Class of 2020

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C. Parker Benedict

Specializations: Literature and Cultural Studies or History

Parker is a first year student in the MA program. She holds a BA from St. Lawrence University in Spanish. During her time at St. Lawrence, Parker studied abroad in both Madrid and the Yucatan Peninsula. Both of these experiences helped inform her decision to complete an Honors Thesis in her final year, which analyzed two of the works of author Miguel Angel Asturias.

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Sarah Brokenborough

Specializations: U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America, Cultural Heritage, and Cultural Institutions

Sarah Brokenborough obtained her undergraduate degree in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College in 2016. During her junior year, she spent one semester in Brazil learning Portuguese and researching the effects of cultural institutions on the political consciousness of Afro-Brazilians. Following her undergraduate matriculation, Sarah accepted, and extended, a Fulbright ETA grant to Laos.

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Duowei Chen

Specializations: Economic policy, Foreign investment, International trade

Duowei is originally from Changchun, China and has lived in Spain, Ecuador and Mexico. He obtained a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the Jilin University. He then served as a third secretary at the Economic and Commercial Office of the Chinese Embassy in Ecuador and Mexico.

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Kelsea Cooper

Specializations: Transnational/Organized Crime, U.S. foreign policy in Latin America

Kelsea earned her B.A. from American University in 2018, where she studied international studies with a specialty in peace and global security. During her time at American University, she participated in the Future Operation Environment study conducted by the Department of Defense, researching the duration of conflict in urban areas.

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Judith Areli Pérez Garza

Specializations: Factors of vulnerability and policy-making process to reach development.

Judith was raised up in a little town from the north of México, very close to Laredo, Texas. In 2009 she moved to Monterrey to study a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature in Tecnologico de Monterrey. In 2013 she worked in a Marketing Consultancy on Real State projects as part of the Internal Communication staff.

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Agustín Grizia

Specializations: Latin America – US relations / Latin America – China relations / Latin America in the UN

Agustin Grizia is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received a B.A. in International Relations from Universidad del Salvador and a M.A. in China Studies at Peking University. He has professional experience at a leading professional services firm in Buenos Aires and at the United Nations in China. In addition he previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for Latin American foreign policy.

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Christina Huntzinger

Specializations: Internet and data policy

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Christina obtained her B.A. in Spanish with minors in Linguistics and Film Studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. After completing her undergraduate studies, Christina spent two years as Visiting Professor of English at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica.

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Karolína Kvačková

Specializations: Education, environment, post-conflict society

Karolina was born in Prague, Czech Republic. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Charles University in Prague in International Area Studies where she concentrated mostly on United States and Latin American relations and geopolitics of Latin America.

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David Mauer

David Mauer was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he grew up politically engaged with a passion for foreign policy. He attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where he graduated magna cum laude in 2018 with a B.A. in Spanish and politics.

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Lauren Molina

Specializations: U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, Immigration

Lauren is originally from Pembroke Pines, Florida (a suburb between Miami and Fort Lauderdale) and is coming to CLAS after recently graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and International Affairs. Growing up in South Florida, she was exposed to high levels of diversity and experienced first-hand the different pathways paved for immigrants from different Latin American countries, including her own parents who benefited from the previous Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy.