Current LAS Graduate Students

  • Bingham, Joshua

    Bingham, Joshua

    Graduating Fall 2018 

    Research Interest:  Neoliberalism, Globalization, Social Resistance, Immigration

    Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

    Email: jmbingha@ucsd.edu

  • Blair, Addison

    Blair, Addison

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest: 20th Century Politics, Military Dictatorships, History of U.S. -Latin American Relations

    Hometown: Spanish Fork, Utah

    Email: a2blair@ucsd.edu 

  • Cruz, Lorena

    Cruz, Lorena

    First year graduate student

    Research Interest: International Migration 

    Hometown: Lawrence, Massachusetts

    Email: lcruz@ucsd.edu 

  • Daigle, Haley

    Daigle, Haley

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest:  Immigration/ international migration

    Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado

    Email: hdaigle@ucsd.edu 

  • Etlin, Stuart

    Etlin, Stuart

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest:  History, Culture, Politics, Economics, and Public Policy. LGBTQ rights and realities in Latin America. Spanish languages. 

    Hometown: Malibu, CA

    Email: setlin@ucsd.edu 

  • Fei, Yingjie

    Fei, Yingjie

    First year graduate student

    Research InterestDictatorship, reconciliation, US-LAC-China relations

    Hometown: Jiangsu, China

    Email: yifei@ucsd.edu 

  • Godoy, Samuel

    Godoy, Samuel

    First year graduate student

    Research InterestHistory of US- Latin America relations, Colombian history, and neoliberalism  

    Hometown: Cali, Colombia 

    Email: sgodoy@ucsd.edu 

  • Gomez, Nelly

    Gomez, Nelly

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest:  International Migration, Latin American Diaspora, and History.

    Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina

    Email: ngomezam@ucsd.edu 

  • Guzman Dominguez, Jose

    Guzman Dominguez, Jose

    First year graduate student

    Research InterestHistory, state violence, and the Catholic church in Mexico during the 1900s

    Hometown: Cloverdale, CA

    Email: iguzmand@ucsd.edu 

  • Hussak van Velthen Meira, Raduan

    Hussak van Velthen Meira, Raduan

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest:  Politics

    Hometown: Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil 

    Email: rmeira@ucsd.edu 

  • Jennings, Cheyenne

    Jennings, Cheyenne

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest: Education, African dispora in the Caribbean, and resistance movements. 

    Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts

    Email: c3jennin@ucsd.edu 

  • Longley, David

    Longley, David

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest: Colonial legacy in the Caribbean with a focus on race, identity, and power. 

    Hometown: Brunswick, Maine

    Email: dlongley@ucsd.edu 

  • Martinez, Darlene

    Martinez, Darlene

    First year graduate student

    Research InterestLatin American politics, human rights, transnational social movements, the intersection between technology and social change, and Latin American feminism

    Hometown: Tustin, CA

    Email: dem009@ucsd.edu 

  • Martinez, Jazmin

    Martinez, Jazmin

    Graduating Fall 2018

    Research Interest: Built environment, cities, identity formations, public art

    Regional Interest: Los Angeles

    Hometown: Ontario, CA 

    Email: jam038@ucsd.edu

  • McWhorter, Ashley

    McWhorter, Ashley

    First year graduate student

    Research Interest:  The influence of hispanic culture upon the US market economy and business strategy

    Hometown: Lewiston, Maine

    Email: amcwhort@ucsd.edu 

  • Morales, Krystal

    Morales, Krystal

    First year graduate student

    Research Interest:  Sustainable Development; Environmental Studies; Gender Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Resource Extraction; Human Rights

    Hometown: El Paso, Texas

    Email: krmorale@ucsd.edu 

  • Ortega, Pam

    Ortega, Pam

    First year graduate student

    Research InterestImmigration, US-Mexico relations, Latin American Politics, Drug policy, Latin American journalism 

    Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Email: p1ortega@ucsd.edu 

  • Pena Hernandez, Leslie

    Pena Hernandez, Leslie

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest: Race and ethnic relations, immigration. 

    Hometown: Villa Guerrero, Mexico/ Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico

    Email: lpenaher@ucsd.edu 

  • Saiag, Valerie

    Saiag, Valerie

    First year graduate student

    Research Interest: Latin American art with an interdisciplinary emphasis on Andean history, religious practices, indigenous documentation and representations and their intersections with Europe and the European art world.

