STPEC Program Staff

All staff can be contacted at: STPEC Program Office, 301 Machmer Hall, 413 545-0043

Toussaint Losier

STPEC Program Director 
Associate Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
321 Africa House
Ph.D., History, University of Chicago
Fields of interest: African American History, Black Politics, Criminal Justice policy and transnational social movements

Graciela Monteagudo

STPEC Associate Director
Lecturer, STPEC Program
Honors Program Director
309 Machmer Hall
Ph.D., Anthropology, UMass Amherst, 2011
Certificates from UMass Amherst in
Latin American Studies (2011) and Women's Studies (2009)
MFA-IA, Goddard College, Vermont (2001)
Fields of interest: Neoliberalism, Women of South America


Monica M. Garcia

Director of Undergraduate Advising 
Phone: 413 545-1597
305 Machmer Hall
M.S.W., Community Organization and Planning, Hunter College School of Social Work, CUNY, NY
B.S., Psychology, B.A., Anthropology, University of Florida
Areas of Interest: Solidarity Economy, Food Security, Education and Anti-racist Youth Leadership. 


Donna Vanasse

Program Coordinator
Phone: 413 545-0043
303 Machmer Hall

Shemon Salam

Lecturer in Social Thought and Political Economy
307 Machmer Hall
Ph.D., Geography, CUNY, Graduate Center
M.A., South Asian Studies, University of Washington, Seattle 
Fields of Interest: Black Radical Tradition; racial capitalism; Black Geographies; South Asia Studies

Dr. Shemon Salam is currently working on a book, tentatively titled Limits of the Black Radical Tradition. He looks at the rise and fall of the Black Liberation Movement and class struggle in the 20th century. But this defeat is not permanent, Limits sees the return of the tradition in the form of riots, revolutions, and wars.

Shemon has been an activist since 2001. He has organized against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been involved in anti-racist struggles around U.S. bases in South Korea, Islamophobia, and police brutality. He was involved in Occupy Wall Street and organizing fast food workers in New York City.