Student Views

Student Views is ReVista's new blog about Harvard student travel and research in Latin America!


Student Views help showcase the cultural and academic experiences of students who have spent time in Latin America or have engaged with Latin American communities in the U.S. Entries can take a variety of forms, from narrative stories of personal adventure to academic descriptions of research findings, and everything in between! 


Student views published in the last five weeks can be found on this page. For older student views, visit out Student View Archive.


Dear Students,



Greetings from Somerville! Most all of you have returned home now and I hope you and  your families are healthy and well (and not too bored)!

We hope you will help ReVista keep the Student Views section going in this time of crisis to help share our experiences, academic and otherwise. We plan to publish one view a week, but we can only do that with your help.

We are looking for three types of articles:

  1. If you returned to a Latin American country or a Latinx neighborhood in the United States, tell us how your community or country is handling the coronacrisis. Are restaurants and bars closed? What do the streets look like? Has a national emergency been declared? If people depended on libraries and schools for Internet access, what are they doing to get connected? Have you seen an extraordinary act of kindness or an unusual way of coping with the situation? Photos are welcome, if they are possible.
  2. Tell us about your academic research, your work on your thesis or a special project in language that people who are not in your field will understand. Anecdotes are encouraged. How did you get interested in the topic? What do you want to learn going forward? Photos welcome
  3. Usually, we encourage travel and study abroad articles. Under the present circumstances, it’s not possible to write about current adventures. But many of you were too busy to write about January semester. Help us travel virtually by giving us a glimpse into your recent experiences.



If you are interesting in submitting an entry, email!


wasserman_headshotAmanda Wasserman is a rising senior at Harvard College from Tulsa, Oklahoma and Parkland, Florida. She concentrates in Social Studies with a citation in Arabic, but has also taken classes in Spanish, Portuguese and global health. Currently, she is preparing to write her senior thesis on language, rhetoric, and gender during the Argentine Dirty War. Read her student view here.


Hernandez_PhotoAdrián Emmanuel Hernández-Acosta is a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard’s Committee on the Study of Religion and a graduate student associate at DRCLAS. His dissertation focuses on representations of African diaspora religions in Hispanophone Caribbean literature and film, particularly in scenes of death and mourning. He can be reached at Read his student view here.







riveraRaquel Rivera (she/her) is a first-year student at Harvard College from San Diego, CA. Her experiences living on the border and her passion for social justice have led her to pursue a concentration in Government with a secondary in Latina/o Studies and a citation in Spanish. On campus, she works as a Diversity Peer Educator. She is also a Citizenship Tutor at the Institute of Politics, as well as a member of Latinas Unidas, RAZA, and Act On A Dream. Read her student view here.







navarrete_photoMiguel Quintana-Navarrete is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Harvard and a Graduate Student Associate at DRCLAS. His main areas of interest are the sociology of crime and law, urban and community sociology and political sociology. Read his student view here.







barnesTrent Barnes is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard and a William R. Tyler Fellow of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks (2018-2020).  His dissertation, “To Walk the Space of Time: Emptiness and the Production of Bodies in the Empire of Teotihuacan, Mexico,” comprises the first monographic study of Teotihuacan architecture.  He previously held the William C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017-2018) and earned a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University. Read his student view here.