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PLAS Senior Thesis Titles

Students fulfill the PLAS certificate requirement in part by writing a thesis in their major discipline on a Latin American or Caribbean topic.


Class of 2014

David Abugaber, Independent
Language Shift from Ixil Mayan to Spanish in a Highland Guatemalan Town

Miryam Amsili, History
Nazi-Fascist, Anti-Semite, or Anti-Zionist? The Debates Surrounding Tacuara in Argentina

Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, Archaeology
Masked Exoticism: Fabricating Authentic Experiences in Mexican Beach Resorts

Rachael Baitel, Politics
Rising Through the Ranks: A Comparative Analysis of the Pathways to Power of Current Women Presidents in Latin America

Cecilia Buerkle, Comparative Literature
The Dueling Worlds of the Mexican-American: Reconceptualizing Notions of Home and Identity in The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Madison Bush, History
The Books of Angelópolis: A Study of the Book Culture and Libraries in Puebla de los Ángeles: 1531-1640

Agnes Cho, Anthropology
Commodifying Cookstoves: Social Entrepreneurship and the Improved Cookstove Industry

Luc Cohen, Woodrow Wilson School
Exit, but mostly exclusion: Policy options for reducing the size of Mexico's informal economy

Andrea DeLeon, Economics
Expectation and Utilization: Socioeconomic Determinants of Access to and Attitudes towards Brazilian Health Care

Elizabeth Driggs, Economics
Positive Side Effects: The Interaction between Conditional Cash Transfer Programs and Women's Empowerment in Colombia, 2002-2005

Ryan Elliott, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Triatomines and Trypanosomes: Fitness Impacts of Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli Mono- and Co-infections in the Triatomine Vector Rhodnius prolixus

Lukas Gaffney, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Assessment of the Influence of Primate Species, Deforestation, and Tree Cover on Malaria Transmission in Latin America

Iara Guzman, Politics
Protracted Conflict in Colombia: How Incentive Structures Shape Negotiations and Their Outcomes

Emily Hill, Woodrow Wilson School
The American Human Rights Convention: Motivations and Efficacy

Damali James, Woodrow Wilson School
Dominican Denationalization: a Discussion of TC0168-13 and Factors of Dominican Immigration Policy

Kelsey D. Janke, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Human land-use and forest regeneration as drivers of bat diversity and activity in the Área de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Abril Loya, English
"El Olvido Está Tan Lleno De Memoria": Cultural Memory Salience in Chile and Mexico through Isabel Allende's "The House of the Spirits" and Roberto Bolaño's "Amulet"

Amanda Morgan Mitchell, History
Cuba Aqui and Allá: Between the Boom and Revolution 1959-1971

Arianna Munguia, Politics
More than Just Money: A Case Study on the Effects of Remittances and Immigration in the Salvadoran Towns of Chirilagua, Intipucá and El Cuco

Rebecca Newmark, Anthropology
The Fruit of their Labor: Placentophagia and Embodied Meaning-Making Among American Women

Neelay Patil, Woodrow Wilson School
Neglecting "A New Beginning": Stagnant U.S. - Cuba Relations Under Barack Obama

Minerva H. Pedroza, Anthropology
Lives In Transition Navigating Public Trans Healthcare in São Paulo, Brazil !!

Clayton Taylor Platt, Woodrow Wilson School
Misguided Goals on the International Stage: An Analysis of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the Economic and Social Implications of Developing Nations Hosting Mega-Events

Brian Reilly, Woodrow Wilson School
Not-So-Covert Action: considering the CIA's paramilitary mission through examples in Central America and Pakistan

Erika Rios, History
Chile's Divided Path to Revolution: An Analysis of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left (Mir), 1964-1973

Christian J. Rivera, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Facing the 2013 Gold Rush: A Population Viability Analysis For the Endangered White-lipped Peccary (Tayassu pecari) in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Sloan Rudberg, Woodrow Wilson School
Mind the Gap in São Paulo: An Analysis of Airport Access and Integrated Transportation in Brazil's Federal Infrastructure Policies

Daniel Santillan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Death from the Labyrinth

Brittany Serafino, Woodrow Wilson School
Storming the Gates: How Gated Communities and the "Mexodus" Have Contributed to Residential Segregation since the Turn of the Century

Steven Server, History
Dos Arbolitos: Cultivating the US-Mexican Border

Peter Smith, Sociology Where's The Beef? Cultural and Socioeconomic Determinants of Meat Consumption in Brazil

Carrico Torres, Politics
The Emergence of Global Slums:Colonialism and State Policy in Brazil and South Africa

Alejandro Van Zandt-Escobar, Computer Science
Meta-Gesture Variation Following for Sonic Interactions

Lauren Wyman, Economics
Analyzing the impact of a dual lizard introduction on orb-weaving spider communities in the Bahamas: an experimental approach

Gibran Zavalza, Politics
Understanding the Mexican Voter: Major Factors Influencing Voter Choice in the Context of the 2012 Presidential Election 


2014 Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies

Class of 2014 winners:
Minerva H. Pedroza, Anthropology
Lives In Transition Navigating Public Trans Healthcare in São Paulo, Brazil !!

Naomi Zucker, Anthropology
Visions of Health and Care in São Paulo, Brazil


2014 Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize

Class of 2014 winner:
Amanda Morgan Mitchell, History
Cuba Aqui and Allá: Between the Boom and Revolution 1959-1971

Class of 2013

Alexander Aguayo, Comparative Literature
Coming Apart at the Seams: Unstable Identities in Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman

Monica Ines Beltran, Woodrow Wilson School
Educational Promises and State Failures: A Comparative Study of General Education and Intercultural Bilingual Education Policy in Peru

Osasumwen Benjamin,
Comparative Literature
Transnational Angst: Black Existentialism in Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Narratives

Lauren Ann Castro, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Flight Performance and Trypanosome Infection of the Chagas Disease Vector Rhodnius pallescens: Implications for the Spatio-Temporal Spread of Trypanosoma cruzi in Rural Landscapes

Courtney Allen Crumpler, Anthropology
Cultivating Health in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brandon Scott Davis, Anthropology
Reflections on travels through South America with the Israelitas

Briyana Clarel Davis, Sociology
(Re)defining The Activist Occupation:   Identity, Intersectionality, and LGBT Activism in Salvador da Bahia

Carly Therese De La Hoz*, Architecture
The Favela Typology: Architecture in the Self-Built City

Andrea de Sá, Woodrow Wilson School
Brazil’s Nuclear Submarine Program: Navigating the Uncharted Waters of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Carrie Allison Diamond, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Dentro do Campo the Metaphor of Brazilian Soccer: Race, Space and Language

Ubaldo Escalante, Architecture
Beyond the Golden Period: Alternative Modernities and Contemporary Architecture in Latin America

Ashley Elizabeth Evelyn, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
The Formation of Transnational Black Identity among African-Descendants in Early Twentieth Century Cuba

Angelica Marie Ferrandino, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Grains of Race in Cartagena de Indias: A Study of Cuisine and Power in Cartagena, Colombia

Aseneth Garza, Anthropology
Politics of Memory in Post-War Guatemala: Church and State Accounts of Civil War

Thomas Peixoto Irby, History
The Carter-Geisel Conflict: Conflicting Narratives Regarding Human Rights and Perceptions of Military Rule in Brazil (1974-1979)

Amy Marie Olivero, Woodrow Wilson School
Targetting the Supply, not the Demand:Inconsistencies in U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Dimitris Papaconstantinou, Philosophy
Facts and Fallibility. Institutionalizing a Fallibilist Public Sphere.

