Students

ADVISOR: Jonathan Rosa

María Cristina was born and raised in Guatemala City to a Guatemalan mother and a Cuban father. After spending a year between high school and college to give classes to Q’eqchi’ girls in Petén, Guatemala, she started the Anthropology program at la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. After her first year of college, she had to flee the country with her family due to threats against her mother who denounced a case of corruption.
 
María Cristina continued her education at the night school of Boston College where she got a BA in Sociology. During her...

ADVISOR: Mikael Wolfe

Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA, David graduated from Tufts University in 2017 where he double majored in Economics and International Relations with a focus on Latin America. At Tufts, he combined interests in language and cultural studies with international trade and economic development. Since graduation, David has worked as a management consultant and developer at Booz Allen Hamilton. His work centered on the commercial energy sector – primarily with projects based in Latin America, where he witnessed both the benefits and repercussions of massive investments in energy infrastructure. While working with teams across Latin America, David...

ADVISOR: Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

Born in metropolitan Monterrey, México, and raised in rural Denmark, contrasts and comparisons have always shaped Kim’s personal and academic paths. He earned his B.A. in Political Science in 2020 from the University of Copenhagen with studies abroad in both the US and the UK. Kim earned his B.A. on a thesis titled ‘Farewell Trust? Insights from a Natural Experiment’. The thesis investigates the effects of a real-world corruption scandal on Danish citizen’s levels of institutional trust.

Governance and anti-corruption have not only been at the center of Kim’s academic work but also in his professional...

ADVISOR: Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

Raymundo is a recent college graduate from Sonoma State University, where he double majored in political science and French; with distinction. As an undergraduate researcher, he conducted an empirical study on the effects of racial priming of U.S. Latinx candidates at Michigan State University, and advocated for victims of unlawful incarceration and political intimidation at the Center for Civil and Political Rights. Further, he has served as an intern for both Human Rights First and at the International Rescue Committee, where he assisted in pro bono asylum cases and mentored refugees from Latin America.

In his...

ADVISOR: Asad L. Asad

María Fernanda was born and raised in an indigenous community in the isthmus of Oaxaca until her family migrated to rural Texas in 2006. She earned her BA in Psychology at Stanford University in 2020 and has focused her research on indigenous teacher protests in Oaxaca, Mexico, exploring the relationship between systemic education and indigenous cultures in Mexico. At Stanford, she followed her interest in English Language Learning by teaching and mentoring immigrant, low-income students in California, relying on her academic background and her personal experience.

María Fernanda is passionate about immigrant student’s access to...

ADVISOR: Nicole Hughes

Iris Osorio-Villatoro was born and raised in southern California as a child of Salvadoran immigrants. She completed her undergraduate career at Stanford University with a major in Urban Studies and two minors in Psychology and Translation Studies. For her capstone project, she focused on analyzing women’s activism during the Salvadoran Civil War, attempting to highlight both the importance of testimonios as a way of understanding Latin American history and the role gender played in this context. Iris is passionate about immigrants’ rights, and has volunteered with multiple nonprofits that work to help provide translation services for immigrants detained at...

ADVISOR: Vincent Barletta

Nathan graduated with honors from Columbia University in 2020 with a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. As a dual citizen of Brazil and the United States, Nathan's interests lie in the intersection of popular culture and the emergence of global colonialism during the early modern period. In 2017 and 2018 he studied at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where he began to connect the issue of endemic social inequality in postcolonial nations to questions of rampant urbanization and spatial justice. This was followed by an internship at the Mumbai-based startup...

ADVISOR: Héctor Hoyos

Hannah hails from occupied Piscataway land (Rockville, MD). She graduated from Stanford University in 2020 with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Human Rights. Her coursework and praxis focused on grassroots resistance to government-perpetrated human rights abuses. In particular, Hannah studies the historical and current damage of US imperial colonialism in Latin America, in recognition of her positionality as a white estadounidense.

Though messy, she hopes to work alongside local activists facing threat from US entities. Her journey of learned allyship has brought her as far as the Villa Grimaldi museum and peace park...