Graduate Students

Student Profiles

Jonathan Aguirre
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests:
Environmental history and literature in the Andes and United States

Andy Alfonso
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests: Cuba, the Caribbean, Latin American art, politics and literature

Jarome Ali
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests:
Ecology and evolution of bird colouration.

Charmaine Branch
Art & Archaeology 

Research interests: Modern and contemporary art of the African Diaspora.

Ingrid Brioso Rieumont
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests: Cuba, Brazil, and Latin America; slavery and photography; philosophy of time (temporality and endings).

Angela Brown
Art & Archaeology

Research Interests: ephemera, nontraditional archives, and popular media; transnational artistic movements; dance and film; especially in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Mexico

Alvaro Carril
Economics

Research Interests: Reduce inequalities and improve the efficiency of education-related markets in developing countries, including Colombia, Peru and Chile.

Constanza Dalla Porta
History

Research interests:  The modern history of Latin America and Chile within a global landscape of human rights struggles. Her doctoral dissertation project is a study of impunity and its role in shaping social, political, and cultural developments in post-conflict societies.

Alex Diaz-Hui
English

Research Interests: Focus on modern and contemporary poetry and music from Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular interest in the Greater Antilles

Haris A. Durrani
History

Research Interests: How the history of science intersects with law, resources, and the so-called global south. 

Will Freeman
Politics

Research interests: Corruption and the elite backlash in Guatemala, Peru, and Colombia

Gabrielle Girard
History

Research Interests:
Argentina, human rights and political transition during the late 20th century

Julian Gonzalez
Architecture

Research Interests: Architectural discourse between the built environment and nature in the Latin American region and Latino community in the northeast

Brandon Hunter-Pazzara
Anthropology

Research Interests:
Mexico, labor politics, electoral politics, social movements and tourism

Angelika Joseph
History & Theory of Architecture

Research Interests: Joseph’s research explores colonial-Indigenous architectural interaction on reservations, focusing on Native American reconciliation of colonial trauma, and the reinterpretation, or reversal, of existing power structures in the interest of Indigenous sovereignty.

Rodney Lebrón Rivera
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests: The relationship between history and literature, theory of history in dialogue with literary theory and Intellectual History in Latin American and the Caribbean.

Alejandro Martinez
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests: Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, amateur cinema, contemporary art from Latin America, minor literature

Ana Isabel Martinez Jimenez
Comparative Literature

Research Interests:  The intersection between poetic language and the formation of female subjectivity. Her literary focus is 20th century Latin-American women’s literature which she analyses alongside the feminisms that arose from French Écriture féminine and Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Elis Mendoza
Architecture

Research Interests: Architecture experimentation, human rights, post-conflict cities

Cate Morley
Anthropology

Research Interests: forced disappearance; humanitarian forensic intervention; Mexico

Isabela Muci Barradas
Art & Archaeology

Research Interests: History of photography, modern and contemporary art from Latin America

Ivan Munuera
Architecture

Research Interests:
Haiti, Caribbean, United States. Urbanism of HIV/AIDS

Lindsay Ofrias
Anthropology

Research Interests:
Ecuador and the USA

John Paniagua
History

Research Interests:
Colonial Caribbean, Amerindians and Atlantic Empires

Juan Diego Pérez
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests: Latin American modern and contemporary poetry (especially Chile, Colombia, and Perú); Latin American avant-garde and neo-avant-garde art; ecopoetry and ecocriticism; memory studies; decolonial theory; Andean ecologies and cosmovisions. 

Felice Physioc
History

Research Interests:
Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, information collection and circulation, media/communication history, political  economy

Paulina Pineda
Comparative Literature

Research Interest: The contribution of indigenous language revitalization efforts to approach ecosystem loss, extinction and the effects of pollution in Mexico.

 

 

Pablo Pryluka
History

Research Interests: Argentina, Brazil, Chile; History of Development, Economic History, History of Consumption, History of Advertising, Global History.

Camila Reyes Alé
Architecture

Research Interests: US-Latin America exchanges, circulation practices, material techniques and culture, cultural and visual studies, institutional history, modernization, decoloniality.

Javier Rivero Ramos
Art & Archeology

Research Interests: The limits and possibilities of international networks of artistic exchange that linked artists to audiences and colleagues beyond their geographic reach.

Sebastián Rojas Cabal
Sociology

Research Interests: Urban violence in Colombia.

Amanda Savagian
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests:
Animal communication in complex social groups; specifically, vocal communication in a cooperatively breeding bird in Panama

Fatima Siwaju
Anthropology

Research Interests:
The intersections of religion, race and national identity, particularly as they relate to Afro-descendant Muslim communities in Latin America and the Caribbean

Marie Testa Alvarez
Architecture

Research Interests:
The ephemeral, theater, public space

Federico Tiberti
Politics

Research interests: Political regime change.

Julie Tierney
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Plant-microbial symbioses and nutrient cycling in the white-sands forests of the Peruvian Amazon

Daniela Urbina
Sociology

Research Interests: Family demography, gender inequality, education, and quantitative methods.

Jessica Womack
Art & Archaeology

Research Interests:
Modern and contemporary art from the Caribbean, Afro-Diasporic religions, race, and visual culture and nation building

Noteworthy Accomplishments

Ingrid Brioso Rieumont (Spanish & Portuguese) was awarded the 2021-2022 Dean's Completion Fellowship/PGRA Program. The honorific fellowship provides support for dissertation completion to doctoral students who demonstrate the highest scholarly excellence. In addition, she translated and edited the book, Paletó y yo. Memorias de mi padre indígena (2021), by Aparecida Vilaça, winner of the 2020 Casa de las Américas Literary Prize.