Program Director

Michael J. Bustamante

Assoc. Professor
Emilio Bacardí Moreau Chair in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies
Director, Cuban Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
Director of Academic Programs, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries


(305) 284-5203
Michael J. Bustamante (PhD, Yale University) is Associate Professor of History and the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Chair in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. He is the author of Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2021....

Advisory Board

Lillian Manzor

Faculty Director of UParis


(305) 284-5585

Amanda Moreno

Librarian Assoc. Professor
Interim Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection and Archivist


(305) 284-4900
Amanda Moreno is a graduate of the MA/MSLIS dual-degree program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Library and Information Science from New York University (NYU) and Long Island University. During her graduate study, she was awarded an NYU MacCracken Fellowship, American Library Association Spectrum scholarship and a fellowship from...

William J Pestle

Associate Professor


(305) 284-3761
Dr. William J. Pestle is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami. He is an anthropological archaeologist and bioarchaeologist who specializes in the study of the lifeways of the ancient Indigenous peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, and he has active archaeological field projects in...

Other Affiliated Faculty

Edmund Abaka, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor
Director of Graduate Studies


(305) 284-3702
A graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Dr. Abaka earned his Ph.D. in African History from York University and his Master of Arts in European History from the University of Guelph in Canada. He teaches African and African Diaspora History courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. These include HIS 201: History of Africa I...

Sonia R. Chao

Associate Dean of Research


Associate Dean of Research, U-SoACo-Director, Master of Prof. Science in Urban Sustainability & ResilienceFaculty Lead on Climate, Environment & Resilience, UMIASecondary Appointment, College of EngineeringExecutive Board Member, Florida Climate Institute Sonia Chao is the Associate Dean of Research at the University of Miami...

Christina Civantos



(305) 284-4858 x7265

Victor Deupi

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-9319
Victor Deupi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Architecture where he teaches history and theory, design, and representation. He received a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Virginia, a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He...

Jorge Ulloa Hung



(786) 665-0836

Erica Moiah James

Asst. Professor


Alejandro Portes

Research Professor


(305) 284-6126
Alejandro Portes teaches across the University of Miami at the School of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Sociology. Before joining the University of Miami, Alejandro Portes was the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton...

Marysol Quevedo

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-6911
Quote “In the classroom, my goal is for students to gain a broader and deeper understanding not only of the musical styles and techniques used by performers and composers, but how these musical traits intertwine with issues of identity, politics, gender, race, and technology. In other words, I ask students to examine music within the...