Daniela del Rocio Perea, Politics
Politics of Giving: Explaining Divergent Tax Policies in Mexico and the United States

Sofia Agustina Quinodoz, Molecular Biology
Photography & Memory: How Argentina Remembers the Dirty War†

Luis Alejandro Ramos, Politics
Educating Chile: A Forensic Investigation of the ongoing Chilean Student Movement

Grecia Abigail Rivas, Comparative Literature
From the Page to the Screen: An In-Depth Analysis of Representations of Race in Fernando Meirelles’ “City Of God”

Erika Loren Smith, Chemistry
Unveiling the Mysteries of Maya Color: Characterization of Late Classic Maya Ceramic Vessel Pigments

Kaya Leigh Ten-Pow, Woodrow Wilson School
Are we fighting the Wrong War?   Cocaine Consumption in Latin America and the Global Drug Policy Paradigm

Flora Carpenter Thomson-DeVeaux, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Sex, Death, and the Aristocracy:* The Universal History of Santiago Badariotti Merlo (*Although Not Necessarily in That Order)

Emily Ann VanderLinden, Politics
Using an Educational Frame to Compare Centralization in Chile and Cuba

Erick Walsh
, Economics
Financial Dollarization and Financial (In) Stability: Evidence from Latin America

James Bailey Williams, Politics
Security Cooperation in the Americas: Explaining the Institutionalization of the Inter-American Security Regime


2013 Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies

Class of 2013 winner:
Carly Therese De La Hoz*, Architecture
The Favela Typology: Architecture in the Self-Built City


Honorable Mention:

Andrea de Sá, Woodrow Wilson School
Brazil’s Nuclear Submarine Program: Navigating the Uncharted Waters of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Thomas Peixoto Irby, History
The Carter-Geisel Conflict: Conflicting Narratives Regarding Human Rights and Perceptions of Military Rule in Brazil (1974-1979)


2013 Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize

Class of 2013 winner:
Flora Carpenter Thomson-DeVeaux, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Sex, Death, and the Aristocracy:* The Universal History of Santiago Badariotti Merlo (*Although Not Necessarily in That Order)

*Certificate in Latin American Studies, Brazilian Track
Major research paper in addition to departmental thesis, to fulfill the writing requirement for PLAS

Class of 2012

Katherine Alvarez, Sociology
Constructing Social Change: A Study of Medellin’s Social Urbanism

Stephanie Marie Alvarez, Politics
Innovation and success: Medellin system for the provision of services to the displaced population

Luciana Femanda Chamorro Elizondo, Anthropology
Narrating the Nicaraguan Civil War: An Ethnographic Account of Re-membering in San Juan del Norte

Mayenne Gael Chess, English
Like So Many Views Seen Through Bright Glass: The train as a modernist symbol in texts by Ford, Lawrence and Cortázar

Sophia Marie D’Angelo, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Inter-Caribbean Relations and the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora: Race and Nationalism in Haitian, Dominican and Puerto Rican Popular Culture

Addie Marie Darling, Comparative Literature
Veritas in Nihilum: An Investigation of the Poetry of Roy Campbell, Octavio Paz & Juan de la Cruz

Aparajita Das, Economics
Tudo Monitorado: The Impacts of Military Pacification on Crime Rates in Rio de Janeiro

María José Dobles Madrigal, Woodrow Wilson School
Violence and Drug Trafficking in Central America: "The Ghosts of Institutions Past, Present and Future."

Brianna Nicole Eastridge, Anthropology
Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres: the Development of Mexican-Americans as a New Social Class in the United States

Adriana Maria Estor, Politics
The Question of Project Lending: A Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness of the World Bank in Latin America

María Julia Gutiérrez, Woodrow Wilson School
Devising Regional Solutions: An Analysis of Violence Trends in Northern Mexico, 1997-2010

Laura Elizabeth Hamm, Anthropology
Mapuche Resurging: the Reappropriation of Indigenous struggle in the Chilean Nation

Ricardo López, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Narcotraduccíon: Reacciones y lecciones del lenguaje ante la “Mexican Drug War”

Leo Daniel Mena, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Creating Connection: Live Fence Structure and its Role in Sustaining Avifauna Diversity in Panama

Martha Melissa Montoya, Sociology
Escondido Transformed: How the Highly Visible Latino Population Becomes Invisible

Stephanie Morales, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Projeto Orla 2005: The Barraqueiros’ Lack of an Agenda and the Imbalance of Power Which Led to The Demolishment of the Barracas

J. David Peña, Politics
Racist Violence and Immigration in Spain: impact on the Latin American, North African and Eastern European Immigrant Groups

Niurka Grissel Peralta Malena, Sociology
The Color of Money: Trade, Gender and Nationality in a Dominican Market

Hannah Rose Sanzetenea, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
‘El tiempo vuela’: La vida, la muerte, y el tiempo en un libro infantil ilustrado original

Andréa Gabriella Schiller, Politics
Somebody Save Us: The Role of the Federal Government in Bailouts

Natalie Helen Shoup, Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Sustainable Energy Economics: Optimizing the Integration of Renewables in Guatemala

Lindsay Marie von Clemm, Economics
A Macro Stress Testing Framework of Liquidity Risk in the Latin American Banking Sector

Tiffania Lissette Willetts, Economics
The True Cost of an Education: Income's Effect on Educational Attainment in Buenos Aires, 1980-2006

Erica Meyer Zendell, Comparative Literature
Bread, Circuses, and Steel: Mega-Sporting Events, National Image, and Modernization in China and Brazil (Beijing 2008, Brazil 2014, and Rio 2016)


2012 Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies

Class of 2012 winner:

Sojung Yi, Anthropology
UNCHARTED: Territorialization of Health Care and the Travails of the Urban Poor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


2012 Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize

Class of 2012 winner:

