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!


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!


Anthony Baxter Jr.

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Education: B.A. Africana Studies with distinction, Winston-Salem State University.

Email: abaxter1@ufl.edu

Learn more about Anthony!


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 

Learn more about Donovan!


Erika Cintron

Hometown: San José, Costa Rica

Education: B.A. Political Science and International Studies, University of Florida

Email: ecintron42@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Erika!


Yhovana Karen Chura Cussi

Hometowns: La Paz, Bolivia

Education: B.A. in Linguistics, Minor in Native languages, San Andres University, Bolivia

Email: ykaren.churacuss@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Yhovana!


Wally Gallart

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Education: B.A. in Latin American Studies, Minor in Communication and Journalism, Magna Cum Laude. The University of New Mexico.

Email: wgallart@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Wally!


Francis Sophia Gow

Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua

Education: B.A. in Political Science and History, Minor in Latin American Studies, Summa Cum Laude. Augustana College, Illinois.

Email: fgow@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Francis!


Nashia Graneau

Hometown: Kalinago Territory, Commonwealth of Dominica

Education: B.A in History with a minor in Political Science from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Email: nashia.graneau@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Nashia!


Britany Green

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Education: B.A. in Liberal Arts and Spanish, minor in History, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Email: britanygreen@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Britany!


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

Learn more about Seung Gi!


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

Learn more about Murielle!


Helena Lopes

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil / Weston, Florida

Education: B.A. Dual degree from Florida State University in International Affairs (concentration: Philosophy) and English: Editing, Writing, and Media.

Email: helenalopes@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Helena!


Thacher Tracion Loutin

Hometown: St Catherine, Jamaica

Education: University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus Barbados 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). St Joseph Teacher’s College Jamaica Teaching Diploma Primary Spanish Education (Trained Teacher) The College of Agriculture Science and Education Jamaica Associate of Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Old Harbour High School Jamaica Caribbean Examination Council Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examinations Secondary School Certificate Examination

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

Learn more about Carrie!


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 

Learn more about Kleber!


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!


Veronica Paz Gonzalez

Hometown: Weston, Florida

Education: B.A. in International Studies (Focus on the Middle East), Minor in Latin American Studies, International Scholars Program and Peace Corp Prep in Youth Development Medallion, Spirituality and Health Certificate from The University of Florida

Email: veropaz@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Veronica!


Juan Carlos Perea Moreno

Hometown: Quibdo-Choco, Colombia

Education: Bachelors degree in English and French

Email: jmorenoperea@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Juan Carlos!


Whitney Rodríguez Minda

Hometown: Quito, Ecuador

Education: Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Email: wrodriguez1@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Whitney!


Spence Rohlwing

Hometown: Parker, Colorado

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

Email: srohlwing@ufl.edu

Learn more about Spence!


Juan David Rojas Robles

Hometown: Colombia

Education: BA in Political Science, Minor in Music, Minor in Russian and Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Florida

Email: juan3lrojo@ufl.edu 

Learn more about Juan!


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 

Learn more about YoVanna!


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!