Dr. Laird W. Bergad

Executive Director

Dr. Laird Bergad is a Distinguished Professor in the PhD program in History at the Graduate Center and the Department of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He is the founder and Executive Director of CLACLS. His previously published books include:

  • Coffee and the Growth of Agrarian Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Puerto Rico; Cuban Rural Society in the Nineteenth Century: The Social and Economic History of Monoculture in Matanzas
  • The Cuban Slave Market, 1790-1880; The Demographic and Economic History of Slavery in Minas Gerais, Brazil, 1720-1888
  • The Comparative Histories of Slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States; and Hispanics in the United States: A Demographic, Social, and Economic History, 1980-2005.

Laird is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

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Phone: 212-817-8465

Dr. Victoria Stone-Cadena

Associate Director

Dr. Victoria Stone-Cadena is the Associate Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Before coming back to the Center, she directed the CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Initiative (CFDI) in collaboration with University Dean Arlene Torres, PI of the project.  She is a broadly trained socio-cultural anthropologist whose research interrogates gender, race, indigeneity, and ethnic identity in the Americas. She conducted her dissertation research with transnational indigenous migrant families in Southern Highland Ecuador and New York City. Her analyses draw from emerging mobility, migration industry, and indigenous studies, including critical race theory. She holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Victoria is fluent in Spanish and English.

Phone: 212 – 817 – 8441

Karen Okigbo

Administrative Director

Karen Okigbo is the Administrative Director at CLACLS. She is also a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. At CLACLS, Karen has authored reports on topics ranging from childhood poverty trends in New York City to the impact of Latino citizenship status. Her academic research focuses on immigration, race, ethnicity, and education. Karen has a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University. She also holds an M.S. in Sociology from North Dakota State University as well as an M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Phone: 212 – 817 – 8438

Sebastián Villamizar Santamaría

Director of Quantitative Research

Sebastián Villamizar Santamaría is the Director of Quantitative Research at CLACLS. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He holds degrees in sociology and geography from institutions in his native Colombia. He is interested in studying spatial inequalities in cities and their outskirts, combining urban and environmental sociology. He joined CLACLS in the Fall of 2015 as a Research Associate, and has written reports on topics related to childhood poverty in the United States, obesity and inequality, and ancestry.

Phone: 212 – 817 – 8466

Andreina Torres Angarita

Research Associate

Andreina is a doctoral candidate at CUNY’s Anthropology program. She obtained a Joint Honors BA in Art History and International Development Studies at McGill University in Montreal and an M.Sc. in Gender and Development Studies at FLACSO-Ecuador. Currently, her specialties are gender studies, urban anthropology and anthropological perspectives on property. Her dissertation focuses on urban transformations, citizenship claims, affective politics and State-civil society relations in contemporary Caracas, Venezuela, through an ethnography of state-sponsored land occupations and housing projects.

Phone: 212 – 817 – 8466

Cathy Cabrera-Figueroa

Research Fellow

Cathy is a Ph.D. student in the History Department at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds a Master of Arts from the Liberal Studies program at Lehman College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fordham University. Her major field is Latin American History and she is the recipient of the Miranda Fellowship for the Study of Puerto Rican Migration to and Communities in the United States.

Phone: 212 – 817 – 8466

Lidia Hernández-Tapia

Digital Fellow

Lidia is a Ph.D. student in the Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Havana, Cuba. Her academic research focuses on contemporary Cuban photography, music and literature; and on the intersection of race, media and performance studies.

Phone: 212 – 817 – 8466

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