Luciana Fernanda Chamorro Elizondo, Anthropology
Narrating the Nicaraguan Civil War: An Ethnographic Account of Re-membering in San Juan del Norte


Class of 2011

Chinekwu O. Anunwa, Woodrow Wilson School
Defending La Hoja Sagrada: Cocalero Movements and Political Change in Bolivia and Peru

Christopher Peter Bellaire, Woodrow Wilson School
Civil-Military Relations in Counterinsurgency Campaigns: An Analysis of the Peace Process in Colombia and Afghanistan

Cantey Sutton Brown, Politics
Colossus of the North: Understanding Sources of Anti- and Pro-American Sentiment in Latin America

Marieugenia Cardenas, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Image Through Film, Testimony and Verse: Representations of the 1968 Tlatelolco Student Massacre

Alexander Michael Cordones Cook, Comparative Literature
Single-Sex Theory in Postmodern Latin American Narrative: The Metaphorics of Gender Transgression in René Marqués and César Aira

Lauren Katherine Cubellis, Anthropology
Walking an Authentic Path: The curandera and Alternative Medicine in the Southwest United States

Alissa Maria Escarce, History
Radical Roads and Tamed Revolutions: Mexico’s National Indigenist Institute in Highland Chiapas, 1951–1953

Adrian Gallegos Gallegos, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Pedro Páramo Excerpt Translated

Sierra Rose Gronewold, Anthropology
A Defense of Culture: The Experience of Latin American Immigrants in the Bronx Family Court

Rocío Gutiérrez, Comparative Literature
Los hombros encogidos: Truth and Myth in Roberto Bolaño’s Amuleto, Los Detectives Salvajes, and 2666

Phyllis Lucille Heitjan, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Living Ghosts and Time Warps: Art Remembering Argentina’s Last Dictatorship

Julia Mae Kaplan, Woodrow Wilson School
Institutionalizing South America: The Union of South American Nations

Julia Collins Kearny, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Chagas Disease in Tarija, Bolivia: A Population Dynamics Model for Predicting Prevalence in Host and Vector Populations

Natalie Julia Kitroeff, Woodrow Wilson School
Touching the ‘Untouchables’: An Evaluation of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

Cynthia Laura Kroll, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
El acceso al agua en las colonias de Laredo, Texas: salud, representación, e incertidumbre

Kevin Edward McGinnis, Woodrow Wilson School
Household Water for All in Lima, Peru: State or Private Sector Solutions?

Megan Elizabeth McPhee, Woodrow Wilson School
Walking the Last Three Feet Without Boots on the Ground: Public Diplomacy and Stabilization in Fragile States

Pauline Karen Nalikka, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
O Baile Todo: Representations of Women in Funk Carioca

Emily Constance Nguyen, Politics
Mandatory Voting Policy in Latin America: A Comparative Study of Democratic Representation

Manuel Pérez, History
Organizing for Power: Indigenous Responses to Oil Drilling in Ecuador

Alyssa Christine Pont, Politics
Social Movements, Indians, and the Internet: How Internet-Based Communication Technology Affected Indigenous Movements in Mexico

Isabel Christine Ramírez, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Music, Miscegenation and the Mulata in the Tropics: Analogous Expressions of Fascination in the Poemas Negros of Jorge de Lima and Luis Palés Matos

Elías Ramón Sánchez-Eppler, Woodrow Wilson School
New Patterns, New Places, New Perspectives; What post-transitional fertility patterns tell us about Argentine fertility and what Argentina tells us about them

Patricia Maria Sever, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
La vaga coherencia del mundo: Perception and Creation in Adolfo Bioy Casares’ La invención de Morel and Plan de evasión

Claudia Alejandra Solís-Roman, Woodrow Wilson School
Challenges of Universal Access to AIDS Treatment in Brazil

Isaiah Mark Usher, Woodrow Wilson School
Accountability in Action: Empowerment and the Quality of Care in Rural Mexico


Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies

Class of 2011 co-winners:

Joshua Benjamin Franklin, Anthropology
Claiming the Right to Transgender Health in Brazil

Philip M. Rothaus, Spanish and Portuguese
Madness in Translation: Language, Laughter and Loucura in "O Alienista"


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2011 co-winners:

Alissa Maria Escarce, History
Radical Roads and Tamed Revolutions: Mexico's National Indigenist Institute in Highland Chiapas, 1951-1953

Joshua Benjamin Franklin, Anthropology
Claiming the Right to Transgender Health in Brazil


Class of 2010

Carolina Isabel Ardila-Zurek, Politics
The Rise and Fall of the Medellín and Cali Cocaine Organizations

Felipe Gutiérrez Cabrera, Comparative Literature
Responses to Latin American State Terrorism in Literature and the Visual Arts

Denzel R.B. Cadet, Comparative Literature
The Indelible Stain of Blackness: Expressions of Nationalism in Dominican and Haitian Poetry

Andrés Rodrigo Guerra, Anthropology
Pride, Polvo, and Pharmaceuticals: A Case Study on the Asthmatic Anomaly in Puerto Rico

Carlos Santiago Imberton, Politics
Understanding Patterns of Violence in El Salvador: Gangs, Governmental Policy and Civilian Response

Maria J. Lacayo, History
A Fervent, Frail Hope: Fragile Democracies and the Human Rights Conventions in Europe and Latin America

Thomas Vincent López, Woodrow Wilson School
Combating Coca: From the District of Columbia to el Distrito Capital

Eric Javier Macías, Woodrow Wilson School
Assessing the Cycle of Poverty in the Evaluation of Oportunidades and Bolsa Família: A Cross-national Study of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

Ruth Ngolela Byrnes Metzel, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
From Finca to Forest: Forest Cover Change and Land Management in Los Santos, Panama

Anna Trumbull Moccia-Field, Woodrow Wilson School
Worker Participation in Latin American Pension Systems: Lessons from the Reforms in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay

Rafael G. Palomino Badilla, Sociology
Take It or Leave It: Perceptions towards a Victim Compensation Fund in Northern Mexico

Kalyani Parthasarathy, Economics
Capacity Utilization and Economic Policy: Argentina and Brazil: 1970–2004

Alejandro Perez, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
A Devious Odyssey: Roberto Bolaño’s Anti-epic

Mónica Teresa Ramírez de Arellano, Woodrow Wilson School
Drilling through the Layers of Uncertainty: Brazil’s Social Gain or Resource Curse?

