Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Center | ADVISORY BOARD



Dr. María Lourdes Casas, Interim Director

María Lourdes Casas received her MA and PhD in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she is an Associate Professor at Central Connecticut State University where she teaches Spanish Language, Literature, Cinema and Culture.

She specializes in XIX-XX Spanish Literature and Culture. Her main research focuses on short novel collections in Spain from 1900-1936. She has published articles dealing with mass readership and the female characterizations in these collections, and about Spanish Contemporary Cinema. She is currently working in a book length project about one of these collections, La Novela Mundial. She is also co-author of several Spanish textbooks. She is also the co-director of the LAACCSU and the Interim Director of the LALCC



Dr. Antonio García-Lozada

Dr. Antonio García-Lozada is Professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages Department and the University Ombudsperson.  He holds a M.A, and Ph.d, in Spanish Languages and Literatures from University of Maryland – College Park.  His specialty from University of Maryland was on nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Latin American Literatures; however, since coming to CCSU in 1994 her scholarly work has also focused on Modernism, Caribbean, Contemporary literatures and intercultural studies.

Dr. García-Lozada  has lectured at European, Latin-American and US universities, and delivered multiple papers at national and international conferences.  His numerous articles have appeared in professional journals such as: Anthropos, Quimera, Aleph, Mapocho, and Acta literaria, and chapter books in Vista Higher Education Learning, Javeriana University Press (Bogotá-Colombia), and National University (Bogotá/Manizales- Colombia)

Dr. García-Lozada has been invited as a keynote speaker and visiting professor at University of Málaga (Spain), National University (Manizales-Colombia), University InterAmericana (Puerto Rico) and University Paul Verlaine (Metz-France)

Dr. García-Lozada was director of the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Center for five years, and coordinator of the Latin American Studies as well.  As an educator, he holds a very active research agenda in using technology in Spanish language, Latin American culture, history, and literature courses. He is interested in Online, Blended-Hybrid, and e-Learning courses.



Dr. Katherine Sugg

Katherine Sugg, Associate Professor, Department of English and Coordinator of the Latino and Puerto Rican Studies Program. Professor Sugg teaches Latino/a and Latin American literatures, as well as topics in American, Feminist, and Latino studies. Courses taught at CCSU include Introduction to Latino and Puerto Rican Studies, Latino/a Literature, Global Novel, American Frontiers: The West in American Literature and Film, Latin American Women Writers, and The Baroque Americas.

Her publications include articles on narrative and politics, minority identity, gender and sexuality, and cultural theory in various journals, as well as a book, Gender and Allegory in Transamerican Fiction and Performance (Palgrave, 2008). Her current research includes a book project on contemporary representations of masculinity and race in the Americas. Dr. Sugg has been the founding Coordinator of the Latino Studies Program since 2009 and helped organize various events on campus, including two conferences focusing on Latino issues in higher education, in 2006 and 2011.

Delia J. Sanders, PhD, MSSW, LCSW

Dr. Delia J. González Sanders

Delia J. González Sanders, PhD, MSSW, LCSW received her BSW & Minor in Latin American Studies, University of Texas at El Paso, MSSW University of Texas at Austin, PhD Smith College School for Social Work.

She is Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Social Work at Central Connecticut State University.Her research interests include diverse caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease and related irreversible dementia; eliminating health disparities, & translating research into clinical practice.


She serves on the Medical & Scientific Council of the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter.Recent publication: Dementia Care with Black & Latino Families A Social Work Problem-Solving Approach.


Dr. Marisa Mealy

Dr. Marisa Mealy received her MA and PhD from New Mexico State University.  She is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Science.  Prior to coming to CCSU, she taught ESL classes in Chile and Psychology classes in Ecuador and New Mexico.

Her research and teaching interests focus on Cross-Cultural Psychology and Intergroup Relations.  She has published several articles comparing cultural norms in Latin America and the United States and in 2012 published a chapter examining the role of ethnicity in the Peruvian conflict with Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path).


Dr. Silvia Corbera

Dr. Silvia Corbera received her Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona, Spain.  Consequently, she completed post-doctorate degrees at various institutions in Connecticut, such as UCONN, Institute of Living (Hartford Hospital) and at Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Corbera has worked with people with severe mental illness and has also published several papers in various journals describing her research with people with schizophrenia, including Psychiatry Research, Schizophrenia Research, European Psychiatry, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.  She has also worked for the state of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Disabilities, as a Consulting Psychologist.

Dr. Corbera’s research focuses on the study of social cognitive and affective and neurocognitive processes (e.g., empathy, emotion regulation, emotion processing, Theory of Mind, empathy, rejection and ostracism) in healthy populations as well as with clinical populations (e.g., schizophrenia; autism spectrum disorder).

She is currently an Assistant Professor at Central Connecticut State University in the Department of Psychological Science.