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Current Graduate Students

teresa-alvarado-patlan.pngTeresa Alvarado-Patlan

Home Department: History

My research looks at military forts in the Midwest and Southwest that have served as centers for detention and incarceration from the19th century until present.



sarah-louise-dawtry.pngSarah-Louise Dawtry

Home Department: History

My dissertation, “From Boom to Bust: Responses to Working Conditions by Mexican Hardrock Miners in Mexico and the American Southwest, 1880-1940,” is a transnational and regional study of Mexican and Mexican-American industrial miners in Mexico and the United States.


larissa-de-paula-lacs.pngLarissa de Paula

Home Department: Political Science

My research centers around decolonial theory, feminist theory and Brazil’s military history.



jalin-jackson.pngJalin Jackson

Home Department: African American Studies

My research focuses on the intersections between Afro-Latin America and videogames. Specifically, I am interested in what it means to play race/racism and to theorize blackness in the virtual space alongside representations of Latin America in videogames. I am also interested in Afro-Latin American experiences with videogames and gaming communities in Latin America.

alicia-nunez.pngAlicia Nunez

Home Department: Spanish & Portuguese

My thesis, “Shadow Kids: The Child in Central American Migrant Narratives,” examines the literal and figurative roles childhood plays in discourses surrounding Central American migration. I examine the queer racialized child migrant that not only transgresses borders, but breaks with normative conceptions of gender and sexuality.


daniela-maria-raillard.pngDaniela Maria Raillard

Home Department: Anthropology

Daniela (she/her/ella) is a PhD candidate and anthropological archaeologist with a focus on the pre-colonial Andes. In collaboration with local and descendant community members, she leads a multi-site archaeological project on Chachapoya above ground mortuary architecture in rural northeastern Peru.


sophie-reilly.pngSophie Reilly

Home Department: Anthropology

Sophie (she/her) is an archeologist who studies the deep histories of food (in)security. Her research specifically investigates the impacts of Inka and Spanish colonialism on food availability and access among Chachapoya communities in the Northeastern Andes from the 14th to 17th century.


jesse-rothbard.pngJesse Rothbard

Primary Department: Spanish and Portuguese

Area(s) of Research Interest: Transatlantic crime fiction, contemporary Latin American film, media studies and queer theory. Jesse's current research project, centered on queer criminalization and criminality in the first half of the 20th century in Latin America, has received support from the Brazilian Studies Association, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and Fulbright. 

jacob-wilkenfeld.pngJacob Wilkenfeld

Home Department: Spanish & Portuguese

My research examines the ways in which modernity and cultural hybridity have been thematized in 19th and 20th-century writings of Brazil and the United States, particularly in literary expressions of diasporic and immigrant communities. My dissertation focuses on 20th-century Brazilian and U.S. American Jewish fiction.


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