Steering Committee

2016-2017 Steering Committee

CLAS’s steering committee composition reflects our faculty base. Our hybrid model consists of seven elected or appointed positions that rotate on a staggered 2-year term. Representatives from core LAS departments will be elected: Spanish and Portuguese (odd years), History (odd years), Political Science (even years), Anthropology (even years). Representatives from the professional schools and other departments will be appointed: Peabody/Law/Business (odd years), Medicine/IGH/VSN (even years) and Other (even years). This composition was proposed to the CLAS Steering Committee May 2010 and enacted in August 2010.

Candice Amich, English (email)
Candice Amich’s research and teaching interests span twentieth and twenty-first century poetry and performance of the Americas; Latino/a, ethnic American, and Latin American literatures; poetics and politics; literary globalization studies; hemispheric performance studies; postcolonial studies; and feminist studies.


P_SC_Jose-Cardenas-BunsenJosé Cárdenas Bunsen, Spanish and Portuguese (email)
Cardenas Bunsen’s expertise is in 16th- through 19th-century colonial Latin American literature and culture. He has recently published his first book, Escritura y Derecho Canónico en la obra de fray Bartolomé de las Casas, in which he analyzes the epistemic nature of the arguments of early colonial period thinker Bartolomé de Las Casas.


Ashley Carse, Education (email)
Carse’s teaching and research are interdisciplinary, bridging anthropology, development studies, geography, environmental history, and science and technology studies. He uses qualitative and historical methods to study environmental management, international development, global transportation networks, and the social dimensions of infrastructure. The Fulbright Program, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and Wenner-Gren Foundation have supported his research. In addition to long-term field research in Panama, he has worked in Ecuador and North Carolina.

P_SC_celso-castilhoCelso Castilho, History (email)
Celso Thomas Castilho is an Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, where he was hired initially as a post-doctoral fellow in 2008.  His research and teaching interests align around the themes of performance and citizenship, racial and gender formations, and comparative slavery and abolition. With Professor Jane Landers, he co-directs the Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar, funded by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.


Anthro-eberlMarkus Eberl, Anthropology (email)
Dr. Eberl is an archaeologist and epigrapher with an interest in Classic Maya sociopolitical organization. He focuses on communities to study ways in which humans create society. Maya commoners are his second theoretical focus. How did they live, how were they organized, and how did they relate to nobles, particularly the divine Maya kings and their royal courts? He has been conducting archaeological fieldwork in Germany, Mexico, and Guatemala. In the laboratory, he specializes in ceramic analysis. He has also been working with Maya glyphic inscriptions and approaches Classic Maya culture from an interdisciplinary perspective.


Jon Hiskey, Political Science (email)
Jon Hiskey’s  research interests center on local development processes in Latin America during times of political and economic reform. In particular, much of his research has focused on the development consequences of Latin America’s uneven political and economic transitions over the past thirty years, with a particular interest in Mexico. More recently, Hiskey has carried out research on the political implications of migration for sending communities across Latin America.  He is the author of articles in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Electoral Studies and the Latin American Research Review.

P_SC_Morgan_DouglasDoug Morgan, School of Medicine (email)
Doug Morgan is an associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. His primary interest is in cancer epidemiology and prevention in Hispanic-Latin populations, with a particular focus on stomach cancer in Central American. globally, gastric cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality, and the leading infection-associated cancer. Morgan attended Dartmouth College and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of California, San Francisco, with a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also has received the Ohtli Award on behalf of the UNC Center for Latin Health, where he was director from 2007-2011, for innovations in health care in the service of the North Carolina Hispanic-Latino Population. The Ohtli Award is the highest honor from the government of Mexico.