Spanish-Speaking Experts

Eugenia Afinoguénova, Professor of Spanish

Eugenia AfinoguenovaLanguages, Literatures and Cultures

Expertise: Spain: 1800-2007, Spanish Culture and Literature, Tourism in Spain, The Prado Museum, Spanish Film, Franco Regime (1936-1975): Censorship and Propaganda, Teaching and Technology, Study Abroad in Spain

Office Phone: (414) 288-6715
Mobile Phone: (414) 630-7507


Sonia Barnes, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Sonia BarnesDepartment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Expertise: Linguistics, sociolinguistics

Office Phone: (414) 288-6710

Stephanie Rivera Berruz, Assistant Professor

Stephanie Rivera Berruz


Expertise: Latin American & Caribbean Philosophy, Latinx Feminisms, Philosophies of Race, Gender, and Sexuality

(414) 288-7298



Scott Dale, Associate Professor

Scott DaleSpanish Department

Expertise: Hispanic art, Spanish, Spain, Spanish literature and culture, Enlightenment, Romanticism, European literature.

Office Phone: (414) 288-7643

Jaime Hernandez, Assistant Professor

Jaime HernandezDepartment of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Expertise: Pavement engineering

Office Phone: (414) 288-2064


Javier Ibáñez-Noé, Associate Professor

Javier Ibanez-NoePhilosophy Department

Expertise: Philosophy

Office Phone: (414) 288-5972

Claire Kirchhoff, Clinical Assistant Professor Assistant Professor

Claire KirchhoffDepartment of Biological Sciences

 Anatomy, primatology, pre-health advising, skeletal analysis

Office Phone: (414) 288-6566

Brian Palmer-Rubin, Assistant Professor

Brian Palmer-RubinPolitical Science Department

Expertise: Latin American politics, especially Mexico; development and economic policy

Office Phone: (414) 288-6842

Giordana Poggioli-Kaftan, Teaching Associate Professor of Italian

Giordana Poggioli-KaftanDepartment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Expertise: Italy as a nation and the Italian language; Marginalization of classes of people (notably: women, Jews, Italian Southerners); Exclusionary and marginalization rhetoric and the resistance efforts to it; Italian 19th and 20th centuries products promising modernity.

Media type: Print, TV and radio

Jessica Rich, Assistant Professor

Jessica RichPolitical Science Department

Expertise: Brazil

Office Phone: (414) 288-2166

Stefan Schnitzer, Mellon Distinguished Professor

Stefan SchnitzerBiological Sciences Department

Expertise: Ecology, Climate Change

Office Phone: (414) 288-1485

Fr. John Thiede, S.J., Associate Professor

John ThiedeTheology Department

Expertise: Theology, Latin American Theology, Latin American Politics and Immigration from a theological perspective

Office Phone: (414) 288-7156

Gabriel Velez, Assistant Professor

Gabriel VelezDepartment of Educational Policy and Leadership

Expertise: How adolescents and youth respond to educational experiences as part of their identity development; how young people experience school-based restorative justice, peace education, and the transition to college; and equity and inclusion in the college-going process, the college transition, and college experience.

Office Phone: (414) 288-4610

Julissa Ventura, Assistant Professor

Julissa VenturaDepartment of Educational Policy & Leadership

Expertise: K-12: Experiences of Latinx Students; Experiences of immigrant students and families; Student Voice and Leadership / Community-based education: The role and impact of community educators; Power of Educational Spaces outside of schools

Office Phone: (414) 288-5992