Graduate Students

Student Profiles

Mauricio Acuña
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests:
Anthropology, History and Literature, focusing on the relationship among Social Thought, Subalternity, Popular Culture & Intellectuals Practices, Disciplinary Knowledge and National Imaginations.

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.

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.

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

Miguel Domínguez
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests: Mexico, Brazil, and Latin America; literary magazines, surrealism, historiography of the avant-garde, theory of trauma, intersections between disability studies and literary theory.

Haris A. Durrani
History

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

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

Charlie Hankin
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests:
Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, the Caribbean, African diaspora, music and revolutions

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.

Galileu Kim
Political Science

Research Interests: Improving federal programs through the application of data-driven solutions.

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

Elis Mendoza
Architecture

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

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

Benjamin Murphy
Art & Archaeology

Research Interests:
Art history, intellectual history, anthropology and indigenous representation

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

Pablo Pryluka
History

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

Sowmya Ramanathan
Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests:
​​​​​​​The theory and practice of the Latin American neoavant-garde; in notions of alterity as they inform aesthetic form and practice; in the distinct and divergent strains of feminism in twentieth century in the Southern Cone and the Caribbean.

Yvette Ramirez
School of Public & International Affairs

Research Interests: International development and education, research, and nonprofit management in Latin America and the United States.

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.

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

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

 Vinicius de Aguiar Furuie *20 (Anthropology) successfully defended his dissertation, “Argonauts of the Amazon: River Trade and Rights in the Xingu Basin” on September 3, 2020 (Committee: Ryo Morimoto, Carolyn Crouse, João Biehl and Joerg Niewohner from Humboldt University of Berlin).  Vinicius is an Environmental Fellow at The Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Marian Miguel Bedran *20 (Spanish & Portuguese) successfully defended her dissertation “A Turn to Amazonia: Experimental Art, Indigeneity, and the Rise of Political Ecology in Brazil” on August 27, 2020.  Marina has accepted a tenure-track position at Johns Hopkins University as an assistant professor of Lusophone Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Daniela Barba-Sanchez *20 (Politics) successfully defended her dissertation, “Private Gains and Human Rights Violations: Collateral Damage in Mexico’s War on Drugs” on September 9, 2020 (Committee: Deborah Yashar, Grigore Pop-Eleches, Carles Boix). 

Ingrid Brioso Rieumont (Spanish & Portuguese) was awarded a 2019 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship. The fellowship is conferred to recognize individual doctoral students whose dissertation will make an unusually significant contribution to their discipline. The program provides funding to conduct research in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months.

Vinicius de Aguiar Furuie (Anthropology) was awarded the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship.  This fellowship was established in 1905 by Clara Cooley Jacobus and is awarded to doctoral students who, in the judgement of the University faculty demonstrate the highest scholarly excellence.  Previous Jacobus winners have gone on to become leaders in all fields including academia, business, industry, and government. The fellowship supports his final year of study at Princeton.

Brandon Hunter (Anthropology) was awarded the 2019 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship. This program funds individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. He was also awarded a National Science Foundation DDRI Grant in the Cultural Anthropology section for the same project.

Ivan Lopez Munuera (Architecture) taught a research seminar on architecture and epidemics: Contagion!!! On Architecture and Epidemics at Architectural Association in London.  In addition to this, he received the CCA Doctoral Students Program Grant: https://www.cca.qc.ca/en/41082/cca-doctoral-students-program.

Javier Rivero Ramos (Art & Archaeology) recently published the first comprehensive monographic publication devoted to Chilean artist Juan Downey. Co-edited together with Julieta González, Juan Downey, 1940- 1993 spans the life and career of the artist, offering novel studies by leading specialists as well as the first compendium of his oeuvre. Published by Ediciones MP.

Sonia de Laforcade *19 (Art & Archaeology) successfully defended her dissertation, “Áudio-Visual: The Slide as Medium in Brazilian Art,” on November 20th, 2019 (Committee: Irene Small, Hal Foster, Rachel Price, Alexander Alberro). Sonia is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon.