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Dr. Bret Anderson
Associate Professor of Economics
PhD, Economics, Colorado State University
Dr. Anderson’s teaching and research are tightly woven together and focus on global aspects of human development and inequalities. As an applied macroeconomist, Professor Anderson studies how growth, structural change, and institutional settings influence economic livelihoods differentially for women, men, and young people. His work has been published in World Development, Journal of Economic Issues, Politics and Policy, and others. At SOU he teaches Micro and Macroeconomics, Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions, America in the Global Economy, the Senior Capstone Research Seminar, and other courses related to inclusive growth, social justice, and the macroeconomics of gender and youth issues.
Dr. Enrique Chacón
Assistant Professor of Spanish
PhD, Hispanic and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Chacón is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Southern Oregon University. His main focus is Mexican Literature and Culture. He approaches different contemporary topics from the Cultural Studies perspective as well as Critical Theory. He has studied humor in Poetry as well as Narrative and Intellectual production in the second half of the 20th century in Mexico, paying special attention to the figure of Juan García Ponce. His current research includes the representations of violence in Latin America and US Latino Culture. In his teaching techniques, he explores the possibilities of including different cultural products to improve language learning.
Dr. Anne Connor
Professor of Spanish
PhD, Spanish, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Connor is Professor of Spanish at Southern Oregon University. She began directing the Summer Language Institute for Spanish Teachers in 2007, the year of the program’s inception. Beyond directing the SLI, she teaches intermediate through advanced Spanish courses at SOU. Her research interests include the Fantastic in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film, U.S. Latino Literature and Culture, Women Writers of Latin America, and Music and Culture of Latin America.
Dr. William Hughes
Program Chair – International Studies; Associate Professor – International Studies, Political Science
BA, MA, California State University (Chico); PhD, University of California (Davis)
Professor Hughes teaches introductory political science courses, upper-division courses in American and comparative politics, and both the Research Methods course and Senior Seminar. He is also the director of the Southern Oregon Center for Social Research. Teaching/Research Area: American and Comparative Politics, Research Methods.
Dr. Sean McEnroe
Professor of History
PhD, University of California (Berkeley); MA, Portland State University; MAT, Lewis and Clark College; BA, Vassar College
Sean McEnroe is an historian of the Atlantic world, specializing in religion, ideology, and state formation. His newest book, A Troubled Marriage, is a study of the literal and figurative marriages among European and indigenous communities throughout North and South America. His earlier work, From Colony to Nationhood in Mexico, describes the role of Indian leaders in the creation of modern towns and modern citizenship. As an archival historian, McEnroe works in manuscript and rare book collections in Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Canada.
Dr. Jessica Piekielek
Program Chair – Sociology and Anthropology; Professor of Anthropology
PhD, Anthropology, University of Arizona
Dr. Piekelek received both her PhD and MA from the University of Arizona, after receiving her BA from Guilford College. Jessica’s main interests and teaching curriculum include topics such as conservation, environmentalism, applied anthropology, and border and migration studies, surrounding countries like Mexico, the US, as well Latin American studies.
Dr. Dustin Walcher
Director, Division of Social Sciences; Professor of History and Political Science
PhD, History, Ohio State University
A specialist in international affairs, U.S. foreign relations, and inter-American affairs, Dr. Walcher’s scholarship analyzes international economic policy, global capitalism, social disruption, and political violence. With Jeffrey F. Taffet he published The United States and Latin America: A History with Documents (Routledge, 2017). He is currently revising a manuscript that examines the link between the failure of U.S.-led economic initiatives and the rise of social revolution in Argentina during the 1950s and 1960s.