The graduate certificate in Latin American Studies is designed to allow students who are taking seminars in the program, working closely with our faculty, and writing dissertations on a Latin American topic to receive a formal credential in the field. Since the creation of the graduate certificate in 2012, PLAS has awarded 24 certificates. Currently there are 36 students from 10 departments and schools enrolled in the program.
Daniela T. Barba Sánchez, Ph.D., Politics
Private Gains and Human Rights Violations. Beyond Collateral Damage in Mexico’s War on Drugs
Martín Cobas Sosa, Ph.D., Architecture
LIMINAL CREATURES/LIMINAL TOPOGRAPHIES: Rhetorics of Excess in the New World
Martín Cobas Sosa received his Ph.D. from the School of Architecture at Princeton University (2021). Martín also holds a professional degree in architecture from the School of Architecture of the Universidad de la República, and a master’s degree in the history and theory of architecture (with distinction) from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). He is a member of Harvard’s GSD and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies’ South America Project (SAP).
Martín is an architect, architectural historian and critic whose work focuses on the histories and theories of modernization in Brazil and the New World. His research explores the liminal spaces between anthropology, architecture and nature, and the visual culture that emerges from them. A founding editor of the architectural journal Vitruvia, his writings have also appeared in edited books and in academic journals such as PLOT (Argentina), Ness (US), Architecture & Culture (UK), Revista R and THEMA (Uruguay). The work of his office Fábrica de Paisaje has been awarded several international prizes and has been exhibited in Buenos Aires, Mexico, New York, Barcelona, the Venice Architecture Biennale, and at the International Invitational Exhibition of the Korean Institute of Architects in Seoul. Cobas is a Professor of Architectural History and Design Critic at the School of Architecture of the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has taught in Buenos Aires, Quito, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Cambridge, and lectured internationally.
Miguel Domínguez, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
Esquirlas de la vanguardia: Juan García Ponce y la literatura como supervivencia en el México del desarrollismo
Marina Miguel Bedran, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
A Turn to Amazonia: Experimental Art, Indigeneity, and the Rise of Political Ecology in Brazil
Marina Bedran received her Ph.D. from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Princeton University (2020). She is an assistant professor of Portuguese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University. Marina works on Brazilian literature and culture from the 19th century to the present, emphasizing exchanges between Latin America and the Lusophone world. Her research and publications examine media, visual arts, environmental humanities, indigeneity, and feminist filmmaking. Her current book project explores questions of political ecology, indigeneity, and temporality in experimental media-based art and writing, demonstrating how Brazilian artists, writers, and filmmakers staked out a critique of state-led modernization projects and developmentalism by turning to Amazonia since the postwar. She has a master’s degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Before coming to the U.S., Marina also worked at Brazilian cultural institutions such as Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) and Casa do Saber. She currently serves on the editorial board of Revista Rosa.
Benjamin Murphy, Ph.D., Art and Archaeology
Second-Order Images: Reflexive Strategies in Early Latin American Video Art
Benjamin Murphy received his Ph.D. from the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University (2021). Prior to that, he served as a visiting curator at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, where he organized an exhibition on the Mexican video and performance artist Pola Weiss in 2014. He is a scholar of modern and contemporary art from Latin America with a focus on the intersections between art, technology, new media, and systems of circulation during the second half of the 20th century. He is currently working on a book project, based on his doctoral dissertation, which investigates the emergence of video as an artistic medium during the 1970s among a diverse group of artists and institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, and in the U.S.. Through an interdisciplinary perspective, the project argues that this new art form offers a critical view of how the geopolitical category of Latin America itself was institutionalized as an object of study within the social sciences during the 1970s.
Benjamin has published his work in the journal ARTMargins and with the Getty Research Institute. His research has also been supported by Princeton University’s Program in Latin American Studies, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission. In the fall of 2021, he will be a visiting assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon.
Sowmya Ramanathan, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
Textures of the Sensible: Reading Affect in Diamela Eltit
Yvette Ramirez, M.P.A., School of Public and International Affairs
Yvette Ramirez received her M.P.A. from the School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University (2021), where she specialized in international development. Prior to Princeton, Yvette worked on education, research, and nonprofit management in Latin America and the U.S. In 2020, she researched gender-based violence in Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, and served as a consultant for a South American foundation planning a nationwide education initiative. Yvette is a graduate of Harvard University, where she received a bachelor's degree in sociology and completed a teacher education program. Yvette plans to continue her work on gender equity, education, and child welfare in Latin America and other areas of the Global South.