Home » People » Staff


José Moya


José C. Moya is professor of history at Barnard College, Director of the Forum on Migration, and Professor Emeritus at UCLA, where he taught for seventeen years and directed an equal number of doctoral dissertations.  He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Paris, San Andres (Argentina), and Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and invited speaker or research fellow at the universities of Berlin, Vienna, Krakow, Oxford, Leiden, Louvain, Fudan in Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Campinas, Porto Alegre, the London School of Economics, and the Colegio de Mexico, among others.

Professor Moya has authored more than fifty publications, including Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, a book that received five awards and was the subject of a special forum in the journal Historical Methods for its contributions to migration and Latin American studies; and most recently, World Migration in the Long Twentieth Century (2011), co-authored with Adam McKeown, and The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History (2011), an edited volume on Latin American historiography. He is currently working on a book about anarchism in Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World during the belle époque (1890-1914) and editing a book on runaway slaves, serfs, and peons worldwide, and another one titled “Atlantic Crossings: Webs of Migration, Culture and Politics between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, 1800-2010.”

Maritza E. Colón-Fermín

Executive Director

Maritza joined ILAS in 2012.  She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from New York University, both with specializations in Latin American history. Most recently, she was the Department Administrator at the Department of History at Columbia University and also held the same position at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures. From 2000-2008 she was the Assistant Director at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU. In that capacity she played an important role in developing their Quechua language program, establishing collaborations with foundations, and partnering with Columbia in our successful joint application for a Title VI grant. 

Gustavo S. Azenha

Director of Graduate Studies, MARSLAC
Associate Director, Center for Brazilian Studies

Gustavo received a Ph.D. from Cornell University,with an interdisciplinary background in the natural and social sciences (sociocultural anthropology).  Gustavo's expertise centers on the role of civil society in policy processes in Latin America, including environmental, health, and technology policies and the links between these and socioeconomic issues. His academic and professional projects have been fairly diverse:  He has conducted ethnobotanical research with indigenous groups in the Venezuelan Amazon. His dissertation focused on the political ecology of sustainable development in Brazil, through research on the conflicts between indigenous/traditional resource use, environmental conservation, and economic development (i.e., tourism and agribusiness).  He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research on globalization and new technologies, with a specific emphasis on “digital inclusion” policies and programs in Brazil.  In addition, he has years of applied experience in international public health, including advocacy, policy analysis, research, and NGO capacity building in Brazil and Latin America.    Prior to joining ILAS, Gustavo has been a recipient of graduate and postdoctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and has held positions as a postdoctoral fellow at Barnard College’s Department of Anthropology and as an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology program at SUNY Purchase College. His current research efforts center on: 1) the interrelations between media, social movements, and citizenship in Brazil; 2) the role and impact of new technologies in education and health in Brazil; and 3) the interrelations between resource use, nutritional/health, and economic development in Brazil.


Eliza Kwon-Ahn

Student Affairs Coordinator

Eliza graduated in 1997 with BA in East Asian Languages & Area Studies, Spanish, and Portuguese from Rutgers University. As a Henry Rutgers Scholar, she conducted a graduate level research on "Koreans in Brazil: A Cultural Study of Life Between Two Cultures." She also received her MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and an Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies from New York University in 2001. Prior to joining ILAS in June 2003, she worked for different organizations, including as a Latin American Sales & Marketing Manager for a multinational company and as Project Research Assistant for "Brazil: Body and Soul" Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. Her interest in Latin America is mainly in Brazil, Arts & Cultures, Immigration & Cultural Assimilation, National Identity, and Social and Education Development.

Esteban Andrade

Program Manager, ILAS and Center for Brazilian Studies

Esteban received his BA in Political Science with concentration in Latin American Studies from Manhattanville College.  As a Graduate Division of Arts & Sciences Fellowship Recipient, he received his MA in Spanish Literature from St. John’s University, where he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Committee for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).  Prior to joining ILAS, Esteban worked as the Regional Program Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), where he helped create new partnerships with various academic and research institutions in Latin America, as well as developing project proposals for institutions such as the National Science Foundation, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank.

Fernanda Rosa

Research Associate, ILAS and Center for Brazilian Studies

Fernanda Rosa is a Research Associate at ILAS, conducting research on the socioeconomic and policy dimensions of the adoption of new technologies in Latin America, including a research project on the use of mobile technologies in Education and Health, with special focus in Brazil. Before joining the ILAS, she previously worked at IBOPE (Brazilian Institute of Opinion Public and Statistics) and at the Department of Education of the city of São Paulo. As a consultant, she worked for the international NGO Article 19 and for the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) in Brazil – in a project that joined the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic and the National School of Public Administration (ENAP).

She is a sociologist, graduated from the University of São Paulo (USP), and holds a Masters in Public Management and Policy from the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) with a thesis on digital literacy. Her interests are focused on policies, technologies and human rights. Her publication record includes the Sur - International Journal on Human Rights.


Pamela M. Graham

Interim Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian



Thomas J. Trebat

Director of the Columbia Global Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Tom Trebat is the Director of the new Global Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is also the former Executive Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies and of the Institute’s Center for Brazilian Studies. Tom joined Columbia after a lengthy career on Wall Street dedicated to economic research on Latin America. Prior to joining ILAS in February 2005, Tom was Managing Director and Head of the Latin America team in the Economic and Market Analysis department of Citigroup. He joined Citicorp Securities in 1996 as the head of Emerging Market Research. Previously, he worked at Bankers Trust, the Ford Foundation, and Chemical Bank. As a senior international economist at Bankers Trust, he was involved in many aspects of country debt negotiations in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America during the 1980s. At the Ford Foundation, he served for four years as the Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean Programs. At Chemical Bank, Tom organized and directed the emerging markets research group. Mr. Trebat has a Ph.D in economics from Vanderbilt University and remains active in teaching and publishing. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. His book, “Brazil's State-owned Enterprises: A Case Study of the State as Entrepreneur,” was published by Cambridge University Press in 1983.