People

Faculty

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

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

(207) 602-2579

sbyrd@une.edu

Decary Hall
351

Expertise

Spanish and Portuguese language teaching and linguistics

Afro-Brazilian speech

Latin American Studies

Associate Professor of Latin American History; Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

ralegre@une.edu

Marcil Hall
205

Robert Alegre is a Chilean-American historian of Latin America, with a particular interest in the history of gender and sexuality and its intersection with wage and coerced labor.  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 ruling party, influencing and...

Expertise

Latin America

Mexico

Chile

Colombia

gender and sexuality

labor

memory

Chair, Department of Society, Culture and Languages

Professor

(207) 602-2327

smcreynolds@une.edu

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 23 years and has taught a variety of courses and has been engaged in a wide range of scholarship. He has raised over $500,000...

Expertise

Theory

developmental sociology

Latin American Studies

civic engagement and citizenship

community development

environmental sociology

mentoring

and societies of the future through science fiction.

Affiliated Faculty

Professor of History

(207) 602-2238

pburlin@une.edu

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...

Expertise

US History

US foreign policy

contemporary world affairs

Professor, Dept of Environmental Studies

(207) 391-9496

tklak@une.edu

Decary Hall
213A2

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

 

Expertise

sustainability

local ecological restoration and native landscaping

study abroad partnerships & pedagogy

the Eastern Caribbean (especially Dominica)

the theories

discourses

practices

and ecological consequences of development

Professor of Art/Department Founder

(207) 602-2883

cthompson@une.edu

Arts and Communications Building
201

Expertise

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.

Staff