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Latin American Studies

Updates from 2010

GREET, MICHELE, ’93 is Assistant Professor of Art History at George Mason University. Her book, Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 1920–1960 was published last year (see Alum Bookshelf). This past year she has published an essay for an exhibition catalogue, “From Indigenism to Surrealism: Camilo Egas in New York, 1927-1946.” Nexus: New York, 1900-1945: Encounters In The Modern Metropolis. Ex. Cat. New Haven and London: Yale University Press and El Museo del Barrio, 2009; and delivered lectures at American University, the Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, CA), at LASA (Rio de Janeiro), and the Center for the Study of Modern Art, Phillips Collection (Washington, DC).

SCIARETTA, DAVID, ’93 is finishing his fifth year as principal of a public charter middle school in urban San Diego and is completing a doctorate of Education at San Diego State University. His thesis is on storytelling in education and the ways in which school principals use story to advance the mission and vision of their schools. His school, which was recently authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School, sponsored two Safe Passage students this year, and is slated to do so next year as well.  He writes, “this has been such a powerful experience for our students, many of whom live below the federal poverty level but live in relative material luxury compared with our sponsor children.”

DE LA ROSA, PEDRO, ’96
I have been working for Save the Children for the last six years. After spending 2.5 years in Sudan working on health programs, I moved to Nicaragua where I helped unify Save the Children USA, Norway and Canada into a single organization. I also met my future wife in Nicaragua and we got married on January 9, 2010. She is from Nicaragua and dedicated to international development like I am. We left to help in the emergency response in Aceh, Indonesia where we spent a year. We have since returned to Nicaragua where we are relaxing and enjoying some time off before heading to Colombia to start a new life. I will work with Save the Children UK as the country director, which presents a variety of challenges.

MERINO, MONICA, ’97
Monica holds an International MBA from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business with concentrations in Marketing, Strategy and Economics. Before attending graduate school, Monica spent three years as a consultant with Accenture for global consumer businesses.  While in business school she spent her summer in Mexico City at Grupo Herdez, a Mexican food and beverage company and subsequently returned to Mexico for a semester at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.  Since graduating business school Monica has worked in a number of brand driven business including Marketing for L’Oreal and Strategy for Victoria’s Secret.  Monica has also served as an independent consultant for Givaudan, a leading company in fine fragrances and flavors, as well as an industry advisor for various retail investment funds.  She is currently Global Portfolio Manager at Avon in the Global Marketing Operations group. Monica is a seasoned triathlete and former marathon runner.

ALBARRÁN, ELENA, ’98
¡Saludos a todos los compañeros de LAS! I've been teaching LAS and History at Miami University of Ohio since Fall 2008. My book project examines the development of cultural nationalism through children’s popular culture in revolutionary Mexico. My husband, Juan Carlos, joined the LAS faculty as well. We've been making the "LAS family" at Miami a literal concept; in July we welcomed Noél Lewis Leblanc Albarrán, who happily attends faculty meetings and the occasional class on the Cuban Revolution.  This summer we plan to be in Mexico City and Havana.

KLICK, MATTHEW, ’98
I completed my MS in economics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks last winter, and my thesis is available as a policy report through the website of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo, Norway. My fiancee, Lalida, and I have since moved to Denver, Colorado (it was an awesome road trip) where I began my first year of a PhD program in International Relations at the Josef Korbel School at the University of Denver. My areas of specialization are international political economy and comparative politics. Lalida began work with the Department of Energy at the same time, administering federal money to renewable energy ventures. We have enjoyed Denver quite a bit and feel fortunate to be where we are, even managing to get into the mountains on occasion for some fun. We get married on July 17th in Red Rocks State Park, just down the road.

KUHNER, TIM, ’98 writes from Pamplona, Spain:
A partir de enero tengo una especie de sabático por 12 meses y pienso pasar la mayoría de ellos en EEUU.  Es para terminar un libro y empezar otro.  Los dos son sobre el tema de la financiación de los partidos y los candidatos políticos.  Empecé como profesor visitante aquí el semestre pasado y ahora estoy de una forma más permanente, es decir, al menos un semestre de cada año académico, y más si quiero. Además de impartir las asignaturas de tort law y derechos humanos (en inglés como parte del programa de derecho global), tengo la oportunidad de hacer un doctorado europeo, y así presentar como tesis el tercer libro que iba a escribir de todas maneras.  Será un libro de derecho comparado sobre la financiación y la teoría democrática en EEUU, España, el Reino Unido y Alemania.  Así que el plan es terminar unos libros y un doctorado dentro de dos o tres años.

FORD, KATHERINE, ’99
After graduation I got my Masters in Spanish at Middlebury in Madrid.  In 2006 I finished a doctorate at Emory University in Latin American theater. Since then I’ve been teaching at East Carolina University. This past July, my husband Rufino and I had a baby girl, Julia, and this past February my first book came out on Cuban and Argentine theater (see Alum bookshelf). Now I'm trying to work on my next project and keep up with the baby!

