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! 


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Charlotte Davis 

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.






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 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.






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 Read his Student View here. 






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.








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.




Maria Atuesta



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 Read her Student View here.








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









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). 







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








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










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 here.