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Contact the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS)
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Come and visit OLLAS in Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 102. Our office is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm weekdays.


Juan Casas

Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 347 U
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-2548
jcasas@unomaha.edu

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Dr. JUAN CASAS is the interim director of OLLAS and associate professor of Psychology. His teaching centers on child and adolescent development and his research interests focus on relational aggression and victimization as well as on issues related to various forms of bullying. Dr. Casas has written many scholarly articles and book chapters. He has published in top-tier journals including Developmental Psychology, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Social Issues and Early Childhood Research Quarterly among others. He has broad editorial experience, most recently serving as Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies (JOLLAS). He is a founding member of the Bullying Research Network, Midwest Social Development Consortium and the Relational Aggression Conference series. In addition he is a member of the Society for Research on Adolescence and the Society for Research on Child Development where he is a member of the Ethnic and Racial Issues committee. He currently sits on the board of the Partnership 4 Kids.


Yuriko Doku

Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 102
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-3835
ydoku@unomaha.edu

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Ms. YURIKO DOKU is the project coordinator for the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains. Yuriko holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and her areas of interest are social demography and labor economics. She worked closely with Census 2010 data, and continues assisting the OLLAS faculty and staff in the creation of OLLAS reports.



Jasney Cogua-Lopez

Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 102
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-3835
jcogualopez@unomaha.edu

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Dr. JASNEY COGUA-LOPEZ is an OLLAS research associate whose research interests include Latin American migration, gender studies, and intragroup Latino relations. Throughout her career, she has participated in multiple research projects on immigrant incorporation, community knowledge and attitudes toward refugees and asylees, immigrant participation and civic engagement, South American migration, the migration industry and others. Additionally, she has worked in federally funded Dependency Court, Adult Drug Court and Mental Health Jail Diversion research and evaluation projects. She teaches OLLAS courses including Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies: Social Sciences, Latin America Today (Introduction to Latino/Latin American Studies), and Latinos & Gender.


Clare Maakestad

Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 102
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-3835
cmaakestad@unomaha.edu

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CLARE MAAKESTAD is the OLLAS study abroad assistant. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Latino/Latin American Studies, International Studies, and Spanish, as well as her Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2012. At OLLAS, she works with study abroad programs, research projects, and marketing. Clare is pursuing her MA in Sociology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, with a focus on Latin American and global environmental issues.