Marlboro College


Mario Sousa-Pena - World Studies

Marlboro recently created a visiting World Studies fellow faculty position as part of its efforts to internationalize its campus and curriculum. Rotating each year to a different disciplinary area and a different region of the world, the World Studies fellow teaches a “Global Perspectives” course that looks at current events from a non-U.S. point of view, as well as one or two courses each semester within his or her own field. The fellow also helps coordinate international events on campus, participates on the college’s Committee for World Studies and serves as a resource for international students.

Marlboro’s third World Studies fellow, Mario Sousa-Pena, is a botanist from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He has conducted extensive field work in Costa Rica, Panama and throughout Mexico and brings to Marlboro a substantial research background in plant systematics and reproductive biology. At a crossroads in his career, Sousa-Pena says he is now looking forward to focusing more on teaching as a means to make “immediate, continuous and real contributions to knowledge and society. I will feel that I have succeeded if I am able to teach, and, perhaps more importantly, sensitize those students that decide not to go on to higher education in science, but who may ultimately occupy decision-making positions that would affect the pursuit of knowledge and the environment.”

B.S., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1992; M.S., University of Connecticut, 1996; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2001. Marlboro, 2002—

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