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Current LAS Graduate Students

  • Campbell, Amelia

    Campbell, Amelia

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest: Gender essentialism and symbolism in women's visual art and literature, border culture, female authors of the Mexican Revolution and post-revolutionary era, faith in YA literature of Latin America. 

    Hometown: Seattle, WA

    Email: acampbel@ucsd.edu 

  • Cruz, Lorena

    Cruz, Lorena

    Graduating Fall 2020

    Research Interest: International Migration 

    Hometown: Lawrence, Massachusetts

    Email: lcruz@ucsd.edu 

  • Garfio, Andrea

    Garfio, Andrea

    First Year Graduate Student

    Research InterestImmigration; US Asylum Seekers; US-Mexico Relations; International Migration; Latin American Art

    Hometown: Ventura, CA 

    Email: agarfio@ucsd.edu

  • Godoy, Samuel

    Godoy, Samuel

    Graduating Fall 2020

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

    Hometown: Cali, Colombia 

    Email: sgodoy@ucsd.edu 

  • Gomez, Nelly

    Gomez, Nelly

    Graduating Fall 2020

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

    Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina

    Email: ngomezam@ucsd.edu 

  • Gonzalez de la Cruz, Michelle

    Gonzalez de la Cruz, Michelle

    First Year Graduate Student

    Research Interest: Personal identity, the formation of national identities, nationalism, language, culture, religion, diaspora & forced migration

    Hometown: Tijuana, Baja California / San Diego, CA

    Email: migonzal@ucsd.edu  

  • Guzman Dominguez, Jose

    Guzman Dominguez, Jose

    Graduating Fall 2020

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

    Hometown: Cloverdale, CA

    Email: jguzmand@ucsd.edu 

  • Husson, David

    Husson, David

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest: International Migration 

    Hometown: Brookline, MA

    Email: dhusson@ucsd.edu

  • Longley, David

    Longley, David

    Graduating Fall 2020

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

    Hometown: Brunswick, Maine

    Email: dlongley@ucsd.edu 

  • Mariscal Sanchotena, Michelle

    Mariscal Sanchotena, Michelle

    First Year Graduate Student

    Research Interest: Social movements, the combination of Catholicism and Marxism, neoliberalism, modernization politics  

    Hometown: Chula Vista, CA

    Email: mmarisca@ucsd.edu 

  • Martin, Jovana

    Martin, Jovana

    First Year Graduate Student

    Research InterestMigration within Latin America, U.S. and Mexico border cities and transfronterizxs, Asylum seekers and refugee populations, Latin American journalism

    Hometown: Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

    Email: jlm006@ucsd.edu  

  • Martinez, Darlene

    Martinez, Darlene

    Graduating Fall 2020

    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 

  • Mataitusi, Jared

    Mataitusi, Jared

    First Year Graduate Student

    Research Interest: Political economy & military regime

    Hometown: Redlands, CA

    Email: jmataitu@ucsd.edu

  • Meyer, Leslie

    Meyer, Leslie

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest:  Leslie Meyer is in her second year of the master’s program in Latin American Studies at UCSD. She is currently working on a collaborative research project with asylum seekers and activists in Tijuana, Mexico. Their research looks at the role of art in fostering community, mental health, and resilience during the lengthy US asylum process, which for many has been extended and complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

    Email: lmeyer@ucsd.edu 

  • Morales, Krystal

    Morales, Krystal

    Graduating Fall 2020

    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 

  • Navarrete, Claudia

    Navarrete, Claudia

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest: International migration, education, US-Latin America relations 

    Hometown: Riverside, CA

    Email: cpnavarr@ucsd.edu 

  • Olvera Cáñez, Paulina

    Olvera Cáñez, Paulina

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interests: International Migration, Haitian migration in Brazil and Mexico, Central American history, Latin American Literature.

    Hometown: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico 

    Email: polverac@ucsd.edu

  • Ortega, Pam

    Ortega, Pam

    Gratuating Fall 2020

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

    Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Email: p1ortega@ucsd.edu 

  • Reese, Shelby

    Reese, Shelby

    Second year graduate student

    Research Interest: Political sociology of Latin America, social movements, indigenous movements, processes of democratization, human rights

    Hometown: Linwood, PA (outside of Philadelphia)

    Email: smreese@ucsd.edu 

  • Saiag, Valerie

    Saiag, Valerie

    Third 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

    Graduating Fall 2020

    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 

  • Wardlaw, Kelsey Holland

    Wardlaw, Kelsey Holland

    First Year Graduate Student

    Research InterestCritical race theory, gender, class, revolutions and social movements, intersectional identities 

    Hometown: Charlotte, NC 

    Email: kwardlaw@ucsd.edu