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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

Interests

Policing, Comparative politics, Crime and Violence, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Central America

Experience

Juan D. Rojas is a first-year student in the MALAS program. Born in Colombia, he maintains an active interest in the politics, music and culture of Latin America. As an undergraduate at UF, Juan immersed himself in Latin American Studies and HSA. An amateur musician, he played with Jacaré Brazil as a bass player with Dr. Tremura and attended the Brazilian Music Institute.

Following his graduation from the University of Florida in Spring 2018, he worked as a Resident Assistant with Dr. Rebecca Hanson researching police-community relations in Medellín, Colombia.

As a MALAS student, his research focuses on transnational migration in the Americas, specifically in the Darien Gap along the border between Colombia and Panama. There, migrants from all around the world make perilous crossings through the jungle hoping to enter Central America and later reach the United States.

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