Faculty/Staff Directory

Stephen R. Christ Assistant Teaching Professor

In his research, Dr. Christ examines how Mexican Americans experience daily life at home, at work, in public life and in how these experiences impact their sense of personal identity, their relationships with natives, their interactions with their families and community, and the identity work that goes into producing such categories and social worlds.…

Photo of Iarina Elena Devos Iarina Elena Devos Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Romania, Devos came to UMKC in the spring of 2017. She oversees all administrative tasks regarding the LLAS program and she is also in charge of program promotion and recruitment among students.…

Photo of Matthew Edwards Matthew Edwards Assistant Professor

Dr. Edwards is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Ottawa, and, he received his doctoral degree from Emory University (2009) in Contemporary Latin American Literature.…

Sandra I. Enríquez Assistant Professor of History & Director of Public History Emphasis

Professor Sandra Enríquez is a social historian of modern United States history with particular research and teaching interests in Chicanx and Latinx history, urban history, borderlands, social movements, and public history.…

Photo of Alejandro Garay Huaman Alejandro Garay Huaman Graduate Teaching Assistant

Alejandro Garay-Huaman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).…

Photo of Janet Garcia-Hallett Janet Garcia-Hallett Assistant Professor

Dr.Garcia-Hallett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology who is devoted to the increased life chances of disadvantaged groups in the criminal justice system.…

Photo of Janet Garcia-Hallett Janet Garcia-Hallett Assistant Professor

Dr. Garcia-Hallett is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and an affiliate faculty member of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program.…

Viviana L. Grieco Associate Professor of History & Latin American and Latinx Studies

Professor Viviana L. Grieco studies the political economy and political culture of the Spanish Empire.…

Photo of Joseph R. Hartman Joseph R. Hartman Assistant Professor

Joseph R. Hartman has lectured and published widely on modern/contemporary Latinx and Latin American art, architecture, and experience.…

Photo of Clara Irazabal-Zurita Clara Irazabal-Zurita Director and Professor

Prior to joining UMKC, in 2016, Dr. Irazábal-Zurita was the Latin Lab Director and Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York City.…

Ricardo Marte Associate Teaching Professor
Academic Credentials

PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno

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Ignacio Ramirez Cisneros Graduate Research Assistant

Ramírez-Cisneros’ undergraduate studies were in the field of philosophy and the humanities in his home country of Costa Rica.…

Photo of Theresa Torres Theresa Torres Associate Professor

Dr. Theresa Torres’ areas of expertise are Latinx Studies (in the United States, particularly Kansas City), Gender Studies, Immigration Studies, Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies, and Anthropology.…

Photo of Alberto Villamandos Alberto Villamandos Associate Professor

Born in San Sebastian, a beautiful city in Northern Spain, he earned a B.A. (Licenciatura) in Spanish Philology at the Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona) and continued his studies at the University of Ottawa (Canada).…