Florencia Alejandra Otegui


Montevideo, Uruguay / West Palm Beach, FL


B.A. in International Affairs, magna cum laude, Florida State University


International affairs, cultural anthropology, human rights, crime, legal anthropology, poverty, identity, education, political science.


Living between cultures comes naturally to Florencia, who moved from her native Uruguay to the United States at the age of five. Attempting to find a balance between a distant home culture and a culture in which she eventually found a home, the complexities of identity, geography, and vastly different socioeconomic landscapes have fueled her innate curiosity and led her to experience life on three continents.

Fully fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, she has taught elementary school students in France, Spain, and the U.S., in addition to serving as a translator in Brazil’s private sector. Most recently, she provided editorial assistance to faculty members at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, resulting in editorial credits in several academic publications.

Florencia’s work in Latin American Studies is centered on the Southern Cone and, in particular, focuses on issues of crime, poverty, and national narratives.