Fernando Salvador Sánchez, Sociology
Keeping the Planner’s Promise: The Impact of Building for Olympic Events on the Social and Economic Demography of the City

Andrew Michael Segal, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Imaginação Geográfica: An Examination of the Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Brasileiro’s 19th Century Efforts to Territorialize Brazil

Gustavo Andrés Silva Cano, Woodrow Wilson School
The Worst Solution Except For All the Others: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Drug Prohibition and Legalization in Colombia

Catalina Valencia, Politics
Colombia: Bending the Rules to Reparative Justice

Christine Elizabeth Vidmar, Sociology
Ironbound: An Ethnographic Study of Brazilian Immigrants in Newark, New Jersey


Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies

Class of 2010 co-winners:

Alex Kerbel Gertner, Anthropology
Pharmaceutical Care, Public Experiments, and Patient Knowledge in the Brazilian Public Healthcare System

Andrew Michael Segal, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Imaginação Geográfica: An Examination of the Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Brasileiro's 19th-Century Efforts to Territorialize Brazil


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2010 winner:

Alex Kerbel Gertner, Anthropology
Pharmaceutical Care, Public Experiments, and Patient Knowledge in the Brazilian Public Healthcare System

Honorable Mention
Ruth Ngolela Byrnes Metzel, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
From Finca to Forest: Forest Cover Change and Land Management in Los Santos, Panama


Class of 2009

Dylan Rich Alban, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
The Wandering Musicians: A Translation, History, and Commentary

Hugo Arellano Santoyo, Physics
Religión en la Sierra: The Making of a National Sanctuary: Santa Catarina Juquila, Mexico
(Major research paper in addition to departmental thesis)

Kristen Nicole Badal, Politics
Women in Latin American Politics: A Family Affair?

Molly Elizabeth Borowitz, Comparative Literature
Between the Lines: Grotesque Allegory and Sociopolitical Commentary in Baudelaire, Orozco, Kafka, and Casey

Shannon Marie Brink, Woodrow Wilson School
Staying Ahead Collectively?: Evaluating the Inter-American Foundation in the Footsteps of A.O. Hirschman

Jacob Rodney Candelaria, Woodrow Wilson School
Contemporary Venezuelan Oil Policy: An Institutional Analysis

Madeline Elise Carroll, Art and Archaeology
Mythic Moments: A Comparative Contextualization of Classic Period Maya Vases and the Popol Vuh

Yvonne Marie Chasser, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
La salud reproductiva de las comunidades indígenas y marginadas en latinoamérica: Un argumento para la re-incorporación de la partería tradicional

Luke Marshall Goodwin, History
Selling Sickness: The Argentine Press and the 1976 Coup d’État

Tolu Kafilat Lanrewaju, Anthropology
The Invisible Population: HIV/AIDS along the US-Mexico Border

Douglas Clark Lennox II, Anthropology
Swimming Up This Mean Stream: An Anthropological Attempt at Solving the “Puerto Rican Problem” through an Olympic Lens

Daniel Simon Levien, Woodrow Wilson School
A Transformative Venture? Considering Cultural Tourism and Economic Empowerment in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Johanna Desiree López, Sociology
Negotiating Motherhood: The Implications of Gender in the Migrant Experiences of Transnational Mothers

Thomas William Methvin, Sociology
The New Mexican Americans: International Retirement Migration and Development in an Expatriate Community in Mexico

Diana Ruth Norton, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Jorge Negrete in Spain: The First Certamen Cinematográfico Hispanoamericano, Jalisco canta en Sevilla and the Discourse on Hispanidad

Monique Lorraine Roberts, Politics
International Regime Complexity: A Case Study of Cooperation between the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization

Vanessa Rodríguez, History
Henequen in Modern Yucatan, 1750–1910: Labor Arrangements and the Transition from Subsistence to Capitalism

Mauricio Sánchez de la Paz, Economics
An Empirical Study of the Effect of Immigration on Wages: New Evidence from the Immigrant Population

Elizabeth Bowlsby Schwall, History
Dance Dance Revolution: Concert Dance, Cubanidad, and the Cuban Revolution

Kristen Marjorie Scott, Politics
Retributive Justice and Trials in the Southern Cone

Alexandra Leigh Smith, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Surreal Salvador Dali: The Paranoiac Critical Challenge

Jay David Thornton, History
Making Something of a Revolution: Antonio Maceo’s Attempt to Institutionalize Cuba’s 1898 War for Independence

Laura Pier Valle, Sociology
In Pursuit of Success: Ethnicity and Social Capital in the Professional Workplace

Lauren Ashley Whitehead, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
La herencia agridulce: Bittersweet Inheritance—Race and Ethnicity from Early Iberia to Modern Latin America

Whitney Erica Williams, Woodrow Wilson School
Brasil AfroAtitude (Auinto Ano do Programa): A Roadmap for the Evaluation and Sustainability of Brazil’s First Scholarship Program for Quota Students

Milana Zaurova, Woodrow Wilson School
Fastfoodería vs. Fritura: A Qualitative Analysis of Nutrition-related Health Behavior of Mainland and Island Puerto Ricans


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2009 co-winners:

Shannon Marie Brink, Woodrow Wilson School
Staying Ahead Collectively? Evaluating the Inter-American Foundation in the Footsteps of A.O. Hirschman

Diana Ruth Norton, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Jorge Negrete in Spain: The First Certamen Cinematográfico Hispanicoamericano, Jalisco canta en Sevilla, and the Discourse on Hispanidad


Class of 2008

Carlos Eduardo Arreche Aguayo, Mathematics
Las letras antes de las armas: Las alianzas en la poética bélica de José Martí (major research paper in addition to departmental thesis)

David Brett Baker, IV, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Luis Sepúlveda: ¿Una voz literaria representativa del medio ambiente en Chile? 

Nana-Ama N. Boayke, History
¿Todo hombre tiene el derecho? A Look into the Chilean Rights Discourse, 1973-1978

Christopher Thomas Breen, Politics
Confronting Challenges to U.S. Hemispheric Leadership: A Comparative Study of Policy Responses to the Governments of Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales

Monica Nicole Cepak, Politics
Going Global: The Struggle for International Unionism in Latin America

Timothy Paul Cheston, Woodrow Wilson School
The Politics of South-South Trade Policy: The Causes and Consequences of the Silent Revolution in Trade

Luke Jonathan Cohler, Woodrow Wilson School
Para inglês ver? An Evaluation of Urban Planning Policies in Curitiba, Brazil

Julia Lea Frydman, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Authoring Memory, Elena Poniatowska’s La noche de Tlatelolco and Carlos Monsiváis’ Días de guardar: Accounts of the 1968 Mexican Student Movement

Nathan M. Geller, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Characterizing the Effect of Land-Use on the Nitrogen Cycle in Northwestern Costa Rica: A Novel Evaluation of Human Disturbance in the Tropics”

Michael D. Hidalgo, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Rebellious Rhetoric: Intellectuals and Guerrillas in México and Colombia

Kurt William Kuehne, Politics
Making a Killing: The Rise of Colombia’s Paramilitary Proto-state

