Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo

Senior Lecturer

Areas of Interest/Research

Urban Politics, Public Policy, Puerto Rican Politics, Caribbean Politics


I am a Senior Lecturer and Director of Master and Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies at the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty member of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida.  I have a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a B.A. in Political Science from the Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

In my teaching I aim to first facilitate critical thinking skills, second to teach students to make use of textual evidence in order to support their thoughts and viewpoints, and third to encourage a successful collaborative learning environment for students. I believe that in teaching both the students and the teacher learn from each other.

My research interests in urban politics focus on the different policies and values that have been used to impact urban landscapes.  I have studied the emergence of Gated Communities in Puerto Rico, the use of city marketing in Puerto Rico, and am now looking into how Puerto Rico is portrayed as a brand by government.

Contact Information

Phone: (352) 273-4742
Office: 319F Grinter Hall

Office Hours Summer A: By appointment.

Mailing address:

319F Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-7325