Category: Student Presentations

Senior Research Presentations: Departments of Africana Studies and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies

Departments of Africana Studies, and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies

Senior Presentations 2013

Saturday, April 27, Althouse 106

9:30 Welcome
Lynn Johnson (chair, Africana Studies) and Marcelo Borges (chair, LALC Studies)

Andrew Hill:  “The Emancipation of LeBron James: Re-Defining the Slave Narrative of the NBA (Africana Studies)

Thiago Branco, “The Implementation of Affirmative Action Policies in Brazilian Higher Education Institutions: Overview, Challenges, Policies, and Consequences” (LALC Studies)

Edwin Einbender-Luks, “Indigenous Activism and Reemergence in Argentina: Reclaiming History and Rights” (LALC Studies)

Chair: Carolina Castellanos

Justine Davenport, “When Hegemony Meets Change: The Status of U.S. Hegemony in Latin America as Told by Brazil, China and Cuba’s Relations” (LALC Studies)

Jeanne Muller, “Those Who Build the City: Urbanization, Informality, and Self-help Housing in Quito, Ecuador” (LALC Studies)

Chair: Héctor Reyes Zaga

Alexandra Agiliga: “Reclaiming Sexuality and Asserting Agency: Black Women in Sadomasochism” (Africana Studies)

Alexandra Kaye, “Nannies on the Move: A Study of Peruvian Female Immigration to Chile” (LALC Studies)

Carolina Vallejo, “U.S. Immigrant Desirability and the 1930s Mexican Deportations and Repatriations” (LALC Studies)

Chair: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy

Lunch break

Hannah Richardson, “Environmentalism Begins at the Breakfast Table: The Presentation of Urban Agriculture as a Sustainable Paradigm for Urban Development in Latin America and the Caribbean Region” (LALC Studies)

Amanda Jo Wildey, “The Local and the Global of Andean Agriculture: Technical Changes and Rural Economy in Coporaque, Peru” (LALC Studies)

Aidan Gaughran, “Mining Mountains, Undermining Metaphors: Human-Mountain Relationships and Mining Protests in the Peruvian Andes” (LALC Studies)

Chair: Maria Bruno

2:15 Concluding Remarks

Faculty Publications


Marcelo Borges


Chains of Gold: Portuguese Migration to Argentina in Transatlantic Perspective. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2009.

Journal issue (guest editor)

Portuguese Studies Review 14, 2 (2006; released 2009). Special Issue: “Portuguese Migrations in Comparison: Historical Patterns and Transnational Communities.”


An Argentine Mosaic: Destino Patagonia, 2009. Co-produced with Susan Rose. Bilingual documentary about the Argentine migration experience, focusing on the oral histories of migrants to the Patagonian town of Comodoro Rivadavia and its oil company towns.


“Migrações portuguesas na Argentina: redes transatlânticas e experiências locais,” in Do Fado ao Tango: Os Portugueses na Região Platina, edited by Helena Carreiras and Andrés Malamud. Lisbon: Editora Mundos Socias, 2010, 15–41. [Portuguese translation of article published in Portuguese Studies Review, 2009.]

“Muitas Américas: padrões de migração transatlântica e escolha do destino no sul de Portugal (séculos XIX e XX),” Ler História 59 (2009): 83–104 [Portuguese translation of article published in Studi Migrazione, 2003.]

“Portugiesische Arbeitswanderer in West-, Mittel- und Nordeuropa seit den 1950er Jahren (Beispiele Frankreich und Deutschland),” [Portuguese ‘Guestworkers’ in Northern, Central, and Western Europe since the 1950s], in Enzyklopädie Migration in Europa: vom 17. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, eds. Klaus Bade, Pieter Emmer, Leo Lucassen, and Jochen Otlmer. Paderborn: Schöningh; Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2007, 891–6. (Forthcoming in English.)

“Portuguese Migrations in Argentina: Transatlantic Networks and Local Experiences,” Portuguese Studies Review 14, 2 (2006; released 2009): 87–123.

“Migrations in Latin America: A Crosscultural Perspective,” in “Review Symposium: Cultures in Contact,” International Review of  Social History,  49 (2004): 483–88.

