Graduate Student Committee

Matthew Aruch

Aruch, Matthew
PhD Student
College of Education: International Education Policy
Matthew Aruch ( is a PhD student in the College of Education’s International Education Policy Program and the Assistant Director of the College Park Scholars Science Technology and Society Program. A former middle school science teacher, Matthew’s research interests include the community impacts of service-learning and other experiential education programs as well as science, sustainability and environmental education. However, Matthew is mostly concerned with improving the teaching and learning experience for educators and students wherever he may be at the time. Matthew has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Honduras, Ecuador and most recently Brazil. He is the course instructor for the winter program Technology and Society: Ecuador in Context and summer program Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (Brazil).

Daniela bulanksy

Bulansky, Daniela
PhD Student
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Daniela Bulansky, originally from Argentina, is a PhD student at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She studied political science at the University of Buenos Aires. Before coming to UMD, she worked at FLACSO-Argentina (The Latin American School of Social Sciences) in the gender, society, and policies area, and in CIECTI (Interdisciplinary Centre of Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation). Her academic field of interest is Latin American literature, with special focus on Southern Cone dictatorship and post-dictatorship literature.

Lisa Warren Carney

Carney, Lisa Warren

Jose Alfredo Contreras

Contreras, Jose Alfredo

Eben Levy

Levey, Eben
PhD Student
Department of History
Eben Levey is a PhD student in the History Department. He graduated from Vassar College in 2008 with a BA in Urban Studies with a minor in Economics and from Georgetown University in 2013 with an MA in Latin American Studies. He comes to the University of Maryland to work towards a PhD in Latin American History, with a specific emphasis on the social constructions of race and indigeneity in the 20th Century. In particular, Eben proposes to examine the processes of urban development in Southern Mexico and the incorporation of indigenous peoples into the urban setting.

Analia Gomez

Gomez, Analia
PhD Student
Department of Government and Politics
Analía Gómez Vidal is the Coordinator for CIDCM and the Program Coordinator for MIDCM since Fall 2014. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Government and Politics at University of Maryland, College Park. Before moving to Maryland, she has worked for the Fulbright Commission in Buenos Aires, Argentina and for the Ibero-American Federation of Stock Exchanges (FIAB). As a journalist, her articles on politics and economic development have been published in online and printed media. She has also had experience as research consultant for Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She has previously pursued her M.A. in International Studies and her B.A. in Economics with minor in Journalism at Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research agenda focuses on political economy and gender, with special interest in individual behavior, social network analysis, and experimental design.

Sabrina Gonzalez

Gonzalez, Sabrina
PhD Student
Department of History
Sabrina González is a PhD student in the Department of History. She graduated from Universidad Nacional de La Matanza, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a BA in social communication. In her ongoing research, she analyzes anarchist education at the beginning of the twentieth century in Buenos Aires. Interested in education and social movements from her experience as an activist, Sabrina came to the University of Maryland to work towards a PhD in Latin American History. During her first year she was working as a graduate assistant at the Latin American Studies Center and exploring transnational and transdiciplinary perspective in her research.

Stephanie M. Hall

Hall, Stephanie M.
PhD Student
International Education Policy Program
Stephanie M. Hall is a PhD student in the International Education Policy Program from Atlanta, Georgia. Her research focuses on higher education and teacher education policies in both Brazil and the United States, with critical interest in the role of privatization in education. Stephanie works as a research assistant for the University System of Maryland’s P-20 Office, which has allowed her to support efforts to reform teacher education in the state. Stephanie’s dissertation will explore federal involvement in teacher education in Brazil with a focus on the nature of public and private sector participation in educator preparation. Prior to beginning her doctorate, Stephanie earned her MA in educational leadership and administration from the George Washington University and worked as a high school teacher and school administrator in the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte.

Victor Hernandez-Sang

Hernandez-Sang, Victor
Graduate Student
Víctor Hernández-Sang is a graduate student and teaching assistant of ethnomusicology. His MA thesis explores the processes of folklorization and secularization of palos drums, an African-derived ritual music tradition of the Dominican Republic, which are largely used in the activities of the religion Las Veintiuna Divisiones. His fieldwork research is focused in the northern region of the Dominican Republic. Víctor was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, for his undergraduate education where he majored in music (flute performance).

MAria Cristina Monsalve

Monsalve, Maria Cristina
PhD Candidate
Department of History
María Cristina Monsalve is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She holds a BA in communication and literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. María Cristina was the Spanish mentor in the Language House at UMD. She received the Dean’s Fellowship twice, and she was also honored for her teaching and mentoring work on two occasions: the SLLC Award for Excellence in Language Teaching and the “Excellence in Service” Medal for Mentoring from the Office of Multiethnic Student Education at UMD. Currently, she is exploring the fields of experimental writing and digital humanities while working on her dissertation on the poetics of ruins and the theory of fragmentary writing. It aims to collect, reconstruct, interpret, and make digitally available a version of the long-neglected poem, “La mano desasida” [The Loosened Hand], by the Peruvian Martín Adán. Her research has been funded by the International Graduate Research Fellowship (IGRF) and the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.

Cara Snyder

Snyder, Cara
PhD Student
Cara Snyder graduated with a BA from Agnes Scott College, where she double majored in economics and international relations, with a minor in spanish (2009). Before joining the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Maryland, Cara worked as a program assistant in The Americas Program at The Carter Center, as a Fulbright Scholar and English teacher in Brazil, and as an international admissions counselor at Agnes Scott College. She has also participated in a number of training and programs that sit at the intersections of civil society and government. Her previous research, “I’m Chiquita Banana and I’m Here to Stay: US-Latin Relations, Carmen Miranda, and the Role of Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Prevention,” examined the symbolic deployment of Carmen Miranda as a heuristic device for understanding the successes and failures of cultural diplomacy in US-Brazilian relations. As a graduate student, Cara is interested in feminist economics, sexualization of female athletes, and transnational feminism.

Sebastian Vallejos

Vallejos, Sebastian
PhD Student
Department of Government of Politics
Sebastián Vallejo (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1986) is currently a PhD student in the Department of Government and Politics at University of Maryland, College Park. He pursued his M.A. in International Relations at Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador, and this M.A. in Election and Campaign Management at Fordham University in New York. His topics of interest include the political economy of welfare states and capital accumulation in Latin America, and the role of the elite in developing democracies. Other research interests include quantitative methods for social science. As a journalist, Sebastián has published in online and printed media, and currently holds a weekly opinion column in El Telegrafo, a public newspaper in Ecuador.

Jesse Zarley

Zarley, Jesse
PhD Candidate
Department of History
Jesse's dissertation examines the ways in which the indigenous Mapuche groups of southern Chile and western Argentina maintained their territorial independence from the 1790s until the 1860s in order to show how the Mapuche shaped the transition from colony to republic in the Southern Cone. In particular, he emphasizes how Mapuche leaders articulated conceptions of space and the exercise of power that stemmed from strategies for negotiating alliances and instigating hostilities with each other and European outsiders. He tracks how these strategies both persisted and changed from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century.