2012-2013 Student News
Undergraduate Student Spotlights
Ana-Christina Acosta Gasper de Alba
Year at IU: Senior
Major: Latino Studies (through the Individualized Major Program). English Major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a History Minor.
I fell in love with Latino Studies my first semester at Indiana University, and by the end of my sophomore year I decided a minor wasn’t enough, so I made it a major through IU’s Individualized Major Program. To me there is a beautiful marriage between Latino Studies and English, or Latino Studies and History for that matter. With English, I find my background in Latino Studies useful in what I read and what I write, and the history of Latinos in the U.S.A. is so rich that it’s easy to relate to other histories. I feel like it’s a field that because of its interdisciplinary nature can be so easily related to just about anything else, and because Latino Studies classes are generally cross-listed with a number of other fields, I’ve had the opportunity to experience a gender studies class, a folklore class, a statistics class, all while fulfilling the requirements for my Latino Studies major. The Latino Studies program at IU is wonderfully diverse, and many of the best professors I’ve had at IU have been from the department.
Alicia Yvette Nieves
Year at IU: Class of 2013
Major: Migration Studies (IMP) and Political Science
Hudson & Holland Scholars; Herman B Wells Scholar; Harry S. Truman Scholar
I knew as a freshman that a minor in Latino Studies would help me achieve many of my academic and career goals. My particular interests included Latinos in politics and civil society. Four years later I have come to view the Latino Studies classes that I have taken as providing me with an in-depth understanding and deeper appreciation of the growing Latino population within the United States. Around 17 percent of the United States population is composed of Latinos and this number is only expected to grow significantly in the coming decades due to migration and fertility. The Latino Studies minor allows one to better understand the many places Latinos come from and where they're heading in the future. I would recommend to any student the Latinos Studies classes to understand how every aspect of the American landscape -- political, economic, and social -- will be impacted by the Latino population.
2012-2013 Dissertation Fellow
Originally from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, a beautiful coastal city in the south of Spain, Silvia Roca-Martinez arrived to Indiana University, Bloomington in the fall of 2007, via Minnesota, to pursue her doctorate. She is a PhD Candidate in Hispanic Literatures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; she specializes in the literature of 20th and 21st century Spain and Spanish America. She also holds a minor in Gender Studies. In her dissertation, titled From the Private to the Public: Gender, Nation, and Counter-Memory in Memoirs of 20th Century Women Writers from the Hispanic World, Roca-Martinez examined memoirs composed in the latter part of the twentieth century and first decade of the twenty first century by women writers from the Hispanic world. She showed that these writers use their memoirs as venues to contest hegemonic national narratives that have fostered a particular national identity, a particular past, and a particular conception of gender, gender roles and relations. She will begin teaching Fall 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at The Citadel.
2011-2013 Visiting Scholar
Abel Correa is currently a Graduate Student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in the Educational Policy Organizational Leadership (EPOL) Department. During his stay at IU, he continued his research and hoped to move one step closer to earning his Ph.D. His research interests include inner city Chicana/o Latino/Latina and African American inter-relations in Southern California schools.
2012-2013 Latino Studies Graduate Assistant
Antonio Estudillo is a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the Learning and Developmental Sciences, Human Development, program here at Indiana University. As the LATS Graduate Assistant, he assisted with updating our website, the online newsletter, and outreach to our undergraduate students. He also was writing his dissertation, examining developmental and educational trajectories of children and adolescents, considering contexts during childhood that impact later academic achievement. Tony was born and raised in the Yakima Valley region of Washington and is a first-generation college graduate. He will begin teaching Fall 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.