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 marron 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

Economics

Research Interests:
Chile, macroeconomics, trade, industrial organization

I'm a fifth 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 dissertation fields in Macroeconomics, International Trade and Industrial Organization. I'm broadly interested in the behavior of firms and its aggregate 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. I'm also interested in questions related to political economy. I'm currently working on a project about the causes and consequences of the rise in political polarization in the US.  In particular, I study how micro shocks are propagated when production networks are costly to adjust. To answer this question, I'm using a rich and novel administrative dataset from Chile that has transaction level information between firms.  Besides doing research, I play soccer and squash. I love to hear different types of music and spend time with friends and family.

Jessica Mack

History

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

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Princeton. I’m currently writing a dissertation on the urban spatial history of Ciudad Universitaria, the Mexico City campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). By tracing UNAM’s midcentury spatial reconfiguration, this project seeks to explain the university’s shifting relationship to power, its role in Mexico’s developing revolutionary state and the ways in which national projects were inscribed upon its intellectual and cultural life. Born and raised in New York City, I received a BA in history from Wesleyan University and an MA in history from Princeton. Prior to graduate school, I worked at the Social Science Research Council and at a non-profit organization in Mexico City. At Princeton, I’ve been a preceptor for the history course Modern Latin America Since 1810. I have also taught for the Prison Teaching Initiative and am a contributor to the Princeton and Slavery Project. My interests include public history, digital humanities and archival quandaries.

Paula Vedoveli

History

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.