Eduardo Elena

UMIA funding programs for faculty are intended to encourage interdisciplinary research on the Americas, including Latin America, the Caribbean, immigrant populations of and in the region, and Miami as a hemispheric hub. Any full-time faculty member may apply. Competitive programs will be reviewed and ranked by at least three faculty members from different fields.

Research Lunches

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Do you want to share your research and receive feedback from faculty and graduate students across disciplines? UMIA would like to host these discussions at Pick Hall and will provide the promotion. These opportunities are on a first come-first served basis.


Event Co-Sponsorships

UMIA can provide limited funding support for events related to the Americas that are organized elsewhere at UM. Please apply through the UMIA website four weeks prior to the event. Funding is on a first-come, first served basis.


UMIA Faculty Grant Recipients

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  • 2020 Faculty Grant Recipients

    Seth Schwartz

  • 2019 Faculty Grant Recipients

    Lydia P. Buki - "Colorectal Cancer Literacy in Uruguayan Populations: Implications for Cancer Control"

    Viviana Díaz Balsera - "The Hostile Paradise: Franciscan Timucua Missions in Seventeenth-Century La Florida"

    Ta Chen Chang - "Integrating Genotype, Phenotype and Geo-Environmental Variables in Congenital Eye Diseases"

    M. Scott Heerman - "Carried Back: Kidnapping and State Formation in the Atlantic World"

    Calla Hummel - “Burning Down the House: Informal Agreements and Arson in Bolivian Cities”

    Mariano Kanamori - "The Impact of Social Network Structures on Mental/Substance Use Disorders and Sexual Transmitted Infections Among Venezuelan Immigrants Living in Peru"

    Kate Ramsey - "Afro-Caribbean Religion and Sciences of the Mind in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Atlantic”

    Lien Tran - "A Roadmap to Opportunity: Formative research for the design of an interactive decision support tool for refugee and immigrant adolescents seeking education and career pursuits in the U.S.”

  • 2018 Faculty Grant Recipients

    Cassandra J. Gaston

    Pamela L. Geller

    Scott Heerman

    Louis Herns Marcelin

    Marysol Quevedo

    Barbara Whitlock

  • 2017 Faculty Grant Recipients

    Octávio Bueno, Tracy Devine Guzmán and Kunal Parker - “Language and Democracy in the Americas”

    Eduardo Elena - "Conquering Distance: Argentina and the Fortunes of Steam-Age Globalization, 1860-1910"

    Donette Francis - “The Novel 1960s: Form and Sensibility in Caribbean Literary Culture"

    Viviana E. Horigian - “The University of Miami- O&M Collaboration to Establish a Multifaceted Research Infrastructure for Public Health”

    Victoria Orrego-Dunleavy - “Empowering local comadronas in Indigenous Guatemala: A Tool for Sexual and Reproductive Health”

    Patricia Saunders - “Buyers Beware: Epistemologies of Consumption in Caribbean Popular Culture”

    Justin Stoler - “Toward a Geographic Clearinghouse of Intimate Partner Violence Services and Community Determinants in Miami-Dade County”

    Michael Touchton - “Does Democracy Breed Relief? Governance, Mosquito Abatement, and Zika in the Americas”