2018 Faculty Grant Recipients
These are the faculty that have received grants from MIA in the 2018 academic year.

2018 Faculty Grant Recipients

Cassandra J. Gaston

Asst. Professor


(305) 421-4979
Cassandra Gaston is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is an expert in atmospheric chemistry, specifically, in aerosols, traces gases, and their interactions. Cassandra has lectured on topics such as atmospheric...

Pamela L. Geller

Associate Professor


(305) 284-2380
Dr. Geller is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Miami. She is strongly committed to transdisciplinarity; her research interests include bioarchaeology, feminist and queer studies, materiality of identity, bio-politics and the body, and the socio-politics of the past. She has conducted fieldwork in Israel,...

Scott Heerman

Asst. Professor


Scott Heerman is a scholar of eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. history. His research focuses on slavery and emancipation in the U.S. and Atlantic World. He also teaches about western expansion and empire in U.S history and legal history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2013, Professor Heerman earned his Ph.D. from the...

Louis Herns Marcelin

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-8493
Dr. Marcelin is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on anthropology of family and kinship in the Americas. His research also examines questions related to health and human security, and the roles of power, violence, and marginalization in society (particularly in Brazil, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United...

Isadora Moura Mota

Asst. Professor


Isadora Moura Mota is a social historian of Latin America and the Atlantic World. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, she specializes in the history of slavery in nineteenth-century Brazil, transatlantic abolitionism, and the African diaspora to Latin America. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de...

Marysol Quevedo

Asst. Professor


Quote “In the classroom, my goal is for students to gain a broader and deeper understanding not only of the musical styles and techniques used by performers and composers, but how these musical traits intertwine with issues of identity, politics, gender, race, and technology. In other words, I ask students to examine music within the...

Barbara Whitlock

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-3512
The primary goal of my research is to understand the origins of plant diversity. I use phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequence data in combination with information from morphology, anatomy, ecology, and genetics to understand the timing and direction of changes in floral and vegetative traits, geographic distribution, and diversification rates....