Interdisciplinary INS Program Faculty

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Edmund Abaka, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-3702
A graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Abaka earned his PhD in African History from York University and his Master of Arts in European History from the University of Guelph in Canada. While he teaches the general African history survey classes (History of Africa to 1800 and Africa Since 1800), he also offers...

Bruce Michael Bagley


(305) 284-6867

Merike Blofield

Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies
2017 Gender & Social Development Faculty Lead-UMIA

(305) 284-6116
Merike Blofield is associate professor of political science (Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill, 2003). A native of Finland, she has lived in Canada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and the United States. Blofield has published two-single-authored books (Care Work and Class: Domestic Workers’ Struggle for Equal Rights in Latin America, Pennsylvania...

Ericson De Paula


(305) 284-3291

June Teufel Dreyer


(305) 284-2403
JUNE TEUFEL DREYER is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, where she teaches courses on China, U.S. defense policy, and international relations. Professor Dreyer has lectured to, and taught a course for, National Security Agency analysts, consults for organizations including the National Geographic...

Dina Fernandez


(305) 284-8833
Dr. Moulioukova is a Lecturer of International Studies at the University of Miami, and Assistant Director and co-founder of the Global Security Initiative. She completed her PhD at the University of Miami with focus on innovative approaches to security studies. Prior to her studies at UM, Dr. Moulioukova received her Master of Law degree (LL.M.)...

Laura Gómez-Mera

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-3116
Laura Gomez-Mera is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of International Political Economy (IPE) and Political Economy of Development, with a regional focus on Latin America. She holds a doctorate (DPhil) in  International Relations...

Casey A Klofstad

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-8861
Casey A. Klofstad holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. His teaching and research addresses how society and biology influence human behavior. Through a ten-year panel study of college undergraduates who were randomly assigned to their dormitories, he has shown that everyday casual conversations about politics can cause...

Vendulka Kubalkova


(305) 284-4744

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...

Ambler H. Moss, Jr.


(305) 284-8955

Bryan Page


(305) 284-6045
Dr. Page specializes in studying the consumption of drugs in urban, street based settings. His 42-year career in the anthropology of drug use has focused on the consequences and impacts of various patterns of legal and illegal drug use in a wide variety of cultural settings. Among his funded projects supported by the National Institute on Drug...

Costantino Pischedda

POL Asst. Professor_International Relations

I hold a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and an MA in Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). My research and teaching interests cover a broad range of topics at the intersection between International Relations and Security Studies: civil war dynamics, counterinsurgency,...

Sherri L. Porcelain

Voluntary Instructor

(305) 284-3128
Professor Sherri L. Porcelain has been part of the Voluntary Faculty in Public Health Sciences Miller School of Medicine since 1986, and teaching global health in world affairs for the interdisciplinary international studies program at the College of Arts and Science since early 1990's. She served as a Senior Research Scholar for...

Joaquin Roy

Director of University of Miami European Union Center of Excellence

(305) 284-3266
Joaquín Roy (Lic. Law, University of Barcelona, 1966; Ph.D, Georgetown University, 1973), is Jean Monnet Professor and Director of University of Miami European Union Center of Excellence. He has published over 200 academic articles and reviews, and he is the author or editor of 39 books. He has also published over 1,400...

Haim Shaked

Director of Judaic Studies

(305) 284-6882
Dr. Haim Shaked has been a tenured Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami (UM) since 1988. He has been the incumbent of the Dr. M. Lee Pearce Chair in Middle East Peace Studies (since 1993). In September 1998, UM announced the creation of the university-wide Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and...

Ira M. Sheskin


(305) 284-6693
Professor Sheskin is widely recognized for his work on the geography and demography of the American Jewish community. His areas of expertise involve the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Much of his work can be found at He is the editor of the American Jewish Year Book and authors the annual...

John Twichell


(305) 284-6893

Richard Weisskoff


(305) 284-6864

Lilian E Yaffe, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

(305) 284-8833