Benjamin Fogarty Valenzuela (Anthropology)Benjamin Fogarty Valenzuela earned the B.A. with Honors in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York. During his Ph.D., he plans to explore how new forms of education in Guatemala sit at the intersection of citizenship movements and transnational capital. A citizen of Guatemala and the US, a variety of experiences inform his plan of research: teaching health education in a majority Latino high school in New York; completing research on drug violence, security and gangs in Guatemala City; conducting human rights research in Lahore, Pakistan; and working on a drug violence awareness campaign in New York. Central to all this is a commitment to visual work.
Gerardo Muñoz (Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures)Born in Cuba, Muñoz majored in political theory and philosophy, and received the M.A. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Florida. His recent investigations take up questions related to the debates around cinema and Marxism, which were explored in a symposium he organized in 2011 “Early Revolutionary Cuban Film 1961-1968: Ideology, Aesthetics, and Censorship.” At Princeton, Muñoz is eager to extend his research on the debates and reception of Marxism in a broader Latin America context (1950-1970s), with particular focus on the work of philosopher León Rozitchner, relations between intellectuals and the State, and the cultural legacies of revolutionary ideologies as represented and imagined in cultural production.
Jean Nava (Sociology)Jean Nava earned the B.A. in Sociology, Economics, and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin. His Honors thesis explored the impact emigration has had on population structure in Mexico on a state and regional level by examining census data and providing a brief historical analysis of Mexico-to-U.S. migration. His research interests include economic sociology, neoliberalism and globalization, the international flow of labor, and macroeconomic processes in general.