Alumni

2018

2018

Stephanie Mercado-Irizarry (MA '18) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in UConn's Spanish Department, where she will continue her work on Caribbean literature through the decolonial lens.
Cynthia Melendez (MA '18) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in UConn's Spanish Department. She was awarded the 2018 Wood/Raith Living Trust Summer Fellowship on gender identity to continue her research on the theatrical work of LGBTIQ activists using testimonio within Peru. This work will act as a foundation for her doctoral studies.
Andrea Miranda (MA '18) works as a research and accreditation coordinator at Quality Leadership University, Panama City, Panama.
Shanelle Morris (MA '18) plans to work for a on-profit organization that focuses on prison reform/prison abolition and advocacy or policy work regarding the humane treatment of prisoners and former inmates.
Ashley Ortiz-Chico (MA '18) is currently studying the relationship between Puerto Rico and the US and the PROMESA bill.
Lauren Perez-Bonilla (MA '18) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in UConn's Geography Department, where she will continue her work on the sex industry in the Dominican Republic, body politics, masculinity in the Caribbean and its correlation with mental health issues.
Katherine Pérez-Quiñones (MA '18)

 

Cindy Portillo (MA '18) 

2017

2017

Ilan Unger (MA '17) .

 

2016

2016

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.

2015

2015

Charlie Fuentes (MA ’15) is a Spanish teacher and head boys’ soccer coach at Choate Rosemary Hall.

Tyra Lewis (MA ’15) is an executive assistant with Clark University’s Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies.

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.

2014

2014

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.
Yesha Doshi (MA ’14) is a staff accountant with Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
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.

2013

2013

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.
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.

2012

2012

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.

2011

2011

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.

2010

2010

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.
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.

2009

2009

2008

2008

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

2007

2007

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:

 

2006

2006

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.
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).