Margaret Frolich

She specializes in 20th century and contemporary narrative with a focus on the construction of national and sexual identities. Her book, Framing the Margin: Nationality and Sexuality across Borders, won the international competition for the Victoria Urbano Monograph Prize of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Margaret’s current research project focuses on discourses of nature in the films of Lucía Puenzo.

Sinan Koont

“Cuba: An Island Against All Odds,” Monthly Review, Vol. 46, No. 5, October 1994, pp. 1-18.

“Cuba Under the Hammer,” in Keen, Benjamin, ed., Latin American Civilization: History and Society, 1492 to Present, Westview Press, 1996, pp. 415-428.

“Food Security in Cuba,” Monthly Review,  Vol. 55, No. 8, January 2004, pp. 11-20.

“Matvaresikkerhet pa Cuba (Food Security in Cuba),” Rode Fane: Tidskrift for Marksistisk Teori og Debbatt,  Vol. 33,  No. 4, 2004, pp. 34 – 39.

“The Power of Being There: Study Abroad in Cuba and the Promotion of a “Culture of Peace”,  Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad,  Vol. 11, Autumn, 2005, pp. 1-23. (with L. Bond and S. Stephenson)“

A Cuban Success Story: Urban Agriculture,” Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 40. No. 3, Summer 2008, pp. 285 – 291

“Urban Agriculture in Cuba: Of, By and For the Barrio,” Nature, Society and Thought, Vol. 20, Nos. 3-4 Winter 2007 [sent to press October 2008], pp. 311-326.

“Production and Distribution in the Urban Agriculture of Havana,” Monthly Review, Vol.60, No. 8, January 2009, pp 44 – 64.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture: The Cuban Experience. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, forthcoming 2011.

Mariana Past


“Articulating Haitian Conflicts in a New York City Basement: the Global Stakes of Frankétienne’s Pèlin-tèt,” forthcoming in The Global South, Special Issue on the Caribbean, Fall 2010.

Critical review of A Rain of Words: A Bilingual Anthology of Women’s Poetry in Francophone Africa, Ed. Irene Assiba d’Almeida, for Symposium, Syracuse University (December 2010).

“Pen as sword: Combating the historical record in Fignolé’s Moi, Toussaint Louverture, avec la plume complice de l’auteur,” forthcoming in the Journal of Haitian Studies (2010).

“Re-centering, and de-centering, Haiti: Depestre’s Hadriana dans tous mes rêves,” forthcoming in Del Caribe (2010).

Critical review of Tree of Liberty: Cultural Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, Ed. Doris Garraway, for Nouvelles études francophones 24.1 (2009).

Article on Haitian history, including Toussaint Louverture, for A Historical Companion to

Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and its Empires, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.
Recent papers presented:

“Diasporic Haitians as Agents of Change: the Global Stakes of Franketyèn’s Pèlin-tèt.”  Brown University, 22nd Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference, November 12, 2010.

“Kreyòl Literature in Haiti and Beyond.” Atlantic World Research Network conference at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, October 7, 2010.

« What’s in a name?  Reading transformative farce in Césaire’s La Tragédie du roi Christophe and Najman’s « Royal bonbon » ».  American Comparative Literature Association.  New Orleans, LA. April 2, 2010.

“Problematic Cartographies: Hispaniola, history and race in the work of Aída Cartagena Portalatín.”  Invited lecturer at Duke University, Department of Romance Studies. April 3, 2009

J. Mark Ruhl

“Honduras: Democracy in Distress,” in Howard J. Wiarda and Harvey F. Kline (eds.) Latin American Politics and Development (Boulder , CO: Westview Press, 2010), pp. 543-557.

“Honduras Unravels.” Journal of Democracy 21, no. 2 (April 2010), pp. 93-107.

“Political Corruption in Central America: Assessment and Explanation.” Latin American Politics and Society 52, no. 1 (Winter 2011), forthcoming.

Senior Research Papers


Jeanette Faunce, “Primitive Elements in Contemporary Latin American Literature” (major: Spanish).

Roger Jeffrey Harris, “La Novela: Un espejo de la Revolución en Cuba” (Spanish)

Craig Comyns Weeks, “La Violencia: Comparing the Views of Political Scientists and Novelists Concerning the Phenomenon of Colombia’s Undeclared Civil War” (History).

