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Faculty - Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies

Faculty and the PPICVS

Dr. David Almeida

Dr. David Almeida
Professor of Special Education

Dr. David Almeida joined the faculty at Bridgewater in 2007. By his own estimate, he has been at BSU “for forever,” which is how far back his connections with Cabo Verde go. Beginning in 2010 Dr. Almeida led many Study Tours to the island nation.

Dr. David Almeida’s relationship with the island dates back to the early days of the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies (PPICVS), of which he is a founding committee member. From 2010 right up until the pandemic shut down international travel, Almeida led numerous study tours to Cabo Verde. “When I develop study tours,” he said, “they are deeply academic. We spend all day, every day in elementary and secondary schools” immersed in the culture, learning and sharing.

Almeida’s doctorate in learning disabilities and reading from Harvard serves him well. In 2011, he received a Presidential Fellowship from then BSU President Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria. His research project? A Study of Literacy Instruction in Cape Verde. “As far as I know,” he said, “this is the only nation-wide study of literacy instruction in Cape Verde that’s ever been done.”

Almeida has presented at numerous conferences both here and in Cabo Verde with a focus on reading and literacy, and he has mentored several students whose research focused on various aspects of teaching and professional development in Cabo Verde.

Almeida, together with former director of the PPICVS Dr. Joao Rosa, produced the comprehensive report: “A Study of Cape Verdean graduate and undergraduate students educated at Bridgewater State University, 2008-2017: Advancing a Discussion on Scholarship Program Effectiveness.” The findings reinforced that BSU’s collaboration with Cabo Verde positively impacts teaching and learning in Cabo Verde.

To wit, Cape Verdean graduates of BSU have secured jobs that they believe would not have been possible prior to their study at BSU:

Full or part time professors at UniCV, the University of Santiago, and the Cape Verdean Institute of Pedagogy; an Administrative Manager; Director of Marketing for Coca Cola; Cabo Verde Military Instruction Officer; Director of the English Language Institute at UniCV; secondary school teacher; founder of a private English Language School; English language translator; authors of a national English language textbook for Cape Verde 5th graders; and two Cabo Verde City Counselors.

“The Institute is a bridge,” said Almeida, “between BSU and the diaspora – especially the New England diaspora – as well as the diaspora and Cabo Verde. “It’s all about helping to build capacity for Cape Verdeans to build their own initiatives, which is always best. I’m talking by way of a scholarly academic entity.”


Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan

Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan
Professor of Geography and Coffee Maven

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan was studying linguistics as an undergraduate when a course about deforestation in Brazilian Amazon drew him into the study of geography. This led him eventually to research on deforestation in the remote state of Rondônia.

His study of human and environmental factors influencing deforestation continues and has led him to a variety of academic and professional roles related to conservation, sustainability, and political economy. He has helped to establish BSU’s interdisciplinary programs in sustainability, Latin American studies, and STEM outreach.

Since arriving at Bridgewater State in 1997, he has taught a variety of environmental courses both for general education and for professional work in land protection and regulatory compliance. His regional interests include the cities of Brockton, New Bedford, Detroit, and New Orleans. Beginning in 2006, coffee has been the theme of much of his teaching, including on-campus seminars and 15 travel courses to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Cape Verde.

Area of Expertise
Sustainability, Latin America, Coffee, Coffee Shops


Dr. Magaly Ponce

Magaly Ponce
Professor of Art




Dr. Joao J. Rosa

Dr. Joao J. Rosa, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of TESOL,
Department of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Dr. Rosa was the first Director of the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies and served from its inception until 2019. He was instrumental in designing and deploying all the major programs run by the Institute, especially by helping to develop the Cape Verdean Studies Minor. Dr. Rosa has been teaching the Cape Verdean language at the university for many years.