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Latin American Studies Program

A blog managed by the current LASP Graduate Student Fellows

LASP Fellows

Graduate Student Fellows Academic Year 2018-19:

Matias Borg Oviedo


Maria Esther Castro Duenas


Houston Bladimir Claure


David Alberto Cordero-Heredia


Vincent Rino Mauro


Vinh Phu Pham


Daniela Samur Duque


Andreina Thielen Martin



Graduate Student Fellows Academic Year 2017-18:

Joshua Savala


Kyle Harvey


Graduate Student Fellows Academic Year 2016-17:



Graduate Student Fellows Spring 2016:

David De Micheli
David is a PhD candidate in the department of government, with research interests in comparative politics and Latin America. His substantive interests include ethnic and identity politics, social movements, and the political economy of development. His current dissertation research considers the formation of political identities around race and class in Brazil, aiming to understand how social identities become political, and why this is more likely in some parts of Brazil than in others. Email:

Ryan Edwards
Ryan received his BA in Geography from UC Berkeley and is completing his PhD in History at Cornell. His work combines historical geography, political ecology, and science and technology studies. He spent eighteen months in Argentina conducting fieldwork for his dissertation, which reconstructs an environmental history of the Ushuaia Penal Colony in southernmost Patagonia. As a LASP Graduate Fellow, he hopes to bring together scholars interested in a broad range of fields, from environmental history to prison studies.

Ryan Nehring
Ryan Nehring is a PhD student in the department of Development Sociology. His past and current research interests include: the history and politics of public agricultural research in Brazil (with a focus on Embrapa) and; the design and implementation of food security/sovereignty policies throughout Latin America. Prior to coming to Cornell, Ryan worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Brasilia, Brazil.

Karla Peña
Karla Peña is a doctoral student in Development Sociology at Cornell University. Her research is in Ecuador where she studies indigenous-peasant movements and their struggle for land rights. Broadly, she is interested in food sovereignty, agrarian change and state-society relations in Latin America. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge (2009) and her M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan (2013). Email:

Eudes Prado Lopes
Eudes is a cultural anthropology PhD student at Cornell University who holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and public policy at Princeton University. His research interests focus on the cultural relevance of economic thought and its embeddedness in the financial markets. He localizes his research in Brazil where the conflicting knowledge demands of powerful public and private financial institutions make visible (in distinctive ways) shifting geopolitical paradigms.

Gustavo Quintero
Gustavo is a Ph.D. student in Romance Studies at Cornell University. He works on the relation between memory and messianism in Cuba, Mexico and Colombia. He focuses on how, in these three countries, a number of artistic movements in cinema, conceptual art and literature are highly meaningful to address multiple representations of hopes and promises of a future change.

Graciela Reyes-Retana
Graciela Reyes-Retana is a third year PhD student in the Department of Natural Resources, studying environmental policy under David R. Lee from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Her research is focused on the intersection between natural resources management and socio-economic development in developing countries.

Jimena Valdez
Jimena is a second year student in the Government Department, majoring in Comparative Politics. She is interested in the social and electoral consequences of the economic crises, both in Latin America in the 80s and 90s and in contemporary Europe. Email:

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