Dennis A. Clements
(919) 681-7760

Dr. Dennis Clements is the Co-Director of the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, Nursing and Global Health at Duke University. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Rochester in New York and completed his pediatric residency at Duke University. Dr. Clements took a research year in Uganda during his medical school training where he worked for the Uganda Cancer Institute. He completed his Pediatric residency training at Duke from 1973-76. From 1976-78, he was a flight surgeon in the US Air Force and is still a certified flight instructor. After eight years in private practice in Durham, NC, Dr. Clements returned to Duke University as a Pediatric Infectious Disease fellow. He also completed an MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Gabriela Valdivia
(919) 962-3871

Gabriela Valdivia is a Professor in the Geography Department at UNC-CH. Her research examines the political dimensions of natural resource governance in Latin America: how Latin American states, firms, and civil society appropriate and transform resources to meet their interests, and how capturing and putting resources to work transforms cultural and ecological communities. Her latest research project, “The Impact of Oil Extraction, Regulatory Policy, and Environmental Practice on Native Amazon and Afro-Ecuadorian Communities,” funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), examines how the everyday lives of Afro-descendants and Amazonian peoples are shaped by oil infrastructure in Ecuador. She grew up in Peru and conducted ethnographic research in Ecuador and Bolivia, and brings these experiences into her introductory courses on Latin America and advanced undergraduate courses on the political ecology of rural Latin America.

Natalie Hartman

Natalie Hartman was originally hired as the Duke Program Coordinator for the Duke-UNC Program in Latin American Studies (now called UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies) around the time of its creation in 1990. She was later named Associate Director of CLACS when it was created. Natalie has an MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a BA in Spanish language and literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She studied abroad in Spain as an undergraduate and in Mexico as a graduate student. She had 6 years work experience at the Tinker Foundation in New York City prior to her arrival at Duke.

Beatriz Riefkohl-Muniz

Beatriz Riefkohl Muñiz
(919) 962-2418

Beatriz Riefkohl Muñiz has more than two decades of working experience with universities to strengthen Latin American studies. As Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she advises students on academic and funding opportunities, manages and develops grant and endowment programs, supports less-commonly-taught languages and language across the curriculum initiatives, and oversees the activities of the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Beatriz is past president of the Consortium of Latin American Programs (CLASP), a national organization that encourages excellence in Latin American Studies program development. In 2017, she earned the UNC University Award for the Advancement of Women in recognition for her outstanding support of women on campus.

Hannah Gill

Hannah Gill
(919) 962-5453

Hannah Gill is an anthropologist with a specialization in Latin American/Caribbean migration studies. She is the author and co-author of two books, “North Carolina and the Latino Migration Experience: New Roots in the Old North State” and “Going to Carolina de Norte, Narrating Mexican migrant experiences.” Dr. Gill’s APPLES service learning course INTS 390, “Latin American Immigrant Perspectives: Ethnography in Action” involves a spring break trip to Guanajuato, Mexico each year. She received a DPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, England in 2004. She is a native of North Carolina and an alumna of UNC Chapel Hill.

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo
(919) 681-3883

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo is an art historian, visual artist, activist, scholar, and curator. He holds a Doctorate (PhD) in visual studies, contemporary art, and cultural theory from the University of Pittsburgh (2009). Miguel worked as visual arts director of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia (1995-2001) and independently as an artist, curator, filmmaker, and critic ever since. His areas of interest include: decolonial aesthetics, subaltern studies, the global south, contemporary visual circuits, culture and power, Latin American visual production, cultural politics and subjectivity, performance and film studies. Rojas-Sotelo currently works and teaches at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University and is the Director of the NC Latin American Film Festival.

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Patrick Semmler
(919) 681-2548

Patrick Semmler is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies where he coordinates the undergraduate and graduate certificates. He received an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Utah, and previously a BA in International Studies and Political Science. His work in Latin American Studies began with the inaugural Utah Nahuatl Language and Culture Program, and then with events at a National Resource Center (NRC), and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) coordination. He also has experience working on migrant rights projects and refugee resettlement. Patrick is currently the Vice President of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), as well as Co-Chair of the CLASP Language Committee. Patrick speaks Nahuatl, Guarani, and Spanish. He has experience in Spanish language medical interpretation as well as literary translation.

Skylar Zee, outreach coordinator

Skylar Zee
(919) 445-4701

Skylar Zee serves as the outreach coordinator for the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Skylar received her undergraduate degree in History from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. Skylar was a social studies teacher for Durham Public Schools for nine years. During that time, she partnered with Education First to take students and their families on four international trips as their tour leader. As the outreach coordinator, Skylar will be working to promote the study and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. Skylar’s work will include hosting workshops, community events, film screenings, as well as study tours.
Joanna Shuett

Joanna Shuett
(919) 962-6879

Joanna Shuett is from Melbourne, Florida, and graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, where she also worked a little over a decade in administrative rolls. She moved to the Chapel Hill area in 2006, and after working many years in the operations and finance areas within the manufacturing industry, she realized her passion was working in academia and wanted to join UNC to provide support to those making improvements both locally and globally through research and education. During her travels to Costa Rica and Jamaica, she quickly developed an appreciation for Latin America, which drew her to joining the ISA department in 2017. As the Department Manager, she coordinates administrative, financial, and personnel duties, and is especially enthusiastic about supporting the faculty, staff and students in their pursuit of knowledge of the Latin American experience in the Western Hemisphere.

Jennifer Prather

Jennifer Prather
(919) 684-6054

Jennifer Prather has worked at Duke since 2000, first for the Duke University Center for International Studies and currently for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies doing publicity, graphic and website design.

Brianna Gilmore, communications, UNC

Brianna Gilmore
(919) 966-1484

Brianna Gilmore graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Latin American Studies with a double minor in Hispanic Studies and Geography. She volunteered in Ecuador with Global Citizen Year working with indigenous peoples and studied sustainable development with the School for Field Studies in Costa Rica. Before and after graduation, Brianna supported ISA in the coordination of public events and communications. She also managed the Latin American Film Library. In January 2021, she joined the Building Integrated Communities (BIC) initiative. At BIC, she organizes and facilitates community and civic meetings with stakeholders across the state of North Carolina culmination in community assessments, local government recommendation reports, and policy changes. She completed Relational Leadership training through the UNC School of Medicine, digital accessibility training with UNC’s Digital Accessibility Office, and most recently, UndocuCarolina’s ally training.