Please meet some of our alumni:



Julio works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his Ph.D. in History and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from FIU in 2011. Prior to joining the UMass faculty, he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University’s American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program. He is currently revising his manuscript, tentatively titled “It’s Not Queer to Be Gay”: Miami and the Emergence of the Gay Rights Movement, 1940 – 2000. The Urban History Association awarded it the 2012 Best Dissertation Prize. His 2010 article “Queering Mariel” received the Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Article Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and FIU’s First Annual Provost Award for Outstanding Paper/Manuscript. View CV


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Erika received her Ph.D. with a concentration in Latin America and Africa in 2011. Her research was supported by a Tinker Grant, Fulbright Fellowship, and FIU’s Doctoral Evidence Acquisition fellowship. The writing of her dissertation was supported by a Ford Dissertation Fellowship and FIU’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. In the Fall of 2011 she joined UNC-Charlotte’s Africana Studies Department as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In the Fall of 2012 she was appointed an Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin American History and the Latin American Studies Community Outreach Coordinator in the History Department. She recently had an article accepted in the journal African and Black Diaspora, and is currently working on her book To Foster To MaintainBlack Legal Identities in Cordoba, Argentina 1776-1853View CV


Rodney received his Ph.D. in History and an award for outstanding academic achievement from Florida International University  in 2009. He had earned a B.A. from the College of Wooster (1969) and a J.D. from Cornell Law School (1976).  A member of the Florida Bar, Rodney practiced law as a civil litigation attorney in South Florida from 1976-1997.  Since 2001, he has periodically taught at FIU as an adjunct instructor in modern U.S. history, military history, Supreme Court history, and world history. Rodney specializes in military history.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1973 and was awarded the Bronze Star for service as a Military Intelligence Officer in Vietnam (1972-1973).  His Ph. D. dissertation is due to be published in 2013 as Big Guns, Brave Men: Mobile Artillery Observers and the Battle for OkinawaView CV