Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Ana Maria Lopez

Student - M.A. Student

Ana Maria Lopez received her B.A. in Business Administration from Stevenson University. While in college she founded a non-profit organization called Feed-the-Mind which contributed to the education of underprivileged children in Latin America. In the spring of 2011, she interned at the Organization of American States in the department of cultural affairs. She has traveled extensively through Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean. Upon graduation, she worked as an Executive Team Leader for Target Corporation and later as an admissions counselor at her alma mater. Most recently, she was enrolled in the Political Science graduate program at the University of New Orleans where she focused her research on the socio-economic stratification system in Colombia and the impact that such a system has on the educational outcomes of the lower strata. Ana Maria presented her research at the Southern Political Science Conference on January 15, 2015, in the panel “Social Cleavages and Development in Latin America.” She was awarded a grant to spend the 2015 summer researching her topic in Colombia. Additionally, Ana Maria was part of the Witness for Peace delegation that engaged in political incidence in La Guajira, Colombia, to advocate for Wayúu and Afro-Colombian victims of the neo-colonialist and extractivist practices. She is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. At Tulane, she has been awarded a FLAS fellowship for the study of Brazilian Portuguese. She studies the Andean region and its disparities.