Aldred George Weiss, “The Influence of United States Foreign Policy on the Political Development of Nicaragua and Panama” (International Studies and Political Science).

David Brian Young, “A Comparative Analysis of the United States’ Response to Revolutionary Change in Guatemala (1951-1954), Cuba (1959-1961), and the Dominican Republic (1965)” (International Studies and History).


Susan Lee Bergeron, “The Human Background of Caudillismo: The Argentine Gaucho” (Spanish).

Harry Osborn Cook, “A Look at the Peruvian Aprista Party” (International Studies and Spanish).

Judith Ann Doll, “The New Treaties with Panama: The Beginning of a New Era” (Economics and International Studies).

Elisabeth A. Ehrich, “Modernización y los estudiantes: Una voz de la población” (Sociology and Spanish).

Betty Jane Jaques, “Alianza Popular Revolucionaria Americana: A Study of Reformist Politics?” (French and Spanish).

David Raymond Long, “Una existencia solitaria” (Spanish).

Erika Page Walters, “The United Fruit Company in Guatemala” (Anthropology and Spanish).


 Joan Bernard Adrian, “Rómulo Betancourt and the Evolution of Venezuelan Democracy” (Spanish).

Lisa Marie Fittipaldi, “Colombian Political Parties: An Analysis” (Political Science and Spanish).

Peter Russell Vogel, “Communism in Mexico: An Historical and Political Analysis” (International Studies).

Frederick Frank Woerner, III, “Guatemala, 1944-1954” (International Studies).


Neil Jordan Kaplan, “The Cuban Revolution and the Urban Lower Class” (International Studies and Political Science).

David Claude Kramer, “The Latin American ‘One-Man Earthquake’: The Dictator” (Political Science and Spanish).

Tamara Sue Lovell, “La Violencia: Political and Literary Perspectives” (International Studies and Spanish).

Adam Cupler Mosher, “The Mexican Labor Movement” (Political Science).

Robyn Alice Nichols, “The Downfall of the Unidad Popular – An Economic and Political Analysis” (Political Science).

Sandra Jean Smith, “The Mexican Revolution and its Novel” (Spanish).

Arthur George Wasserman, “Third World Urbanization: The Latin American Experience” (Anthropology).


Robert M. Fleming, “Economic Imperialism in Latin America” (Political Science).

Elizabeth Anne Gill, “Fidelismo and its Role in Cuban Government, Economy, and Literature, 1959-1981” (International Studies).


“An Examination of Latin American Agrarian Reform: Case Studies, Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, and Cuba” (International Studies and Spanish).

Gregory Scott Burton, “Perón in Argentina: The Polarization of Society” (International Studies and Spanish).

Patricia Chorno, “Mexican Labor Migration: Economic Gains and Social Costs” (Economics).

Laurie DeMille Fisher, “The Political and Social Modernization of the Guatemalan Indian Communities, Success or Failure?” (Pshychology).

Carmita Bartlett Foster, “Mexican-American Poverty North and South of the Border” (Spanish).

Janet E. Herr, “The Mapuche Indians of Chile” (Spanish).

Andrea Lenore Paolella, “The Economic and Political Policies of the Cuban Revolution” (Economics and Spanish).

Maureen Lynn Ruggiero, “A Comparison of the Urban Poor in Brazil and Cuba” (Economics and Spanish).

Sandra Hunt Wheaton, “Ernesto Cardenal: A Christian Revolutionary in the Process of Liberation” (International Studies and Spanish).


Susan Marie Berg, “The Illegal Immigrant from Mexico” (Spanish).

Christine Louise Dettra, “The Vargas Regime as Viewed in Various Works of Jorge Amado” (Spanish).

Eric Marshall Dull, “Modernization in Colombia: Understanding the Balance” (Political Science and Spanish).

Robin Lisa Glanz, “The History of the Jews in Argentina and Brazil: Yesterday and Today” (Spanish).

Elizabeth Ann Henning, “Economic Development and Urban Poverty in Brazil: Can and Agreement be Reached?” (International Studies and Spanish).

Nadine Leonard, “Religious Syncretism in Brazil” (International Studies and Spanish).

