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Dean Juan Carlos Mercado

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Juan Carlos Mercado, PhD

Dean, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education
Director of Study Abroad and International Programs at City College Professor of Latin American Studies

25 Broadway 7-65
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(212) 925-6625
(212) 925-0963
Dean Juan Carlos Mercado

Juan Carlos Mercado is the Dean of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education. He is the senior dean with more 8 years of experience in this leadership capacity.  Mercado is also Director of the Study Abroad and International Programs at the College. Prior to his appointment as Dean, Mercado was Professor and Chair of The Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at CCNY from 2000 to 2007, and Acting Provost of the College in 2011. He also teaches at the PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the CUNY Graduate Center. Mercado has worked on 19th Century Spanish American Literature, History of Ideas, and on the Spanish exploration of what is today the United States.  He is the author of many books, reviews and articles. His most recent publications are two annotated editions of Menéndez de Avilés and Florida: Chronicles of Expeditions (2010), Juan María Gutiérrez’s Escritores Coloniales (Juan María Gutierrez’s Colonial Writers, 2012). Currently, Mercado is working an annotated edition of Ruy Díaz de Guzmán’s La Argentina: Historia de las Provincias del Río de la Plata.

As Dean of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, he launched the M.A. program in the Study of the Americas in Spring 2010. He organized the First Distinguished Professors Lecture Series (2008) and the Book Talk Lecture Series (2009 and 2010) as well as other Lecture Series from 2010 to 2015.  Further, he organized The Halls at Bowling Green (CWE/CCNY). The Halls is a curatorial incubator serving the student body and downtown community with contemporary art exhibitions. He also led the Strategic Planning Initiative at the Center; in addition, Mercado is a member of the CCNY Steering Committee of the Middle State Commission on Higher Education. He is the Founder and Chair of The Americas Film Festival of New York (TAFFNY), in collaboration with the Smithsonian Indian Museum and the Cervantes Institute. Mercado is also one of the founders, along with the Division of Humanities and the Arts and the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership, of Human Rights: A Yearlong Forum at the City College of New York.  He is also the founder and organizer with the Franklin Institute of University of Alcala (Spain) of the International Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and the United States. His latest initiative is an agreement with the Executive Director of DC37 to provide training to union members in computer programs as part of a program that will include other technical and academic support.  

As Director of the Study Abroad and International Programs, Mercado has increased the number of international programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.  He was instrumental in bringing the Global E3 to the College (Global Engineering Education Exchange Program). Recognizing a growing demand for internationally-experienced engineering graduates, a group of leading universities around the world established the Global E3 in 1995. Global E3 allows engineering students at member universities to enjoy a fulfilling study abroad experience.  He has also been working closely with the NOAA-CREST Center to increase its presence internationally.  

Mercado chaired the Search Committee for Provost and the Dean of Humanities and the Arts, for the second time in the last few years. He was a member of the President’s Council for Inclusive Excellence, a member of the Advisory Board of the CUNY Dominican Institute, and a faculty member of the PhD Program in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at the CUNY Graduate Center.  


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