LAWRENCE, DAVID, ’00
After graduation I moved to Miami where I worked for Tiaxa, a developer of wireless applications and platforms for cellular operators and media companies in Latin America.  After 2 years I was Sales Manager and traveling to Central America and the Caribbean weekly…In early 2005 I was hired by AgCert International and moved to São Paulo, Brazil to manage the regulatory department in Latin America to ensure that the company’s carbon-offset projects were registered with the United Nations.  AES International acquired AgCert in 2008 and I was hired as a business development manager to identify and originate large-scale emission reduction projects throughout Latin America. Highlights included evaluating a clinker-blend project at the highest cement plant in the world (4100m) in Peru, a biomass project in Misiones, Argentina and a massive reforestation project in Mato Grosso, Brazil.  My Brazilian girlfriend and I moved to Durham, NC last July and I am currently studying at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

VILLANO, VINCENT,‘00 
I completed my first report for “Community Voices Heard - Democracy (In)Action: How HUD, NYCHA and Official Structures Undermine Resident Participation in New York City Public Housing.” We are currently organizing a forum for public housing residents to discuss the findings and recommendations of the report and brainstorm ways to address the challenges to meaningful and democratic resident participation. The research is being used to push our organizing forward and strengthening the relationship between official public housing resident leaders (Read: Resident Association officers) and community-based organizations organizing public housing residents who largely do not participate in the official resident participation system.  This work is part of an effort to build the power of public housing residents to meaningfully shape the policy that affects their lives.

HARVEY, JENNY, ’04
Estoy en mi sexto año como maestra en la escuela primaria bilingüe.  Enseñé por tres a´nos en el sur de Tejas cerca de la frontera con México.  El año pasado, viví y enseñé en Honduras.  Disfruté mucho, pero fue muy dificil por la violencia y los problemas políticos. También, ya que algunos de mis alumnos eran familias ricas e influyentes, eran víctimas de secuestros y otros tipos de violencia.  Doce días antes del golpe de estado, regresé a los Estados Unidos y ahora estoy viviendo en Austin, Tejas enseñando el cuarto grado bilingüe en una escuela pública.

ARON, DAVID, ’05
I am in my second year at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, concentrating in Labor and Employment Law. I will be working in the Ramsey Country Attorney's Office in St. Paul this summer. My first article on a legal topic will be published in the winter issue of the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law. It is tentatively titled, "Internal Business Practices? The Limits of Whistleblower Protection for Employees who Expose or Oppose Fraud in the Private Sector.”

JUHLIN, MOLLY, ’05
Molly JuhlinShortly after graduation, I convinced my Bowdoin roommate to walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain.  When I returned home, I quickly joined the NYC Teaching Fellows and was placed in a first grade classroom in the South Bronx.  In 2007, I moved to Boston where I now work at Emerson College.  I run an AmeriCorps program at the school called Jumpstart.  I train and support Jumpstart Corps members (Emerson students) as they serve over 300 hours in high-need preschools in the Boston area to help develop children's literacy and social skills

LETTIERI, MICHAEL, ’05
Three-and-a-half years after entering the Ph.D. program in Latin American history at UC San Diego, I passed my qualifying exams, thus marking my passage into the limbo of ABD-status.  In March, I traveled to Mexico on a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation fellowship to begin a year and a half of archival research in Mexico City.  While working on my dissertation on the politics of public transportation, I will be avoiding the bus system as much as possible. 

MOUNTCASTLE, SARAH, ’05 , will be attending Duke University to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration in Nonprofit Management. Sarah has been working in the Raising a Reader program in Boston.

PEARSON, MARCUS, ’05
In July 2009 I got married, then my beautiful wife and I moved from Bozeman, Montana to Seattle where I enrolled at University of Marcus PearsonWashington Law School.  Though deep in the weeds of first-year courses I hope to focus on community land rights and water access issues in rural Latin America as well as among American Indian tribes.  Since the earthquake in Haiti I have facilitated a campus-wide fundraising drive aimed at raising money for Partners in Health, a non-profit health organization whose original facility, Zanmi Lasante, is located outside Port-au-Prince.  Additionally, I have connected with lawyers and other law students around the country to launch the Lawyer’s Earthquake Response Network (LERN), which addresses the political, legal, and environmental issues that have been laid bare by the earthquake and will continue to play a large role in Haiti’s long road to recovery.  ¡Les mando abrazos a todos y todas!

TAVEL, RACHEL, ‘05
Rachel TavelI lived in NYC after leaving Bowdoin. First I worked as an intern for Food&Wine and Travel+Leisure magazines. After that, I traveled to Costa Rica where I spent a month volunteering at a daycare center in the Central Highlands. After a couple more trips (to Turkey and Japan), I landed a dream job: coauthoring a Frommer's guidebook about Mexico. I spent the summer in Mexico and wrote the Acapulco, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Taxco chapters for the book, MTV Best of Mexico (Wiley Publishing, 2007). For the past three years, I have been working as the editor of an independent school's annual magazine and traveling as much as possible. I am actually about to leave my job to pursue travel writing full-time! I will be spending the spring and beyond working on my blog, travelswithtavel.com, and spending some time in Argentina. Now I am living in Quito, writing for V!VA Guides and managing the Argentina guidebook.

