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Latin American Studies


Eric Griffin, Program Chair

Dr. Griffin (left) at Rancho San Miguel, near Valladolid, Yucatán

Professor of English Eric Griffin directs the Millsaps College program in Latin American Studies and teaches regularly in the Living in Yucatán program. His recent book, English Renaissance Drama and the Specter of Spain: Ethnopoetics and Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), explores Anglo-Hispanic literary and cultural relations from the late 15th through the early 17th centuries, including the role of the "Black Legend" of Spanish cruelty in Spain's conquest of the Americas. An essay on the colonial writing of Captain John Smith, which compares English and Spanish colonial efforts in North America, appeared in Envisioning an English Empire: Jamestown and the Invention of the North Atlantic World, Robert Appelbaum and John Wood Sweet eds. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005). 



Dr. George Bey

Dr. George Bey (right) with fellow archaeologists Bill Ringle (left) and Tomás Gallareta at Uxmal, Yucatán

Anthropology professor George Bey teaches a broad range of archaeology and anthropology courses, but his areas of research interest are Mesoamerican Archaeology, the analysis of prehistoric pottery, and the evolution of complex societies such as the Maya and Toltecs. Since 1984 he has directed field projects in the Yucatán, first at the Maya site of Ek Balam and since 2000 at the site of Kiuic. Sitting amidst a 4,500-acre biocultural reserve created with the support of Millsaps College, Kiuic offering students unique opportunities to study Maya archaeology as well as the flora and fauna of the tropical forests of Yucatán. His work in the Yucatán has been featured in USA Today and in the National Geographic documentary Quest for the Lost Maya, which aired on PBS on March 28, 2012. 


Dr. Ramón Figueroa

Born in the Dominican Republic, Spanish professor Ramón Figueroa teaches classes in Hispanic Culture and Latin American Literature. An aficionado of Latin American cinema, he assembled one of the country's biggest collections of Mexican film posters, which he has since donated to the University of Florida.



Dr. Harvey Fiser

Dr. Fiser (third from left) at the Else House in Mérida, Yucatán

Business professor Harvey Fiser teaches business law and has research interests in employment law, professional malpractice, and limitations of liability. In the Yucatán, Dr. Fiser spearheads the presence of Millsaps' Else School of Management, offering classes most winter and summer sessions, in subjects ranging from International Law to Global Business. He has forged links with local business leaders, and visits to their factories and agribusinesses form a key component of his Mérida-based classes.



Dr. Stan Galicki

Dr. Galicki in the Else House in Mérida, Yucatán

Geology professor Stan Galicki worked in the petroleum industry before entering academia. His research interests include sedimentary environments of deposition, wetland biogeochemistry, groundwater and surface water hydrology, and the application of dendrochronology and dendrochemistry to geological studies. He has also been very active in the development of the Moyers Biocultural Reserve in Yucatán, where his primary interest is the sustainable development of the "off the grid" research complex. In the Yucatán, Dr. Galicki teaches classes in ecological design.



Dr. Robert Kahn

Dr. Kahn in Costa Rica

Robert Kahn has been teaching Spanish and has served as director of Millsaps College's Summer Program in Costa Rica for many years. In addition, he works with Millsaps' Office of International Education as Senior Consultant. His main duties deal with all aspects of Millsaps' faculty-led programs. In his present position he speaks to faculty, guidance counselors and students from around the nation on the importance of study abroad. Kahn has served as president of the Mississippi Foreign Language Association and is presently on the organization's advisory council. Kahn has spoken around the country on topics dealing with Latin American literature and pedagogy and has published in Hispania, the well-known journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.


Dr. Marcus Tellkamp

Dr. Tellkamp in the Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve, Yucatán

Hailing from Ecuador, Biology professor Markus Tellkamp teaches Ornithology, Physiological Ecology, Zooarchaeology, and Molecular Cell Biology on campus. In the field, he teaches Conservation Biology, in both the Yucatán Peninsula and the Andes Mountains. As a researcher, he specializes in tropical birds but he is also comfortable handling bats.