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Graduate fellows

Vincent Mauro

Vincent Mauro

Vincent Mauro is a PhD student in the Government Department. He is interested in how party system development and institutionalization shapes redistribution in Latin America. He has ongoing research projects related to political parties and party systems, social policy, and economic inequality.
 
Matias Borg Oviedo

Matías Borg Oviedo

Matías is a PhD candidate in the Romance Studies Department. He holds a Licenciatura in Modern Literature from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina) where he focused on Contemporary Literature from the Southern Cone. His current research focuses on 20th century literature and film from Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico in relation to (neo)extractivism and different forms of extraction. 

Maria Castro Duenas

Maria Castro Duenas

Maria Castro is a Master of Professional Studies candidate in International Development with a concentration in Development Policy. She is interested in developing social projects that have long-term impacts on society and climate change awareness. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Universidad del Pacifico. Prior to her studies at Cornell, she worked at MicroRate where she evaluated the financial and social performance of microfinance institutions in Latin America for two years.

Houston Claure

Houston Claure

Houston Claure is a third year PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on investigating how social robots should behave in groups, homes, and schools. He is looking to push for South American involvement in the field of Human Robot Interaction and teaches in Bolivia as part of the Clubes de Ciencia- Bolivia program.

David Cordero-Heredia

David Cordero-Heredia

David Cordero Heredia is a fourth year doctoral student at Cornell in the Doctor of the Science of Law program (J.S.D.). His research deals with the contradictions among the extended legal (especially constitutional) change in Ecuador regarding indigenous peoples’ rights, and the lack of implementation of reforms. His work focuses on the role of social movements, liberal state and lawyer’s legal narratives in legal-change and social-change phenomena.

Andreina Thielen Martin

Andreina Thielen Martin

Andreína is in the inaugural Master of Public Health program at Cornell University, with a concentration in "Food Systems for Global Health". Andreína graduated from Cal State LA in 2017 with a BS degree in Nutritional Science and a minor in Spanish. Her interests include food security, safety, and sovereignty. She aspires to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and PhD. Andreína is a Venezuelan from Northeast Los Angeles.

Vinh P. Pham

Vinh P. Pham

Vinh P. Pham is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the department of Comparative Literature. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Literature from Florida Atlantic University and focuses primarily on postcolonial literature in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Daniela

Daniela Samur Duque

Daniela Samur is a PhD student in the History Department. Her project is about the history of books in nineteenth-century Colombia. She is interested in studying the networks of production, circulation and consumption of books between distant geographies and the particular spaces that were crucial for the world of books in Bogotá. This project speaks of her interest in literature, print culture, state formation, mobility, space and the relationships between culture and politics.