All Students

Georgetown University Seal

Christopher Valdes

Specializations: Illicit economies, organized crime, immigration

Chris grew up in Hampton Roads, Virginia and then went on to study Psychology and Latin American History at Virginia Tech.  After spending a semester studying development at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, he decided to return to Latin America after graduation.

John-Francis Villines

John-Francis is a second year in the Master’s program, and a recent graduate of Haverford College where he received a BA in Spanish and History. He has long been fascinated with Latin American literature and history. For the past few months, he has been working with La Comisión de la Verdad in the OAS archive, searching for documents relevant to the violence in the 1980s in Colombia. He is currently concentrating in security, with a generalized interest, also, in conflict resolution. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photo of Sarah White

Sarah White

Specializations: Migration policy and post-conflict diplomacy as they relate to Latin America

Sarah graduated from Wake Forest University in May of 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, and a minor in Latin American Studies. She has worked and studied in Santiago, Chile twice, through both Georgetown and Wake Forest.

Marvin Wiley

Marvin Wiley

Specializations: Poverty reduction and urban/rural development in post conflict societies.

Marvin Jay Wiley is from Reading, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Tampa, Florida and studied for an academic school year in Japan while in high school. Before graduating with his B.A in political science from Temple University, he briefly studied at the University of Oviedo in Oviedo, Spain.

Georgetown University Seal

Michael Willis

Specializations: Immigration, Human Rights, Corruption

Mike graduated from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a dual degree in Political Science and Spanish. He then accepted a commission as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. He currently serves as a Major and Foreign Area Officer with a regional focus in Latin America.

Photo of Tiffany Wilt

Tiffany Wilt

Specializations: Development

Tiffany received her associates degree with honors from Montgomery College in 2015. In 2017, she graduated cum laude from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology, a minor in Latin American Studies and a concentration in Translation Studies. After graduating from CLAS in December of 2018, Tiffany plans on working in the international development sector. In the long term she would like to return to graduate school to pursue a PhD in anthropology.