Philippe Voigt

I was born and raised in Mexico City, where I graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana with a B.A. in International Relations.  I have a strong passion and interest in history, politics, and public service, which is what led me to the LAC. My research focuses on the Mexican political system, particularly on the Presidential figure. I am the current President of the Oxford Latin American Society, where we promote the cultural and political diversity of our region.  My free time activities include reading and discussing Mexican politics, as well as cycling around Oxford’s beautiful landscapes. 

Thomas Webb

I'm a Zimbabwean Brit who studied Spanish and Portuguese at Bristol. I spent the third year of my BA living between Bogotá and São Paulo and almost didn't come back. After graduating, I set aside a year to "find myself", but ended up working in London in Public Affairs and for a Member of Parliament. My research interests here at Oxford include Brazilian foreign policy and LGBTQ law in Brazil. Aside from all things Latin America, I split my time between playing rugby for Wadham Trinity RFC and stepping on toes in salsa bars.

Julian Valladares Urruela

The Guatemalan Peace Accords were signed when I was two years old, yet my upbringing was shaped by their shortcomings, which resulted in the continuation of violence, extreme poverty and racism. As a member of Guatemala’s initial post-conflict generation, I recognised a sense of duty towards aiding the consolidation of a long lasting culture of tolerance and peace. Therefore, I’ve always been attracted to the study of politics and economic development. Last year I completed my undergraduate degree in International Relations and Management at the University of St. Andrews. I decided to further my studies at the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford to obtain a holistic interpretation of the issues and challenges that Latin American countries have faced since their independence. I believe that studying the economic and political development of Latin American countries abroad is ideal to avoid the ideological polarisation that still dominates perspectives in some of these countries. The MSc in Latin American studies is perfect for Latin American students who have the desire to not only understand the region from a local perspective, but also through an international lens.

Daniel Cuty Ninahualpa (Year 2)

I’m an Ecuadorean who has always been curious about how ideas could shape concrete circumstances regarding human life. I currently have two strong interests that I want to explore further which are social movements and narratives. I have always found it fascinating how initiatives coming from the civil society can challenge or put limits on power dynamics coming either from the state or economic elites. I’m currently researching the Ecuadorean indigenous movement and how its composition has been transformed from neoliberal times towards the rise of pink tie governments. In terms of narratives, I film documentaries with the purpose of understanding specific social contexts through the personal experience of its characters.

Samuel Leon (Year 1)

I was born and raised in Mexico City. I am a graduate of Politics and Public Administration of the Universidad Iberoamericana. I have an extensive career in the public sector; I have worked in the Mexican federal government´s social security sector, as an advisor for the Mexican Senate on two occasions, in the tourism sector, and in the Federal Electricity Commission (Mexico´s former publicly-owned electricity monopoly). I have also had experience as a public security and energy analyst in Mexico´s non-governmental sector. In my free time, I love to run and practise boxing. I am a huge fan of cinema, modern art, a foodie and an avid concert goer. I am looking forward to doing my research on Mexico´s energy sector or the challenges the country is facing regarding public security, and I am deeply interested in how academic research can influence public policy.  

Adriana Unzueta

I was born and raised in Bolivia, and I moved to Peru when I was 14 years old. I majored in Business Administration at IE University in Spain and attended an exchange programme focused on development management at McGill University in Canada. After graduation, I started working at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC. During my time at the OAS, I realized that I wanted to delve deeper into the political and economic dynamics of Latin America and, therefore, I applied to the MSc in Latin American Studies. My research interests include poverty, informality and water issues in Bolivia. I truly aspire to become a professional with the necessary vision and skills to drive growth and boost economic development in my country. In my spare time, I love to play tennis, hang out with friends and drink coffee.  

Juliana Tappe Ortiz (Year 1)

I have a background in International Relations and Politics. In the past few years, I have worked as a researcher at different think tanks in Santiago de Chile, Medellín, Hamburg, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. My research focuses on comparative area studies concerning peace and conflict studies. In particular, I am interested in political leaders' individual impact on peace processes and the power of psychology in politics. In my free time I love going to the theatre and hiking in the mountains of Colombia and Germany.

Paola Bruni

My interest in Latin American history and politics is a personal one, as I grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. Having spent the last few years in London, I graduated with an LLB law degree, but maintained my connection to Latin America via legal internships in Venezuela and Brazil. I am keen to continue studying the region in an academic context, gaining insight into economic and political conflict drivers in my home country and others, as well as exploring complex issues such as transitional justice. In my free time I practise debating at the Oxford Union, and volunteer at the Innocence Project London.

Sebastian Cajias

I am a former Australian Award Scholar. I have a BA in Public Administration and a Master in Public Policy specialising in economic policy from the Australian National University. I am the current President of the Oxford Bolivian Society and Secretary of the Oxford Latin American Society. In my free time I enjoy rowing with the St. Antony's Boat Club and hanging out with friends in the cafeteria. I have lived and worked in Chile, Mexico and Bolivia, and have travelled extensively in Latin America, Europe and South East Asia. I have taught public policy issues to several audiences and have focused most of my work on educational issues, corruption, migration and democracy.

Johanna Andrango

I am from Quito, Ecuador. One of my main motivations in order to do a double major in Economics and International Relations was Latin American Development. Throughout my undergraduate programmes I worked as a research assistant for five years. I assisted with different projects ranging from economic experiments, analysing macroeconomic data, assisting the legislative observatory of the Ecuadorian Assembly, among others. With my training in political economy, I came to the LAC to deepen my understanding of the relationship between populism, economic growth and inequality within the region. During my free time, I enjoy dancing to Latin music, reading and photography.


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