Ph.D. Students

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"

Cory Fischer-Hoffman - Ph.D. - Class of 2016 -"Prisons and Power: Carceral Coloniality in Hybrid Post-Neoliberal Venezuela"

Jacqueline Hayes, Ph.D. - Class of 2017 - "Fighting for Prtoections: Challenging the 21st Century Sweatshop in New York State"

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"

Katherine Paarlbert-Kvam, Ph.D. - Class of 2016 - "The Key to Peace in Ours - Women's Peacebuilding in Twenty-First Century Colombia"

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.”

Deborah Woeckner-Saavedra, Ph.D. - Class of 2017 - "Latino/a Artist Educators (LAEs) and their Role in Creating and Sustaining Alternative Democratic Spaces in Miami"'

Ph.D. Candidates and their Current Research

Cassandra Andrusz - ABD - "Latinx Resistance: Promoting Equity in the Food System"

Arink 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 Apelanz - ABD - "Mujeres Pioneras Con Gambetas: (en)gendering la historia del fútbol argentino".

Ernesto Ebratt - ABD- "Female Bodies and Pageant Competions in Post Liberalization Colombia: 1991-2011"

Karen Ferrer-Muñiz - Reserch interest:: Latina faculty in academia: support factors when dealing with socio-environmental challenges to promote and attain success.

Rafael Gomez - ABD- "To the Sound of the Bambús: African-Atlantic Religions in the Dominican Republic (A Historiography of Memory and Practice)"

Caitlin Jeniszewski - ABD - "Can Caliban's Daughter Speak? An Ethnography of Indo-Guyanese Women in the United States Higher Education System?l"

Anyeline Mejia - ABD - "Dominican Women Experiencing Violence: Transnationalism, Gender Identity, and the Search for Social Justice"

Luis Gabriel Sanchez -ABD - "Crossing Over Pachakuti: Decolonizing Narratives of Andean Borderlands"

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.”

Benoit Vallée, "My research focuses on Dominican cultural transnationalism through the lens of Hip-Hop culture. Although they have remained mostly undocumented, Dominican contributions to the New York Hip-Hop scene have been significant since the early 1970s, due to the Dominican settlements in Washington Heights and the Bronx where Hip-Hop culture erupted. Therefore, that intimate connection between diaspora and homeland created one of the earliest Spanish speaking Hip-Hop movement on the Atlantic seafront of the Americas, alongside Puerto Rico." [U.S. Latinxs and the Caribbean, Hip-Hop, transnationalism, ethnomusicology, urban anthropology, immigration, ethnicity, race, and the arts]

Jamielynn Varriale - ABD - "Para Liberar Nuestras Fronteras: performing migrant identities, community, diy ethics, and Spanish-language hardcore punk with Los Crudos".

Juan Vazquez Montero - "My research focuses on the Geopolitics of Nationalist Revolutions. Utilizing a historical comparative analysis of Puerto Rico and Catalonia, my research evaluates the existeing links between local and foreign elites as key actors in promoting or preventing nationalist revolutionary processes.” (Keywords: Revolution, Nationalism, elite, foreign powers, Geopolitics, Puerto Rico, Catalonia)  

Aminah Z. Wallace - ABD - "Dialogues of Resistance: Garveyism, the Negro World and the Making of Black Internationalism, 1911-1933"


MA Students