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Elize Mazadiego

Position and company: Assistant Professor in Art History, University of Bern
Country of work: Switzerland
Degree Attained at UCLA: MA in Latin American Studies
Graduation Year: 2007
How did the coursework and research you did while a student at UCLA prepare you for an international career?
The MA program in Latin American Studies expanded the scope of my studies in Art History and cemented my interest in working from a global perspective. Furthermore, I developed a keen interest in art from Latin America that prompted me to pursue a PhD and international field research in Argentina, which initiated my professional trajectory abroad.
What sort of opportunities has working abroad presented you with?
Working abroad has allowed me to bridge art and academic worlds internationally. I particularly enjoy facilitating dialogues and exchanges across diverse places and people. My experience has also shaped my work in unexpected ways -- it has inspired me to examine more closely mobility and migration through a cultural frame. On a personal level, working abroad has given me the chance to live in some extraordinary places and learn two languages.
Could you tell us about your journey to UCLA?
As someone from Los Angeles I had always aspired to go to UCLA for my higher education. Once I decided to pursue graduate level work and a degree in Latin American Studies, UCLA was an ideal fit. I feel very fortunate to have been accepted into the program, which was formative to my research and work in Modern/Contemporary Latin American art.