Affiliated Regional Faculty

Affiliated Regional Faculty Program

Our affiliated faculty program reaches out to Latin Americanists at neighboring institutions. For more information contact Ted Fischer ( or Avery Dickins de Giron  (


Theron Corse (Ph.D., Latin American History, Vanderbilt University) is a professor   of   Latin American    History, Geography and Political Science in Tennessee State University’s Department of History, Geography, and Political Science. He also presently serves as Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies. His book “Protestants, Revolution, and the Cuba-US Bond” (2007) looks at one aspect of civil society in Communist Cuba–the Protestant experience–and at continuing links between Cuba and the United States that do not focus on diplomatic issues.

Gregory Hammond (Ph.D, History, University of Texas at Austin) is an Assistant Professor of History at Austin Peay State University’s Department of History and Philosophy.  His book The Women’s Suffrage Movement and Feminism in Argentina from Roca to Peròn examines how and why women won their voting rights when they did in Argentina, and his present research examines the same issue for Peru.  Dr. Hammond is active in the Sister City program between Nashville and Mendoza, Argentina, and will be teaching at the Soto Cano airbase in Honduras in the Fall of 2013.

Joseph Lawrence Harrington (Doctor of Jurisprudence, Vanderbilt School of Law) is Chief Policy Deputy Attorney General for the State of Tennessee. Prior to this he was based in Mexico where he served as the U.S. Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank from 2004 to 2008.  From 1995 until December of 2001 Mr. Harrington was appointed by the White House as U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank.  He also represented the U.S. on the board of the Inter-American Investment Corporation and the Donors Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund, both of which promote private sector investment in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Michael LaRosa, (Ph.D., University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL) is Associate Professor of History at Rhodes College, Memphis.  He has worked at Rhodes since 1995.  At Miami, he studied with the Peruvianist Steve Stein and the late Brazilianist Robert M.Levine. LaRosa focuses on the history of contemporary Colombia; he has worked as visiting professor at several universities in Bogotá, twice under the auspices of the J. William Fulbright program.  His most recent publication, a co-authored text with the Colombian historian Germán R. Mejía is titled Colombia: A Concise Contemporary History (2012).

Jana Morgan (Ph.D., Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill) is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Research Fellow in the Center for the Study of Social Justice at the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on comparative democratization with an emphasis on political party systems, representation, participation, and economic and gender (in)equality.  Jana is also actively involved in the Vanderbilt based Latin American Public Opinion Project.

Stephen D.Morris (Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona) is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University. From 1989-2009, he directed the international studies program at the University of South Alabama. He is the author of Political Corruption in Mexico: The Impact of Democratization, Gringolandia: Mexican Identity and Perceptions of the U.S., Political Reformism in Mexico, and Corruption and Politics in Mexico, and coeditor with Charles Blake of Corruption and Democracy in Latin America and Corruption and Politics in Latin America.

Richard Pace (PhD, Anthropology, University of Florida) is Professor of Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University.  Since the early 1980s, Pace has conducted ethnographic research in the Brazilian Amazon among ribeirinho populations (the indigenous peasantry) with a focus on political ecology and the impact of media.   His current research projects include a historical ecology of the Amazonian municipality of Gurupá (combining archaeological and ethnographic research); a longitudinal study of the socio-environmental impact of the Belo Monte Dam upon communities of the lower Xingu and Amazon Rivers; and a nation-wide restudy of the impact television in Brazil.

Gerald Reed (Ph.D., Public Administration, Tennessee State University) has over twenty-five years of public sector experience in both the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Reed initiated his international work in 1989 with a two year assignment as an organizational development advisor at the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD) in San José, Costa Rica. Dr. Reed continues to work at the international level as a consultant with assignments in El Salvador and Paraguay and is Adjunct Professor in Political Science at MTSU.

Christoph Rosenmüller (Ph.D., Latin American History, Tulane University) is Associate Professor of Latin American History at Middle Tennessee State University. Rosenmüller’s research includes 18th Century Mexico, and the Mexican- American War. Currently he teaches History of Modern Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean, Colonial Latin America.

Dr. Brent Savoie is a physician and legal scholar with over a decade of experience working with rural health programs and conducting health and human rights research in Guatemala. Brent is the president of the Inter-American Health Alliance (IAHA). Co-founder of Primeros Pasos, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. A graduate from Vanderbilt A&S ‘01 and VanderbiltMed. ‘09.  He was awarded the Jefferson Scholars Graduate Fellowship in Law,  to study Health and Human Rights law, and graduated from University of Virginia School of Law in ‘07. His research focuses on the intersection of health and human rights law and intellectual property law. He currently practices medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.


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