MALAS Students


Students in the MA in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program come from a diverse educational and cultural background. Each student designs an individualized, interdisciplinary plan of study that draws on the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and the professional schools. We encourage you to looks through the profiles of our students to learn more about their background and their current research.

William Boose

Hometown: Naples, Florida

Education: B.A. in History, minor in Spanish, Florida State University


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Laura Chren

Hometown: Longmont, Colorado

Education: B.A. with distinction in Anthropology, University of Colorado- Boulder


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Erika Davis

Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania

Education: B.A. in Mathematics, Minors in Music and Latin American Studies, M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA


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Kalthoum Elfasi

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Education: B.A. in Spanish, Minor in Political Science, University of North Florida


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Jimmy Everett

Hometown: Orange City, Florida

Education: B.A. in International Studies, University of North Florida- Jacksonville


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Andrew Gallup

Hometown: Jupiter, Florida

Education: B.A. in Economics, Minor in Spanish, University of Florida


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Lorenzo Hamilton

Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Education: B.A. in Anthropology and International Global Studies (Concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies), University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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Patrick Hunt

Hometown: Plantation, FL

Interests: Seed sovereignty, agroecology, resiliency, and self-determination of plants and people


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Liz Hurtado Ccorimanya

Hometown: Cusco, Peru

Education: B.S. in Biology in Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad, Cusco


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Natasha Joseph

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Education: B.S. in Biological Engineering, Minors in African American Studies and Biomechanics, University of Florida


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Julia M. Lindberg

Hometown: Deltona, Florida

Education: B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies, Certified Translator and Interpreter, University of Central Florida


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Vanessa Luna

Hometown: Lima, Peru

Education: B.S. in Biology in La Molina Agrarian University, Lima


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Nathania Martinez

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Education: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida


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Mariana Meriqui Rodrigues

Hometowns: São Paulo, Brazil

Education: Masters in Education and Undergraduate/Bachelor in International Relations


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Pia Molina

Hometown: Valparaiso, Chile / Miami, Florida

Education: B.A in Anthropology, Minor in Latin American Studies at University of Florida


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Florencia Alejandra Otegui

Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay / West Palm Beach, FL

Education: B.A. in International Affairs, magna cum laude, Florida State University


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Ana Luiza Peterlini

Hometown: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Education: Law, University of São Paulo


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Marcos S. Ramos Valdés

Hometown: La Habana, Cuba

Education: B.A. with High Honors in Anthropology and Political Science , University of Florida


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Anna Rodell

Hometown: Germantown, Tennessee

Education: B.A. with honors in Latin American Studies, Rhodes College


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Sofia A. Rogner

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Education: B.A. in English Literature and Political Science, Minor in Latin American Studies - University of Florida


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Marcelo Santos Rocha da Silva

Hometown: Salvador, Brazil

Education: B.A. in International Relations with distinction, Centro Universitario Jorge Amado (UNIJORGE)


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