Emile Ann Matuska, “The Culture of Poverty” (International Studies and Spanish).

Kevin Bruce Nicusanti, “The Mexican Peasant in the Works of Juan Rulfo” (Spanish).

Rena Ronson, “Male and Female Roles in Mexican Society” (Music and Spanish).

Kelly Elizabeth Waser, “Rural-Urban Migration in Peru: Effects on Individuals and their Communities” (International Studies).


Margot Denoie, “Mexican Corporatism” (International Studies).

Karen Lee Koch, “Mario Benedetti: The Uruguayan Socio-Political Influence on his Literature” (Spanish).

Albert Michael Moore, “Governmental Illusion and Human Practicality: Social Welfare/Health Policy in Mexico” (Anthropology).


 Kevin James Kelly, “The Mexican Revolution: A Literal/Historical Portrait” (History).

Cassandra Maragos, “The Argentine Debt Crisis” (Spanish).

Brian D. Pedrow, “An Application of Mexican Psychological Research to Anthropological Investigations of Mexico” (Psychology and Spanish).

Veronica Somarriba, “Modernismo, Tenentismo, and the Revolution of 1930: The Transformation of Brazil” (International Studies).


Maria Elizabeth Avila, “The Influence of Argentine Labor, 1943-1955: Perón’s Bases of Support” (International Studies).

Lynne Margaret Hamilton, “The Sanctuary Movement: A Response to Human Rights in Guatemala and El Salvador” (International Studies).


Michael Gordon Hoffman, “The Argentine Problem: Pan-American Solidarity and the Second World War” (History).

Johanna Dane Sharp, “Amazon Development” (International Studies).


Steven Greg Doherty, “Reciprocity as a Cultural Expression in Boruca, Costa Rica” (Anthropology).

Eric Alan Kline, “Literature and Poetry in the Nicaraguan Revolution” (Political Science).

Tracey D’Anna Kline, “Comparing the Role of the Military in Argentina and Chile” (Political Science and Spanish).

Kristin Farrell McCarthy, “Sendero Luminoso: Its Origins and Consequences on the Peruvian Government” (International Studies and Political Science).

Steven Floyd McEwen, “Land Tenure and the Mexican Revolution” (History and Political Science).

Brian Edward Ruszczyk, “The Demise of Chilean Constitutional Democracy: Internal and External Constraints on the Government of Salvador Allende” (International Studies and Spanish).

Shawn Susan Stelow, “Guatemalan Land Tenure since the Advent of Coffee Farming” (Spanish).


Monica Michelle Desmond, “Literature of the Mexican Revolution” (Political Science and Spanish).

John Thomas Paul Perry, “The Chaco War (1932-1935)” (Political Science and Spanish).



Bonnie Sue Brubaker, “The Galapagos Islands: The Disenchantment of the Enchanted Isles” (Spanish).

Joanne Lipa, “Illegal Mexican Immigration to the United States” (Political Science and Spanish).


Bryson James Hunter, “The Imposition of Liberal Ideas in Argentina During the 19th Century” (International Studies and Spanish).

Karen Elizabeth Stoner, “Reflections on Politics in Central American Literature” (International Studies).


Richard Harold Anderson, Jr., “The Cuban Revolution: Past, Present… Future?” (International Studies).

Jennifer Michelle Berkowitz, “The Rise and Fall of Juan and Evita Perón” (Political Science).

John David Nakabugo Fagg, “The Mexican Revolution and its Portrayal in Three Novels by Mariano Azuela, Carlos Fuentes, and Jorge Ibarguengoitia” (International Studies and Spanish).

Laura Anne McCarthy, “The Politics of Economic Reform in Costa Rica” (International Studies and Spanish).

Jean Lynn Mitchell, “Possibilities of Sustainable Agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon” (Spanish).

Amy Elizabeth Patz, “Las Malvinas, Liberadas” (International Studies).

Lucas Farinato Webster, “Sendero Luminoso and the Political History of Peru” (Political Science).


Elizabeth Elliot Fogarty, “The Repression of the Guatemalan Indians since the 1950s: An Expression through the Literature of Guatemalan Indians Rigoberta Menchu and Ignacio Bizarro Ujpan” (Spanish).