Kathryn Ashley Lankester, Woodrow Wilson School
¿Progreso y prosperidad? The Effects of Mexico’s Neoliberal Economic Reforms on Remittance Flows from the United States to Mexico: 1965-2007
 
Regina Blair Lee, Politics
A Two-Way Street to Development: Migration and Remittances in South America
 
Joshua Andrew Loehrer, Woodrow Wilson School
An Uncertain Future: Bolivia’s Microfinance Industry under Evo Morales

Alma Esperanza Moedano, Woodrow Wilson School
Educating Brazil’s Urban Poor: Potential of Tailored Early Childhood Development Programs

Sian Miranda Singh Ófaoláin, Woodrow Wilson School
Transnational Migration and International Child Support Policy between the United States and Mexico
 
Margaret Lindsey Orr, Economics
A Study of Foreign Direct Investment into Latin America in Two Parts: Political Determinants and Sensitivity Analysis

Alexandra Ripp, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
The Politics of the Avant-Garde: Daniel Veronese and the Teatro Joven

Jorge Santana, Economics
Transitioning Toward Development: An Econometric Analysis of Electoral Reforms in Mexico

Elizabeth Hall Washburn, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Boricua Blends: Coffee in Puerto Rican Cultural Expression


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2008 winners:

Luke Jonathan Cohler, Woodrow Wilson School & Latin American Studies
Para ingles ver? An Evaluation of Urban Planning Policies in Curitiba, Brazil

Second Prize
Monica Nicole Cepak, Politics & Latin American Studies
Going Global: The Struggle for International Unionism in Latin America


Class of 2007

Michael Alonso, Woodrow Wilson School
Paths to Citizenship: An Analysis of the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study

Nina Cabell Belk, English
The Courage to Speak: Voicing the Unversed Protaganists of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Un mundo para Julius by James Joyce and Alfredo Bryce Echenique

Amarilys Bernacet, French and Italian
La Patrie Perdue: Exile and the Search for Self in French Caribbean Literature

Tomás Alfredo Blanco, Economics
Buhoneros, Informality and Microlending in Caracas, Venezuala: Case Study of the Catia Buhonero Market and Microlending as a Solution for Buhoneros in Caracas

Robin Jeanne Campbell-Urban, Politics
Transitions to Democracy, Military Autonomy, and the Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Chile and Peru

Ana Gaivão Cordovil, Sociology
Conflicting Perceptions: A Study of Brazilian Immigration and Identity in the United States

Julia Frances Freeland, Comparative Literature
Exploration and Recognition: Octavio Paz in India

Alisha Caroline Holland, Woodrow Wilson School
The Battle After the War: Mano Dura Policies and the Politics of Crime in El Salvador

Lauren Elizabeth Hooten, Art and Archaeology
Fortification Design in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires: A Comparative Approach

Mariana Kim, Sociology
Informal Lives for an Informal People: The Battle of Bolivia's Indigenous

Antonio Ignacio Lacayo, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lessons from the Brazilian Ethanol Experience: The Case for Nicaragua

Camillie Landrón, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Las Fronteras de la Ficción: Borges como lector de Cervantes

Aiala Teresa Levy, History
Spaces, Inhabitants, and Ideas: The Development of the Arts in the Buenos Aires Anarchist Movement, 1896-1910

Paul Sebastian Martin, Sociology
Overcoming the Boundaries: On the Assimilation and Acculturation of Second-generation Hispanic Immigrants in the United States and Argentina

Silvio Pellas Martínez, Woodrow Wilson School
“The Truth Shall Set You Free”: Religious Resistance to Totalitarian Regimes

Joseph John Ramírez, Anthropology
Dancing Mexican in New York City: Folklorico’s (In) Formalities

Amelia Olga Rawls, Woodrow Wilson School
Restricting U.S. Refugee and Asylum Admissions to Advance Foreign Policy Goals: Adverse Consequences and Recommendations for Change

Alexandra Nicole Rothman, Comparative Literature
Reconstructing Loss: Exile and Creativity in Lolita and A Hora de Estrela

Nicole Danielle Scott, Anthropology
Through the Lens of the Law: Locating Women in Argentine History

Michael Andrew Solis, Woodrow Wilson School
Dilemmas of Democratization: Explaining the Variance between Human Rights Trends in Argentina and Brazil

David Wesley Stopher, History
Martyrdom of the Maya

André Filipe Veiga, Woodrow Wilson School
Prevention and Victimization: The Net Cost of Crime in São Paulo, Brazil


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2007 winners:
Alisha Caroline Holland, Woodrow Wilson School
Aiala Teresa Levy, History


Class of 2006

Perla Amsili, Economics
Unveiling the Shadow: A Study of Tariffs & Evasion in Brazil

Zinzi Diana Bailey, Woodrow Wilson School
“Escravos de alma”: Racial Hegemony, Political Opportunity & Afro-Brazilian Mobilization

Karen Darel Barajas, Woodrow Wilson School
Entwining Immigration & National Security: The Re-Emergence of Nativism Post—9/11 & Its Effects on Latino Immigrants

Mónica Elizabeth Bravo Sánchez, Politics
U.S. - Mexico Immigration

Krista Marie Brune, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
From “Peñas” to Pinochet: The Evolving Social & Political Roles of the “Nueva Canción Chilena”

Catherine Darcy Copeland, History
Finding Their Voices: The Transformation of the Mapuche People alongside Political Transformation in Chile

Lara DeSoto, Anthroplogy
Chisme: The Powerful Role of Gossip in Small Communities

Morgan Arielle Galland, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Questionable Conservation Success: The Alto Jurua Extractive Reserve as a Model for Human-Inclusive Federally Protected Forests in Brazil*

Marissa Renée Geannette, History
A Victory on the Field, a Crisis of Humanity: Argentina Hosts the 1978 World Cup

Rebecca Louise Gidel, English
Tracing it Twice: The Photographic Alice & Alejandra Pizarnik

Malvina Goldfeld, Woodrow Wilson School
Bucking the Trend: Argentina’s Arabs, Jews & Muslims Engaging in an Era of Disengagement

Dawn Andrea Leaness, Politics
Gender Roles in the Changing Latin American Political Arena: Motherhood versus Machismo

Awilda Méndez, Politics
Mobilizing the Inferior Sex: Suffrage & Gender in Argentina

Brandon Robert Ricaurte, East Asian Studies
A New Player Emerges: China’s Influence in Panama & Taiwan’s Dwindling Hopes to Maintain Diplomatic Relations

Sarah Elizabeth Schaffer, Woodrow Wilson School
Enhancing UNHCR Operations through Partnership in Latin America: An Analysis of UNHCR Partnerships Targeting Colombian Refugee Women in Ecuador

