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Tipa Attasivanon

Specializations: Government

Tipa is from Thailand. She received a full scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand to pursue her degrees abroad. Prior to Georgetown, Tipa was the first Thai student to obtain an undergraduate degree in International Relations from La Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

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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.

Amanda Chatupron-Lacayo

Amanda Chatupron-Lacayo

Amanda is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and has lived in San Jose, Costa Rica and Andover, Massachusetts. She is a recent graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. in both International Affairs and Spanish.

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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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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.

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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.

Laura Cossette

Specializations: Conflict Resolution and Human Rights

Laura was born in San Francisco, CA and grew up in a little town right outside of it. She attended Soka University of America for her undergraduate degree in International Studies with a focus on Latin America. During her undergraduate career Laura had the opportunity to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina for two weeks to learn about the Dirty War and children’s rights.

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.