Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Sawyer Seminar '20/'21 Steering Committee Announced

February 17, 2021

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is excited to announce the steering committee for the 2021-2022 Mellon Sawyer Seminar, "Rethinking the Dynamic Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America." The Seminar, which will include periodic workshops, performances, exhibits, and other events during AY2021-2022, explores the dynamic interplay of migration, race, and ethnicity in the region.

The steering committee will be recommending participants from a range of nations, backgrounds, and disciplines to participate in the seminar. This year's committee includes:

Geri Augusto

Geri AugustoGerard Visiting Associate Professor of International & Public Affairs (IAPA) and Africana Studies. Director of Development Studies. Watson Institute Faculty Fellow. Faculty associate at Brown’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ, and affiliated with the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Program, as well as the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (POBS).

Lisa L Biggs, John Atwater and Diana Nelson Assistant Professor of Africana Studies


Anthony Bogues, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory and Professor of Africana Studies. Specializations: Caribbean Studies


Kevin Escudero, Assistant Professor of American Studies. Specializations: Comparative ethnic studies, critical refugee studies, immigration and citizenship, law and society, social movements.

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Andrea Flores, Assistant Professor of Education. Specializations: Cultural anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology of education. 


Patricia Figueroa, Curator of Iberian and Latin American Collections.

Kate Goldman, Center Manager, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Leila Lehnen, Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Chair of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Specializations: contemporary Brazilian and Latin American literature, the intersection between social justice and cultural production.

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Patsy Lewis, Director and Visiting Professor of Africana Studies. Watson Faculty Fellow. Specializations: Regional integration, small states development, Caribbean. 


Brian Meeks, Professor of Africana Studies. Chair of Africana Studies. Specializations: Social and political movements in the Caribbean.

Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, Manager of Programs & Outreach, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice


Pablo Rodriguez, Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Specializations: Health care in the Dominican Republic.