First degree: Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
I grew up on the Mexican-American border where I lived, travelled and studied between two countries. From a very early age I became familiar with issues of the developing world and I knew I wanted to study these issues at large in the Latin American region. In college I pursued a multidisciplinary degree in economics, history, politics took opportunities to live and travel in England, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Smith, a women’s college in New England, shaped my scholarly perceptions and my current research interests.
At Oxford my MPhil thesis is based on state poverty alleviation programs that target women in Latin America. I will be researching how the ‘feminisation of poverty’ thesis is interpreted at the policy level and how it benefits (or detriments) female beneficiaries. This summer I will be doing fieldwork in Mexico D.F. to investigate Progresa/Oportunidades with a grant from the Santander group.