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Dr. Patricia Mathews-Salazar
Phone: (212) 220-1221
Room: S-642
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Ana Daniels
Phone: (212) 220-1370


Johnnie Abreu, Adjunct
Johnnie Abreu received his B.A. from Bernard Baruch College (CUNY) in Sociology, and M.A. from Boricua College in Latin American and Caribbean studies. He regularly teaches the History of the Dominican Republic at BMCC (CUNY). He was teaching the introduction to Spanish foreign language in the form of conversational, grammar, and vocabulary at the College of Saint Rose.

Duncan Albert, Acting Director

Judith Anderson, Assistant Professor

Rigoberto Andino Jr., Instructor
Bachelors of Arts in Business Management at Monroe College, Bronx, New York
Masters of Arts in Sociology at Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York
Currently writing my dissertation titled” The Complex relationship between urban slavery, kinship ties, gender and race in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico at the cusp of emancipation”.
Research interest are the study of slavery and the African Diaspora, Colonialism(s), African American and Latino History.

Horace Brockington, Assistant Professor
Trained at Columbia University and Brown University, Professor Brockington is an art historian and a curator. Since 1973, he has organized exhibitions internationally and has worked for numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He regularly teaches African American Art.

Mila Burns, Adjunct
Mila Burns received her M.A. in Latin American Studies from Columbia University and her M.A. in Social Anthropology from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. She is the author of Nasci para Sonhar e Cantar: Dona Ivone Lara e a Mulher no Samba (Rio de Janeiro: Editora Record, 2009). She is currently investigating relations between Brazil and Chile during the dictatorship. Her teaching and research interests focuses on diplomatic and political history, transnationalism, citizenship, and authoritarianism.

Carol Chen-Shea, Adjunct

Hsing Lih Chou, Assistant Professor
Hsing-Lih Chou received his M.A., M.Ed. and Doctor of Education from Columbia University. He specializes in International Educational Development and Asian culture and history. Professor Chou is one of the original pioneer lyric writers and composers of Taiwan Campus Folk Songs. He is a leading folk singer and curator, including performances and exhibitions at Lincoln Center, Mohonk Art Festival, Rubin Museum and the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island, National Park of the Statue of Liberty.

Eleanor Drabo, Adjunct

Amegnona Eckon, Adjunct

Millicent Freeman , Adjunct
Dr. Millicent Freeman is the Director of Outreach of Training at the New York City DOHMH Bureau of STD Control and Prevention. She is an adjunct professor in the Ethnic studies program at CUNY’s Borough of Manhattan Community College. She holds a BS degree in health education from Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC, a Masters’ degree in health education from Long Island University and a PhD, in Psychology Counseling Specialization, from Capella University. Dr. Freeman’s philosophy is if you do not know learn and what you have learned teach. She has provided training and technical assistance for educators, community-based agencies and faith leaders, throughout the United States, South Africa, Nigeria, South America, and Anguilla on topics that are, designed to enhance knowledge and skills in addressing STD/HIV health and

Rafael Gomez, Adjunct
Ph.D Candidate
University at Albany, SUNY
M.A. Latin American and Caribbean Studies
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A. Lehman College, CUNY
A.A. Hostos Community College
Rafael Gomez is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University at Albany (SUNY) in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department. His research focuses on the emergence of Afro-Atlantic religions in the Caribbean basin. 

John Paul Gonzalez, Adjunct

Daly Guilamo, Assistant Professor
Dr. Daly Guilamo received her PhD in African American Studies from Temple University (2013), her master's degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University (2007), and a degree in both English and Sociology from the University of Florida (2004). Her areas of specialization include Dominican and Haitian relations in the 21st century and Dominican nationalism and racial identity. Her doctoral dissertation is on Dominicans' attitudes towards Haitian immigrants post-2010 earthquake. Her research and teaching interests addresses the cultural and historical connections between Africa and the African Diaspora, particularly peoples of the Dominican Republic.

Chao-Ying Hsu, Adjunct

Evelyn Julmisse, Adjunct

Kwasi Konadu, Associate Professor
Professor Konadu received his M.P.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Howard University. He is the author of Truth Crushed to the Earth will Rise Again (Africa World Press, 2005), and Indigenous Knowledge and Medicine in African Society (Routledge, 2007). Dr. Konadu's teaching and research interests focuses on cultural and social history, nationalism, and medicine in Africa and its Diaspora.

Jorge Arévalo Mateus, Adjunct
Dr. Arévalo Mateus is an ethnomusicologist, educator, and archivist who joined CTMD’s staff in 2012 and directs the organization’s Colombian Community Cultural Initiativeas well as the Central Asian Maqom CCI. From 1993-2012 he served as co-founder, head archivist, and curator of the Woody Guthrie Archives and Foundation. While at the Guthrie Foundation, Arévalo Mateus received a GRAMMY in 2008 for the category Best Historical Recording (“The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance, 1949”) and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for the accompanying monograph. He has been assistant director at the Louis Armstrong House and Archives at Queens College (CUNY) and consultant to the Raíces Latin Music Museum and Archives (Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc.), the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Arévalo Mateus holds the PhD in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University . Areas of expertise include Latin-American and Caribbean traditional and popular musics, American Folk and Jazz, and world musics. He is a lecturer, teaching courses in Latin and World Musics at Hunter College (CUNY) and the Center for Ethnic Studies, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). He has published essays and articles in academic publications and professional journals such as Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM Journal), CENTRO, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies and presented academic papers in the US, South America, and Europe.

