What research questions currently preoccupy you?
Mostly Panama since 1980, for a new manuscript.
What personal factors contributed to your research?
I went to Panama in 1965, and I’m still trying to understand the country.
What has been most challenging in your research?
Funding is always a constraint in research, as well as access to sources.
How has your position in SJSU contributed to your research?
While an administrator I had resources to travel. The librarians have been great, knowing that Spanish and Portuguese are essential to good research.
A hidden (research) talent:
For many years I worked with cliometrics but no longer do so.
One book that changed your life (or research) and why:
David McCullough's Path Between the Seas, and his endorsement for my first Fulbright grant.
A website/journal/newspaper (in your field?) you follow without fail:
Three sources to stay in touch: New York Times for world, vamaganews.wordpress.com for Panama, and a weekly news feed by David Fleischer on Brazil.
Advice you’d give to newer faculty or students:
Talk to lots of people and sources—engage with participants.
Accomplishments: Bacardi Family Distinguished Professor (on Panama) at Univ. Florida,
3rd edition of A History of Modern Latin America, UC Press, forthcoming 2017.