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.


Katiana M. Bagué

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Education: B.A in Art History (Cum Laude), University of Florida

Email: kbague@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Katiana!


Carmem Beatriz de Paula Henrique

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Education: B.A. in Business Administration, FAAP – Fundação Armando Alvarez Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil and a specialization in History of Art – FAAP

Email: carmemhenrique@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Carmem!


William Boose

Hometown: Naples, Florida

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

Email: wboose@ufl.edu 

Learn more about William!


Andrew Gallup

Hometown: Jupiter, Florida

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

Email: ajgallup@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Andrew!


Jennifer Hiddink

Hometown: Wylie, Texas 

Interests: Latin American Relations with the US and surrounding countries, Latin American politics and history. Venezuelan elites and the struggle for Democracy.

Email: jenniferhiddink@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Jennifer!


Patrick Hunt

Hometown: Plantation, Florida

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

Email: patrickhunt@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Patrick!


Patrick James

Hometown: Greenville, North Carolina

Education: B.A. in Anthropology, Minor in Southern Studies, University Honors, Appalachian State University

Email: jamesp@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Patrick!


Natasha Joseph

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

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

Email: njoseph@ufl.edu

Learn more about Natasha!


Nathania Martinez

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Education: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida

Email: nathaniamartinez@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Nathania!


Michael McKenna

Hometown: Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Education: Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Music Education, Cum Laude, Florida State University

Learn more about Michael!


Frances Melgarejo

Hometown: Gainesville, FL / Norrköping, Sweden

Education: B.A. in Portuguese-Brazilian Studies, Smith College

Email: francesmelgarejo@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Frances!


Mariana Meriqui Rodrigues

Hometowns: São Paulo, Brazil

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

Email: mariana.meriquir@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Mariana!


Pia Molina

Hometown: Valparaiso, Chile / Miami, Florida

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

Email: piacmolina@ufl.edu

Learn more about Pia!


Juan Manuel Montealegre

Hometown: Colombia

Education: B.S. in Agronomy Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Email: jmontealegre@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Juan!


Florencia Alejandra Otegui

Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay / West Palm Beach, FL

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

Email: fotegui@ufl.edu

Learn more about Florencia!


Ana Luiza Peterlini

Hometown: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Education: Law, University of São Paulo

Email: a.avilapeterlini@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Ana Luiza!


Marcos S. Ramos Valdés

Hometown: La Habana, Cuba

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

Email: marcos1522@ufl.edu

Learn more about Marcos!


Sofia A. Rogner

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

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

Email: srogner94@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Sofia!


Adolfho Romero

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Education: B.A. in Spanish, minor in Latina/o Latin American Studies and Human Resources Development, Northeastern Illinois University 

Email: adolfhoromero@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Adolfho!


Juliana Santiago

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Education: Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance: IAG-PUC – the Business School of the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2000)
Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting: UFRJ - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1998) 

Learn more about Juliana!


Marcelo Santos Rocha da Silva

Hometown: Salvador, Brazil

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

Email: m.santosrochadas@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Marcelo!


Marcela Silva

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Education: B.A. in Architecture, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Learn more about Marcela!


Treethep Srisa-nga (Pepe)

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Education: B.A. in Spanish (First-class Honors), Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)

Email: t.srisanga@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Treethep!


Igor Vianna Sousa

Hometown: Belém, Pará, Brazil

Education: B.A. in Education, Universidade do Estado do Pará (UEPA), Belém, Pará, Brazil

Email: igorviannasousa@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Igor!