Senior Thesis Titles

Bringing together the insights gleaned through the course of one's studies, the completion of a thesis in a student's major discipline on a Latin American or Caribbean topic is one of the capstone experiences of the undergraduate certificate program. Below, you can get a sense of the impressive and broad-ranging scholarship produced each year.

Class of 2019

Students may write a senior thesis, an independent research paper (*), or take a 5th LAS course to fulfill the final requirement for the certificate.

Esteban Aguas, Economics
Las Esposas Trabajadoras: Examining the Effect of Marriage on Female Labor Force Participation in Latin America

Patricia Beltran-Cortez, Spanish and Portuguese
The Women of Calama Search for The Disappeared: Representations in Theory and Media

Luis Carchi, Woodrow Wilson School
Programming Development: Software as an Alternative for Effective Structural Change in Ecuador

Matthew Doyle, Politics
On Love and Life: Understanding Policy Outcomes of Marriage Equality and Abortion Legalization in Argentina

Alexander Fish, Neuroscience
*Film: Inin Niwe: The Plant Healer

Steven Gomez, History
The Memories of Imagined Communities: Constructing Historical Memories of the Armed Conflict in Colombia

Maria Heredia-Meza, Spanish and Portuguese
SPA 235/LAS 235 Of Shipwrecks and Other Disasters

Fritz Hillegas, Woodrow Wilson School
Constructing the Distrito Tecnológico: The Effect of Government and Media Discourse on Neighborhood Change in Parque Patricios, Buenos Aires

Isabel Hirshberg, Woodrow Wilson School
*Teacher Quality in Costa Rica: An analysis of Teacher Educational Attainment

Isabel James, Urban Studies
Life Under El Bloqueo: Cuban Public Opinion of US Policy

Samantha Jannotta, History
Seeking Sanctuary: How a Religiopolitical Movement Challenged Notions of Westphalian Sovereignty

Kauribel Javier, Sociology
LAS 372 Public Health and Private Healing in the Atlantic World

Maria Jerez, Woodrow Wilson School
The Venezuelan Exodus: U.S. Immigration Policy in the Face of a Humanitarian Crisis

Lindsey Kelleher, History
Confronting a Calamity: The Origins of the Salvadoran Civil War

Alexandra Kersley, History
“Com Asas Te Imagino” Brazil’s Amnesty Movement and the 1979 Lei da Anistia

Devin Blake Kilpatrick, Sociology
Sojourners from Central America: A Study of Contemporary Migrants & Migration from Guatemala to the United States

Chitra Kumar, Spanish and Portuguese
#AbortoLegalYa: An Analysis of the Systemic Obstacles to Legalizing Abortion and its Consequences in Argentina

Rodrigo Moretti, Economics
Meth-boom Mexico: How American Precursor Regulations fed Industrialized Cartel Production

Daniel Jose Navarrete, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
LAS 384 The Anthropology of Selected Regions (The Amazon)

Jose Pabon, Mathematics
Cryptocurrency: Past Fraud, Present State, Future Game Theory Model

Benjamin Perelmuter, History
*Remembering the Revolution: Sergio Ramírez, the MRS, and the Sandinista Party

Christian Ramos, Spanish and Portuguese
The Syncretism of Two Worlds: Modern and Traditional Medicine in Peru

Katharine Reed, History
Myths of Revolution: Development and State Violence in Mexico, 1968-1976

Jordan Salama, Spanish and Portuguese
The Illusion of Memory: Four Weeks Down Colombia’s Magdalena River

Nora Schultz, Politics
Anarchist Theories of Change and Action, with Practice in Uruguay

Janelle Spence, Spanish and Portuguese
Black Film as Art Conceptions of Black Film in Brazil and Cuba

Daniel Sullivan, History
The Southern Star of Empire: Shifting Attitudes Toward Mexico During the U.S. Civil War

Elizabeth Tian, Computer Science
*Investigating the Emerging Technology Ecosystem within Peru

Rachel Todd, Spanish and Portuguese
La Maldición de Antioquia: Stigma, Illness Metaphors and Caregiver Narratives of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in Colombia

Samuel D. Vilchez Santiago, Woodrow Wilson School
From Revolution to Diaspora: Societal Responses to Venezuelan Migration in Cúcuta and Boa Vista

Catalina Vives, Economics
The Effect of Crime Victimization on Institutional Disenfranchisement and Political Preferences in Mexico

Michael Wisner, Woodrow Wilson School
*Argentina, Brazil, and the Politics of Desert Storm Decision-Making