Our Latin American Studies faculty represent the Department of History and the Department of Society, Culture and Languages. They speak Portuguese and/or Spanish, and have taught and conducted research in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador.

In addition, various other UNE faculty affiliated with the program contribute the expertise they have gained in places like Belize, Mexico, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Full-time Faculty

Steven Eric Byrd

Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese; Director of Latin American Studies Minor

(207) 602-2579

Decary Hall


Spanish and Portuguese language teaching and linguistics

Afro-Brazilian speech

Latin American Studies

Robert F. Alegre

Associate Professor of Latin American History

Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Marcil Hall

Robert Alegre is a Chilean-American historian of Latin America.  His work has followed two tracks: the history of social movements during the Cold War, and the history of gender and sexuality.  His book, Railroad Radicals in Cold War Mexico: Gender, Class, and Memory (Nebraska, 2013), argues that a national working-class movement emerged in Mexico during the 1950s, demonstrating the contested process of modernization in the postwar period.  This movement, which included major industrial unions as well as teachers, challenged the hegemony of the... Read More


Latin America




gender and sexuality



Chair, Department of Society, Culture and Languages


Academic Coordinator, Office of Citizenship and Civic Engagement

(207) 602-2327

Decary Hall

Dr. McReynolds is a Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Society, Culture and Language, and the Academic Coordinator of the Office of Citizenship and Civic Engagement. He has a doctorate from Cornell University, a MA from the University of Vermont, and a BA from the Univesity of Virginia. He has been at UNE for 24 years and has taught a variety of courses and has been engaged in a wide range of scholarship. He has raised over $500,000... Read More



developmental sociology

Latin American Studies

civic engagement and citizenship

community development

environmental sociology


and societies of the future through science fiction.

Affiliated Faculty

Professor of History

(207) 602-2238

Marcil Hall

Professor Burlin's specialty is 19th-century American diplomatic history. He has published a number of articles in this area and has completed a book titled Imperial Maine and Hawai'i: Interpretative Essays in the History of Nineteenth Century American Expansion  that traces connections between Maine and Hawai'i as a way to explore large issues related to American imperialism in the 19th century. He also has an interest in the perceptions and insights "foreigners" have about U.S. history, culture and society. He is... Read More


US History

US foreign policy

contemporary world affairs

Professor, Dept of Environmental Studies

(207) 391-9496

Decary Hall

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Miami University, Oxford OH USA

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local ecological restoration and native landscaping

study abroad partnerships & pedagogy

the Eastern Caribbean (especially Dominica)

the theories



and ecological consequences of development

Professor of Art/Department Founder

(207) 602-2883

Creative and Fine Arts Building


Plein Air landcape painter. Have shown throughout the United States and Europe. Have had over 20 solo shows and have been included in over 100 group shows in Museums and Galleries.