• Jere Behrman
  • Jere Behrman

    Jere Behrman, PhD, Kenan Professor of Economics and Sociology at Penn, researches economic development, early childhood development, labor economics, human resources (education, training, health, nutrition), demography, household behaviors, life-cycle and intergenerational relations and policy evaluation.  He has published ~400 articles (primarily in leading general and field economic journals, also in leading demographic, sociology, nutritional and biomedical journals) and 33 books.  He has worked with numerous international organizations, researched or lectured in over 40 countries (including 13 in LAC), principal investigator on over 75 research projects and received various honors, including the 2008 biennial Carlos Diaz-Alejandro Prize for outstanding research contributions to Latin America and a  2011 Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universidad de Chile.

  • Nancy Biller
  • Nancy Biller

    Nancy Biller, MPH, MA, is the Assistant Dean for Global Health Affairs at the School of Nursing.  Her focus is on opportunities for students and faculty to engage in global health activities for maximum impact, globally and locally.  The Latin America and Caribbean region is a priority that led to Penn Nursing’s leadership in forming the PLAC group in 2014.  Previously, Nancy spent 10 years working closely with Associate Dean Neal Nathanson to build Penn Medicine’s Global Health Programs, providing global health experiences to more than 1000 medical students from Penn and from international medical schools. Nancy has a BA in French from the State University of New York at Albany, an MA in International Affairs from Ohio University, and an MPH from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

  • William Burke-White
  • William Burke-White

    William Burke-White, PhD, JD, MPhil, an expert on international law and global governance, served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2011 on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff, providing the Secretary direct policy advice on multilateral diplomacy and international institutions. He was principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), Secretary Clinton’s hallmark foreign policy and institutional reform effort. Burke-White has written extensively in the fields of international law and institutions, with focus on international criminal and international economic law. His work has addressed issues of post-conflict justice; the International Criminal Court; international human rights, and international arbitration. His current research explores gaps in the global governance system and the challenges of international legal regulation in a world of rising powers and divergent interests. This work has led Professor Burke-White to study Brazil’s role in the BRIC economies and Latin America and to develop a course for Penn Law students that allowed them to travel to Brazil as part of their research.

  • Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez
  • Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez

    Manuel de la Cruz Gutiérrez, PhD, MLS, is the Penn Libraries' inaugural Research and Knowledge Management Liaison Librarian. Based in the Biomedical Library, he promotes library services and resources to research communities throughout the science and health science schools at Penn. He also serves as the Libraries' Liaison to the Biomedical Graduate Studies program at the Perelman School of Medicine. He has a B.S. in Physics from the Universidad de Guadalajara, a Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester (via a Fulbright scholarship), and he did post-doctoral training in neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston. Manuel earned his Master's degree in Library Science from Texas Woman's University.
    Manuel manages the PLAC website.

  • Tulia Falleti
  • Tulia Falleti

    Tulia G. Falleti, PhD, MA, is The Class of 1965 Term Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which earned the Donna Lee Van Cott Award to the best book on political institutions by the Latin American Studies Association. Her articles on federalism, decentralization, authoritarianism, and qualitative methods have appeared in the American Political Science ReviewComparative Political StudiesPubliusStudies in Comparative International DevelopmentQualitative Sociology, among other journals and volumes.  

  • Johnny Irizarry
  • Johnny Irizarry

    Johnny Irizarry serves as Director of the Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina, at the University of Pennsylvania. Irizarry served as Executive Director of The Lighthouse, a multi-service community based Neighborhood Center and of Taller Puertorriqueño (a Latino arts & cultural center) in North Philadelphia. Irizarry also worked as a teacher and was Program Specialist for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies for the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Curriculum Support.

  • Michael Levy
  • Michael Levy

    Michael Levy, PhD, leads a joint venture between the University of Pennsylvania and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia to combat Chagas disease transmission in Arequipa, Peru. His research team in Peru conducts epidemiological studies on Chagas disease as well as entomological and ecological research on disease vectors and reservoirs. In addition his team uses quantitative and qualitative methods to elucidate the factors that have led to urbanization of a disease traditionally associated with rural poverty. 

  • Katya Rascovsky
  • Katya Rascovsky

    Dr. Katya Rascovsky is a Research Assistant Professor at the Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center and Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  She was awarded her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at the Memory and Aging Center, University of California San Francisco.

    Dr. Rascovsky’s research focuses on the cognitive and behavioral characteristics of young-onset dementias. As a former Research Associate at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and Co-Director of the UCSF Latino Memory Clinic, she has experience in the diagnosis and management of Latino dementia patients both in Latin America and the US.  She currently oversees a Latin American consortium to study young-onset dementia with sites in Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. Dr. Rascovsky also directs an initiative to translate and adapt the NIA-funded National Alzheimer Coordinating Center (NACC) clinical and cognitive modules to study dementia in Spanish-speaking Latino populations. 

  • Antonia Villarruel
  • Antonia Villarruel

    Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. As a bilingual and bicultural researcher, Dr. Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience with Latino populations, health promotion and disparities. Using a community-based participatory approach, she has been the PI/Co-PI of over eight RCTs on reducing high risk behaviors in teens. One program, to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth – entitled Cuídate! is disseminated nationally.  Dr. Villarruel holds many leadership positions.  She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing; serves as Chair of the IOM Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities and Co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Council of the AARP/RWJ Future of Nursing Campaign for Action.  Most recently, Dr. Villarruel was a member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health resulting in the report, A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health (2016).