2018 Tinker Summer Research Grants

Monica Gimenes researching in the Arquivo Público de Pernambuco. (Photo courtesy of Monica Gimenes.)
2017 recipient Monica Gimenes researching in the Arquivo Público de Pernambuco. (Photo courtesy of Monica Gimenes.)

CLAS Congratulates the 2018 Tinker Summer Research Grant recipients!

Michiko Arai (Romance Languages and Linguistics), Chile and Argentina
Project: “Archival and documentary films in Latin America in the 1960's and 1970's” 

Laura Belik (Architecture HTS), Fortaleza and Senador Pompeu, Brazil
Project: “Spaces of Exclusion: Concentration Camps in Northern Brazil” 

Claire Boone (School of Public Health), Santiago, Chile
Project: “Understanding the Persistance of Hypertension in Latin America and the Caribbean” 

Pascale Boucicaut (Folklore), Panama City, Panama
Project: “Heritage Futures: Local and National Imaginaries of an Afro-Panamanian past” 

Julia Branco (City and Regional Planning) Aguascalientes, Mexico
Project: "Adapting to Climate Threats in Aguascalientes"

Priscila Coli Rocha (City and Regional Planning), Rio de Janeiro, Nova Iguacu, and Sao Joao de Meriti, Brazil
Project: “Exploring the links between infrastructural hubs and the process of peripheral urbanization in Rio de Janeiro” 

Stephannie Covarrubias (EHS), Japala and Guatemala City, Guatemala
Project: “HAPIN Trial” 

Evan Fernandez (History), Santiago, Chile
Project: “Race Beyond Borders: Japanese Migration to Chile 1900-1950” 

Lucy Gill (Anthropology), Zapatera Archipelago, Nicaragua
Project: “Human-environment interaction in pre-Hispanic Lake Cocibolca, Nicaragua: a historical ecology appreciation” 

Lesdi Goussen (History of Art), Mexico City, Mexico/Granada and Rivas, Nicaragua/San Jose, Costa Rica
Project: “Art and Resistance in Central America” 

James Mahady (Public Policy), Mexico City, Mexico
Project: “Researching Mexican Electric Vehicle Policy with Mexican Regulators and Academic Institutions” 

Isaac Marck (Integrative Biology), Santiago and Concepcion de Chile
Project: “Systematics and Evolution of the Rock Daises (Perityleae: Asteraceae)” 

Robyn Neu (Anthropology), Bueno Aires and Neuquen, Argentina
Project: “(Re)presenting Patagonia: Figuration of National Space and Place in Global Ecological Politics” 

Aaaron Pomerantz (Integrative Biology), Gamboa, Panama
Project: “Unraveling the Development, Genetics, and Evolution of Wing Transparency in Lepidoptera” 

Adriana Ramirez (Sociology), Oaxaca, Mexico
Project: “"El Sueno Mexicano": returning migrant youth's adaptation experience in Mexico” 

Heather Regen (Public Policy), Sao Paulo Brazil
Project: “Regulating Transport Network Companies in Brazil” 

Francesca Rubino (School of Public Health), Guadalajara, Mexico
Project: “Geospatial Analysis of Water Hyacinth & Pollution in Lake Chapala” 

Diana Ruiz (Film and Media), Buenos Aires and La Plata Argentina, Santiago, Chile
Project: “Aesthetics of Justice: Forced Disapearences and the Politics of Display” 

Katherine Siegel (Environmental Sciences, Policy, & Management), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Project: “Impacts of hurricane strikes on agricultural production, land abandonment, and biodiversity convservation” 

Venicia Martha Slotten (Anthropology), Liberia, Costa Rica and Tilaran, Costa Rica
Project: “Everyday Use of Plants in Prehispanic Costa Rica” 

Emma Steigerwald (Environmental Sciences, Policy, & Management), Cordillera Vilcanota, Peru
Project: “Impacts of recent glacial retreat on three high-elevation frog species” 

Alice Taylor (Graduate School of Education), Para, Brazil
Project: “Researching Adolescent and Youth Agency and Resistance in Brazil” 

Ana Tello (Spanish and Portuguese), Lima, Peru; and Cuzco, Peru
Project: “Itinerant Photographers in the Andes: Possibilities and Limitation of Self-Represenation in the Early Twentieth” 

Caroline Tracey (Geography), Mexico City, Mexico
Project: “The Other Border Fence: The Political Ecology of Tick Eradication” 

Levi Vonk (Medical Anthropology, Mexico City, Mexico
Project: “Humanitarian Visa Victims: The intersection of Human Rights and Geography in Mexico” 

Naomi Wilcox (School of Public Health), Niteroi, Brazil
Project: “Epidemiology of Zika Virus in Brazil: Zike infection during pregnancy and Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS)” 

Jacob Wolbert (Music), Goania, Brazil
Project: “Percussion technologies and labor in the popular music scenes of Goiania, Brazil” 


Tinker Field Research Grants are available to individuals for travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of pre-dissertation field research in Latin America, defined here as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region. Awards are open to students across all academic disciplines and graduate degree programs.

Thedeadline for this year's competition has passed.

All application materials were due Tuesday, February 20 by 5:00 pm.