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.

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


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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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Kalthoum Elfasi

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

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


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Andrew Gallup

Hometown: Jupiter, Florida

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


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Patrick Hunt

Hometown: Plantation, Florida

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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Patrick James

Hometown: Greenville, North Carolina

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


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Natasha Joseph

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

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


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Nathania Martinez

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Education: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida


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Michael McKenna

Hometown: Phillipsburg, New Jersey

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

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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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Juan Manuel Montealegre

Hometown: Colombia

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


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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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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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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) 

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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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Treethep Srisa-nga (Pepe)

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

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


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