association/Asian American section’s Contributions to the Field (career) award in 2016. provides more details of her work.
Pandya-360x450 Sachin S. Pandya | UConn School of Law
Sachin Pandya is Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut.  He studies how American lawyers and courts can and do handle claims under employment discrimination law, wage and hour law, and tort law. Since joining UConn in 2008, Professor Pandya has taught Torts, Employment Law, and seminars on related topics, including Immigration and Workplace Rights and Suing the Government.  Before law teaching, Professor Pandya clerked for the Honorable Jon O. Newman, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and worked as an appellate and civil rights attorney for the New York State Attorney General.
quinn Diane Quinn | Department of Psychological Sciences
Diane Quinn is a professor of psychological sciences who focuses on the experiences of members of stigmatized groups, self-related cognitions, behavior, and affect. She has examined how identity related constructs determine psychological and health related outcomes for people with concealable stigmatized identities. She has focused on issues related to gender stereotypes, self-objectification, and the stigma of overweight.
ramirez-esparza Nairán Ramírez-Esparza | Department of Psychological Sciences
Narian Ramirez-Esparza is an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences. She is interested in answering questions about how culture and language influences personality, behavior, health, and development. In order to answer these questions, she uses multiple methodological approaches, including digital recording devices, text analytic tools, and brain measures.
salvant-150x150 Shawn Salvant | Department of English and Africana Studies Institute
Shawn Salvant is an Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut. His first book Blood Work: Imagining Race in American Literature was published in 2015 by Louisiana State University Press. His work has appeared in African American Review, James Baldwin Review, Nineteenth Century LiteratureSouthern Quarterly, and the Journal of Southern History. Professor Salvant’s areas of teaching and research include: nineteenth-century African American literature, Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction African American literature, James Baldwin, and racial science and American literature. He received his B.A. in English from Duke University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
Siegelman_200x200 Peter Siegelman | UConn School of Law
Peter Siegelman is an economist whose interdisciplinary research and teaching interests focus on discrimination, insurance, law and economics, and contracts. The holder of a Ph.D. in economics and a master’s degree in the study of law from Yale University, Professor Siegelman joined the Law School faculty as a tenured professor in the fall of 2004. His previous teaching experience includes serving as a teaching fellow in Yale’s economics department and a visiting lecturer in law at Yale, an assignment that was followed by visiting associate professorships at UConn Law in 1998 and 1999, where Professor Siegelman taught Law and Economics and Employment Discrimination. From 2000 until the time he joined the Law School faculty, he taught at Fordham Law School. During his tenure on the UConn faculty, he served as a visitor at Bar Ilan University in Israel, the University of Navarra in Spain, and the University of Michigan Law School. Since 2012, Professor Siegelman has also held a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics at UConn.The 2011 recipient of the Robert C. Witt Award for the best feature article in the Journal of Risk and Insurance, Professor Siegelman is the author or co-author of more than 30 scholarly articles on such topics as adverse selection in insurance markets, contract law, and employment discrimination law. In addition, Professor Siegelman has several scholarly works forthcoming or in progress, including an article on the law and economics of liability insurance and a book project (co-edited with Daniel Schwarcz), entitled Elgar Handbook of the Law & Economics of Insurance. 
Simmons-cropped-150x150 Louise Simmons, Ph.D. | School of Social Work
Louise Simmons is Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of the Urban Issues Focused Area of Study. She is part of the Community Organization concentration. Her research interests and activism focus on economic and social justice and include urban social and political movements, community organizing, community-labor coalitions, welfare policy and urban policy issues. She is the author of Organizing in Hard Times: Labor and Neighborhoods in Hartford, (Temple University Press 1994), editor of Welfare, the Working Poor and Labor, (M.E. Sharpe 2004) and co-editor with Scott Harding of Economic Justice, Labor and Community Practice (Routledge 2010). She served a term on the Hartford City Council in the early 1990s. She has been an active in civil rights, labor and community struggles in Hartford since the 1970s and has worked with many different organizations in Hartford, statewide and nationally. She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, an MA from the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Studies from MIT.
vials-14-sm1-150x150 Christopher Vials | Department of English
Chris Vials is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut-Storrs, where he is also the Director of American Studies. His broader research interests include class and racial formation, social movements of the left and right, popular culture, ethnic studies, and working class cultural studies, and authoritarianism.Most of his work thus far has focused on the political left and its impact on US culture in the twentieth century. His first book, entitled Realism for the Masses: Aesthetics, Popular Front Pluralism, and US Culture: 1935-1947 (Mississippi, 2009), examined how the 1930s and 1940s left popularized realism in the US, and in so doing, re-shaped the contours of American pluralism. His second monograph, titled Haunted by HitlerLiberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in the United States (Massachusetts, 2014), looks at the ways in which antifascism, a political discourse with origins in the international left of the 1930s, remained in US popular culture after the Second World War.  He is currently editing American Literature in Transition: 1940-1950, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, and is also co-editing, with Bull Mullen, The U.S. Antifascism Reader, forthcoming from Verso Press.
von-hammerstein-200 Katharina von Hammerstein | Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Katharina Von Hammerstein is Professor of German Studies. She investigates textual representations of human rights issues in historical contexts. Foci of her publications include: testimonies, literature and art in relation to human rights, war and genocide (specifically, WWI and colonial wars in former German colonies in Africa); postcolonial approaches to representations of Blacks in German-language literature around 1900; and gender in literary, social and political discourses from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. She regularly conducts archival research, gives conference presentations and publishes in Europe, Africa and the United States. She is currently co-editing a volume on Women Writing War.
swillen-150x150 Sarah S. Willen | Anthropology Department
Sarah S. Willen, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at UConn’s Human Rights Institute. In her long-term ethnographic research with West African and Filipino migrants and Israeli migrant activists in Tel Aviv she has explored the racialization, illegalization, and criminalization of migrants, along with other topics including migration and health, health and human rights, and pedagogical efforts to confront structural racism and its effects . She is currently Principal Investigator of ARCHES | the AmeRicans Conceptions of Health Equity Study, a study of how Americans form and change their views on health and fairness in the midst of widespread structural and racial inequity (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and Co-Founder of the Pandemic Journaling Project. She is editor or co-editor of three books and five special journal issues, and author of many articles as well as the book, Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).