Class of 2021

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Jessica F. Chilin-Hernández

Specializations: Diaspora Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, Migration Studies, Latin America-Arab World Relations

Jessica F. Chilin-Hernández is a first year student in the M.A. program, and she is originally from San Salvador, El Salvador. She currently serves as Assistant Director to Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor engaging questions of workers’ rights and the future of the U.S. labor movement at Georgetown University.

Isabella DeSpirito

Isabella DeSpirito

Specializations: Government, Law

Isabella is currently pursuing the dual program of a Master’s in Latin American Studies and a Juris Doctor where she is focusing on international law at the Georgetown University Law Center. This past summer, she interned for the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Bogotá, Colombia working with MAPP-OEA to create a nationwide program that encourages victims and victim organizations to submit their experiences to the JEP.

Laura Newton

Lauren Newton

Specializations: Investment, trade, commodities

Laura was born in Lima, Peru of Colombian and Australian parents, but has lived in Bogota for the better part of her life. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Journalism and History at Northeastern University in 2013. Upon completion of her studies, she moved back to Colombia, where she worked at the International Desk for one of the private networks, Caracol Television.

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Rocio Ortega

Specializations: Gender and development, education and promoting women and girls’ social movements

Rocío graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Political Science & Latin American Studies. Her junior year, Rocío studied abroad at the University of Cordoba in Spain taking comparative politics and explored revolutionary movements between Europe and the Americas.