Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Catherine Prechtel

Student - Ph.D. Student

Catherine Prechtel graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Anthropology from Pacific University in Oregon in 2014. While at Pacific University, she co-taught poetry classes for Spanish-speaking immigrants with the nonprofit Adelante Mujeres. Upon graduating, she continued to develop her teaching skills as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in León, Guanajuato, Mexico, from 2014-2015, and worked as an English teacher in the city from 2015-2016. In 2018 she completed her master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. From 2016-2017, she worked as a graduate fellow at American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, assisting in a research project concerning unaccompanied migrant youth from the Northern Triangle. In 2017, she worked as an adjunct Spanish professor for American University, and in 2018 she worked as an administrative assistant at the Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. As an undergraduate, her research focused on the formation of understandings of virginity amongst Mexican-American populations, and as a master’s student, she explored the changing significance and values associated with the figure of La Catrina in the works of Mexican artists José Guadalupe Posada and Diego Rivera. For her PhD research, she plans to explore and compare experiences of childbirth and health outcomes, as well as the changing definitions of motherhood and family, for the LGBTQIA+ communities in Mexico.