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 2020

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

Karina Aguilar Guerrero, Spanish and Portuguese
Alas pa’ Volar: Poetic Counter-Storytelling

Taylor Branch, African American Studies
The Mark of Cain: Tattoo Surveillance and its Consequences in Brazil

Carolina Cantu, Anthropology
The Politics of Indigeneity in Brazil: From Colonial Representations to Indigenous Activism Today

Kenji Cataldo, History
“Somos más”: Decolonization and Environmental Activism in Contemporary Puerto Rico

Adam Chang, Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Networks in a World Unknown: Public WhatsApp Groups in the Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

David Cordoba, Molecular Biology
5th Course: SPA 319/LAS 354 Topics in Cinema and Culture: White Men Gone Wild in Colonial Latin America

Maximo De La Cruz, Anthropology
The Neglected: Black Workers in Modern-Day Brazil

Rui De Oliveira, Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Whose Tweet is it Anyway? Classifying Tweets by Brazilian Users Through Supervised Machine Learning Techniques

Mabel Felix, Woodrow Wilson School
“The People” Have Spoken: Explaining the Rise of Populism in Mexico and Brazil

Monica Gomez, Woodrow Wilson School
A Study of the Colombian Venezuelan Migration Crisis: What Drives Colombia’s Open Arms Response?

Manuel Gomez Castaño, Politics
The True Politician: Miraísm’s Hope and Virtue Politics

Menelik Graham, Politics
5th Study Abroad Course: Caribbean Society: Continuity and Change

Bhadrajee Hewage, History
“It Is Not Our Concept Of Democracy Which Is Now On Trial, But Yours”: Cheddism and the Resilience of Cheddi Jagan’s People’s Progressive Party, 1953–1964*

Reed Hutchinson, Linguistics
5th Course: SPA 534 Seminar in Medieval Spanish Literature: National Myths/Imperial Realities

Nourhan Ibrahim, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Shaping an Urban Landscape Through Community Engagement and State Support: An Analysis of Urban Agriculture in Havana, Cuba*

Nathalie Jimenez, Spanish and Portuguese
Don y Responsabilidad: Initiatives Towards Sexual and Reproductive Health Education Reform in Costa Rica

Rachel Kasdin, Sociology
5th Course: GHP 350 Critical Perspectives in Global Health

Mikaylah Ladue, Anthropology
Scars of Recovery: Unregulated, Brutal Addiction Treatment Facilities in Mexico*

Curtis Leonard, Anthropology
5th Course: LAS 414: Poverty, Inequality and Social Mobility in Latin America

Emma Louden, Astrophysical Sciences
5th Course: HIS 484/ LAS 484/ LAO 484/ AMS 484 Borderlands, Border Lives

Franklin Maloney, Operations Research and Financial Engineering
5th Course: LAS 376/ ECO 376 The Economic Analysis of Conflict

Anna Marsh, Architecture
Roberto Burle Marx’s Parque do Flamengo: The Paradoxical Promotion of Brazil’s National Landscapes Through German Constructs

Marisela Neff, Chemistry
5th Course: LAS 328 Immigration Debates in the United States

Matthew Oakland, African American Studies
“Las Apariencias Engañan”: Exploring the Hidden Transcripts of Cuban Rap

Sophia Paredes, Politics
Free Will and Politics: Testing the Empirical Associations Between Free Will Beliefs and Political Ideology

Eduardo Paz, Economics
International Spillovers of the U.S. Fed’s Monetary Policy: The Effect on Latin America

June Philippe, Spanish and Portuguese
To Exist is to Resist: Black Transnational Thought & Aesthetic in Afro-Brazilian Identity, Appearance-Based Bias, & Hair Politics

Danny Pinto, German
Zwischen Chilenidad und Ostalgie:Hybridität, Solidarität, und das Fremde: Chile-DEFA Films as Transnational Sites of Medialized Remembrance

Nathan Poland, African American Studies
5th Course: LAS 371/ SPA 372/ AAS 374 Cuban History, Politics and Culture

Katherine Powell, African American Studies
Throwing the Voice, Constructing the Self: Black Feminisms and Literature in Martinique and Sénégal, 1930s – 1970s

Alejandra Rincon, Spanish and Portuguese
Time Commences in Xibalba: A Queer Analysis of Gender Mestizaje and Trauma Temporalities

Gabriela Rivera, Anthropology
Community Comes First: Recognizing the Past and Reimagining the Future After Hurricane María in Barrio Mariana

Cecilia Rojas, Economics
Financial Inclusion as a Tool to Reduce Trafficking and Commercial Exploitation of Girls and Women in Mexico

Diana Sandoval Siman, Woodrow Wilson School
Gang Violence and the Politics of Popular Punitivism in El Salvador

Peter Schmidt, Spanish and Portuguese
A Mountain There

Emerson Thomas, Computer Science
5th Course: LAS 328 Immigration Debates in the United States

Betsy Vasquez, Neuroscience
El Papel de la Santería en el Sistema de Salud Público de Cuba (Santeria in the Cuban Public Health System in Cuba)*

Katya Vera, Anthropology
Implicit Bias Training and Servicio Social: A Comparative Analysis of Medical School Curricula in the United States and Mexico

Krystal Veras, Sociology
¡Vecina, Tráeme una Leche!: An Ethnographic Study of the Formation of Social Life and Transnational Identities in Dominican Bodegas in Lynn, Massachusetts

Caleb Visser, Politics
Babies Across Borders: The International Politics of Adoption & Political Violence and ‘Dirty Wars’ in 20th Century Latin America

Katie Ward, Sociology
5th Course: LAS 317/ POL 495 Institutions of Justice and Democracy in Latin America

Hadley Wilhoite, Spanish and Portuguese
Representations of a Dictatorship and its Dissidents: An Analysis of Gender and Genre in Three Illustrations of the Trujillato

Alice Wistar, Spanish and Portuguese
Eating Peru: Critical Analysis of the Gastronomic Revolution Through Food*