Serena Cosgrove, PhD

Serena Cosgrove

Director, Latin American Studies

PhD, Sociology, Northeastern University

Areas of Expertise

Central and Latin America


Serena Cosgrove, Associate Professor, has been teaching at Seattle University since 2010. She has a B.A. from Seattle University, a M.A. in Social Anthropology from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology also from Northeastern University. Classes she teaches include "Understanding Global Poverty," "Conflict & Revolution in Central America," "Introduction to International Studies," and "Research Methods for International Studies."

Professor Cosgrove is an anthropologist and sociologist; she is interested in how members of marginalized groups develop leadership skills and influence their societies. Her current research focuses on the resistance and resilience of indigenous communities in Central America and the gendered effects of conflict in Guatemala and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Professor Cosgrove travels frequently to carry out research and then includes it in her classes. Her most recent publication is Surviving the Americas: Garifuna Persistence from Nicaragua to New York City (University of Cincinnati Press 2020) which she co-authored with José Idiáquez, Leonard Joseph-Bent, and Andrew Gorvetzian.