Eleonora Bertranou teaches courses in Latin American literatures and human rights. A native of Mendoza, Argentina, she received her Ph.D.in Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota. She published Rodolfo Walsh: argentino, escritor, militante in 2006 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Bruce Campbell teaches courses in Latin American culture, Latino identity in the U.S., and colonial Latin American literature. He also teaches topics courses focused on Latin American popular culture and politics. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College. He has written two books - Mexican Murals in Times of Crisis (University of Arizona Press, 2003), and ¡Viva la historieta!: Mexicans Comics, NAFTA, and the Politics of Globalization (University Press of Mississippi, 2009).
Brian Larkin teaches Latin American history. He offers a lower-division survey of Latin America from pre-Columbian period to the present day. He also teaches more focused upper-division courses on colonial Mexico, modern Mexico, and religion in Latin America. His research focuses on religion in colonial Mexico. In 2010, Dr. Larkin published, The Very Nature of God: Baroque Catholicism and Religious Reform in Bourbon Mexico City.
Gary Prevost received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and has published widely on Latin America and Spain. His books include Democracy and Socialism in Sandinista Nicaragua, coauthored with Harry E. Vanden; The 1990 Nicaraguan Elections and Their Aftermath, coedited with Vanessa Castro; The Undermining of the Sandinista Revolution, coedited with Harry E. Vanden; Cuba: A Different America, coedited with Wilber Chaffee; The Bush Doctrine and Latin America, coedited with Carlos Oliva Campos; Revolutionaries to Politicians, coedited with David Close and Kalatowie Deonandan; and United States-Cuban Relations-A Critical History, coauthored with Esteban Morales, in addition to numerous articles and book chapters on Nicaragua and Spanish politics. His research on Latin America has been supported by a number of grants, including a Fulbright Central American Republics Award.
Christina Tourino received her PhD from The Literature Program at Duke University. She teaches courses in world literature (often including works from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Colombia), literature of the Americas, literary theory, cultural studies, and race and ethnicity in American literatures; feminism is also an area of special interest. In her race and ethnicity courses, she often does substantive work on Latino groups in the U.S. She has published an article in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies on Joy Kogawa's Obasan, and one in a thematic issue of Comparative Literature and Culture (Purdue University Press) on Oscar Hijuelos' Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love.
Vilma Chiu Walter is a faculty member in the Hispanic Studies Department at CSB/SJU. She has directed study abroad programs in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, South Africa, China, Chile, and Guatemala. She has also conducted numerous student trips to Peru, her native country. She is of Chinese-Peruvian background. Her travel experience includes extensive journeys in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Her professional research includes the study of Chinese immigration to the Americas, and the study of Latin American minority and underprivileged groups and their adaptation to society. She received an M.A. in Second Language Education at St. Cloud State University, a Bachelor degree in Administrative Management at Eastern Kentucky University, and did undergraduate studies at the Universidad del Pacífico, in Lima Perú.
Gladys White has an M.A. in Romance Languages from the University of Washington, with an specialization in Latin American Literature and a PH.D in Literature from Stanford University, with specialization in Golden age and Colonial. She teaches courses in both fields along with a topics course in Colombia for the LLAS minor. She likes to keep her combined interest in the old and the new world and enjoys directing programs for the CSB/SJU Education Abroad office.