URENECK, ADAM, ’05
After graduation I moved to Lima, Peru. While I live along its narrow desert coastline, I’ve also had the opportunity to swim with sea lions in its cool Pacific currents that flow from Antarctica, climb to the glaciers of Nevada Huascaran (22,205 feet), and explore the high jungle of the Cuzco region. As a Peruvian resident, I happily reside in the San Borja neighborhood of Lima, where as a student of philosophy and teacher of World History at a local high school, I am building a volunteer organization called Bridges.

BLACKMORE, IVY '07
In August 2007 I joined the Peace Corps and served for two and a half years in a small rural village in the mountains of NiIvy Blackmore '07caragua. I facilitated projects from soil conservation and community micro banks to making chicken coops and introducing an improved model of cooking stove. In addition I taught weaving to kids, youth, women, and anyone else who stopped by my home with a curious mind. My goals were to help families lessen their dependence on agriculture and for the women to gain financial independence, achieving not just food security but livelihood security. Now back in North Carolina, I am continuing to work with the group of weavers that I taught and helped organize, by promoting and selling their products. All 14 women are producing small rugs and market bags, and I’m selling them at regional retail craft outlets with profits providing for previously unaffordable health care, school fees, and basic tools. The rugs and bags have also been sold in the US at open house events and at fair-trade craft stores in the Durham/Chapel Hill area. All proceeds are returned to the group, with a percentage saved toward construction of an independent workspace. This experience has sparked my interest in international development as a career and this fall I am entering a Masters of Public Policy program at Duke University

KINGSBURY, HOLLY, ’07
After graduation I moved to Denver and started working for The Denver Foundation, a community agency working to improve life in Metro Denver, where I've been ever since. I help run an internship program that matches undergraduate students with nonprofit organizations, and provide support to projects focusing on inclusiveness, mental health, and philanthropic leadership. It's not what I thought I'd be doing after graduation, but I love it! I've also really enjoyed living in Colorado and exploring the Rocky Mountain west. However, I'm always trying to figure out how I can get back to Mexico or explore the rest of Latin America.

MALAVÉ, LUIS, ‘08
Después de graduarme regresé a Filadelfia y ahora mismo estoy trabajando con The Philadelphia Academies, INC.; lo que hago es buscar los mejores estudiantes de Filadelfia y ayudarlos con el proceso de solicitar ingreso a las universidades. Muchos de estos estudiantes no tienen a nadie que les informe sobre escuelas como Bowdoin, Middlebury, Carleton, etc. Los estudiantes vienen a la oficina para ayuda con sus solicitudes, sus ensayos, y también para conversar con representantes de muchas de estas instituciones. Durante este semestre, vinieron representantes de Swarthmore, Carleton, Franklin & Marshall, Lafayette y hasta Barry Mills.  Además de mi trabajo con estudiantes, soy actor. Tengo un agente que me busca trabajo en la ciudad. Durante mi tiempo en Bowdoin hice mucho teatro. En mi último año hice un estudio independiente adaptando una obra basada en una colección de cuentos sobre la experiencia puertorriqueña en Nueva York durante los años 50. Ojalá llegue a Hollywood algún día.

ROTH, CASSIA, ‘08 I am in my first year of the PhD program in Latin American history at UCLA. I also am completing a certificate in Women's Studies. My coursework has focused on state and nation building in early twentieth-century Latin America, Portuguese, and transnational Caribbean history. I received a Foreign Language and Areas Study (FLAS) Fellowship to participate in an intensive, six-week Portuguese language course with the University of Florida in Rio de Janeiro this summer.  I also was awarded an UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM) to conduct preliminary archival research on eugenics and pronatalism during the Vargas period. I presented a paper titled "Subversive Motherhood: State Violence and Notions of Motherhood, Argentina, 1976-1983" at the Columbia University Latin American History Conference “Overt and Discreet Violence: Ruptures and Continuities in Latin America and the Caribbean" on March 5 and 6, 2010.

VIDAL, VANESSA, ’08, has been awarded a Thomas Pickering Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to pursue her graduate studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

YAFFE, IAN, ’09
I spent the summer after graduation on Martha's Vineyard working as Assistant Harbormaster before spending a month at Mass. Maritime Academy to earn my 100-ton Captain's License.  Eventually, I ended up in Colorado working as a cook and ski instructor in Aspen.  In March 2010, I was hired as Executive Director of Mano en Mano, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works primarily with Latinos in Downeast Maine (http://www.manoenmanocenter.org/).  Our programs focus on strengthening communities, providing educational and affordable housing opportunities, removing barriers to healthcare and other social services, and advocating for social justice.  In my spare time, I serve as a call firefighter in Ellsworth and uniformed member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with primary responsibilities at Station Southwest Harbor.  Finally, I'm planning a research trip to Havana in early 2011.