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4. Puerto Rican Academics

Moderator: Dr. Teresita Levy, Professor, Lehman College (Bronx, NY)    
Dr. Edna Acosta-Belén, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University at Albany, SUNY.
B. Ramón Borges-Méndez, PhD, Associate Professor, Clark University (Worcester, MA)
Alessandra Rosa, Assistant Professor, Lynn University, (Boca Raton, FL)

Dr. Teresita Levy

Dr. Edna Acosta-Belén

B. Ramón Borges-Méndez

Alessandra Rosa


Dr. Teresita Levy is the Director of International Programs and Global Partnerships and Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College. She is also the Associate Director of the Center of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research focuses on the economic history of the Spanish Caribbean. Professor Levy’s book, Puerto Ricans in the Empire: Tobacco Growers and U.S. Colonialism, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2014. In this book, Professor Levy describes how small-scale, politically involved, independent landowners grew most of the tobacco in Puerto Rico. Their interest in securing the wellbeing of their economic sector meant political participation, and they successfully lobbied U.S. administrators in San Juan and Washington, participated in government-sponsored agricultural programs, solicited agricultural credit from governmental sources, and sought scientific education through a variety of public programs.

Dr. Edna Acosta-Belén

Dr. B. Ramón Borges-Méndez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has a professional career working in the United States, Latin America and Asia. He is currently Coordinator of the graduate Community Development and Planning Program, and Co-Coordinator of the dual degree (MA/MBA) program at Clark University (Worcester, MA). He holds a PhD and an MCP in Urban/City and Regional Planning from MIT, and a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prof. Borges-Méndez has held academic positions at UMASS-Boston, UMASS-Amherst, American University's School of International Service, The Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the University of Chile's Public Policy Graduate Program. More...

Alessandra Rosa was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts (UMass)-Amherst in Interpersonal and Multicultural Communications, with minors in Psychology and Spanish Literature. Subsequently, she completed a postgraduate degree at the Universidad de Valladolid (UVa), Spain in Economy and Marketing, followed by a Master’s degree at Florida International University (FIU) in Advertising and Public Relations. More...