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Carla Silva-Muhammad

Carla Silva-Muhammad

M.A. in International Studies with concentration in Latino & Latin American Studies
Current Occupation: Director of Strategy and Operations at Relay Graduate School of Education (New Haven, CT)

"The Master's in International Studies with concentration in Latin America from El Instituto was truly a turning point in my career. Amongst other great academic experiences, I was given the unmatched opportunity to become the founder and primary researcher of a graduate working group, a teacher assistant, as well as a graduate assistant. While in the program, I organized meetings, talks, non-class websites, as well as the visits of prestigious scholars concerned with social justice, all while connecting and collaborating with outstanding faculty and graduate students from diverse fields and departments at UConn, thanks to the interdisciplinary nature and support of El Instituto. I was, thus, well-prepared to transition to administrative roles in academia upon my graduation in 2014, working as a graduate Program Coordinator at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin, and currently as a Director of Strategies and Operations for Relay Graduate School of Education."

Matthew Perse

Matthew Perse

M.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Latino and Latin American Studies 
Current occupation: Chair of World Languages Department and Instructor of Spanish at Christ School (Arden, NC)

"I was drawn to study Latinx/Latin America at UConn with the idea of using it as a launchpad for a PhD. As I progressed with my research, I also discovered that I began to feel compelled to share what I had been learning with a wider audience. Learning how to research, synthesize, and distill vast amounts of complex information helped me develop a communication style that ultimately lent itself to teaching and, later, influencing curriculum as World Languages Department Chair. I reflect fondly on my time at UConn and the opportunities it has afforded me."

Ruth Hernandez-Rios

Ruth Hernández-Ríos

M.A. in International with a concentration in Latino & Latin American Studies, Ph.D in Sociology
Current occupation: Teaching Professor in Sociology at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)

"As a second-year M.A. student at El Instituto, I knew I wanted to continue to the Ph.D. The decision solidified when I took a class with Dr. Manisha Desai, who later became my doctoral advisor in the Sociology Department at UConn. There is no doubt in my mind that the MA prepared me for the Ph.D. at ELIN, I learned to read and write critically, present to a non-generalist audience, and use my academic skills in applied settings such as non-profit work. As a first-generation Mexican immigrant from a working-class background, ELIN helped me understand that my voice matters and that my community's story deserves a platform."

Emma Amador

Emma Amador

M.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Latino & Latin American Studies, PhD in History
Current Occupation: Assistant Professor of History and Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies

"Receiving my MA in Latin American and Latinx Studies at UConn was a life changing experience. I enrolled in the program because of my broad interest in Latin America and Latino/a/xs communities in the US. As a student I had developed my research and writing skills in close collaboration with faculty mentors and completed a final masters project that enticed me to further pursue Puerto Rican history as a scholar. I later received a PhD in history at the University of Michigan, held a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University, and taught as a tenure-track faculty member in the History Department and at El Instituto. I have been very excited to return to UConn as a faculty member in the History Department and at El Instituto. It has been amazing to come back to this vibrant community, to work with UConn students as a professor, and to participate in the groundbreaking research conducted at El Instituto."

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