A boy walks the edge of Acuchimay, a sacred mountain in Ayacucho, Peru.


Associate Professor - Department of Journalism


"Kaplan is one of America's most accomplished visual journalists. In 1992, his words and pictures project about the diverse lifestyles of 21-year-olds was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. In 1999, he was awarded Best of Show in the AEJMC national web design competition for his civil rights research. In 1989, Mr. Kaplan received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for outstanding coverage of the disadvantaged in the United States. He is also a former National Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the annual Pictures of the Year (POY) contest, and winner of the Society of News Design's Gold Award. He has twice been named a photography juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. Kaplan is a frequent lecturer at photography and journalism workshops and seminars throughout the world and has also received national recognition for his poetry and writing. In 1996, Kaplan's first book for children, Mom and Me, was named by Parents magazine as one of its best books of the year. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in journalism from Ohio University. Kaplan teaches photojournalism, design and editing."

-From the University of Florida Department of Journalism site.

John's work may be viewed at


Specialist: El Salvador
Department of Anthropology Chair


"I am a professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. I am also an affiliate with the Latin American Studies program and director of the Florida/Yucatan program at the University of Florida. I received a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Iowa State University in 1968, then went on to do graduate work at the University of Washington. I received an MA in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1973 in anthropology. Before coming to Florida I worked for a private research company in Cambridge, MA, Abt Associates, doing evaluation of bilingual education programs in the southwest. Throughout my career, my research has focused on the Mayan language and culture in the Yucatan of Mexico, Chiapas, Guatemala, and among Guatemalan refugees in Florida. I've also done research on migration between the U.S. and México city and within Europe. Some of the grants and contracts I have received are from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Labor, various governments of Micronesia, the National Park Service, the Florida Humanities Council, and the North South Center. I have also consulted for the National Geographic Society, Info-Tech, Incorporated, Abt Associates, Inc., several states, and several Native American tribes. I have published over seventy articles and book chapters, two books, and quite a few applied anthropology reports.

. . . I am a visual anthropologist, or maybe better put a "digital video anthropologist," and have produced several ethnographic videos, two of which have been shown on public television stations. My videos are on things like Mayan culture, immigrant health, historic preservation in Micronesia, and Native American cultural resistance. I was one of the original members of the board of directors of "Corn Maya," an association of Guatemala Maya people in the United States, as well as on the board of View our Voices, Inc., a community-based photography and video project in Gainesville, Florida for at-risk teenagers"

From Burns' homepage::


Department of Religion

The University also lists Professor Vasquez as a country specialist for El Salvador

"Manuel A. Vasquez received his B.S. from Georgetown University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University. His dissertation and first book, The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 1998), explored the effects of democratization and late capitalism on grassroots progressive Catholicism in Brazil. The book received the 1998 award for excellence in the analytical-descriptive study of religion from the American Academy of Religion. More recently, Vasquez has co-edited (with Anna Peterson and Philip J. Williams), Christianity, Social Change, and Globalization in the Americas (Rutgers University Press, 2001), based on a three-year long comparative research project on Catholic and evangelical Protestant congregations in Peru, El Salvador, and among Peruvians and Salvadorans in the U.S. This work was supported by a major grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Vasquez has also received grants and fellowships from the Lilly Endowment and the Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations. He serves in the executive council of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and is a member of several working groups on immigration, religion, civic life, and global ethnographies at the Social Science Research Council. His co-authored book (with Marie Marquardt at Emory University) entitled Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas is forthcoming (summer 2003) from Rutgers University Press. The book explores the interaction between religion and globalizing processes, such as transnational migration, the growth of computer mediated communications and mass media, the transition from Fordism to flexible capitalist accumulation, and the proliferation of culture industries, challenging dominant theories and methodologies in the social scientific study of religion. Currently, Vasquez is co-directing, with Philip Williams, a study on religious pluralism, identity, and transnational migration among Brazilians, Mexicans, and Guatemalans in Florida, supported by the Ford Foundation."

From the University of Florida Department of Religion Faculty pages:

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