Andrés Guzmán - Ricardo Andrés Guzmán (Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2013) is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with a specialization in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture. He is currently working on a book manuscript which draws on contemporary philosophy to rethink ideas of citizenship and nation in contexts ranging from the French and American revolutions, Cold War denationalization and deportation campaigns in the U.S., Chicano nationalism and the legal construction of Chicano identity, and mass incarceration and the criminalization of immigration. His doctoral research was aided by several awards including a Mellon Summer Dissertation Fellowship in 2012 and a tuition scholarship to attend the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University during the summer of 2010. In 2013 he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Outstanding Graduate Associate in Teaching Award from the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. He recently authored "From Highways to High-Rises: The Urbanization of Capital, Consciousness and Labor Struggle in Ken Loach's Bread and Roses," which was published in the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 16 (2012): 101-118.
Kourtney B. Liepelt - Kourtney earned a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish, with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in December 2013. Her studies took her to Australia for a journalism course on ethnic and minority media, the United Kingdom for an internship at a travel publication, and Peru for an IU study abroad experience. During her final semester, she researched and reported on Central American immigration to the United States (Indiana specifically) for her School of Journalism senior capstone project. This reporting compelled her to apply for the Ross Hazeltine Travel Scholarship, a fund for graduates of the School of Journalism that promotes travel outside of North America for a planned and proposed reporting project. The scholarship allowed her to travel to and spend nearly three months in Guatemala to further delve into immigration issues, with the goal of humanizing the topic for the average U.S. reader. Her work has been published in The Des Moines Register and the Cedar Rapids Gazette, with another article slated to be published in Indianapolis Monthly in January or March.