Kathryn Hollister Grose, “The Mapuche Indians of Chile: The Consequences of National Integration” (Spanish).


Nicole Bonnes, “The Mexican Revolution in Literature” (Spanish).

Rebecca Cain, “International Peace Negotiations: The Central American Case and the Arias Peace Plan” (International Studies).

Jason Cross, “Sendero Luminoso” (International Studies).

Rebecca Otten, “The American Image in Mexican Literature” (Spanish).

  Catherine Plummer, “The Role of Brazilian Mass Media in the Rise and Fall of Fernando Collor de Mello” (Latin American Studies).  **Self-developed major**

  Stephen Powell, “Isabel Allende and the Pinochet Dictatorship” (International Studies and Spanish).


Sarah Bash, “In Their Own Words: The Written Record of the Andean Colonial Period” (Political Science and International Studies).

Carolyn Cassidy, “The Mexican Border Ballad: A Self-Portrait of a People” (Spanish).

Rebecca Darter, “The Politics of Latin American Indigenous Identity” (Spanish).

Mike Jones, “The Effect of the Bossa Nova on Brazilian Society During the Military Dictatorship” (History).

Priscilla Pearson, “Common Threads: National Identity and Mexican Caricature in Art and Literature” (Spanish).


Erica Baker, “Candomblé Religion” (Political Science).

Brenda Carrillo, “Syncretism in Latin America” (Spanish).

Suzanne Jehl, “NAFTA and the Development of Mexican Agriculture” (Political Science).


Joanne Cissel, “The New Noble Savage: Indigenous Peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon and Environmental Protection” (International Studies and Biology).  [abstract]

Catharine Hatten, “Patterns of Assimilation: Cuban and Haitian Migrants in the United States” (International Studies).

Amy Mochel, “Relations Between Latin America and the United States in the 20th Century: The Interventionist Policies of the United States and Dependency Theory” (International Relations and Spanish).

Rebekah Petronio, “The Land of Opportunity” Friend or Foe?” (International Studies and Spanish).


Desiree Hoffman, “Guatemala: United Fruit, the October Revolution, and the CIA” (International Studies).

Elizabeth Martin, “Debt for Nature Swaps” (Environmental Studies and Policy Studies).

Tierney Quinn, “The Causes of the Crisis in Central America” (Political Science).

Andrew Turner, “A Marriage of Necessity: U.S.-Mexican Labor Union Cooperation in the Post-NAFTA Era” (International Studies).


Stacy López, “Report Card on the Maquiladoras: Economic Growth versus Development” (Policy Studies and Spanish).  [abstract]

Kathleen Martin, “The Unfinished Fight: A Continuation of the Mexican Revolution” (International Studies).

Verónica Rovelli, “Cuba: A Masked Defeat” (International Studies).

Nicole Russell, “The Effects of the Chilean Revolution and Counter-Revolution on Literary Uses” (Spanish).


Melissa Brill, “Street Children in Latin America: The Result of Government Policies” (Anthropology).

Leslie A. Conn, “Bodies and Borders: Gender Violence and Ciuda Juárez” (Spanish and International Studies). [abstract]


Kristin J. Haworth, “The Social and Economic Effects of U.S. Migration on Mexican Sending Communities” (Spanish and International Studies). [abstract]

David E. Hernández, “Poly-Salsa: Afro-Latin Rhythm and Its Socio-Political Significance (East Asian Studies). [abstract]

Sarah E. Howell, “Latinos in the American Political System: Mainstream, Marginalized or Both? (Political Science). [abstract]

Rosemary McGunnigle, “Students in Higher Education: Self-Identification and the Children of Latin America Raised in the United States” (Self-Developed Major in Latin American Studies). [abstract]

Kristin A. McLane, “Psywar on Cuba” (History). [abstract]

Michelle A. Miller, “From History to Herstory” (Spanish). [abstract]

Joe R. Randel, “The Mariachi: El alma y el corazón de México” (Spanish). [abstract]

Alicia M. Reynolds, “Do Community Health NGOs Contribute to the Consolidation of El Salvador’s Democracy?” (Anthropology). [abstract]

Paul Campbell Stewart, “Perón’s Immediate Impact on Argentina (1943-1955)” (Political Science). [abstract]