Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Kristen Ardani, '07

Solar Technology Policy Analyst, Washington DC

After graduating from Tulane in 2007, Kristen stayed in New Orleans to work on post-Katrina environmental challenges. In 2008 she began studying for a Masters degree in International Environmental Policy at the University of California San Diego’s school of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). Kristen is currently based in Washington, D.C., where she works fro the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a Solar Technology Markets and Policy Analyst.

Kristen reflects on her LAST degree…

Why did you choose to major in Latin American Studies?
I chose to major in Latin American Studies to gain a targeted, regional expertise and expand my language skills.

How has your background in LAST helped you since graduation?
The interdisciplinary coursework at Tulane‘€™s Latin American Studies program develops fundamental analytic and research skills, broadly applicable to several professions, while enabling students to specialize as well. In today‘€™s career landscape, it is valuable to be able to step into a variety of positions, while distinguishing oneself with an area of focus. In this manner, Tulane‘€™s Latin American Studies program enables professional flexibility, while also distinguishing graduates with a breadth and depth of expertise. My Latin American Studies background has afforded me the opportunity to conduct carbon planning and energy project work throughout the region‘€“including Ecuador, Brazil, and Chile.

Any words of wisdom for LAST undergraduates?
If one has an interest in, and passion for the region, I can think of no better opportunity than LAST to gain the insight and skills necessary to turn that interest and passion into a career.






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Central America: People and the Environment Asynchronous Institute

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Register now for the ASYNCHRONOUS COURSE which opens up in July
Please note, the synchronous blended institute taking place June 14 – 25 is no longer accepting registrants.

This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment. It is not required to have participated in past institutes to join us.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University is excited to host and coordinate this year’s institute. Tulane University and New Orleans are both unique and important places to explore the deep connections to Central America with a focus on people and environment. With presentations by leading historians and sociologists on Central America, environment and race we are excited to share the work and resources from presenters as well as the unique resources at Tulane.


NOW REGISTERING FOR THE ASYNCHRONOUS INSTITUTE For more information, please email or call 504.865.5164. Space is limited.