Caylin Louis Moore

I was awarded a 2017 Rhodes Scholarship and I'm attending the University of Oxford to earn an MSc in Latin American Studies. I am a recent graduate of Texas Christian University, earning a degree in economics, with minors in mathematics and sociology. I was raised on the border between Compton and Carson, California. I overcame poverty, gang violence, and the incarceration of my father to distinguish myself as a standout high school and college football player and a dedicated student. I was a Division-One athlete in college Football for TCU, and was selected to the Fulbright Summer Institute to study the trans-Atlantic slave trade at the University of Bristol in 2014. The following year, I was chosen to attend the PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University. I am the founder and president of SPARK (Strong Players Are Reaching Kids), a youth outreach organization of student-athletes who encourage middle and high school youths to strive to attend college. I am also expanding influence as a community organiser with a venture I am starting called "Fades for Grades" to offer young black men in the inner-city free haircuts for bringing their reports to the barbershop. I also have previous experience as a reading teacher for middle school students as part of the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom schools reading-enrichment programme. I have signed with a major publisher to write my first auto-biographical book which will be published within the next year. 

I am newly married to a beautiful Paraguayan woman, Paola Moore (formerly Paola Miranda-Cardozo). My research interests involve Paraguay and issues related to education and wealth distribution. I am looking forward to combining my life experiences and training in Latin American studies to work in Public Policy in the United States in the near future. 

Gustavo Hirsch

I am a Brazilian lawyer with a specialisation in international relations. I am interested in Latin American politics, geopolitics, history, economy, sociology, music, and literature. I am currently focused on country risk analysis. Before coming to Oxford, I practised patent law and civil law in Rio de Janeiro; then studied international relations at IUPERJ, where I wrote a paper on the Brazilian foreign policy toward Africa. I also worked at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) as an international advisor in the Graduate Institute of Engineering (COPPE).

Nicolas Prados (Year 1)

I was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, before moving to the UK to do my undergraduate in History and Film Studies at Sussex University. It was when I was doing my dissertation in my final year that I turned towards Latin American history, and the revolutionary Caribbean in the 1950s in particular. After graduating I moved to Mexico City looking for work and a change of pace from peaceful Brighton. I worked as a journalist there for around 2 years, returning to the UK for a year in order to attend film school. I applied to the Latin American Centre to further explore the complex networks and relationships that bounded revolutionary exiles in the Caribbean during the 1940s and 50s. 

Finn Lowery

I completed my undergraduate studies in law, philosophy and French. My areas of interest in these disciplines included the settlement of historical grievances, the interplay between indigenous worldviews and mainstream legal systems, and the impact of counter-terrorism strategies on the criminal justice system.

I received a number of awards in these areas and gained experience at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and a large commercial law firm in New Zealand.

I am reading for the MSc in Latin American Studies with a view to broadening my skills and knowledge base. In particular, I hope to gain a working understanding of development economics . In addition, I have always been passionate about Latin America for its language and culture, and I hope to work there for a time. 

Yujing Wu

I was born and raised in Hangzhou, China. During my undergraduate studies in Spanish language and literature in Shanghai International Studies University, the exchange experience in UAG, Mexico for one year stimulated my affection for Latin America. Later, I got the chance to work in Chile as well as to travel around Easter Island and some Caribbean islands, and I was fascinated by the diversity of Latin America, which finally brought me to the LAC. My research focus will be the welfare system of Chile in relation to gender inequality. 

Natasha Fairweather

I am from the UK and spent the last three years in Oxford studying PPE at Pembroke College for my undergraduate degree. My area of interest is gender politics, in particular female social movements, and I am planning to write my extended essay on reproductive rights with a focus on abortion. In my free time you can find me training with the university boxing club or organising events for Atalanta’s, the society for elite sportswomen in Oxford. 

Daniel Barker Flores

I am currently a student at St Antony's College, undertaking the MSc Latin American Studies. While my background is principally in Latin American literature, I am eager to get a firm grounding in the social sciences so as to be able to contribute more authoritatively to the debates and scholarship surrounding contemporary Latin America, its development and its democratic institutions. In the long-term, I hope to apply my understanding in the world of policy. My independent research is currently focussed on populist governance in Latin America, the suppression of freedom of speech, and the debasing of truth as a means of undermining democracy. 

Andre Whitniel Blackburn

I hail from the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where I received all of my schooling. I hold a BA in Spanish and History (First Class Honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations, both of which were awarded from the University of the West Indies. I worked as an English-language assistant in Bogotá and Bucaramanga, Colombia for 2 years.  There, my passion for Latin American culture, history and people deepened. For the last 4 years, I had the privilege of working at the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Trinidad & Tobago as the executive assistant to the Ambassador. For my extended essay, I will attempt to unpack the dimensions of South-South cooperation, specifically between Latin America and Caribbean states. I intend on making the most of my time in Oxford, therefore, when I am not at the library, you can find me on a tennis court, in mindfulness classes, or with my friends having good laughs, conversation and wine. 

Latin American History Seminar: Roger Brew Memorial Seminar: Conflicto político y Constitución. La crisis de la primera república de Colombia, 1826-1832

Thursday, 18 January, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Maria Teresa Calderon, Doctora en Historia de la Universidad de París I-Panthéon Sorbonne. Fundadora y directora del Centro de Estudios en Historia de la Universidad Externado de Colombia. Fue investigadora asociada del Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos –IFEA-.

Speaker(s): 
Maria Teresa Calderón, Universidad Externado, Bogotá

Latin American History Seminar: The Botanist of the King: Pehr Löfling and the Royal Botanical Expedition of New Granada during the Eighteenth Century

Thursday, 8 March, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Manuel Lucena Giraldo is Research Scientist in the Spanish Council for Scientific Research and Professor of Humanities in IE Business School/IE University.

Speaker(s): 
Manuel Lucena Giraldo, Spanish National Research Council/IE University, Spain

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