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 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 received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University,with an interdisciplinary background in the biology and social sciences (sociocultural anthropology & development sociology). Gustavo's primary disciplinary expertise is development anthropology with a thematic specialization on globalization, social movements, and public policy. His academic and professional projects have been fairly diverse: He has conducted ethnobotanical research with indigenous groups in the Venezuelan Amazon (Piaroa, Guahibo, and Ye'kuana ethnicities). 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 buildingin Brazil and Latin America.
Prior to working at 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 sustainable development, social movements, and stakeholder interrelations in Brazil, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between environment, health, and socioeconomic inequality.
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 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.
As the Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian at Columbia University, Sean selects research materials in all subject areas from or about the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. He provides personalized research assistance to both students and faculty and collaborates with faculty on library instruction sessions for their courses. Sean received an MA in Hispanic Literature and an MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His MA thesis, entitled "Alvar Fáñez in four medieval texts: transformations of an epic hero," explores the literary incarnations of this historical figure associated with Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar. Sean's current interests include Brazil, Cuba, digital resources, and research services.
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.