Alumni and Friends

  Emma Amador (MA ’06) received her Ph.D. in History in 2015 from the University of Michigan. She is an Assistant Professor of History and Latina/o, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies at UConn. She is currently on leave at Brown University, where she is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (2016-2018).
  Pauline Batista (MA ’16) returned to UConn in Fall 2017 to being work on her PhD. In the Neag School of Education’s Learning, Leadership and Educational Policy program. Pauline was a torch bearer for the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero Brazil.
Maria Berger (MA ’13) works as an adjunct faculty member teaching Hispanic Culture and Communication in UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. She also works as a freelance Spanish translator and tutor. She has traveled to China, Panama, Chile, and South Africa and enjoys every culture and their unique traditions.
  Andrea Chunga-Celis (MA ’14) is a Grants Coordinator for Adelante Mujeres, a nonprofit organization working to educate and empower low-income Latina women and families in the state of Oregon.
  Maria Del Mar Olmedo-Malagon (MA Public Opinion and Survey Research ’01) has been living in Washington DC where she has been working at the non-profit, private and (mostly) Federal government sectors. Maria returned to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015 to oversee program management and communications at the American Community Survey Office, the office that manages the largest survey in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. In January 2017 she was assigned the role of Program Manager of the 2020 Census Integration Partnerships and Communications Program, overseeing the largest communications effort of the Federal government. In this role, she oversees an operation with a value of almost $1 billion.
  Jenniann Colon (MA ’13) is engaged in free lance project management, human resources, communications and PR in San Antonio TX. She served as Executive Director of Ballet San Antonio and prior to that was Director of Communications for Academica SouthWest.
  Jennifer A. Cook (MA ’13, Ph.D. Anthropology ’17) began a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in August 2017 at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX focused on immigration policy and public policy impacting Latinos. She teaches for the Anthropology Department and works closely with a Dallas-based NGO, the Latino Center for Leadership Development, which is working to create a “pipeline of leaders” equipped to address the rapid growth of the Latino population in the United States.
  Yesha Doshi (MA ’14) is a staff accountant with Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

 

  Maria Cristina Durango Chavez (MA ’08) is a Chief Operating Officer at Aurea Bucio, a Mexican fashion designer.

 

  Charlie Fuentes (MA ’15) is a Spanish teacher and head boys’ soccer coach at Choate Rosemary Hall.
  Yazmín A. García Trejo (MA ’07) is a survey statistician and researcher at the US Census Bureau, Center for Survey Measurement. She works directly with the language and cross cultural group and studies the link between Census participation and Census knowledge among hard-to-count populations. Her latest publications include:

  Ruth Hernandez (MA ’12) is completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at UConn. Her dissertation research looks at the ways art and theatre are used as a means to establish transnational ties. In addition to her academic work, she is an activist involved in various community projects that aid temporary and permanent Latina/o migrants in Connecticut.
William Otto Katt (MA ’10) currently works on Capitol Hill in government relations handling the areas of higher education, tax, and immigration. He has previously worked as a teacher, administration and program manager, including serving as a Teach For America Corps member in Charlotte, NC.
Tyra Lewis (MA ’15) is an executive assistant with Clark University’s Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies.
Juhem Navarro-Rivera (Ph.D. PolSci) is Managing Partner and Political Director of SocioAnalitica Research LLC in Washington DC.
   

Matthew Perse (MA ’15) was named head middle school track coach at Fort Worth Country Day School. He entered his third year of teaching in Texas in August 2017.

Sergio Mobilia, (MA ’08) formerly an Associate to the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights, University of Connecticut, USA, now works as a senior analyst with Google, Argentina.

 

  Ilan Sanchez Moreno (MA ’16) works in the World Languages department at The College Preparatory School in Oakland CA where he teaches Literature and Spanish.

 

Ronnie Shepard (MA ’10 and Ph.D. in Anthropology ’16) currently holds positions as an adjunct professor and instructor at both UConn and Goodwin College. He is a social scientist experienced in teaching and conducting qualitative research and community outreach at the local and international levels.
Carla Silva-Muhammad (MA ’14) is the Graduate Program Coordinator at the University of Texas-Austin’s Theresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

 

Kerry Stefancyk (MA ’06) went on to earn an MS in Global Affairs, International Development and Humanitarian Assistance, from NYU in 2016. She is a project manager with the Wells Fargo Community Mural Program in the San Francisco Ba area.
Maria Fernanda Enriquez Szentkirály (MA ’06) received her PhD in Political Science from UConn in 2014. She currently resides in Colorado.