Sonia R. Chao

Research Assoc. Professor


(786) 200-4604
Associate Dean of Research, U-SoACo-Director, Master of Professional Science in Urban Sustainability and ResilienceFaculty Research Fellow on Climate, Environment and Resilience, UMIASecondary Appointment, College of Engineering Sonia Chao writes and teaches in the area of sustainable architecture and urbanism, resilient design, and...

Sallie L Hughes

Faculty Director and Senior Faculty Research Area Lead for Latin American Studies


(305) 284-8163
Sallie Hughes, Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Management, earned her PhD in Latin American Studies from the Roger Thayer Stone Center at Tulane University. She is the Faculty Director and Senior Faculty Research Area Lead for Latin American Studies at UMIA. Hughes is author of Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism...

Lillian Manzor

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-5585

Margarita Rodriguez



(305) 284-6039
Margarita Rodriguez, Ph.D. is Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, University of Miami. Her extensive teaching portfolio includes a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses. She has taught Introduction to Sociology; International Migration; International...

Michael Touchton

Assoc. Professor
Global Health Associate Faculty Lead - UMIA


(720) 289-7118
Dr. Touchton studies the political economy of development and underdevelopment in a comparative setting. His areas of interest include how countries attract investment and promote economic growth, how they reduce poverty and promote human development, and how they redevelop following the departure of major industries. Much of his research occurs...