Erika Cintron


San José, Costa Rica


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


Human rights, political theory of race, social movements, transitional justice, revolutionary movements, feminism, political economy, Mexico.


I grew up in Costa Rica, a Central American country with no army, which influenced many of the opinions and perspectives I hold today. After attending the United World College of Costa Rica, I was awarded the Davis United World College Scholarship to attend the University of Florida. Throughout my time at UF, I focused my coursework around topics related to human rights, crime and violence and racial issues in the Latin American context. My interest in these subjects led me to develop a senior research thesis that addressed the limits of human rights theory when addressing gender violence in Latin America.

In the Summer of my Junior year, I was an intern in the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, which fueled my interest in Latin American regional cooperation. Currently, I am working as a Research Assistant with Dr. Andrew Janusz, analyzing mayoral elections in Rio de Janeiro and how race impacts the amount of advertisement time political candidates are given. I am excited to join the MALAS program and further develop my research skills, as well as further expand my knowledge in my areas of interest.