her degree in Latin American Studies from the College
of William and Mary in Virginia. After graduating
she interned with the Washington Office on Latin
America working on issues related to Cuba. She worked
as a travel agent for two years before entering graduate
school. Her thesis will focus on gender issues in
South America. After graduating she hopes to work
for an NGO on the East Coast.
Andrew Jackson did
his undergraduate work at San Diego State where
he studied Philosophy and International Business.
As an undergraduate he studied for two years in
Spain and for nine months in Mexico. After graduating,
Jackson lived in Brazil for a year teaching English
and learning Portuguese. As part of his research
at Berkeley, Jackson plans to compare the political
economy and foreign policies of the Fernando Henrique
Cardoso and Lula administrations.
Hicks graduated from University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 with a degree in
Anthropology & Spanish. She began her research
on Latin America by working with seasonal migrant
workers in North Carolina, many of whom were Mexicans
working in crab plants and tobacco fields. She
wanted to investigate why some contracted migrant
workers chose to return to the United States undocumented
instead of renewing their U.S. guestworker visas
for the next season. Currently she is interested
in the effects of immigration and return-immigrants
on communities in Guatemala.
Huneault, a native of Canada, received
his B.A. in Communications from the University
of Montreal and a graduate diploma in Francophone
Studies from Paul Valery University in Montpellier,
France. Hunnealt has worked on communications projects
with the National Protected Areas Service of Bolivia
and with international organizations in Montreal.
He also took part in a community development project
in Cuba and created an NGO in Canada devoted to
youth expression through new information technologies.
At present his focus is on Truth Commissions; he
is interested in the construction, diffusion and
use of memory in peace building settings, especially
in the Guatemalan case.
his undergraduate work at the University of Arkansas
where he studied English and Creative Writing.
After graduation something kept pulling him back
to Latin America again and again. Now at Berkeley,
his main research interests are sustainable rural
development and the inner and outer search for
spirit and understanding in Latin America. After
the program he hopes to go to Latin America and
get his hands dirty in the countryside.
Alan Moore Sanchez graduated from American
University in Washington, DC with a degree in International
Studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies.
After graduation, he participated in a study tour
of Cuba that examined Cuban political and economic
history and aspects of daily life. He interned
at the Washington Office on Latin America and subsequently
took on a permanent position as Development Coordinator.
In 2002, he left to embark on a six month trip
through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru
and Bolivia. He is interested in indigenous political
movements, particularly the response of indigenous
groups to globalization and the U.S.-sponsored
war on drugs. After completing the program, he
hopes to continue working on Latin American political
and economic issues and U.S. policy toward the
Puhvel attended the University of Carolina
at Chapel Hill where he double majored in History
and Russian and Eastern European Studies. His interest
in Latin America was sparked by his travels through
Mexico and Cuba which lasted nearly two years.
He spent six months in Cuba studying Cuban music
and learning to play the Cuban tres, a folk guitar,
in the Sierra Maestra. Before arriving at Cal,
Puhvel worked as a musician in Mexico. His research
interests are focused on contemporary issues in
Cuban music. He is currently conducting a study
on Cuban émigré musicians in the
Bay Area and plays in the Cuban son band, Palenque.
Rasrivisuth received her B.A. in Spanish from
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She went
on to attend the Universidad Complutense in Madrid,
where she focused on Hispanic Studies and Portuguese.
Rasrivisuth received a scholarship from Thailand to
complete her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies at UC
Berkeley. Her current research interests are Latin
American politics, especially in Argentina. After completing
the Ph.D. program, she would like to go back to Thailand
and begin a department of Latin American Studies. If
she is successful, it will be the first such department
Tegel received his B.A. in Philosophy from
the University of Warwick, England. Before attending
UC Berkeley, he was a journalist in London and Mexico
City. In 1998 and 1999, he covered the Pinochet case
for the Press Association, the UK’s national
news agency. From 1999 to 2003, he worked freelance
in Mexico City, specializing in environmental issues.
His current research is focused on human rights and
environmental policy. After graduation, he will seek
work with an NGO that specializes in human rights,
conservation or sustainable development.
Treat graduated from Sarah Lawrence College
with a B.A. in Women and Development Studies. Afterwards,
she traveled extensively in South Asia and Latin
America. She spent a year in Bogotá, Colombia
as a Fulbright Scholar researching Colombian film.
She recently received an M.A. in Comparative Literature
from UC Berkeley and is now part of the Ph.D. program
in Latin American Studies. Her current research
interests include organic farming, sustainable
development and “ecotourism” in Central
America. After completing the program she hopes
to combine research and application in either an
educational or activist setting. Her dream is to
begin an organic farm in Belize.
Trisi graduated from Pomona College
with a double major in Philosophy, Politics and
Economics and Latin American Studies. A multitude
of things attracted him to Latin American Studies.
He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, studied
abroad in Fortaleza, Brazil and did his senior
thesis on the effects of NAFTA on the welfare
of maquiladora workers in Mexico. His research
interests include democratization, state-labor
relations, leftist experiences of governance
and the political economy of globalization. After
graduation, Trisi plans to seek a position in
a research/advocacy organization that works with
Martha Wierzbicki received a dual B.A.
in Political Economy of Industrialized Societies
and Cultural Geography from the University of California,
Berkeley. Since graduating, she has lived and worked
in various parts of Latin America and has taken
particular interest in the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean
region. She is focused on the social implications
of economic restructuring in Cuba following the
collapse of the Soviet Union.
Zadik received his BA. in Writing from
Pomona College. He has since worked as a writer
at an advertising agency in San Francisco and done
freelance creative work. He has always been a travel
and language fanatic. As such, he has worked and
studied in Japan, Spain, Portugal and, most recently,
in Brazil. His current research interest is the
Spanish fascination with the pig.
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