Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Stone Center Recognizes Outstanding Students in 2021 Awards Ceremony

May 17th, 2021

On Thursday, May 17, 2021, the Stone Center held its annual student awards ceremony in recognition of several 2021 graduates for their outstanding work and research in Latin American Studies. Students were recognized for the completion of their undergraduate and graduate degrees in Latin American Studies, for outstanding research on particular papers, for their student teaching, and for service with the Latin American Studies Graduate Student Organization.

2021 Undergraduate Degree Recipients

Colleen Drangines, Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies, Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.
Capstone project: COVID-19 and Indigenous Mobilization in the Peruvian Amazon

Hugo Fajardo Arana, Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies, Bachelor of Science in Management.
Capstone project: Communications and Newer Media of the Movimento Nacional Indigena in 21st Century Brazil

Riley Moran, Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies, Political Science and Social Policy and Practice.
Capstone project: Porque te Quiero, Quieres: Queer Self-Representation and Folkloric Subversion in Chavela Vargas’ La Llorona

Aidan Pond, Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies
Capstone project: Cuban Medical Internationalism: A Lasting Example of Solidarity and Cooperation

Ariana Soltany, Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Digital Media Production with a minor in Spanish
Capstone project: Understanding Argentine History through Film and Media

Alex Whitacre, Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Anthropology with minors in Spanish and Psychology
Capstone project: Death Reporting in Bolivian Media and the Construction of Secular Martyrdom: Che Guevara

2021 Graduate Degree Recipients

Nico Barnum, Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
Thesis: Challenging Maya Conceptions of Illness and Wellness: The Kaqchikel and COVID-19

Holly Devon, Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
Thesis: Serviteurs at the Crossroads: Western Scholarship in the Shadow of Haitian Vodou

Sarah Scism, Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
Thesis: Underlying Conditions: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Xenophobic Trends in Costa Rica

Ana María López Caldwell, PhD in Latin American Studies
Dissertation: The Socioeconomic Stratification System in Colombia: How A Governmental Subsidy Distribution Mechanism Serves to Demarcate Boundaries

Erin McCutcheon, PhD in Latin American Studies
Dissertation: Somo Madres ¿Y Qué Más?: Feminism, Maternal Subjectivity, and Artistic Practice in Mexico City, 1971-1991

Amy Medvick, PhD in Latin American Studies
Dissertation: _Queens and Batuqueiras: Race, Gender, and Knowledge in the Transnational Migrations of Afro-Brazilian Maracatu Nação

Undergraduate Student Paper Awards

Riley Moran
The Alberto Vázquez Prize for the best paper written on humanities subject by an undergraduate major in the interdisciplinary Latin American Studies program awarded for the paper, “Porque te Quiero, Quieres: Queer Self-Representation and Folkloric Subversion in Chavela Vargas’ “La Llorona”
nominated by Professor Edie Wolfe

Hannah Ellison
The Harvey and Victoria Bricker Prize for the best paper written on a social science subject by an undergraduate major in the interdisciplinary Latin American Studies program awarded for the paper, “Match Made in Heaven: Multi-Level Marketing and Neo-Pentecostalism’s Use of Prosperity Gospel to Create Buy-In of Latin American Hegemony”
nominated by Professor Jimmy Huck

Callie Balbeck
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies Prize for the best campus-wide Latin Americanist Undergraduate Paper for the aper, “Through the Looking Glass: The United States Government and America’s Productions, Incorporated”
nominated by Professor Jana Lipman

Graduate Student Paper Awards

Rosie Click
The Donald Robertson Prize for the best paper in the humanities by a student in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Latin American Studies for the paper, “Submerged in Nature: Conceptions of Nature in Historical and Literary Texts of Latin America”
nominated by Professor Jimmy Huck

Maria Pautassi
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies Prize for the best campus-wide Latin Americanist Graduate Paper for the paper, “Imperial Visions of Space, Landscape, and Territory: Two Stereographs from the Underwood & Underwoof 1901 Boxed Set on Puerto Rico”
nominated by Professor Elizabeth Boone

Graduate Student Teaching Award

Carolina Timoteo de Oliveira
The William Griffith Award for best Latin American Studies Graduate Student Instructor

LAGO Service Awards

Presented by the Latin American Studies Graduate Student Organization for outstanding service

Dr. Ana Sánchez-Rojo, Associate Professor, Department of Music
Oustanding Faculty Member

Sarah Scism, Latin American Studies
Oustanding Graduate Student

Dr. Hannah Palmer, Program Manager for Academic Programs, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Oustanding Staff Member

Special thanks to our 2021 paper jurors: Dan Sharp, Carolina Caballero, Hannah Palmer, Justin Wolfe, Ana Claudia Santos Sao Bernando, Edie Wolde and Kate McKiernan