Students can click HERE for the list of the Affiliated Faculty who are eligible to serve on students' committees.



Bonnie Taub, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Latin American Studies
Rubén Hernández-León, Ph.D. Co-Chair, Latin American Studies

Patricia Arroyo Calderon, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
César J. Ayala, Ph.D., Sociology
Stephen A. Bell, Ph.D., Geography, History
Adriana Bergero, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
Verónica Cortínez, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
Robin L.H. Derby, Ph.D., History
David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D., Medicine
Susanna B. Hecht, Ph.D., Geography, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, Urban Planning
Rubén Hernández-León, Ph.D., Sociology
Steven Loza, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology
Elizabeth A. Marchant, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Gender Studies
Katherine Marino, Ph.D., History
Jorge Marturano, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
Cecilia Menjivar, Ph.D., Sociology
Paavo Monkkonen, Ph.D., Urban Planning & Public Policy
José Luiz Passos, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
Bonnie Taub, Ph.D., Public Health
Kevin B. Terraciano, Ph.D., History
Fernando Perez-Montesinos, Ph.D., History
Jennifer Osorio, University Librarian, ex officio

Our Students

1st Year Students

 Kathia B. Rosas Díaz

Home state/city: Etúcuaro Michoacán, México
Undergraduate School and Majors: B.A. in History and Spanish, UCLA

Research Interests: My research interests focus on current P'urhépecha organizing and activism against state/federal corruption and organized crime intrusions. In particular, a focus on how P'urhépecha communities in the so called "meseta P'urhépecha" of Michoacán defend their threatened natural resources, expand education, and preserve their culture.


 Dylan Dornfeld

International Studies Major, University of Oregon
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Dylan's research focuses on communal governing practices in the Sierra Norte region of Oaxaca, denominated "usos y costumbres" by the Mexican state. He is interested in exploring the ways in which indigenous communal governance reinforces cultural identity, connection to the land and the protection of natural resources.

 Theresa Edwards

B.A. in Diplomacy & World Affairs and Spanish, Occidental College
Hometown: Seattle, WA

Theresa is interested in human rights, migration, and socio-environmental conflicts in Latin America. Specifically, she is interested in indigenous-led resistance to natural resource extraction and infrastructure projects, as well as the experiences of indigenous migrants within the U.S. immigration system.

 Mia Giordano

Undergraduate major: Public Health & Spanish, Temple University
Home state/city: Coopersburg, PA
Mia's research interests intersect public health and Latin American Studies, and include immigrant health, human rights, historical memory, and the long-term health outcomes in families affected by political violence in Latin America.

 Amanda Gormsen

B.A. in Environmental Policy and B.B.A in Finance, William & Mary
Hometown: Washington, DC

Amanda is interested in environmental studies and urban planning in Latin America with a focus on climate change mitigation/adaptation and environmental justice. She is part of the dual degree program with Urban Planning.

 Dayra Lopez Magana

BA in English, minor in Portuguese - University of California, Los Angeles
Hometown: Ontario, CA

Dayra is highly interested in researching transnational migration between Latin American countries and the United States. More specifically, she hopes to learn about how these physical movements across borders create social movements that influence racial, ethnic, gender, and sexuality discourses.


2nd Year Students

Diana Blanco
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
B.S. Marketing and B.A. Arts Administration with concentration in Studio Arts

Diana’s research concentrates on Latin American and Latinx centered cultural production. In her studies she intends to not only focus on modern and contemporary traditional studio arts, but also broaden her research to include cultural production across disciplines of film, media, music, and journalism. 

Alexis Castaneda

Geography and Spanish B.A., UC Santa Barbara

Hometown: Apple Valley, CA

Alexis  is particularly interested in transportation patterns and policies in Latin America.


Christopher Lopez
Hometown: San Diego, CA
B.A. in Latin American Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies, UC Berkele

Chris is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of corruption, political government and transnational organized crime in Mexico and Central America.

Macarthur Morris

English and American Literatures B.A., Middlebury College

Hometown: Boston, MA and Denver,  CO

Having studied English in Vermont, Mac has relocated to Los Angeles where he is eager to continue exploring how literature abstracts and reifies constructions of power through contemporary formations of identity and belonging.


Mandie Nuanes

History B.A., Whittier College

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Mandie takes a specific interest in the liminal spaces Mexican women occupy when it comes to their reproductive rights. She has also  continued to focus her research on the mechanization of the Mexican female body.


 Emely Rauda

B.A. in Chicana/o Studies, double minor in Global Health, and Labor & Workplace Studies, UCLA.

Hometown: Palmdale, CA

Emely is  interested in the intersection of health and culture through a public health lens, among other topics such as traditional & holistic medicine, community-based participatory research, and evidence-based program and intervention development.



Magda Yamamoto, Academic Advisor

(On Leave)

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UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
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