B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology, Centre College, Danville, KY
Tourism, socioeconomic development, prostitution, censorship, state regulation of tourism, postcolonial theory, African diaspora in the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti
A 2016 graduate of Centre College, Katie spent a semester abroad living with a family in Mérida, Yucatán, México, with trips to the Mexican states of Chiapas and Quintana Roo, as well as a week in Cuba. This trip piqued her interest in Latin America, particularly the dichotomy between tourists and locals in popular Caribbean vacation spots, as well as in areas marketing more politically oriented tourism like Havana, Cuba and San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México. During her final year at Centre, she worked at a "Centro Latino" in her college town, assisting undocumented migrant farm workers with bureaucratic issues, as well as helping to organize a cultural heritage festival for local Latino migrants. She also credits her sociology professor/mentor, Dr. Nicolás Eilbaum, with inspiring and encouraging her to pursue research in the field of Latin American Studies.