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David Beriss is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology.  He is the co-editor (with David Sutton) of “The Restaurants Book: Ethnographies of Where We Eat” (2007, Berg) and author of “Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity and Activism in Urban France” (2004, Westview Press).  He is pursuing a research project focusing on the relationship between foodways and ideas about cultural distinctiveness in post-diluvian New Orleans.  He teaches courses on Caribbean and European societies, ethnicity, public policy, applied anthropology (

Jeffrey David Ehrenreich received his B.S. in economics from the University of Bridgeport, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research (now the New School University).  He has held post-doctoral NEH grants at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, Brown University, and Cornell University.  Professor Ehrenreich is an ethnographer who has lived and worked among numerous indigenous peoples, including the Awa of Ecuador, the Piaroa and Warao of Venezuela, and the Maya of Guatemala.  Among his publications are a number of scholarly books and edited volumes, including Healing the Body Politic (A special issue of Anthropological Quarterly, 1996, with Janet Chernela), and Reading the Social Body (University of Iowa Press, 1993, with Catherine Burroughs).   Between 1989 and 1994 he was the editor of The Latin American Anthropology Review (the journal of the Society for Latin American Anthropology), and between 2003 and 2007 he founded and was the editor of TIPITI (The journal of SALSA, The Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America).   Professor Ehrenreich’s teaching and research interests include a focus on public ritual, shamanism, politics, race and gender issues, and the anthropology of the body.  Since joining the faculty of the University of New Orleans, he has engaged in ethnographic and photographic research among the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans and among local Vodou practitioners. 

Steve Striffler is the Doris Zemurray Stone Chair in Latin American Studies and Professor of Anthropology. His research in Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia and the U.S. South focuses on labor conflicts, immigration, and popular protest.  His books include In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900-1995 (Duke 2002) and Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America’s Favorite Food (Yale 2005). Steve is currently exploring the impact of coal mining in Colombia.  He teaches courses on Latin America and immigration (

Biological Sciences

Philip James DeVries is a tropical biologist whose research focuses on insect ecology and evolution, especially butterflies. His best-known work includes symbioses between caterpillars, ants and plants, and community level biodiversity of rainforest butterflies.  Professor DeVries was a curator at the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, and has travelled widely for his research in Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil. 


John Hazlett is Professor in the Department of English.  He completed his doctoral work at the University of Iowa, focusing on American literature, American culture and culture criticism, and non-fiction prose studies. Hazlett’s current research and teaching interests include transnational travel narrative, with a focus on US-Latin American travel.  His publications include essays on American Literature, Autobiography, Non-Fiction Prose, and Travel Writing. A sample of his publications include his book, My Generation: Collective Autobiography and Identity Politics (1998); a recent essay, “The Thrill of Being Here: Letter from Fortín de las Flores, Mexico,” The Southern Review 42 (Winter 2006): 30-46; and numerous essays on first-person narratives.  He is currently working on a narrative about his experiences as a teacher and traveler in Mexico during 1997-1998.  This summer (2009) he will serve as Academic Director of the Summer Study Program in San Ramon, Costa Rica.   Since 2003, Hazlett has served the Director of the B.A. in International Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts, the director of the Global Area Studies Minors, and as Academic Advisor for International Exchanges in Metropolitan College's Division of International Studies.


Merrill Johnson is Associate Provost and Professor of Geography.  In addition, he is Director of the University’s Latin American Outreach Program.  This program brings together UNO faculty and staff to visit mainly bilingual high schools in Latin America as a way of communicating to students the benefits of a UNO education.  Approximately 100 students are currently at UNO as part of this program, which has existed in various forms for almost ten years.  Dr. Johnson has a long history of interest and work in Latin America, including an appointment as an Organization of American States fellow to Quito, Ecuador, in the late 1970s.  He co-authored a “mini-thesis” on the Ecuadorian abarrotería, or convenience store.  More recently, however, (as in the last two decades) administration has taken priority over research in Latin America, although he has wholeheartedly promoted a greater university involvement in Latin American studies.  Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, with an emphasis in industrial location.  He teaches world regional, economic, and political geography at UNO.   


Mary Niall Mitchell is Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies in History.  Her publications include Raising Freedom's Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future After Slavery (NYU Press, 2008),  as well as articles and reviews on race and emancipation in the U.S. South and the  the Americas. She teaches courses on slavery  in the Atlantic World, the nineteenth century, women and slavery, and historical methods.  She is currently at work on a new project on race and the Fugitive Slave Act in the 1850s (

Political Science

Marc R. Rosenblum is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Robert Dupuy Professor of Pan-American Studies at the University of New Orleans and a Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute. Dr. Rosenblum is the author of The Transnational Politics of U.S. Immigration Policy (University of California, San Diego Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, 2004) and has also published over twenty journal articles, book chapters, and policy briefs on immigration, immigration policy, and U.S.–Latin American relations. He is currently completing a book on the timing and direction of US immigration reform, Defining Migration: America’s Great Debate And The History Of Us Immigration Policy (Brookings Institution, forthcoming) and is the coeditor (with Daniel Tichenor) of The Oxford Handbook of International Migration (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Dr. Rosenblum has held fellowships at the Columbia University New American Assembly (2006–7), the Council on Foreign Relations (2005–6), and the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (1998–2000). He was the recipient of a University of New Orleans campus-wide Early Career Achievement Award in 2005. Dr. Rosenblum earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Elizabeth Stein is an assistant professor in political science. Her research focuses on media and political activism in Latin America. In particular she explores how activists relied on the media to test the waters during periods of authoritarian rule in Brazil and Chile. In subsequent research she will be exploring the nature of cyberdissidence and its effectiveness throughout Latin America. She teaches courses on Latin American government, comparative media politics and comparative political behavior (


Julie Jones is a professor of Spanish at the University of New Orleans, teaching courses in 20th-century narrative and in Spanish film. She has published numerous articles on narrative and on film (specifically the work of Luis Buñuel) in such journals as Cinema Journal, The Journal of Film and Video, Romanic Review, and Comparative Literature, to name just a few; a book entitled A Common Place: The Representation of Paris in Spanish-American Fiction(Bucknell UP); as well as  translations of two novels: Diary of a Humiliated Man by Félix de Azúa (Brookline Books) and His Only Son by Leopoldo Alas (LSU Press). She also supplied the running commentary to the Miramax DVD of Buñuel’s Belle de Jour.


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