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Former graduate fellows


Daniella Allevato

Daniella Allevato is a Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Biology, in the School of Integrative Plant Sciences. Her research is on understanding the chemical diversity in the leaves of the neotropical plant genus Pilocarpus, to aid in the conservation of this genus as well as guide a more sustainable production of this plant in agriculture. Her thesis examines how different factors: environmental variation, phylogenetic relationships, and human interference have shaped the distribution of species and compounds produced by this plant genus. 


David De Micheli

David De Micheli

David is a PhD candidate in the Government department, with research interests in comparative politics and Latin America. His substantive interests include ethnic and identity politics, social movements, and the political economy of development. His current dissertation research considers the formation of political identities around race and class in Brazil, aiming to understand how social identities become political, and why this is more likely in some parts of Brazil than in others.

Pilar Delpino

Pilar Delpino Marimon

Pilar is a second year MRP student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She is interested in cross-national policies and their implications for local governance. Her current research is focused on a comparative study between EU and Latin American regional integration processes, with a focus on infrastructure development and the production of marginalised spaces.


Sebastian Diaz Angel

I have a BA in Political Science, a BA in History and an MA in Geography. My project focuses on geographical engineering development programs in Latin America during the Cold War, combining my interest in the history of cartography, science and technology studies, environmental history and digital humanities.

Ryan Edwards

Ryan Edwards

Ryan received his BA in Geography from UC Berkeley and is completing his PhD in History at Cornell. His work combines historical geography, political ecology, and science and technology studies. He spent eighteen months in Argentina conducting fieldwork for his dissertation, which reconstructs an environmental history of the Ushuaia Penal Colony in southernmost Patagonia.


Kyle Harvey

Kyle Harvey is a PhD student in the History Department at Cornell University. His dissertation focuses on the historical development of the mountainous region between western Argentina and Chile throughout the nineteenth century, from banditry and civil war to contracts and railroads. Broadly, his dissertation engages with questions of space and state formation through themes of technology, social history, and political economy. 

Anastasia Kotsoglou

Anastasia Kotsoglou

PhD Student, Anthropology

Anastasia is a PhD student in Anthropology at Cornell University and a member of the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies. An archaeologist working primarily in Mesoamerica, their doctoral research focuses on Classic Maya human-landscape interactions and built environment(s) with emphasis on uses of public space. Their research aims to add breadth to broader studies of mid-level Maya settlements while also contributing to theoretical understandings of place-making and spatiality.

NIck Myers

Nicholas Myers

PhD Student, History

Nicholas Myers is a third year PhD student in the Department of History. His dissertation research focuses on northern Mexico and the interior west of North America in late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This research reflects broader interests in Latin American political history, indigenous history, environmental history, and geography.

Ryan Nehring

Ryan Nehring

Ryan Nehring is a PhD student in the department of Development Sociology. His past and current research interests include: the history and politics of public agricultural research in Brazil (with a focus on Embrapa) and; the design and implementation of food security/sovereignty policies throughout Latin America. Prior to coming to Cornell, Ryan worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Brasilia, Brazil.   

Jaime Ortiz

Jaime Ortiz-Pachar

PhD Student, Natural Resources

Jaime Ortiz is a PhD student in the department of Natural Resources. His research takes a multidisciplinary approach to the problem of invasive species in the Galapagos Islands. Through a political ecology perspective his project aims to understand the effects of the invasive species discourse in the environmental governance of the Galapagos, in one hand; and in the other hand, to explore the relationship between invasive earthworms and invasive plants. Prior to coming to Cornell, Jaime worked for the Charles Darwin Foundation, an international NGO in the Galapagos.

Segio Ospina

Sergio Ospina Romero

PhD student, Musicology

Sergio Ospina-Romero is an Anthropologist, Musician, MA in History, and currently PhD student in Musicology at Cornell University. His publications and research activities are mainly focused on Popular Music in Latin America in the early twentieth century, especially in relation to sound recording industries, cultural identities, and music consumption. His book on Colombian composer Luis A.


Ana Ozaki

Ana Ozaki is a PhD student in the Department of Architecture. Ana's research interests include Brazilian modern architecture; housing; historic preservation; Latin American, postcolonial, and feminist studies; as well as the intersections between architecture and the fields of urban sociology, human geography, and anthropology. Besides writing, Ozaki is interested in the public discussion of social issues central to architecture historiography in the form of exhibitions and public events.

Karla Pena

Karla Peña

Karla Peña is a doctoral student in Development Sociology at Cornell University.   Her research is in Ecuador where she studies indigenous-peasant movements and their struggle for land rights. Broadly, she is interested in food sovereignty, agrarian change and state-society relations in Latin America. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge (2009) and her M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan (2013). 


Eudes Prado Lopes

Eudes is a cultural anthropology PhD student at Cornell University who holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and public policy at Princeton University. His research interests focus on the cultural relevance of economic thought and its embeddedness in the financial markets. He localizes his research in Brazil where the conflicting knowledge demands of powerful public and private financial institutions make visible (in distinctive ways) shifting geopolitical paradigms. 


Nancy Quintanilla

Nancy Quintanilla is  now an Assistant Professor of Latino/a Literature at Cal Poly Pomona. Her research interests include Latino/a literature and culture, diaspora studies, and immigration. At the moment, she is working on completing her dissertation which considers how contemporary U.S. and Central American literary and cultural productions engage with missing bodies.

Gustavo Quintero

Gustavo Quintero

Gustavo is a Ph.D. student in Romance Studies at Cornell University. He works on the relation between memory and messianism in Cuba, Mexico and Colombia. He focuses on how, in these three countries, a number of artistic movements in cinema, conceptual art and literature are highly meaningful to address multiple representations of hopes and promises of a future change.

Graciela Reyes-Retana

Graciela Reyes-Retana

Graciela Reyes-Retana is a third year PhD student in the Department of Natural Resources, studying environmental policy under David R. Lee from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Her research is focused on the intersection between natural resources management and socio-economic development in developing countries.

Jose Sanchez

Jose Sanchez Gomez

PhD Student, Government

Jose is a second-year PhD student in the Government Department at Cornell University, with research interests in comparative politics and Latin America. He focuses on contentious politics and constitutional change, social movements and party politics.


Joshua Savala

Josh is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. His dissertation project looks at the relationships of solidarity and cooperation forged by and between Peruvians and Chileans in the 19th and early 20th centuries. His research delves into the history of medicine, labor and working class history, anarchism, gender, and the maritime world.

Darin Self

Darin Self

PhD Student, Government

Darin is a graduate student in the Government Department. His research focuses on how antecedent characteristics of authoritarian rule affects political and electoral institutions in democracies, causes of institutional change, and institutional determinates of populism. He is also interested in how we make causal inferences in politically developing states and designing new ways to measure social structure


Vanessa Springer

Vanessa is a Master’s student in the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit within the Department of Natural Resources. Her current research focuses on the spatial ecology of carnivores in the cloud forest of the Andes, as part of a project that aims to integrate social values and ecological information into the design of a socio-ecological corridor between two reserves. She is also a mentor for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program that aims to support diversity in the field of conservation. 

Jimena Valdez

Jimena Valdez

Jimena is a second year student in the Government Department, majoring in Comparative Politics. She is interested in the social and electoral consequences of the economic crises, both in Latin America in the 80s and 90s and in contemporary Europe.