Core Faculty

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Monica Arruda De Almeida

Adjunct Professor
Specializations: illicit economies, with an emphasis on anti-money laundering efforts

Monica Arruda de Almeida is an adjunct professor at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Georgetown University.

John Bailey

John Bailey

Professor Emeritus
Specializations: Citizen Security

Prof. Bailey has chaired the Government Department (1987-90) and directed the Latin American Studies Program (1972-74; 1994-96). During 1980-90 he directed the Mexico Seminar at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. He received an “Honored Faculty” award from the School of Foreign Service in 2002 for excellence in teaching. He retired from the ordinary faculty in 2013 but remains active as an emeritus professor in the Latin American Studies Program. He is an avid, if mediocre, tennis player, specializing in mature men’s doubles in recent years.

Denise Brennan

Denise Brennan

Chair, Department of Anthropology
Specializations: trafficking, sex work, policing, migration, and women’s labor

Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Faculty Co-Founder and Co-Director and of the Gender+ Justice Initiative. Professor Brennan’s  most recent book follows the lives of the first survivors of trafficking to the United States. Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States examines the connection between undocumented status and exploitation. It documents how individuals who endured severe abuse rebuild their lives, counters panics over the sex sector, and argues that policies that detain and deport undocumented people undermine efforts to prevent trafficking and find trafficked people.

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Anna Deeny

Adjunct Professor

Professor Morales is a literary critic and translator. Her translations of Raúl Zurita’s works include Purgatory (University of California Press, 2009), Dreams for Kurosawa (arrow as aarow press, 2011), and Sky Below, a volume of selected poems published by Northwestern University Press in 2016. Forthcoming translations include Fells by Gabriela Mistral, Diana’s Tree by Alejandra Pizarnik, and The Identity of Certain Fruit by Amanda Berenguer.

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Michael J. Ferreira

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Born in Manhattan, NY, and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Michael Ferreira received his doctoral degree in Hispanic Philology and Linguistics (2001) and his M.A. in Luso-Brazilian Literature (1994) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2004, The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Dr. Ferreira and Dr. Mark Davies (Brigham Young University) a two-year Division of Preservation and Access grant to create a fully-searchable, web-based, 45-million-word database of electronic texts in Portuguese. The Corpus do Português project spans 700 years of Portuguese language and was made available free of charge in September of 2006 on the internet at

Camille Gaskin Reyes

Camille E. Gaskin-Reyes

Adjunct Professor

Specialist in Latin American and Development Studies with over 28 years of policy development and practice, natural resource management, environmental planning and economics,project management, monitoring and evaluation experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Former career in development banking for 25 years and currently international consultant.