Featured Graduate Students

Charlie Hankin

Spanish & Portuguese

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

I study Caribbean literatures, cultures, and musics. My dissertation focuses on flow and the idea of hip-hop in Cuba, Brazil, and Haiti. I have carried out ethnographic research with hip-hop communities in La Habana, Colón, and Santa Clara (Cuba); Fortaleza and São Paulo (Brazil); and Port-au-Prince (Haiti). I have also written on cumbia/literature in Argentina and comparative receptions of maroon communities following the Haitian Revolution and the Brazilian quilombo of Palmares. I received my BA from Reed College and hold a MMus in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon. I coproduced the Cubadisco-nominated album Sentimientos Desafinados (2017) with Cuban rapper and producer Malcoms Justicia, also recording violin tracks. I additionally collaborated with Haitian rapper D-Fi Powèt Revòlte, recording violin for the album Kwonik on GetoYout (2018).

Federico Huneeus


Research Interests: Macroeconomics, International Trade, Industrial Organization, Political Economy

I'm a sixth year Econ PhD student from Santiago de Chile. Before coming to Princeton I did my undergraduate studies and masters in Economics in the University of Chile. In Princeton I did my fields in Macroeconomics, International Trade and Industrial Organization. I'm broadly interested in the behavior of firms and its macroeconomic consequences. In particular, I've worked on the effects that firms' lobbying activities has over the misallocation of resources, generating inefficiencies between firms, using US micro data. My dissertation is about how shocks propagate in the economy through production networks, i.e., the network created by the fact that firms buy and sell products to other firms. In particular, I study how international trade micro shocks are propagated when production networks are costly to adjust. To answer this question, I use a rich and novel administrative dataset from Chile that has transaction level information between firms. I use this data to estimate a structural model of production network dynamics and evaluate how the trade shocks around the Great Recession propagated domestically, taking into account that the formation of links that underlie these production networks are costly to adjust. Besides doing research, I play soccer and squash. I love music and spend time with friends and family.

Jessica Mack


Research Interests:
Mexico, urban history, digital humanities and public history

I am a historian of Modern Latin America and a Postgraduate Research Associate in the Department of History. I defended my dissertation, “A Campus for Mexico: Knowledge and Power in UNAM’s University City,” in January 2019. This project traces the spatial reconfiguration of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) on a new midcentury campus, Ciudad Universitaria. By chronicling this monumental building project, this research explains the national university’s shifting role in Mexico’s developing revolutionary state and examines the ways in which new national priorities were inscribed upon intellectual and cultural life. Born and raised in New York City, I hold a Ph.D. from Princeton and a BA in history from Wesleyan University. At Princeton, I’ve been a preceptor for the history course Modern Latin America Since 1810 and am currently affiliated with the Center for Digital Humanities. I’ve been an instructor for the Prison Teaching Initiative and am a contributor to the Princeton & Slavery Project. Prior to graduate school, I worked at the Social Science Research Council and in the non-profit sector in Mexico City. My interests include public history, digital humanities and archival quandaries.

Paula Vedoveli


Research Interests:
Cultural and social history of the long 19th century, the history of capitalism, the history of information and the history of technology

I am a Ph.D. student in the History Department, with research interests in the cultural and social history of the long 19th century, the history of capitalism, the history of information, and the history of technology.  My dissertation, “Private Capital, Public Debt: A Global History of Brazil’s and Argentina’s Integration into International Financial Markets, 1852–1914,” examines how newly independent nation-states in the region changed from economic pariahs to massive debtors throughout the course of the 19th century. My research shows that intermediaries – diplomats, journalists, bankers, entrepreneurs, and the occasional opportunist – were crucial in this process as they helped reduce transaction costs in an imperfectly integrated world and thus played a vital role in the functioning of markets. Moreover, intermediaries produced cultural commensurability, a form of financial labor that crucially fostered the first wave of economic globalization. In doing so, they boosted the credibility of non-European cultures by interpreting the untold rules and norms of contemporary cultures of credibility. Finally, intermediaries helped accelerate the development of public debt as a state technology in Latin America during the second half of the 19th century.  Over the last years, I have conducted multi-archival research in the United Kingdom, the United States, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and France. I graduated summa cum laude in History from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. I also hold a M.A. in International Relations from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.