Student Views

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

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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! 

 

If you are interesting in submitting an entry, email jerlick@fast.harvard.edu!

 

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Arthur Schott LopeAB ’19 concentrated in History with a secondary in the Classics and a language citation in German. A native Brazilian, Arthur is starting a Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of Chicago in October. His senior thesis at Harvard, A Scientific Myth: Gilberto Freyre’s Casa-Grande & Senzala and Luso-Brazilian Nationalism, 1902-1933, was the recipient of the 2019 Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian Studies. Read his Student View here.

 

 

 

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Daniel Alejandro Martínez is a sonsoneño trained at Harvard in Social Sciences and Philosophy. Fellow of the Gates Millennium Scholarship and Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship. He is currently traveling the Brazilian Amazon working with social projects on education, health, and environmental conservation. You can accompany his trip on the blog: danielmgsa.com. Read his student view here. (Spanish version here).

 

 

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Isabelle DeSisto, Harvard College Class of 2020, studied abroad in Havana for the Fall 2018 semester through the CASA Cuba program. She writes about her experience stranded on Cuba's Isla de la Juventud during a hurricane. Read her Student View on that experience here. DeSisto is pursuing a joint AB/AM degrees in Government and Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This summer 2019, she spent one month in Moscow and two months in Havana conducting research for her senior thesis on Soviet-Cuban educational exchange programs during the Cold War. Read her Student View on that experience here. 

 

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Isa Lapuerta graduated from Harvard in 2019 with a BA in Music and Anthropology and a specific focus on Latin America. Her senior thesis, “‘Cantar Mis Versos del Alma’: How Musicians Navigate Identity, Commodification, and Personhood in Cuba’s Tourism Industry”, explored how Cuban identity is represented and modified through music in cultural tourism. In her free time, Isa loves to sing, spend time with her wonderful family, and eat hot cheetos. Read her Student View here.

 

 

asdJavier Suárez Trejo studied Hispanic American Literature and Philosophy in Peru. He holds a Ph.D. in Italian and Hispanic American Languages and Literature from Harvard University. He has received the National Youth Award from the Ministry of Education of Peru for the project Poetic Pedagogies. Currently, he is Professor of Cultural Industries at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. His email: jtsuarez@pucp.edu.pe. Read his Student View here (Spanish version here). 

 

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Rhea Bennett, Kirkland House class of 2020, is concentrating in Archaeology and getting a secondary degree in biology. She loves traveling to the field and spent the summer of 2018 at an archaeological dig in Acre, Brazil, and the summer of 2019 on the North Coast of Peru. Her love of fashion has led her to be a costume designer with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatics Club and to do her Honors Thesis research on the body ornamentation of the elite pre-historic women of the Moche, Lambayeque and Chimu cultures. Read her Student View here. 

 

 

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Claudia Torres obtained her law degree in Mexico City, where she is originally from. She is a Harvard SJD student committed to improve the living conditions of sex workers and change the way law is taught in Mexico. She has worked at the Mexican Supreme Court and CIDE. Read her student view here. (Spanish version here).

 

 

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Sadie L. Weber is a Ph.D. candidate in the Harvard Department of Anthropology and has worked in Peru since 2009. She is interested in traditional foodways and environmental archaeology. Sadie can be reached at sweber@fas.harvard.edu. Read her student view here. (Spanish version here)

 

 

 

 

 

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Charlotte Hilbrich Davis is a 2019 graduate of Harvard College, where she studied History & Literature, focusing on Latinx Studies. Although Charlotte grew up in Kansas, she is eagerly awaiting her big move to Austin, Texas, where she will soon begin working as a criminal investigator supporting individuals on the state’s death row. Read her Student View here.

 

 

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Bruno de Medeiros is a 2018 Ph.D. graduate from Harvard University. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard and uses insects and plants to study why we have so many species on Earth. His current contact information is available at www.brunodemedeiros.me. Read his Student View here. 

 

 

 

jkCarla Troconis graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard in 2019 and wrote her senior thesis on the participatory patterns of the Venezuelan diaspora in South Florida. She is a proud Venezuelan immigrant who hopes to use her varied skills and background to bring awareness to the horror back home and tell stories of the Venezuelan diaspora in all its complexity. Currently, Carla is working as a writer and filmmaker and is releasing her first documentary, DIASPORA, in Fall of 2019. Read her Student View here.

 

 

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Jose A. De Leon is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard and has been a Real Colegio Complutense Fellow since 2017. He writes about the late 1960s in Cuba and its importance for contemporary political and aesthetic theory. He can be reached at deleongonzalez@g.harvard.edu. Read his Student View here. 

 

 

 

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Danny Haelewaters, a 2018 PhD graduate from Harvard University, is currently associated with Purdue University and the University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic). His Twitter handle is is @dhaelewa. Read his Student View here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sofia Prado-Irwin is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology department and a resident tutor in Currier House. She is interested in the evolution, ecology, and natural history of reptiles and amphibians. When she's not in the field or in the office, she enjoys chasing insects through the woods, watching Jeopardy, listening to podcasts, and baking. Read her Student View here.

 

 

 

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Maria Atuesta is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Planning at Harvard University. She was the 2018-2019 Jennings Randolph-Minerva Peace Scholar. She can be reached at matuesta@g.harvard.edu. Read her Student View here.

 

 

 

 

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Michaela Nesson, Harvard College Class of 2019, spent a month in Argentina as part of a multi-country study abroad program during the Spring 2018 semester. She writes about her experience living in a rural community in northern Argentina. Read her Student View here

 

 

 

 

 

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Marianne Lahaie Luna is a Canadian-Venezuelan graduate student who is currently completing an internship at the department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She writes about the NGO she founded, Lahaie Luna Lezama, which promotes menstrual health rights in Venezuela. Read her Student View here (o acá para Español). 

 

 

 

 

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Vivian Fernandez graduated from Harvard College in 2018 as a government concentrator and with a DRCLAS Latin American Studies Certificate. She often travels to Bolivia and received a DRCLAS independent internship grant to travel there during Summer of 2015. In her Student View, she documents life from the perspective of the middle class in Bolivia. Read her article here, and view her photos in the accompanying media gallery

 

 

 

 

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Carlos Zegarra Zamalloa, a native of Peru, is a MPH Global Health candidate at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He writes about his granfather's experience with terrorism in Peru. Read his Student View in English o Español