Leon Claudio Skornicki, Politics
Vote-Seeking: A Political Economic View of Latin American Populism

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, Woodrow Wilson School
Dropping out in "Villa Nueva," Honduras

*LAS research paper in addition to departmental thesis


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2006 winners:
Erin Alison Blake, History
Sarah Schaffer, Woodrow Wilson School


Class of 2005

Adam Ben Abelson, Woodrow Wilson School
The Fruits of War? Cultural Continuity vs. Localized Adaptation among Salvadoran Youth Gangs in the United States & El Salvador

Jessica Willis Aisenbrey, Comparative Literature
Two Times June: A Translation & Commentary

Stephanie Louise Amann, Politics
Student Mobilization in Chile, 1960-2005: The Ironies of Success under Dictatorship

Nadjia Isaacs Bailey, Politics
One Island, Two Worlds: A Critical Assessment of the Divergent Political Paths of Haiti & the Dominican Republic

Federico Carlos Baradello, Woodrow Wilson School
Assessing the Impact of eGovernment Reform Processes on Chilean Democracy

Elizabeth Ann Black, History
Cries for Justice: The Impact of Social Movements on the Demise of the Argentine Military Regime from 1976 to 1983

Christopher Barrett Browne, English
Diasporic Voices: Writers of the Cuban Exile Consciousness

Ananya Chakravarti, Economics
The Rise of the Private Security Industry in Brazil: 1985-2001

Timothy Winthrop Post Churchill, History
U.S. Human Rights Policy & Pinochet’s Chile: 1976-1988

Amanda Rose Collazo, Sociology
Ethnic & Cultural Differences in Quality of Life for Elders at the End of Life: A Comparison of Mexican Immigrants & Whites in the United States

Melissa Cristina del Aguila, Politics
Women in Politics: A Representative Voice. Gender, Quotas & Legislative Behavior in Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies

Erin Lindsay Dell, Woodrow Wilson School
The Role of Uncertainty in Unmet Need for Family Planning: Evidence from Bolivia

Dylan Benjamin Fitz, Politics
Hope, Resistance & Lost Opportunities: Land Reform & Agricultural Policies in Brazil

Katherine Elizabeth Glenn, Woodrow Wilson School
Ideological Cleansing: Genocide under the Argentine Process of National Reorganization, 1976-1983

Dana Johanna Graef, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
The Life of the Forgotten (La vida de los olvidados): The Impact of Development on Environment & Tradition in the Boruca Indigenous Community of Costa Rica

Mildred M. Harris, History
Writing & Oppression: Examining Testimonial Literature Written about the Chilean & Argentine Dictatorships

Lauren Myrbreck Hittson, History
The Evolution of the Rockefeller Foundation through the Lens of Yellow Fever in Colombia

Erin Elizabeth Langley, History
Remembering the 1954 Guatemalan Coup d’Etat on Its Fiftieth Anniversary

Kristen Elizabeth Lanham, History
An Examination of the Lives of Cuban Slaves: Viewed through the Lens of Diet

Christopher Neilson Lesser, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
José Martí: The Poetics & Politics of Translation

Connie Dianne Lewin, Politics
Political Strategies of the Nicaraguan Women’s Movement 1979-1996

Uta Oberdörster, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
La filosofía de Baruch Spinoza en Borges*

Muhammad Rumi Oodally, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
Adiós, Companheiros? Memory & Revolution in Sergio Ramírez & Fernando Gabeira

Mark Christopher Parrett, Politics
Mexican Migrant Workers’ Remittances & the Global Money Transfer Marketplace

José Juan Pérez Meléndez, History
Naming the Maroon: A Problem in Caribbean Histories & Cultures

Jessica Mary Reardon, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Effects of Parasitic Diptera (Tachinidae) on Two Morphotypes of the Tortoise Beetle Chelymorpha alternans (Chrysomelidae)

Alina Rekhtman, Woodrow Wilson School
Educating the Top: Trends & Practices in Chilean Volunteerism

Rocío Rosales, Sociology
Cuerpo vendido, orgullo mantenido: A Study of Cuban Jineteras & the Critiques Confronting Ethnographic Research

Danielle Marie Rowland, Politics
Can Federalism Work? The Ability of Formal Institutions to Reduce Ethnic, Religious & Regional Conflict

Daniel Isaac Siegfried, Politics
Rethinking Power: Bargaining for a New Framework of Analysis

Sarah Whittemore Skinner, History
Christopher Columbus’ Letters Announcing the New World: A Study of Early European Letters of Exploration & Discovery

Tom Saul Vogl, Economics
Effects of Land Titling on Child Nutritional Status: Evidence from Lima, Peru

Ariel Elizabeth Wagner, Woodrow Wilson School
Truth Commissions, Divided Societies & the Elusive Search for Reconciliation: The Experiences of South Africa & Guatemala

Jessica Paulie Weber, Politics
Popular Uprisings & Government Responsiveness in Bolivia & Ecuador

Emily Jean Woodman-Maynard, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
Logos, silencio, cuerpo: El límite de la palabra en la poesía de Olga Orozco

*LAS research paper in addition to departmental thesis


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2005 winners:
Dana Johanna Graef, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Emily Jean Woodman-Maynard, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures


Class of 2004

Cynthia Arocho, Sociology
The Transforming Power of Conversion: A Nicaraguan Pentecostal Perspective

Annika Elaine Ashton, Woodrow Wilson School
Playing Politics: U.S. Policy toward Cuba after the Cold War, 2004

Rachael Amy Bernard, History
Expatriate Identities: Understanding Race & Self through the Works of Claude McKay, Marcus Garvey & W.A. Domingo

Sandra Bruno, Economics
The Daily Struggles of Day Laborers in New Jersey & New York: An Economic Study

Fernando Ribeiro Delgado, Woodrow Wilson School
Breach of Contract: The Violence of Mutually Assured Exclusion in Salvador, Brazil

Adrienne Nealon Ellis, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
A Journey to the Other Side of the River: An Anthology of the Work of Alejandra Pizarnik

Mary Alexandria Fallon, Woodrow Wilson School
Mounties & Mariachis: Domestic Institutions & Regional Integration in North America

Ana Inés García Zalisñak, Geosciences
Coarse Woody Debris in Forests around the World, with Special Emphasis on the Amazon, & Its Dependence on Above-Ground Live Biomass & Decomposition Rate

Matthew Saul Goldberg, Anthropology
Health in a State of Scarcity: An Ethnography of Health Care among the Urban Poor in the Northeast of Brazil

Marcos Raymond Gonzalez Harsha, Economics
Microfinance for Women's Empowerment? A Case Study of Pro Mujer Bolivia

Noelle Duarte Grohmann, Politics
From a Divided Past, a United Future? History, Textbooks & Democracy in Post-1990 Chile