    Hometown: Paris, France

    Email: vsaiag@ucsd.edu 

  • Valerio, Karen

    Valerio, Karen

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest:  Decolonial Restorative Literature, Migration and Dislocation, Afro-Carribean Diaspora, Critical Race Theory, Post-colonial Feminism. 

    Hometown: Newark, New Jersey and Nagua, Dominican Republic

    Email: kavaleri@ucsd.edu 

  • Waterhouse, Beatrice

    Waterhouse, Beatrice

    Frist year graduate student

    Research Interest: The Jewish Diaspora of Latin America, transitions theory, the Southern Cone

    Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

    Email: bwaterho@ucsd.edu 

Currently on Leave of Absence

 Thurston, Christa: Research Interest: Deportation, Migration Control, Migrant Family Life & Religious Life, Regional Interest: Mexico, US-Mexico Borderlands, Email: cthursto@ucsd.edu

Krueger, Remington: Research Interests: Indigenous Agency in Early Colonial Mexico, Classical Nahuatl, Email: rkrueger@ucsd.edu

  • Recent Gradautes

     

    Bianca Martinez (2018)
    Research Interest: Wome, reproductive justice and race relations
    "Puertorriqueña Power and Testimonio: Puerto Rican Women's Fight for Reproductive Rights in the 1930s through the 1970s"

    Faculty Committee Memebers: Jillian Hernandez (Ethnic Studies), Phoebe Bronstein (6th College), Sara Johnson (Literature)


    Patrick Ruhl (2018)
    Research Interest: Contemporary Colombian History and US Relations with Latin America
    "Rekingling the Flame: How International Conflict Restored Colombia's Relationship with the United States after the Ranama Secession, 1900-1922"

    Faculty Committee Memebers: Christine Hunefeldt (History), David Mares (Political Science), Matthew Vitz (History)


    Scott Alvarez (2018)
    Research Interest: Latin American Politics and Security Studies
    "Competing for the U.S. Market: Assessing Heroin Industries in the Western Hemisphere"

    Faculty Committee Memebers: Christine Hunefeldt (History), Scott Desposato (Political Science), David Mares (Political Science)


    Christopher Brennan  (2018)
    Research Interest: Urban resistance movements before and after the transition to democracy
    "The MAPU-Lautaro Then and Now: The Chilean Struggle to Spark Revolution Through the Creation of Revolutionary Subjects"

    Faculty Committee Memebers: Nancy Postero (Anthropology), Christine Hunefeldt (History), Scott Desposato (Political Science)


    Nancy Turtletaub  (2018)
    Research Interest: Conservation and Preservation Movements
    "Myth-Making and Mineral Water: Identity, Industry, and Indigeneity in Monterrey, Mexico" 

    Faculty Committee Memebers: Nancy Postero (Anthropology), Gloria Chacon (Literature), Matthew Vitz (History)


    Yesenia Sanchez-Garcia  (2018)
    Research Interest: International migration, trans-nationalism, social change and immigrant rights movements, immigrants and refugees as agents of change, comparative immigration studies
    "Luchadoras: Central American Women Navigating Border Externalization in Mexico"

    Faculty Committee Memebers: David Fitzgerald (Sociology), Nancy Postero (Anthropology), Abigail Andrews (Sociology)


    Michael Angel Rodriguez Vazquez  (2018)
    Research Interest: Intersections of education and immigration
    "From Vasconcelos to DeVos: Identity, Politics, Education, and the Politics of Identity within Education in the Alta-Baja Borderlands".

     Faculty Committee Memebers: David Gutierrez (History), Olga Vazquez (Communication), Makeba Jones (Education Studies). 


    Nikola Bulajic (2018)
    Research Interest: Environmental Degradation and Development, Rural Social Movements
    "Céu do Mapiá: Social Organization and the Role of Ayahuasca in the Amazonian Santo Daime Community"
    Faculty Committee Memebers: Christine Hunefeldt (History), David Mares (Political Science), Leon Zamosc (Sociology) 

    Itzel Garcia Orozco (2018)
    Research Interest: International migration, education
    "Effects of the New Mexican Immigration Policy on the Human Rights of Migrants in Transit"

     Faculty Committee Memebers: Scott Desposato (Political Science), David Fitzgerald (Sociology), Abigail Andrews (Sociology)


    Gabriela Maritza Lopez Alvaro (2017)
    Research Interest:  Educación Popular, Genero y Solidaridad: the experience of empowerment through teaching of 10 Ecuadorean indigenous women from a rural neighborhood in Quito - Ecuador.
    "Ser maestra en Isoloma: un camino de concientización: Gender and Development in Popular Education: The awareness raising and agency experiences of indigenous women from rural Quito – Ecuador"
    Faculty Committee Memebers: Nancy Postero (Anthropology), Abigail Andrews (Sociology), Luz Chung (Education Studies), Rosaura Sanchez (Literature). 