Patricia Mathews-Salazar , Professor
Professor Patricia Mathews-Salazar received her PhD from Yale University in 1997. Her work focuses in the South American Andes on issues of cultural heritage, indigenous and women’s rights, ethnicity and nationalism. Her forthcoming book “Between the Andes and Buenos Aires: The Uses of Indian and National Identity in Northwest Argentina” will be published by the University of Tucumán in Argentina in 2010. She teaches anthropology, human geography, Peoples and Cultures of Latin American and the Caribbean, and Roles of Women’s Studies at BMCC. She is also a member of the doctoral faculty in the Anthropology Department at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Jacqueline Modeste, Adjunct

Hemalatha Navaratane, Adjunct

Edmund Nkansah, Adjunct
Professor Nkansah received my B.A and M.A. (History) from College of Staten-Island, which is part of CUNNY. Currently, I teach Latin American (1500-present), African-American (1865-present), World Civilization (pre-history-modern), and Survey of African History at Essex Count College in the State of New Jersey.

Julio Ortiz-Luquis, Adjunct

Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya, Adjunct

Segundo Pantoja, Assistant Professor
Professor Pantoja earned his M.A. in Latin American Studies from Queens College and his Ph.D. in sociology from The CUNY-Graduate Center. Some of the topics Professor Pantoja has been researching are education and religion among Latinos.

Michael Partis, Instructor

Oscar Pedraza-Vargas, Adjunct

Yadira Perez-Hazel, Assistant Professor
Originally from the South Bronx, is currently an assistant professor at the Center of Ethnic Studies in the Borough of Manhattan, City University of New York and an Oral Historian at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NYC. She completed a BA at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation is entitled “Blanqueamiento (whitening) in Paradise: Nation-building, Japanese Immigration and Race in the Dominican Republic.” From 2010-2011, she was a postdoctoral fellows at Waikato University and Auckland University in New Zealand and, before that, a qualitative researcher on several public health programs and research projects for the Latino Commission on Aids in NYC. At the Tenement Museum, Dr. Perez Hazel is the Oral History Manager collecting life histories of the Latino community (mostly, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans) who lived and/or worked in the Lower East Side. She also serve as the museum’s resident Puerto Rican and Dominican historian and cultural expert, conducting talks for the Tenement’s educators and speaking to media outlets on issues related to Latino immigration. Concurrently, she is conducting ethnographic research in the Lower East Side with the Puerto Rican, Dominican and Chinese communities on the ways that socio-economic issues and citizenship status are narrated as privileges and/or burdens within and across each ethnic community. She has published on issues related to Identity, Whiteness, Belonging and Immigration in the Dominican Republic.

Juan Carlos Polanco, Adjunct
Juan Carlos "J.C" Polanco received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and Master of Business Administration from the Fordham Graduate School of Business. He teaches the History of the Dominican Republic and has taught Political Science and History at the secondary and college levels for close to a decade. Polanco is interested in race relations in the Dominican Republic as well as its political economy. Prof. Polanco serves the NYS Assembly as the Minority Leader's NYC Regional Director and is a practicing attorney for Polanco Law.

Denise Santiago, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Professor Santiago received her M.A. from New York University and Doctor of Arts from St. John’s University. Her teaching and research interests center on the African experience in the Spanish-speaking Americas and the U.S. mainland; food justice and disease in underserved communities; and homelessness among young Black and Latino/a families.
She regularly teaches Puerto Rican Experience in Urban U.S. Settings, Puerto Rican Culture and Folklore, and Latino/a Experience in the U.S. In 2013, Professor Santiago completed the documentary, Salty Dog Blues that won First Prize in the International Workers Film Festival (2013) and highly recommended by Video Librarian Magazine. She is also a documentary filmmaker (2014).

Andrew Smallwood, Assistant Professor
Professor Smallwood received his B.S and M.Ed. degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, certificate in Africana Studies from The National Council for Black Studies at Ohio State University and his Ed. D. from Northern Illinois University. His interests include interdisciplinary social science research in Africana Studies including African American history, culture, education, and leadership. He has published several articles in scholarly books and journals and is the author of An Afrocentric Study of the Intellectual Development, Leadership Praxis and Pedagogy of Malcolm X (Edwin Mellen Press, 2001) and co-editor of the book Malcolm X: A Historical Reader (Carolina Academic Press, 2008).

Vincent Stevenson, Adjunct
Vincent Stevenson holds an Associate’s Degree in Psychology from Bronx Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Africana Studies and Philosophy from Marquette University, and a Master’s Degree in Social and Applied Philosophy from Marquette University. He specializes in critical race theory, Africana philosophy, philosophy of film, and social & applied philosophy. Vincent focuses on helping his students understand race and racism from a philosophical point of view. Through an analysis of systems, students gain a new understanding of self and their place within the system. Vincent is the CEO and Founder of Racialtherapy, a video sharing website designed to educate people about the self vis-à-vis the system.

Dicxon Valderutten, Adjunct
He received his BA in Psychology and Sociology from Queens College (CUNY) and his MA in Sociology from the New School For Social Research. His work on public health and infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, TB, STI's) focuses on inner city neighborhoods, immigrant communities, people impacted by the criminal justice system -including NYS prisons- and LGBTQ pupulations. He is a member of the NYCDOHMH/HIV Planning Group (HPG). he has done work with war refugees and rural communities in Guatemala and Nicaragua. He has done international HIV/AIDS work in the Caribbean (Dominica Republic, Honduras and Panama). His book "No le temas a la montana" (Don't be Affraif of the Mountain), 2014 is widely accepted in NIcaraguan public schools.

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