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.


Sofi-Nicole Barreiro

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Education: B.A. in Political Science, Minor in Latin American Studies, Cum Laude, University of Florida

Email: s.barreiro@ufl.edu

Learn more about Sofi-Nicole!


Luísa Bridi Dacroce

Hometown: Chaves, Portugal / Palmitos, Brazil

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Columbia University.

Email: ludacroce@ufl.edu

Learn more about Luísa!


Donovan Carter

Hometown: Waxhaw, North Carolina

Education: B.A Political Science, B.A Spanish from Howard University

Email: donovan.carter@ufl.edu 

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Seung Gi Kim

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea

Email: seunggi.kim@ufl.edu

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Murielle Le Maire

Hometown: Micanopy, FL

Education: B.A. Environmental Studies, History, & Spanish, high honors, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

Email: murielle.lemaire@ufl.edu

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Thacher Tracion Loutin

Hometown: St Catherine, Jamaica

Education: 

Master of Arts (Education) specialization (Educational Leadership) (Distinction).(University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus Barbados)

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Education (First Class Honors). (University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus Barbados)

Teaching Diploma Primary Spanish Education (Trained Teacher). (St Joseph Teacher’s College Jamaica)

Associate of Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. (The College of Agriculture Science and Education Jamaica)

Email: thacherloutin@ufl.edu

Learn more about Thacher!


Carrie Martins

Hometown: Pennsylvania, USA

Education: Honors B.A. in Spanish and Political Science, University of Delaware

Email: cmartins1@ufl.edu

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Kleber Naula Yautibug

Hometown: Chimborazo, Ecuador

Education: B.Sc. in Agriculture and Minor in Liberal Arts, San Francisco de Quito University, Ecuador.
Graduate Studies in Human Rights, Indigenous Population and International Cooperation, Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain.

Email: knaula@ufl.edu 

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Juan Carlos Perea Moreno

Hometown: Quibdo-Choco, Colombia

Education: Bachelors degree in English and French

Email: jmorenoperea@ufl.edu 

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Whitney Rodríguez Minda

Hometown: Quito, Ecuador

Education: Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Email: wrodriguez1@ufl.edu 

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Spence Rohlwing

Hometown: Parker, Colorado

Education: B.S. in Foreign Area Studies, U.S. Air Force Academy

Email: srohlwing@ufl.edu

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Francisco Sánchez

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Education: Clincal and Comunitarian Psychologist / Political Scientist

Email: franciscosanchez@ufl.edu

Learn more about Francisco!


YoVanna Hernandez Solomon

Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina

Education: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University graduate with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. I also hold both a Waste Management and a Global Studies Certificate. I studied abroad as a Gilman Scholar in Montevideo, Uruguay during the Fall semester of 2016.

Email: ysolomon@ufl.edu 

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Maricarmen Torres Medina

Hometown: Bayamón, Puerto Rico

Education: M.A. Translation, University of Puerto Rico / B.A. Foreign Languages, University of Puerto Rico

Email: mtorresmedina@ufl.edu

Learn more about Maricarmen!