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Graduate Student Writing Group

An initiative of LASC Graduate Assistant Sabrina Gonzalez, the LASC Graduate Writing Group has become a thriving community of graduate student writers from many different departments who support and challenge each other at monthly writing workshops. Managed entirely by graduate students, the graduate writing group provides students across disciplines with a writing community, accountability, and feedback at all levels of writing. Writers bring a variety of writing projects at any stage of completion to the group workshops, including conference presentations, seminar papers, articles, grant proposals, abstracts, and dissertation chapters. Students from all disciplines and areas of study are welcome.

"Following in the spirit of LASC, our writing group is likewise committed to interdisciplinarity, intellectual exchange, and horizontalism. Members of the group come from all over campus, including Women's studies, History, Ethnomusicology, Spanish, and English. It is this collaborative experience and our commitment to the spirit of LASC that not only makes the group a meaning and cohesive community, but one that is always engaging, challenging, and rewarding."

- Jonathan Brower, PhD Student, History

"This community of students has provided me with an opportunity to build a meaningful and resourceful network of scholars who are now an invaluable group for me. One of the most significant results of the collaboration between graduate students is the graduate writing group, which we founded almost two years ago. This group has been comprised of students from History, Literature, Women's Studies, and Ethnomusicology. And, this has been a space where we provide each other with meaningful and helpful feedback on our work and discuss different approaches, methods, and theories from each of our fields to engage with and implement in our own research."

- Victor M. Hernandez-Sang, PhD Student, Ethnomusicology

Graduate Research Grants

The Latin American Studies Center has a long history of supporting graduate student research and development.


Graduate Travel Awards, Latin American Studies Association’s International Congress (LASA), Lima- Peru:

Jose Alfredo Contreras (Spanish and Portuguese) “Humor as Criticism and Dissidence: Political Cartoons in Contemporary Mexico”

Sebastian Vallejo (Government and Politics) “The Shareholder Dilemma: Political Business Cycle and Multilateral Lending in Latin America”

Analia Vidal Gomez (Government and Politics) "Behind the gender gap: labor market inequality and differences in economic attitudes"


Graduate Travel Awards, Latin American Studies Association’s International Congress (LASA), New York City:

Shawn Moura (History) "Romy Medeiros da Fonseca and Middle-Class Feminism in Brazil 1949-1977"

Cara Snyder (Women's Studies) The “Solution” to Women’s Soccer: What the 2001 Paulistana Says about Gender, Modernity and Nationhood in 21st Century"


Graduate Research Grants

Andrew Milacci traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Alavaro Pedraza Morales traveled to Cartagena, Colombia.

Adolfo Polo traveled to Sevilla, Spain.

Thomas Sabella traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador.

Kathleen Spanos traveled to Montserrat, Spain.

Jeronimo Torrealday traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica.

Brandi Townsend traveled to Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Carolina Uechi traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Ana Farach (Comparative Literature) “In search of Olga Beatriz Torres’ first publication of Memorias de mi viaje: A Look into Exile and Gender in Texan Discourses about the Mexican Revolution”

Andrew Milacci (Spanish and Portuguese) “Refashioning the Representations of Bartolomé de Las Casas, Lampião, and Che Guevara in Literature and Film"

Alvaro Pedraza (Economics) “Asset Price Effects of Peer Benchmarking”

Adolfo Polo y La Borda (History) “Cosmopolitanism, Mobility and Royal Officials in the Making of the Spanish Empire"

Thomas Sabella (Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education) “Teachers’ Attitudes toward Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Rural El Salvador”

Kathleen Spanos (Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies) “Performances of the Black and Green: Rhythmic Crosscurrents of African and Irish Identities in Montserrat, West Indies”

Jeronimo Torrealday (Government and Politics) “Trust in the Electoral Process in Latin America. Why Inequality and Social Identification Matter to Understand Confidence in Elections”

Brandi Townsend (History) “The Democratic Self: Gender, Memory, and Political Violence in Chile under Augusto Pinochet and the Transition to Democracy, 1973-2006”

Carolina Uechi (Architecture, Planning, and Preservation) “Urban Interventions: Architecture as a Mechanism of Inclusion”


Matthew Aruch (International Education Policy) “Community Voices: Impact of a Short Term International Service Learning Program on the Host Community in Ecuador”

Donald Brent Edwards (International Education Policy) “The Contestation of Neoliberal Education Reform by Progressive Communities in El Salvador”

