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Current CLACS students

Student Spotlight

Amanda Ferstead is a first year dual degree masters student in Public Health and Latin American Studies. She is interested in health disparities in the Latin American region as well as in the United States. Additionally she has an interest in the health of indigenous populations and the region of Panama, where she spent time as a Global Health Intern. Amanda hopes to work for the CDC in the future as a Public Health Advisor, and travel throughout Latin America to improve Health Programs and initiatives across the region.


See a listing of CLACS students and alumni:

Undergraduates

  • Kaitlyn Blansett - Major: Spanish & History (CLACS Certificate)
  • Karaline Cartagena - Major: Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Victoria Collins - Major: Linguistics & Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Catherine Fonseca - Major: History/Spanish/Folklore & Ethnomusicology (CLACS Certificate)
  • Sara Gaspard - Major: Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management (CLACS Minor)
  • Brett Hamm - Major: History/African American & African Diaspora Studies (CLACS Certificate)
  • Grace Hankins - Major: International Business & Public Policy Analysis (CLACS Minor)
  • Gabriel Jalles - Major: Environmental Management (CLACS Minor)
  • Megan Kelly - Major: International Studies & Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Samantha McEvoy - Major: Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Brianna Meyer - Major: Economics/Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Mary Oelker - Major: Spanish/Anthropology (CLACS Certificate)
  • Sarah TeKolste - Major: Spanish/Theatre & Drama (CLACS Certificate)

M.A. Students

  • Zachary Baquet - Countercultures, Street Performance, South America
  • Sonia Calpanchay - identity construction, Argentine history
  • Mike Fitt - squatter settlements, Peru
  • Sierra Funk - Andean nationalism
  • Raúl Gross - global partnerships, service programs in Latin America
  • Diana Velazquez - Education, Marginalization, Mexico/US

Dual Degree Students

  • Megan Beddow - Civic Engagement, Sustainability (M.A./M.P.A.)
  • Aviva Elzufon - government social programs, technology, Southern Cone (M.A./M.P.A.)
  • Amanda Ferstead - indigenous communities, health care, Panama (M.A./M.P.H.)
  • Laura Geiken - Information Access, Panama (M.A./M.L.S.)
  • Jordan Reifsteck - historical data (M.A./M.I.S.)
  • Marie Suding - Portuguese language, Brazil (M.A./M.P.A.)
  • Nicholas Tschida-Reuter - Caribbean history (M.A./M.P.A.)
  • Nathan Viets - Conservation Policy, Afro-Brazil (M.A./M.P.A.)

Ph.D. Students

  • Marc Antone - History (CLACS minor)
  • Alex Badillo - Anthropology (CLACS minor)
  • Eric Bindler - Folklore & Ethnomusicology (CLACS Certificate)
  • Sheila Blanchard - Anthropology (CLACS Minor)
  • Edward Brudney - History (CLACS Minor)
  • Eric Carbajal - Spanish/Portuguese (CLACS Minor)
  • Gabriel Escobedo - Anthropology (CLACS Minor)
  • Sarah Foss - History (CLACS Minor)
  • Kaitlin Guidarelli - Spanish/Portuguese (CLACS Minor)
  • Tony Hessenthaler - Spanish/Portuguese (CLACS Minor)
  • Ricardo Higelin Ponce de León - Anthropology (CLACS Minor)
  • Denisa Jashari - History (CLACS Minor)
  • Mitsuko Kawabata - Folklore & Ethnomusicology (CLACS Minor)
  • Elizabeth Konwest - Anthropology (CLACS Minor)
  • Matthew Lebrato - Anthropology (CLACS Minor)
  • Gaelle Le Calvez - Spanish/Portuguese (CLACS Minor)
  • Kathryn Lehman - History (CLACS Minor)
  • Andres Lopez - Theatre & Drama (CLACS Minor)
  • Frank Marshalek - Geography (CLACS Minor)
  • Emma McDonell - Anthropology (CLACS Minor)
  • Heather McFadden - Folklore & Ethnomusicology (CLACS Minor)
  • Joseph Pecorelli - Spanish/Portuguese (CLACS Minor)
  • Javier Ramirez - Communication & Culture (CLACS Minor)
  • Jenny Riley - Anthropology (CLACS Minor)
  • Jessica Rivers - Communication & Culture (CLACS Minor)
  • Francisco Tandioy Jansasoy - Folklore & Ethnomusicology (CLACS Minor)
  • Krista Weirich - Spanish/Portuguese (CLACS Minor)
  • Paige Wojcik - Anthropology (CLACS Certificate)

Recent Alumni

  • Colin Airriess - Major: Portuguese/International Studies (CLACS Certificate)
  • Mariella Arredondo - Ph.D. in Education (CLACS Minor)
  • Catilin Benallack - Latin American politics (M.A./M.L.S.)
  • Kaitlin Blatt - Major: Biology (CLACS Certificate)
  • Edward Brudney - History, labor, Argentina (M.A.)
  • Matthew Cesnik - Major: History/Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Rebecca Clouser - Ph.D. in Geography (CLACS Minor)
  • Dayna Cueva Alegria - Political Ecology, Peru (M.A.)
  • Marcie Deffenbaugh - Quechua (M.A./M.I.S.)
  • Rachel Dotson - social movements, language, and eduation in Latin America (M.A.)
  • Vicky Gruzynski - Brazil, Portuguese language (M.A./M.L.S.)
  • Anne Marie Guerrettaz - Ph.D. in Second Language Studies (CLACS Minor)
  • Nina Hensarling (Cole) - Peru and Central America, fair trade and coffee (M.A./M.B.A.)
  • Katherine Horn - Major: Spanish/Biology (CLACS Certificate)
  • Alexis Howard - Major: Neuroscience/Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Denisa Jashari - History, Chile (M.A.)
  • Nicole Kaforski - Major: International Studies (CLACS Certificate)
  • John Kroondyk - Brazil, Portuguese language (M.A./M.L.S.)
  • Kathryn Lehman - History, Bolivia (M.A.)
  • Michael Lemon - popular political culture, nation/state formation, memory, Chile (M.A.)
  • Kourtney Liepelt - Major: Journalism/Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Katie Lorentson - Major: Spanish/Criminal Justice (CLACS Certificate)
  • Madeline Makielski - Major: Anthropology/Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Perry Mcaninch - Major: Folklore & Ethnomusicology (CLACS Minor)
  • Silvia Panigada - Major: Fine Arts (CLACS Minor)
  • Erika Piquero - Major: International Studies/Linguistics (CLACS Certificate)
  • Alison Pitt - Honduras, food security, rural development, and peace (M.A./M.P.A)
  • Irasema Rivera - gender, Mexican history, Latino Studies (M.A./M.P.H.)
  • David Sirkin - Major: History (CLACS Certificate)
  • Timothy Thompson - Portuguese, libraries and popular education in Brazil (M.A./M.L.S.)
  • Alexandra Toledo- governability, development NGOs, food sovereignty, Peru (M.A./M.P.A.)
  • Jorge Valenzuela - development studies, Brazil (M.A.)
  • Nancy Vazquez-Soto - domestic violence and animal abuse in Puerto Rico (M.A.)
  • Abigail Yates - Major: Spanish (CLACS Certificate)
  • Allison Yates - Major: International Studies/Spanish/Near Eastern Languages & Cultures (CLACS Certificate)