    Courtney Tarrant (2017)
    Research Interest: Policing immigrant communities in San Diego county
    "Local Boundaries of "Illegality": A Case Study of Local and Federal Police Collabroations on Immigration Enforcement"
    Faculty Committee Memebers: David Gutierrez (History), Natalia Molina (History), David Fitzgerald (Sociology)

    Susana Aguilera (2016)
    Research Interest:  Autonomous indigenous policing in Mexico.
    "Security, Autonomy, and Indigenous Justice: The Alternative Security Model of Cheràn Michoacan"
    Faculty Committee Members: Milos Kokotovic (Literature), Max Parra (Literature), Nancy Postero (Anthropology)

    Sara Bivin (2015)
    Research Interest: International Migration and History
    "The Ngabe-Bugle Fight to Maintain Territorial Sovereignty"
    Faculty Committee Members: Leon Zamosc (Sociology), Richard Feinberg (GPS), Christine Hunefeldt, (History), Nancy Postero, (Anthropology)

    Miguel Castañeda (2016)
    Research Interest: Mexican Immigration; History of Civil and Labor Rights Organizing; Chicana and Chicano History  
    Accepted into UCSD PH.D Program in History

    Daniel Gutierrez (2015)
    Research Interest: Critical Urban Theory, Marxism and anarchism, urbanization processes under actually existing neoliberalism   
    "Ciudad de la memoria y ciudad del olvido: Changes in the Everyday Life of Tijuana's Working Class Under Neoliberalism 1964-2014"
    Faculty Committee Members: Rosaura Sanchez, (Literature), Christine Hunefeldt, (History), Curtis Marez, (Ethnic Studies)

    Megan Horton (2015)
    Research Interest: Critical Urban Theory, Marxism and anarchism, urbanization processes under actually existing neoliberalism   
    "Ciudad de la memoria y ciudad del olvido: Changes in the Everyday Life of Tijuana's Working Class Under Neoliberalism 1964-2014"
    Faculty Committee Members: Rosaura Sanchez, (Literature), Christine Hunefeldt, (History), Curtis Marez, (Ethnic Studies)

    Sofia Lana (2016)
    “Women surviving in and out of prison in Quito, Ecuador: weaving alternative lives through the sale of drugs” 
    Faculty Committee Members: Nancy Postero (Anthropology), Leon Zamosc (Sociology), Dennis Childs (Literature) 

    Veronica Noriega Gonzalez (2015)
    Research Interest: International Migration, Mexican immigrant political empowerment
    "Negotiating Formal Membership in Mexico and the United States: The case of Federations of Mexican Hometown Associations in Los Angeles County"
    Faculty Committee Members: David Fitzgerald, Sociology, Steven Erie, Political Science, David Gutierrez, History

    Lupita Ruiz-Tolento (2016)
    Research Interest: Rural political participation in Mexico's 2015 legislative elections
    "The Dynamism of Small Spaces: Trends and Patterns of Political Participation and Engagement in the Municipality of Villamar, Michoacán"
    Faculty Committee Members: Christine Hunefeldt (History, Chair), Scott Desposato (Political Science), Max Parra (Literature)

    Areli Palomo Contereas (2016)
    "Friendly Mistrust: Coping with the Rule of Gangs in a Salvadoran Community"
    Faculty Committee Members: Elana Zilberg (Comm), David Fitzgerald (Sociology), David Pedersen (Anthropology)

    Claudia Vizcarra (2015)
    Research Interest: Latin American Philosophy and Cultural Studies     
    "The Globalization of Knowledge Productions: Comparison of UNAM and UCSD’s Philosophy Departments and Their National Communities"
    Faculty Committee Members: John Blanco, Literature, Jaime Concha, Literature, Daphne Taylor-Garcia, Ethnic Studies

    Weijun Yuan (2016)
    Research Interest: Social movements, civil-military relations
    “State Responses and Protest Tactics: The Case of the Chilean Student Movements“
    Faculty Committee Members: Leon Zamosc (Sociology), Daniel Hallin (Communications), Peter Smith (Political Science)
    *Attending Pittsburg University Ph.D program in Sociology

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