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Dr. Megan Myers

Congratulations to Dr. Megan Myers on her tenure!   “This is my fourth year at Iowa State and I feel so incredibly grateful to call Ames home. My affiliation with the Latino/a Studies program here at ISU began upon my arrival in 2016 and some of my favorite memories on campus and in the community … Continue reading Dr. Megan Myers

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Dr. Shannon Harper

USLS is happy to welcome Dr. Shannon Harper, our newest core faculty member! While working toward my PhD in criminology, law, and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I discovered a research interest in violence against Latinas somewhat by accident. My area of research specialization is domestic violence (DV; i.e., physical, sexual, and … Continue reading Dr. Shannon Harper

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Maria Luz Espino

  The Program in US Latino/a Studies is delighted to welcome Maria Espino as a graduate student lecturer!   Maria Luz Espino is a doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration program in the School of Education at Iowa State University, where she is also a graduate research assistant.  In her personal research, Maria investigates … Continue reading Maria Luz Espino

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Dr. Eugenio Matibag

In Spring of 2019, Dr. Eugenio Matibag Retired from The Department of World Languages and Literature. USLS sincerely thanks Dr. Matibag for his amazing contributions to the department and the program. He is an exemplary colleague, professor, scholar, and friend, leaving a legacy that will long be remembered amongst many in the US Latino/a Studies … Continue reading Dr. Eugenio Matibag

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Dr. Hector Avalos

I never contemplated any sort of academic career in US Latino/a Studies until I was hired at Iowa State University  in 1993. I was trained primarily as an anthropologist and biblical scholar. I received my anthropology degree at the University of Arizona in 1982. I earned a Master of Theological Studies in 1985 at Harvard … Continue reading Dr. Hector Avalos

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Dr. Katherine Bruna

I owe my interest in the Spanish language and Latino/a history and culture to a teacher who gave me and my fifth-grade classmates the option of taking an elective course over our lunch period. That early exposure generated a continuing passion, fueled by a high school Amigos de las Americas exchange program to Costa Rica and a … Continue reading Dr. Katherine Bruna

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Dr. Brian Behnken

Photo Credit: Mark Looney I arrived at Iowa State University in 2009 as a new, joint employee in the Department of History and the U.S. Latino/a Studies Program. My primary areas of expertise are the history of Mexican American and African American peoples. I teach a variety of classes, including the USLS introductory course, classes on the … Continue reading Dr. Brian Behnken