Gabrielle Yvonne Ibañez-Vázquez, Politics
A Prospect of Puerto Rican Sovereignty: Latino Growth & Modern American Pluralism

Kathryn Summers Kirkpatrick, History
Fire in the Ashes: Truth, Justice & Reconciliation in Chile & Guatemala

Elyse Gale Kovalsky, Woodrow Wilson School
Failings of the Education Market: The Effects of Choice in the Chilean Voucher System

Yana Lantsberg, Woodrow Wilson School
Of Greed & Governance: Post-Soviet Petroleum Policy

Robert Francis Lindsey, Jr., Politics
Reinterpreting Nicaraguan Democratization: The Long Transition & Its Problematic Aftermath

Lauren Marie Lister, Politics
The Church's Influence on Women's Groups in Argentina & Chile

Martha Evelisse Mártir, History
The El Salvador-Honduras Soccer War: Historical Patterns & Internal Mechanisms of OAS Settlement Procedures

Stephanie Renee Mash, Politics
The Garinagu of Belize: How Individuals in an Ethnic Minority Relate Ethnic & Political Identity

Vicente Piedrahita Uribe, Sociology
Cali Pachanguero: The Centrality of Salsa in Cali, Colombia

Katrina Alisha Robinson, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
The Popular, Avant-Garde & Caribbean Poetry of Nicolás Guillén: Orality, Self Acceptance & Mulatez

Molly Christina Spieczny, Sociology
When Workers Take Over: Reclaimed Factories in Argentina

Agnieszka Maria Szalewicz, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
Machos y Maricones: Paradoxes of Masculine Hegemony in Guadalajara, Mexico

Hannah Lee Tappis, History
Long Live the King & Death to Bad Government! The 1781 Comunero Movement in New Grenada

Juan Pablo Valdivieso, Woodrow Wilson School
To Host or Not to Host? An Analysis of the Socio-Economic Effects of Hosting Major Sporting Events in Latin American Cities

Katherine Anne Wall, History
"Those Who Serve Revolution Plow the Sea": Simón Bolívar's Unfulfilled Dream

James McCauley Walter, English
The Poetics of Revolution: Five Female Voices from the Sandinista Struggle

Ellison Sylvina Ward, Religion
Orishas in the Time of Castro: The Evolution of Santería in Twentieth-Century Cuba

Benjamin Joel Wukasch, Civil & Environmental Engineering
On Appropriate Technology & Methodology for Water Resources in Rural Communities: A Case Study in Huanccochapi, Peru, with the NGO, ITDG

*LAS research paper in addition to departmental thesis


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2004 winner:
Matthew Saul Goldberg, Anthropology


Class of 2003

Kristina Alemany, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
The Development of the Cuban Children's Program: A Reflection of the View of Cuban Exiles as Temporary Visitors before Bay of Pigs*

Christina Marie Alvarez, Sociology
The United Farm Workers & the Migrant Ministry: Redefining the Catholic Left

Amanda Emily Blaine, Comparative Literature
Translating Chaos: Selected Micro-Fictions of Ana María Shua & Eduardo Berti

Amaya Isabel Capellán, Economics
Assessing the Economic Costs of Violence in Colombia

Crystal Jasmine Davenport-Harris, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
Race & Revolution in Cuba: Literary Expressions of the Afro-Cuban Voice

Deanna Bernice Ford, Economics
Mexican Immigration to the United States: Evaluating Wage & Education within the Framework of Social Networks & Family Roles

Rommel Antonio Gallo, Woodrow Wilson School
Is Affirmative Action Appropriate for Brazil? Lessons from the United States

Jonathan Mark Gebhardt, History
Interpreting New Worlds: Columbus, Linguistic Barriers & the Discovery of the Americas

Russell Lawrence Goldman, Politics
Deconstructing Solidarity: Social Movement Theory, AIDS & the Collapse of the Brazilian Gay Movement

Christian Gómez, Jr., Politics
Social Reform under Authoritarian Auspices: The Political Economy of Chilean Social Security Privatization

Daniel H. Hantman, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
Maquinaciones narrativas: Plot, Desire & the Machine in Adolfo Bioy Casares's La invención de Morel

Alexandra Pfeifer Leader, English
Para creer en la poesía: Poetic Images of Nicanor Parra

Gary Leggett, School of Architecture
Cities of Silver & Gold: Colonial Potosí & Modern Cajamarca

Vannesa del Carmen Martinez, Politics
Viva Cuba Libre: A Comparative Study of Revolution in Cuba, 1953-1966

Kathrin Conlin McWatters, Woodrow Wilson
Filling the Void: Non-Governmental Responses to Urban Poverty in Lima, Peru

André Lamartin Montes, Woodrow Wilson School
Law & Disorder: the Brazilian Criminal Justice System on Trial

Anna Maria Nuñez, Politics
What Went Right? Innovative Policy to Fight AIDS in Brazil

Daniel Matthew Pastor, Politics
Bound by the Past: The Protracted Chilean Transition to Democracy

Rogelio Pier-Martínez IV, Economics
Determinants of Continued Mexican Migration to the United States

Kristen Nicole Smith, Anthropology
Community of Margins: An Ethnography of Albany Park through the Eyes of Its Youth

Alexandra E. Snyder, History
The Untreated: Health & Health Care in Guatemala, 1944 to 2002

Sylvia Suárez, Anthropology
The Great Green Hope: Community-Based Ecotourism in Ecuador as a New Development Paradigm

Allen Kinsey Taylor, Germanic Languages & Cultures
A Revolution in Photographic Seeing: Russia, Germany, Mexico, 1917-1933

*LAS research paper in addition to departmental thesis


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2003 winners:
Daniel H. Hantman, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
Gary Leggett, School of Architecture


Class of 2002

Luciana Aranha Barreto, Woodrow Wilson School
Musical Groups & Social Capital: Alternative Development Strategies in Brazil1

Vanessa Ann Bartram, Woodrow Wilson School
Microfinance in Transition Economies: A Prospectus for Cuba

Richard Michael Brand, Woodrow Wilson School
Democracy in Peril: The Rise of Hugo Chavez & Venezuela's Fifth Republic Movement

Kristin Marie Darr, Comparative Literature
Un irónico método: Borges's Literary Response to Peronism

Elizabeth Noble Davies, Woodrow Wilson School
The Indigenous Movement in Ecuador: Diversity & Democratic Pluralism

Erika Christy De La Parra, Art & Archaeology
Mudéjar Architecture — Its Evolution, Fragmentation & Transfer to the New World

Loren Lucille Dealy, Sociology
A City on the Edge: The Impacts of Immigration Policy, The War on Drugs & NAFTA on the City of El Paso, Texas

