Felicia Knaul, Ph.D.

Dr. Knaul is  a Professor in the Department of Public Health Services at the Miller School of Medicine, as well as the Director of the Miami Institute for the Americas. She is an international health economist and an expert in Latin American health systems and social sectors. Felicia is the wife of UM President Julio Frenk.

Kenny Broad, Ph.D.

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Dr. Broad's interdisciplinary training includes an M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University. He is currently an assistant professor in the Division of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami and the Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and holds a joint appointment at Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth ObservatoryBroad's long history of diving and documentary film expeditions includes the exploration of one of the world's deepest caves in the Huautla Plateau in Mexico.

Monica Faraldo


Monica Faraldo (BA, MA University of Miami) is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami. Her research agenda focuses on the peopling of the New World through osteological analyses of ancient skeletal material from sites in Costa Rica and Florida.  Her research projects in Florida also include food ways of early residents of Key West and the 17th century Spanish treasure ships which sank in Florida waters.  She has presented more than 15 professional papers on her research projects since coming to the University of Miami.  Her active teaching schedule incorporates her research with hands-on excavations in Key West at the famous Audubon House site.  She brings her practical experiences and certifications in police medicolegal investigation of death, international forensic photography and imaging, forensic odontology and others, to her popular courses in human osteology and forensic anthropology for undergraduates.  Ms. Faraldo has also adapted her forensic background and teaching expertise in a summer, hands-on program for advanced secondary students.  Her students can be found testing various projectiles on simulated human tissue and bone at law enforcement firing ranges,  attending autopsies at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s office, excavating a notorious prison site on a tropical island off Costa Rica, presenting papers on their own research at venues like the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and pursing exciting careers biological anthropology in top-rated doctoral programs across the United States. 

Cristina Gomes, Ph.D.


Dr. Gomes's research focuses on understanding the evolution of sociality and the mechanisms associated with cooperation in both chimpanzees and humans.

Frederick Hanselmann, Ph.D.


Dr. Hanselmann is Faculty in the Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society and part of the Exploration Sciences Program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and directs programs in underwater archaeology and underwater exploration.  Having worked on underwater sites from a wide variety of time periods, his research has ranged from submerged prehistoric deposits in springs and caves to historic shipwrecks in Latin America and the Caribbean.  He is a GUE cave and technical diver, a Nautical Archaeology Society Tutor, a certified SCUBA instructor, and a fellow of The Explorer’s Club.  His work has been widely featured in the media, including documentaries and films with the National Geographic Channel, the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Channel, South by Southwest, and the Travel Channel.

Ellen Kapsalis, Ph.D.


Dr.  Ellen Kapsalis specializes in the areas of primate social behavior; reproductive behavior; and colony management, working particularly with the Macaque species. She received her B.A. in English and History from Boston College followed by an M.A. in Anthropology and lastly a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the State University of New York. Kapsalis is also the Director of Research Compliance for UM’s Animal Care and Use Committee and has previously worked as an Environmental Enrichment Director at Charles River Laboratories.

Sarah K. Meltzoff, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1982)

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Industrial and small-scale fisheries analyses, political anthropology; Indo-Pacific and Spanish West Africa.   

Kate Ramsey, Ph.D.

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Kate Ramsey works on Caribbean history and culture with a particular focus on Haiti. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of law, religion, and performance in the Caribbean; the genealogy of the concept of “magic” under colonialism; and Caribbean intellectual history and social movements. Ramsey is co-coordinator of the Haiti Research Group through the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Prior to arriving at UM, she was the recipient of postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania’s Humanities Forum and Yale University’s Center for Religion and American Life.

Meryl Shriver-Rice, Ph.D.


Dr. Shriver-Rice is the Director of Environmental Media at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. As both a visual anthropologist and palaeoethnobotanist, her interdisciplinary background includes dual degrees in Anthropology and Biology, a Master’s degree in Archaeology (University of Nottingham, England), and a Ph.D in Interactive Media, Film, and Visual Culture (University of Miami). Her archaeological work investigates the organic evidence for paleoecology, prehistoric agriculture, and trade in consumables amongst the pre-Roman city-states of modern day Tuscany. Her current media studies research focuses on the intersection of science, digital culture, and corporate branding in shaping societal values and perceptions of the environment.

Toni Cela, Ph.D.

Toni Cela, is a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Miami’s Department of Anthropology and the Country Coordinator of the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (www.inured.org). She received her doctorate in education from Columbia University. Her research interests include: anthropology of disaster and recovery; disaster health; anthropology of education; migration and education, Haitian youth identity formation, and diaspora and development. She has led and/or managed several medium and large-scale studies including: the Mapping Assets-Access for Equitable Recovery and Reconstruction in Post-Hurricane Matthew Haiti, funded by INURED, the Center for Haitian Studies and Project Medishare;  the Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development, funded by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD); Diaspora Impact on the Capacity for Recovery from Conflict and Crisis, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and The Sociocultural Context of Violence Against Children in Haiti, funded by INURED. She has received several awards including: the 2013-2014 Council on Anthropology and Education Presidential Fellowship; the 2013-2014 U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Haiti, where she served as the co-PI on a national study of the higher education sector, and the 2014-2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award.  In 2016, she was awarded a Spencer Foundation grant titled, The Socio-cultural Costs of Pursuing Higher Education for Women in Haiti, for which she serves as co-PI alongside Dr. Louis Herns Marcelin. 

 Selected Works

2017. Marcelin, L.H., Cela, T., and H. Dorvil. Haitian youth in the Americas //Les Jeunes Haïtiens dans les Amériques. Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec.

2017. Marcelin, L.H. and Cela, T. After Hurricane Matthew: Resources, Capacities, and Pathways to Recovery and Reconstruction of Devastated Communities in Haiti. Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED).

2016. Marcelin, L.M., Cela, T. andSchultz, J.M. Haiti and the Politics of Governance and Community Responses to Hurricane Matthew. Disaster Health, 3(4): 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21665044.2016.1263539. 

2016. Schultz, J.M., Cela, T., Marcelin, L.M., Espinola, M., Heitmann, I., Sanchez, C., Jean Pierre, A., Foo, C.Y., Klotzback, P., Espinel, Z., and Rechkemmer, A. The Trauma signature of the 2016 Hurricane Matthew and the Psychosocial Impact on Haiti. Disaster Health, 3(4): 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21665044.2016.1263538.

2016. Parker, L., François, K., Desinor, O., Cela, T., and Fleischman Foreit, K. A Qualitative analysis of savings and internal lending communities in Haiti – do they make a difference? Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 12(1): 81-89.

2015. Sumner, S.; Marcelin, L.H.; Cela, T.; Mercy, J.A.; Lea, V.; Kress, H.; and Hillis, S.D. Sentinel Events Predicting Later Unwanted Sex Among Girls: A National Survey in Haiti, 2012. Child Abuse & Neglect.

2014. Reza, A.; Marcelin, L.H.; Mercy, J.; Vertefeuille, J.; Cela, T.; et. al. Violence Against Children in Haiti: Findings from a National Survey, 2012.  Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development.