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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.


Lourdes Gouveia

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

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Dr. LOURDES GOUVEIA is the director of OLLAS and professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her teaching and research focuses on Latin American migration, US Latino population, Latin American societies in the globalization era, global development and food and agriculture. Her most recent publications include: "Patterns of Migration: Latin America and the United States" (Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. London: Wiley-Blackwell. Forthcoming); "Latino Voting Eligibility in Nebraska" (OLLAS Data Brief. March 2011); "The Omaha Site: Migrant Civil Society Under Construction" (Woodrow Wilson Institute. 2010) and "The Research-Policy Gap on Latino/Latino Immigrant Issues: Impacts and New Directions on Social Policy" (Journal of Social Issues. 2010). As a researcher and Director of OLLAS, Dr. Gouveia has secured more than $1.5 million in funding. She sits on the boards of the International Network on Migration and Development, Partnership For Our Kids and the Heartland Workers Center. She has won numerous community and University Awards.


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.


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 associate 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.


Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado

Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 275
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-4859
jalvarado@unomaha.edu

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Dr. JONATHAN BENJAMIN-ALVARADO is the OLLAS associate director for engagement and a professor of Political Science. Area interests include: Comparative Politics/Sustainable Development in Latin America, Inter-American Politics, and Latino Politics. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado reveived an Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award for the Social Sciences in 2003. Active in Omaha's Hispanic community, he was the president of the board of directors of the Chicano Awareness Center (today called the Latino Center of the Midlands). Watch a video about his class: Cuba at the Crossroads.



Lissette Aliaga-Linares

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

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Dr. LISSETTE ALIAGA-LINARES is the OLLAS research associate specializing in the area of social demography. She has conducted research in, or about, a number of Latin American countries including Peru, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Brazil, as well as the U.S.-Mexico border. Her research focuses on on urban segregation, migration, urban poverty and informal work. Her scholarship of engagement includes assisting the Workers Defense Project in Austin Texas with the collection of information about day laborer’s hiring practices to advocate for the 2005 anti-soliciting bill and collaborating with the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) network.


Claudia Lucero

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

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CLAUDIA LUCERO is the OLLAS Community Engagement Coordinator. She has been a long-time community organizer in the Chicago area, and recently moved to Omaha, Nebraska to work with OLLAS.  Prior to that, she worked on a small team of professionals at the University of Illinois at Chicago at the Latino Cultural Center.  Claudia was one of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities’ (NALACC) first employees, working as a Regional Coordinator for the Midwest.  She has also worked as the Leadership Program Coordinator for CONFEMEX – The Confederation of Mexican Federations.  For the last 10 years Claudia has been a member of Durango Unido en Chicago, one of the federations in the Chicago area.  She served as president of Durango Unido en Chicago and CONFEMEX, and currently serves as a NALACC board president.  Claudia was born in Durango, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1990 at the age of 17.  She recently finished her bachelor’s degree in the Latino/Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  In 2006 she received the Top 40 Award from the Red Eye – a publication of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, for being one of the prominent leaders during the 2006 mega marches for the immigrant rights.


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. She works with OLLAS study abroad programs, research projects, and marketing.