Christina Brennan Frank, History
El antídoto político: The Role of Non-State Actors in the Chilean Transition to Democracy

Georgia Garthwaite, History
Image-Making & Image-Breaking: The Creation & Suppression of Symbolism & Political Imagery in Cuba, Argentina & Chile

Edgar González, Politics
Second Stage Economic Reforms in Latin America: Chile, Argentina & Brazil

Brian Christopher Greene, History
The Alliance for Progress & Chile: Measuring the Commitment of the United States to Social & Economic Development

Ana Cristina Hey-Colón, Comparative Literature
Daring Ladies: Redefining Gender in Selective Renaissance & Baroque Plays

Fernando Daniel Hidalgo, Politics
Reforming Social Policy in Latin America: The Politics of Health Care & Education Reform in Brazil & Chile

Larissa Kennedy Kelly, History
The Prodigious Feats of the Lieutenant Nun: Catalina de Erauso's Remarkable Journey from Convent to Battlefield to Celebrity

Lisa Fran Lazarus, Woodrow Wilson School
Fulfilling the Promise of Preschool: Early Childhood Education in the Abbott Districts

Robert Lipshitz, Mathematics
Revolutionary Educaton: Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science Education at the University of Havana

Andra Olivia Maciuceanu, Woodrow Wilson School
Structural Constraints Overdetermined: States & Multinational Automotive Corporations in Brazil

Mónica Mercedes Millán, Politics
The Development of the Rule of Law in Costa Rican Democracy

Miguel Ángel Nieves Gerena, Sociology
Change for the Better? An Analysis of the Socioeconomic Effects of Neoliberalism in Latin America

Danielle Kristina Núñez, Woodrow Wilson School
City of the Dead: A Portrait of Ayacucho, Peru

Amelia Cristina O'Neill Vega, History
The Chilean Left 1973-1988: Unidad Popular, Exile & Resistance

Brian O'Neill, History
Crisis of Identity: Visions of Culture in the Chicano Movement

Jill Janaína de Medeiros Otto, Comparative Literature
Hairy Tales

Ernesto L. Rivera, Politics
El Movimiento Chicano: Extant or Extinct?

Gustavo Rivera, Jr., Anthropology
Mobius Identity: An Anthropological Study of Identity in a Brazilian Squatter Settlement

Matthew Palmer Rubach, Woodrow Wilson School
International Migration & Public Health: Tuberculosis Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

María Eugenia Shepard-Hogshire, History
Revolution in Chains: The Independence Movement in Puerto Rico (1968-1982)

Carrie Susan Staub, History
From Myth to Conquest: Reevaluating the Campaign for the Desert in 19th Century Argentina

Edward Graves Tompkins, Politics
Speaking to the Silent Epidemic: HIV/AIDS Leadership, Policy, & Empowerment in South Africa & Brazil

*LAS research paper in addition to departmental thesis


Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2002 winner:
María Eugenia Shepard-Hogshire, History


Class of 2001

Elizabeth Mary Balthrop, Woodrow Wilson School
Monetary Union in MERCOSUR: Argentina, Brazil & the Future of Deeper Macroeconomic Integration

Adam Ryder Benz, Politics
Faces of Revolution: Minorities & the Construction of a Socialist National Identity

Miriam Liliana Boyer, Sociology
Intellectuals & Power in Twentieth Century Mexico 

Pamela Claudia Castillo, Psychology
The Correlation between Teacher Gender & Perceived Academic Achievement & Career Potentials of Students in Ecuador & the United States

Sarah Elizabeth Curtin, Politics
Toward Free & Fair Elections: The Federal Electoral Institute in Mexico

Christopher Cleveland Cutler, History
The Emergence of Argentine Culture from the Proceso Dictatorship

Kathleen Bliss Daffan, Woodrow Wilson School
Defining & Defending Human Dignity: Economic, Social & Cultural Rights in the Inter-American System

Amanda Merritt Fulmer, Politics
Law & Politics in Transitional Justice: Lessons from Chile & the Pinochet Case

Francisco Javier Garay, Woodrow Wilson School
PROGRESA: An Innovative Approach to Poverty Reflecting Mexico’s Changing Attitude toward Welfare

Vicky Marie Garza, Politics
The New Political Economy in Latin America: How Globalization Affects Economic Progress & Influences Political Reform

Dane Erin Huckelbridge, History
Interpretations of Autonomy: Re-examining the Puerto Rican Response to the U.S. Invasion of 1898

Megan Elizabeth Hughes, Psychology
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Result of Human Rights Violations in Chile

Joselle Marie Lamoutte Navas, Comparative Literature
The Structure of Mystery in the Invention of a New Novel: Robbe-Grillet & Saer

Ashley Lefrak, Comparative Literature
Selected Short Stories by Elena Garro: "The Colored Week" & "We’re on the Run, Lola"

Jesus Lemus, Molecular Biology
La Pachanga del Pancho Pantera*

Ella Elizabeth McPherson, Woodrow Wilson School
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Increasing the Outreach of Microfinance in Fox’s Mexico

Erika Yvette Medina, Sociology
Democratization as a Starting Point, Not a Solution: A Study of Brazilian Health System Reform & the Changing Face of Health Care Inequality

Jessica Renate Margaret Moffett, Politics
The Drawback of Progressive Governance: The Tension between Civil Society & Economic Liberalization in Chile

Alysia Megan Rafal, Romance Languages & Literatures
Reading El obsceno pájaro de la noche: A Study of Creative & Critical Interpretations of a "Boom" Novel

Susan Craft Schaefer, Romance Languages & Literatures
The Drama of Disappearance: Furious Antigone & Argentina's Dirty War, A Creative Thesis Production

Beth Anne Schmierer, Politics
The Silent Survival of Liberation Theology in Latin America

Marshall Dulles Sebring, History
The Press in Argentina: Self-Censorship & Complicity under the Military Junta, 1976-1983

Lisa Marie Sotelo, Politics
The Maquiladora Industry: Manufacturing Inequality

Peter Van Zandt Turk, Politics
The Decline of Student Activism & Participation in a New Democracy: The Case of Chile

Melissa Judith Vélez, Psychology
Ethnic Identity & the College Experience: Implications for Intergroup Contact, Perceptions & Self-Presentation

Rebecca Beryl Weitz, Woodrow Wilson School
When the Company Leaves: The Politics & Economics of Post-Privatization in Argentina

Hallie Madeleine Welch, Politics
Occupational Segregation & the Male-Female Wage Gap in Chile: Evidence from the CASEN Survey

*LAS research paper in addition to departmental thesis

Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies

Class of 2007 winners:
Kathleen Bliss Daffan, Woodrow Wilson School
Ashley Lefrak, Comparative Literature