Tosha Grantham (Art History and Archeology) “Congo-Panamanian Festivals and the Afro-Antillean Legacy in Panama: Doctoral Research for Chapter 5: Arturo Lindsay of “Embodiment and Transformation: Medium/Performance/Ritual in the Art of José Bedia, Sanford Biggers, Arturo Lindsay and Renée Stout”

Cesar Herrera (Plant Science and Landscape Architecture) “Systematics of the Fungal Genus Cosmospora, Nectriaceae, and the Cospeciation of Cosmospora Species with their associated Fungal Hosts”

Yh Patt (Women’s Studies) “Theorizing Class as a Multi-Generational Project: Everyday Lives of Transnational Salvadoran-Us Migrants”

Adolfo Polo y La Borda (History) “Imperial Pilgrimage: The Spanish Empire’s Network of Royal Functionaries”

Maria Vargas (American Studies) “The Coloniality of Sexuality: Sexual Violence and Sexuality in Guatemala”

Marie Clare Vasquez (Public Policy) “Civic Participation, Agency, and Democracy Theory and Evidence from Participatory Budgeting in the Dominican Republic”

Joshua Charles Walker (History) “Faucets and Fertilizers: Interpreting Changing Technologies of Production in Oaxaca, Mexico, 1943-1994”

Lisa Warren (Spanish and Portuguese) “Dreams for Our Daughters: Trans-generational Expressions of Cultural Values through Dream Narratives"

Jesse Zarley (History) “Mapuche Political Culture from the Late Spanish Empire to the Early Republic: Territory, Ritual, and Power, 1793-1862”


Jason A. Bartles (Spanish and Portuguese) “ARTELETRA: Prácticas políticas, éticas y estéticas dentro y fuera de las industrias culturales latinoamericanas de los sesentas” (“ARTELETRA: Political, Ethical and Aesthetic Practices Inside and Outside of the Latin American Culture Industries in the Sixties”)

Theodore Cohen (History) “In Black and Brown: Intellectuals, Blackness, and Inter-Americanism in Mexico after 1910”

Graziella DiRenzo (Biology) “Determining How Microhabitat Usage in Frogs Plays a Role in Their Susceptibility to Infection to the Fungus Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis.”

Jeremy Metz (Comparative Literature) “Writing the Earthquake: Trauma Theory and the Experience of Contemporary Haitian Authors”

Shawn Moura (History) “Development Begins at Home: Women and the Domestic Economy in Brazil, 1945-1975”

Monét Muñoz (History) “The Gender of Labor: The Partido Guatemalteco de Trabajo’s Identity in Guatemala, 1954-1980”

Ana M. Perez (Women’s Studies) “Güeras, Morenas, y Prietas: ‘Color Talk’ Among Mexican Immigrant Women”

Sonia Prescott (History) “The Evolution of West Indian Citizenship in Panama”

Enrique Rivera (History) “The 1795 Coro Rebellion”

Brandi Townsend (History) “Public Reckoning, Private Recovery: Gender, Memory, and Human Rights Struggles in Chile, 1973-2012”

Jesse Zarley (History) “Andanzas por la Araucanía: Race and Geography in Southern Chile”


José Pablo Acuahuitl (History) “Universalizing the Mexican Culture: Reformulating the Notion of National Culture, 1946-1964”

Alexander Forde (Entomology) “Do Terrestrial Predators Regulate Arthropod Populations and Increase Productivity in Mangrove Ecosystems?”

Romina Gazis (Plant Science and Landscape Architecture) “Fungal Endophytes of Rubber Trees: Searching for Potential Biocontrol Agents”

Carlos Flores López (Biology) “Evolutionary History of Trypanosoma cruzi Strians in Mexico”

Shari Orisich (History) “In Danger of Perversion: A History of Youth and the Nation in the Mexican Miracle”

Daniel Richter (History) “New York, Buenos Aires, and Transnational Theater Culture, 1910-1966”

Breanne Robertson (Art History and Archeology) “Forging a New World Nationalism: Ancient Mexico in United States Art and Visual Culture, 1933-1945”

John Michael Ryan (Sociology) “Toward a World-Historical Understanding of the Relationship between Populism and Inequality in Latin America”

Joshua Walker (History) “Garbage and the Politics of Post-Consumption in Rural Mexico: A Window to Community Formation in the Twentieth Century”

Sarah Walsh (History) “Reason and Faith: A Study of Interwar Chilean Eugenic Discourse”