CLACS/Lemann Institute Staff


Andrew Orta, Professor of Anthropology, Acting Director CLACS



Kasia Szremski, Associate Director CLACS


Kasia Szremski joined the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in 2016. Prior to coming to UIUC, she was a Lecturer in Anthropology and Pre-Major Academic Adviser at Vanderbilt University, where she also received her Anthropology PhD in 2015. Kasia is also the director of the Huanangue Valley Archaeological project, an ongoing research project dedicated to investigating the linkages between intergroup interaction, resource management, and the development of alternative forms of political complexity on the western slopes of the Peruvian Andes. In her spare time, Kasia is an avid runner and has competed in marathons on three different continents.


Anna Maria Escobar, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Director CLACS



Carlos Molina-Vital, Quechua Instructor


Carlos holds an ABD in Linguistics, from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and Rice University (Houston, TX). His
areas of interest are Quechua, Andean languages, , Spanish Grammar, grammar and rhetoric, pedagogical grammars, and standardization of indigenous languages. He has done fieldwork in Ayacucho, Cuzco, in the Southern Andes. He is presently working on his dissertation on Grammatical Voice in Ancash Quechua (Huaylas), a language spoken in the Central Andes in Peru.

Antonio Sotomayor, Assistant Professor, Librarian Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University Library



Ellen Moodie, Associate Professor of Anthropology, LAST 170 Instructor Fall 2018



Marc Hertzman, Associate Professor of History, LAST 170 Instructor Spring 2019



Alejandra S-Seufferheld, Outreach Coordinator


Alejandra S-Seufferheld, Outreach Coordinator of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, coordinates CLACS outreach programs and events for the educational community (K-12 schools, colleges, libraries), civic organizations and the general public. She also coordinates the CLACS's Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program. Alejandra is native from Argentina where she received a professional degree in Architecture. In addition, she obtained a Master in Architecture from the University of Illinois, her Master's research and design thesis was focused on Migrant Farmworker Housing.

Gloria Ribble, Office Manager

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LAST 170 | Teaching Assistants

Jose E. Gobbo

LAST 170 Teaching Assistant AY 2018-19

Grazzia Grimaldi

LAST 170 Teaching Assistant AY 2018-19

Christopher Vecoli

LAST 170 Teaching Assistant AY 2018-19


Graduate Research Assistant

Danil Massip

Graduate Assistant