Completed Ph.D. Program
Lissette Acosta-Corniel, Ph.D. - Class of 2013 - "Towards a Theory of Spanish Women in Española: A Research Guide"
Jonnee Alexander, Ph.D. - Class of 2006 - "Troubling the Angry Waters: The Journey from Stokely Carmichael to Kwame Ture"
Solmerina Aponte, Ph.D. - Class of 2010 - "Bilingual Visual Culture in New York: Socially-Engaged Latina Artists and the Discourse of Hybridity"
Karolina Babic, Ph.D. - Class of 2014 - "Todavía bailamos la cueca sola: From local protest practice against Chile's dictatorship to (trans)national memory icon."
Ingrid Bircann-Barkey, Ph.D. - Class of 2013- "Women do not roll high quality cigars!" Tabaqueras in the shop floor of the Dominian Cigar factory"
Natacha Bolufer-Laurenti, Ph.D. - Class of 2013 - “Spanish Exiles in New York: Constructing Identities through the Spanish-Language Press (1930’s-1940’s)”
Carmen Caamaño, Ph.D. - Class of 2007 - "Contending Subjectivity: Costa Rican Migrants Solidarity Networks, Social Capital and the Contstruction of Governmentality in Transnational Spaces"
Jean Carlos Cowan, Ph.D.- Class of 2006 - "Displacement in Medellín: A Global / Transnational Perspective"
Xenobia Delgado, Ph.D. - Class of 2009 - "Creating a National Counter-Narrative: Pathways to a New World in the Literature of Earl Lovelace"
M. Dustin Knepp, Ph.D. - Class of 2010 - “Tamaladas and the Role of Food in Mexican-Immigrant and Mexican-American Cultures in Texas”
Alexander Lamazares, Ph.d. - Class of 2009 - “Cuban Art under Late Socialism: Contested Spaces, Revolutionary Aesthetics, and the Creation of a New Art Market”
Thely Lopes, Ph.D. - Class of 2010 - “Shifting Identities in the Brazilian Restaurants of New York City”
Karen McGovern, Ph.D. - Class of 2006 - "Counterhegemonic Narratives: Reading Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Identities in Latina Literary Anthologies of the 1980s and 1990s"
Guadalupe Morales-Gotsch, Ph.D. - Class of 2013 - "Economic Remittances to Middle Class Peruvian Families: Origins, Use, and Impact"
Luis Paredes - Ph.D. - Class of 2015 - "Perú Negro: Choreographing and Performing Afro-Peruvian Identity, 1969 to the Present"
Katiuscia Pelerin, Ph.D. - Class of 2013 - “A Conflict within Blackness:The Complexities of Identity of Haitian Migrants and their Descendants in the Bahamas.”
Katherine Platt, Ph.D. - Class of 2010 - “"Gringotenango: The U.S. Retirement Migration to Antigua, Guatemala"
Yaser Robles, Ph.D. - Class of 2013- “En el Aire Escribieron la Historia: Honduran Invisibility in the Central American 1970s/80s Conflicts.”
Lomarsh Roopnarine, Ph.D. - Class of 2002 - "Indo-Caribbean Indenture: Creating Opportunities Out of Adversity"
Raquel Sanmiguel, Ph.D. - Class of 2012- "A Postcolonial Comparative Study of Secondary Education and its Ideological Implications for West Indian Communities in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica; Bluefields, Nicaragua; and Old Providence Island, Colombia"
Carla Santamaria, Ph.D.
- Class of 2010 - “Boricuas isleños y nuyorriqueños: La construcción de identidades puertorriqueñas a través de la poesía de la calle.”
Ph.D. Candidates and their Current Research
Cassandra Andrusz - Research interests: Colonial Latin America, specifically Peru, more specifically women in rebellion. Also interested in Andean society, indigenous resistance, culture, folk lore and learning more about contempory/modern history of L.A.
