Nina Vazquez (MA '21)
Is an M.A. graduate in Puerto Rican, Latinx, Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Nina graduated with a dual B.A. in Criminal Justice and Political Science with an emphasis in Racial and Ethnic Relations. Her interests are on the history of development of race and ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean, Puerto Rican citizenship and Puerto Rican radical politics from the 1930s to 1970s.
Oxana Sidorova (MA'21)
Received her B.A. in Marketing Management from the Don State Technical University, Russia. Her research interests are first and second language acquisition, translanguaging, language teaching and learning, world language education. She is particularly interested in bilingual and multilingual education, intercultural communication, intercultural competence, CLIL, project-based learning, designed-based learning, interdisciplinary in language teaching and learning.
Genesis Carela (MA'21)
Received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island. She is interested in curriculum interventions in K-12 urban public schools, specifically the use of culturally sustaining pedagogy. Her long term goal is to work in the field of education policy to ensure that schools offer a high quality education that meets the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Her thesis research explores instructional and curricular approaches that are responsive to students and include marginalized perspectives more generally.
|Victoria Almodovar (MA '20) completed a thesis project that explored Latina/o/x student involvement in fraternities and sororities. Currently, she is exploring a career in Human Resources. Her long-term goal is to help increase opportunities for Latinos in the United States through education, advocacy, and policy.|
|Julia Marchese (MA'20) completed her B.A. in Spanish Literature and Translation ('18) at Kent State University. Her Master's thesis was an ethnography of a predominantly Latinx and (bi)lingual high school with an increasing number of undocumented indigenous Guatemalan students. She found that the schooling practices of these students need to be critically examined due to the discursive and academic erasure of Latinx indigeneity and indigenous language practices. Since graduating from UConn, Julia has been living in her hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio, and working with Co-Op Cincy to develop a composting cooperative, Queen City Commons, that provides residential and commercial composting drop off services to local community members. In the process, she has much enjoyed learning about anti-capitalist and unconventional alternatives to living and working.|
|Matheus Souza (MA'20) completed his B.A. at the University of Connecticut. His research interests are the processes of creating, implementing and analyzing policies and government actions that meet the needs of society as a whole while strengthening the positive impact of governments, non-governmental organizations, and other civil society actors. Eventually he would like to work with international development agencies.|
|Felix Padilla-Carbonell (MA '19) received a B.A. in Political Science and a Juris Doctor in Law from UPR-Rio Piedras. After completing his Master of Arts in Latino and Latin American Studies at UConn, he has gone on to enrol in the doctoral program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is going to study Political Theory with a concentration in Critical Theory.|
Gisely Colón-López (MA'19) completed a Master's thesis paper on the history of Puerto Rican studies at Brooklyn College. She is now an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at Lehman College.
|Katheryn Maldonado (MA '17) did her Master's thesis paper on activist efforts to overturn the denationalization of Haitian ancestry people in the Dominican Republic. She is now pursuing a J.D. at William and Mary.|
Katherine Quinn completed her master's thesis paper in spring 2017, assessing the effectiveness of the Model School Network in achieving holistic human development for school children in the Plateau Central, Haiti.
|Jihan Asher (MA '16) completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland. In her MA thesis paper at El Instituto, she explored organized and spontaneous responses to the abandonment of community policing models in Jamaica in the second decade of the 21st century. Comparing the way that community members in Kingston rallied around Christopher Coke when the Jamaican government sought to assist the U.S. in extraditing him with earlier and more clearly recognized instances of political rebellion and revolt, she suggested their spontaneous enactments of allegiance responded to Coke's material investment in the futures of members of their community. She now works as Secure World Foundation's Operations and Communications Coordinator based in Washington, DC.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Hannah Reier (MA '16) wrote her MA thesis paper on American retirement colonies in Ecuador.|
|Charlie Fuentes (MA ’15) is a Spanish teacher and head boys’ soccer coach at Choate Rosemary Hall.|
Tyra Lewis (MA ’15) is Assistant Director of Academic Advising at Clark University.
|Matthew Perse (MA ’15) is chair of the World Languages Department, and Instructor of Spanish at Christ School, Arden, NC.|
|Carla Silva-Muhammad (MA ’14) is Director of Strategy and Operations at Relay Connecticut.|
|Yesha Doshi (MA ’14) is a Senior Accountant at Priceline.|
|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.|
|Jenniann Colon (MA ’13) oversees the Relocation Department and Employee Services at Valero Energy Corporation. She served as Executive Director of Ballet San Antonio and prior to that was Director of Communications for Academica SouthWest.|
Andrea Vega Mackler (MA '11) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in UConn's Spanish Department. Her areas of interest are the connections between translation and culture, and the influence of translation on Argentinean literature.
|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 Bay area.|
|Maria Fernanda Enriquez Szentkirály (MA ’06) received her PhD in Political Science from UConn in 2014. She is Future Earth Administrative Officer & Global Sustainability Scholars Coordinator at the Sustainability Innovation Lab at the University of Colorado.|
|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.|
|Mayte Restrepo Ruiz (MA 05', MPH 14', PhD. 21') dissertation focused on the association between armed conflict, intimate partner violence and women's mental health. She was awarded the UConn Human Rights Dissertation Research award and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Harry Fran Guggenheim Foundation to complete my dissertation. She is a Research Assistant in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UConn Health since 2016 and oversee health services research and evaluation projects.|