IMS Alumni

Katherine Kurtessis



BA International Relations & Spanish with a concentration in Latin American Studies, Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.

MA Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY

Research interests

Currently I am interested in the effects of tourism and expatriate communities on development in Latin America. I began research in Bocas del Toro, Panama in 2010, studying the dynamic of the relationship between the local Panamanians, the tourists, and the expatriate community. I look forward to pursuing this further in the future. Latin America has been a passion of mine for many years. Previous projects include the political and social development of women in Latin America- with case studies on Violeta Barrios de Chamorro of Nicaragua, and Carolina Maria de Jesus in Brazil; paternalism, patromonialism, and elitism of the United States in Nicaragua; and a role as assistant in a project based on the role of Magda Portal in APRA of Peru. I spent the last fourteen months living in Peru, working for the Universidad de Piura.