Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Elise Dietrich

Student - Ph.D Candidate

Elise Dietrich, a native of Hanover, New Hampshire, graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in Studio Art from Bard College and holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane. Before joining the Stone Center in 2007, Elise worked in New England and spent a year as a research assistant at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She has studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well as Venezuela and Oaxaca, Mexico. Elise conducted her master’s research in both Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro with grants funded by the Stone Center and the Tinker Foundation. At Tulane, her research focuses on visual culture, Brazilian popular culture and music, and identity construction. Elise’s M.A. thesis was entitled “A Turma do Pererê: Representations of Race and Gender in a Pre-Dictatorial Brazilian Children’s Comic.” In 2009, she won the Stone Center’s Donald Robertson Award for the Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student. Elise (aka DJ Sereia) can be heard on WTUL’s weekly Latin radio show, Avenida Panamericana (Tuesdays 8-10 CST).

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