Ten full-time faculty members from different academic departments contribute to the LASP faculty. Each faculty member has a Ph.D. and is considered an expert in his or her field.
- Dr. Philip J. Arnold, III
- Dr. Dina M. Berger
- Dr. Susana Cavallo
- Dr. Olympia B. Gonzalez
- Dr. Denis Heyck
- Dr. David B. Ingram
- Dr. Elizabeth M. Lozano
- Dr. R. Ben Penglase
- Dr. Peter M. Sanchez
- Dr. Maria Vidal de Haymes
Dr. Philip J. Arnold, III
Philip J. Arnold, III received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He has conducted and/or directed archaeological fieldwork in New York, New Mexico, Florida, Illinois, and Mexico. Dr. Arnold's research interests are in the origins of complex society, ancient technological systems, and economic behavior in pre-Columbian Mexico.
His current fieldwork investigates the formation of early social complexity along the South Mexican Gulf Coast. Dr. Arnold recently completed two seasons of archaeological fieldwork at the Formative Period (ca. 1000-100 BC) site of La Joya, in southern Veracruz, Mexico. This project is designed to gather information on land use, subsistence activities, and incipient craft production within the Tuxtla Mountains of southern Veracruz. A second goal of the research is to explore and define socio-economic variation exhibited by the Gulf Olmec culture, considered to be one of the earliest complex societies within Mesoamerica.
Mexican Culture & Heritage
Dr. Dina M. Berger
Office: Crown Center 548
Dr. Dina M. Berger received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2002. She specializes in modern Latin American history and Modern Mexican history. Dr. Berger's research interests include Mexico from the 1920s - 1940s, tourism in and to Mexico, Mexico City nightlife, and Mexico's tourism pioneers/political elites. She began teaching at Loyola in 2004.
History of Mexico from Ancient to Modern Times
Latin American in Recent Times
Dr. Susana Cavallo
Dr. Susana Cavallo received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Romance Languages and Literatures. She is currently a Professor of Spanish language and literature, Chair of the Modern Languages department, and former Graduate Program Director. Her research interests include 20th century Peninsular poetry, 20th century Hispanic prose, Latin American poetry, Hispanic women's writing, and Feminist Theory and Criticism.
Latina Women Writers
Hispanic Women Writers
Issues in Feminism
Topics in Hispanic Literature
Dr. Olympia B. Gonzalez
Dr. Olympia B. Gonzalez received her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She is currently a Professor of Spanish language and literature in the Modern Languages department and Graduate Program Director. Her research interests include Golden Age poetry, Cuban poetry, and 20th century Peninsular Novel.
Spanish for Native Speakers
20th Century Poetry
Golden Age Drama
Survey of Spanish Literature
Dr. Denis Heyck
Dr. Denis Heyck received her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of London, Kings College. She is currently a Professor of Spanish language and literature in the Modern Languages department. Her research interests include nonformal education in Latin America, the effects of globalization on traditional cultures in Latin America, the role of civil society in Latin American culture Gender and development in Latin America, religion in contemporary Latin American culture, and environmental issues in Latin America.
Contemporary Latin American Novel
Masterpieces of Latin American Literature
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Latin American Culture and Civilization
Advanced Oral Expression
Dr. David B. Ingram
Dr. David B. Ingram received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at San Diego He has been a Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University since 1987, before which time he taught at the University of Northern Iowa. His areas of specialization are social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of social science, critical race theory, and contemporary German and French philosophy.
Philosophical Perspectives on Justice and Cultural Identity in Latin America
Dr. Elizabeth M. Lozano
Dr. Elizabeth M. Lozano is currently the director of the Latin American Studies Program. She came to the United States from Colombia in 1987 as a Fulbright scholar. Dr. Lozano received her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Communication from Ohio University and has taught in the department of Communication since 1993. Aside from teaching at Loyola, Dr. Lozano has taught at Universidad del Valle and Universidad Autonoma, both in Cali, Colombia. Dr. Lozano's area of expertise is media studies and cultural studies.
Communication Language and Gender
Media Theory and Criticism
Dr. R. Ben Penglase
Dr. Ben Penglase received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Harvard University in 2003. His most recent research, based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork with residents of a favela (or squatter neighborhood), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, analyzes how drug trafficking, police violence and inequality are reshaping Brazilian society. His research interests include ideologies and experiences of race and gender in Brazil, the cultural effects of globalization and neoliberalism, the international drug trade, urbanization, human rights and cultural relativism, and Latin American social movements. Prior to becoming an anthropologist, Dr. Penglase was a researcher for Human Rights Watch. He has been teaching at Loyola since 2006.
Peoples of Latin America
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Dr. Peter M. Sanchez
Dr. Peter M. Sanchez received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, international relations, Latin American politics, and democratization. He has conducted field research in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, and Peru. His publications include articles in International Politics, The Latin Americanist, PS: Political Science & Politics, Journal of Developing Areas, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, International Journal on World Peace, Journal of the Third World Spectrum, The Journal of Conflict Studies, The Air Force Law Review, The Americas, and Peace Review, as well as chapters in edited volumes. He spent the 1997-98 academic year as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Panama.
Latin America in the International System
Politics of Latin American
Contemporary Issues in Latin America
Dr. Maria Vidal de Haymes
Dr. Maria Vidal de Haymes received her Masters Degree from the University of Chicago in 1987 and her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1991. She joined the faculty of Loyola University in 1992, where she is currently a Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Vidal de Haymes teaches courses in areas of social welfare policy, community organizing, and race and ethnicity. She has published research concerning the economic and political incorporation of Latino immigrants in the U.S., child welfare, and social work education and she has been the primary investigator on a number of national and state grants focused on child welfare practice with children and families of color.