Arinka Abad - "The Emotional Cost of Migration - Mental Health" Research interest: Qualitative and Quatitative Methods - Migration (Internation and U.S. Domestic); Transnationalism and Aculturation; Social Inqulity (Race, Class, and Gender); Demography (Fertility - Family and Foster families); Health (International and U.s. Public Policy). Previous Empirical Reseach Project: "International Migration, Remittances, and Gender: A Qualitative Study of the Peruvian Province of Callao." Recent Activity: November 2012, New England Council of Lain American Studies (NECLAS) - YALE University - and . May 2014, Hawaii - International Conference in the Social Sciences - Honolulu. "International Migration, Remittances, and Gender: A Qualitative Study of the Peruvian Prince of Callao.
Ildefonso Correas Apelanz - "Las (p)/otrer@s tomados: (re)thinking, (re)defining, and (re)creating spaces, spheres, dimensions in fútbol femenino in Argentina." Research inerest: Argentine football Gender Inequalities;
Feminisms, Masculinities, and Football;
Sport, Nation, and Identity
Power Structures and Patriarchy Construction of history and representation.
Ernesto Ebratt - ABD- "Female Bodies and Pageant Competions in Post Liberalization Colombia: 1991-2011"
Karen Ferrer-Muñiz - "Latina faculty in academia: support factors when dealing with socio-environmental challenges to promote and attain success."
Cory Fischer-Hoffman - ABD "Carceral Coloniality in Hybrid Post-Neoliberal Venezuela"
Rafael Gomez - Tentative Dissertation Title: "Afro Atlantic Religions in Santo Domingo, 1502-1799: Memory, Traditioning, and Beyond" Research Interests: Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean; Religion in Colonial Latin America; Slave Religion; The Evangelization of the New World; Neo-Afro-Caribbean Religious Movements; Early New World Development; Colonial Literature; Bartolome de Las Casas; diaspora studies; Violence in Latin America.
Jacqueline Hayes - ABD- "Beyond Protection: The Logic of the Sweatshop and Latino Immigrant Workers in New York State" Research interests: Latino(a) Immigrant Workers, Labor Organization, Labor Migration, Political Economy, and Human Rights.
Caitlin Jeniszewski - "Identity, immigration and performance. Recent Activity: community program titled, "Black in Latin America: Affirmative Action in Brazil"
Catia Laird de Polanco -
Anyeline Mejia -
Katherine Paarlberg-Kvam - ABD- "The Colombian Women's Peace Movement" > Research Interests: The Colombian women's peace movement; gender studies; political economy. > Recent Activity: NECLAS Conference presenter (November 2011).
Luis Gabriel Sanchez - (Preliminary dissertation title) "Andean Cosmologies and Ontological Crises: Pachakuti, Decoloniality, and Liberation." Dissertation research focuses on decolonial theory, indigenous cosmology, and struggles against extractive industries in Perú. Research interests: Haitian history and experiences since 2010 earthquake, border politics, Latino identity and globalization. . Recent activity: presented at Caribbean Studies Association Conference "Colonialiy and Liberticide in Haiti: Challenging Discursive Exclusion;' co-presented with C. Andrusz at GSCOPE Conference "(Re)teaching (De)coloniality: Transcending the Geopolitics of Knowledge in the University."
Anthony Stronach - Research interests: Japanese Latin Americans, Identity, Sexuality, Decoloniality, Border Theory, and Linguistics. Current activities: currently working on a paper that is comparing and contrasting the racialization and national and diasporic identity of Japanese Peruvians and Japanese Brazilians.
David Uzzell Jr., ABD - “Upgrading, Shared Value, and Competitiveness in the Banana Value Chain in Colombia: The Case of C.I. Uniban S.A.”
Jamielynn Varriale - (tentative dissertation title) "Pra liberar nuestras fronteras: performing transnationalism, local community, diy ethics, and Spanish-language hardcore punk with Los Crudos". Research interests: Popular music, subculture, community, punk history and subculture, postcolonialism, and the intersections of gender, race, class, and Latinidad in both general U.S.-American society, musical genres, and musical subcultures.
Aminah Z. Wallace - Research interests: Interests include global political economy, social control, social resistance, black movements, slave resistance, blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, Modernity/Coloniality/Decoloniality, Black Identities, Pan-Africanism, the African Diaspora, Africa,Garveyism, Black Power and Slavery in the Western Hemisphere.
Deborah Woeckner-Saavedra, ABD - "Latino/a Artist-Educators and their Role in Creating and Sustaining Innovative Democratic Spaces."