Meet Our Team

Meet the people who make MSI possible.

Co-Directors
Alexandra Puerto

Alexandra Puerto

MSI Faculty Director
Alexandra Puerto is Associate Professor of History and Latinx and Latin American Studies. She specializes in the history of race, science, and medicine in twentieth century Latin America,...
Robin Maxile

Robin Maxile

MSI Co-Curricular Director
Robin Maxile is the Associate Director for Racial Equity at the Intercultural Community Center. She brings with her a care-centered model that is rooted in trauma-invested care and healing work...
Faculty
Headshot of James Ford III

James Ford III

Associate Professor, English and Black Studies
(323) 259-1472
James Edward Ford III’s teaching and scholarship focus on three fields: The Aesthetics of Black Radicalism; Black Popular Culture; and Western Political Thought.
Leila Neti

Leila Neti

Professor, English
(323) 259-2865

Leila Neti teaches in the fields of postcolonial Anglophone literature and theory, 19th and 20th century British literature, and literary and cultural criticism.

Teaching Assistants
Niccolo Bartone

Niccolo Bartone

MSI TA
Pronouns: he/she/they (any pronouns) Class year: rising junior  Major: Psychology  Minor: Philosophy (prospective)  Social justice leader, past or present, who incites the changemaker in you:...
Taliha De Ochoa

Taliha De Ochoa

MSI TA
Pronouns: she/her/hers  Class Year: 2024 Major: English Minors: Education & Latin/o/a/e American Studies Social justice leader, past or present, who incites the changemaker in you: Minerva...
Simi Fulton

Simi Fulton

MSI TA
Pronouns: she/her/hers Class Year: 2023 Major: Psychology  Minor: Theater  Social justice leader, past or present, who incites the changemaker in you: Angela Davis Favorite ice cream flavor:...