Profile: Joseph Scarpaci


Joseph Scarpaci has degrees in Geography from Rutgers, Pennsylvania State and Florida. He has taught on the faculties of the Universidad Interamericana de Bayamon, University of Iowa, Rutgers University and Virginia Tech. His study abroad program is the longest running U.S.-based program of its kind. His fieldwork in the Southern Cone has been funded by the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholarship Program. His work on health-care privatization appeared in Primary Medical Care in Chile: Accessibility under Military Rule (University of Pittsburgh Press), as well as articles in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Environment and Planning, Social Science Medicine, Health Place, and other health, policy, and geography journals. He edited Health Services Privatization in Industrial Societies (Rutgers University Press) and co-authored the medical geography segment (with Robin Kearns ) in Handbook of Health Behavior II: Provider Determinants (Plenum). His work in Latin America has been published — Havana: Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis, with Armando Portela ( Cuban Landscapes: Heritage, Memory and Place. New York: Guilford Press, 2009) and M. Coula and R. Segre (University of North Carolina Press, 2002*); Plazas and Barrios: Heritage Tourism and Globalization in the Latin American Centro Historico (University of Arizona Press, 2005*). Dr. Scarpaci is a member of the international editorial boards of Health Place; Cuartilla, and Territorio, Espacio y Sociedad and serves as the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Latin American Geography.

Joseph may be contacted at In January 2009, he co-taught an international Marketing course with faculty from the Department of Marketing at Virginia Tech, where he continues as an adjunct. He is partner at the Havana Consulting Group and Director of the Center for the Study of Cuban Culture and the Economy.