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Graduate Assistants

Sonia Calpanchay - I am a first year Masters’ student at CLACS. I received my B.A. in History with an emphasis on teaching from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. After finishing my B.A, I worked as a Spanish teacher at an independent preparatory school in Tennessee. While teaching, I faced the task of providing my students with as many tools as possible to understand Latin America and its rich and varied cultures from different points of view. This experience has deepened my desire to better understand the process of identity construction, especially among indigenous peoples, a topic I hope to explore further at IU.

Jordan Reifsteck - I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Rockford University in 2014 with majors in History and Spanish with a research focus on U.S. foreign policy in Chile during the 20th century. I chose the dual-masters programs in Latin American Studies and Information Science at Indiana University as it would allow me to take an interdisciplinary approach to my research while also building skills in a new and quickly growing field.

Sierra Funk - Hola! I'm a first year M.A student here at IU, looking forward to getting my degree from CLACS! I graduated with honors from Old Dominion University with a B.A. in History, and spent much of my time abroad in South America. There, I picked up a passion for Latin American culture that's followed me here to the University. My studies have focused mostly on the Pacific Coast of the Southern cone, and I'm interested in studying the cultures of revolutions and counterrevolutions that have shaped the political landscapes and alliances of these nations.

Raúl Gross - Raúl, an Indiana native, is in his first year of the MA program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. As an undergraduate Raúl spent semesters abroad in Australia and Spain, and upon graduating from the University of Evansville with a BA in Theological Studies, he spent two years volunteering at a small Catholic orphanage in rural Honduras. Since 2007 he has spent six summers in Latin America, leading service programs for high school students in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, and most recently in Nicaragua. He is interested in the development of academic and service programs within Latin America, and the impact that such programs have on both guest and host communities. He hopes to make a career of promoting academic and service programs in Latin America that promote economic development, global partnerships, conservation, and intellectual inquiry. A teacher at heart, Raúl has worked as a ski and tennis instructor in Colorado, taught environmental education in the Pacific Northwest, and hopes to get his Divemaster SCUBA certification.


Luis A González, Ph.D.
Librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Herman B. Wells Library (E660)
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