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.

Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano is a social scientist and gender specialist who has worked extensively to develop research approaches and gender analysis in relation to the feminization of agriculture. She holds an MS and PhD in Agricultural Extension and Social Anthropology from Cornell University, NY and an Agricultural Engineering degree in Plant Science from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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

Anna Deeny Morales is a translator, literary critic, and dramatist. Her most recent translation is Sky Below: Selected Works by Raúl Zurita (Northwestern University Press, 2016), of which she is also the editor. She has also translated works Mercedes Roffé, Alejandra…

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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