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Adriana Rincón Villegas

Visiting Fellow Adriana is a Doctoral Candidate in the Global Governance and Human Security PhD program at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies (University of Massachusetts Boston.) She holds a MA in Geography from University of Georgia (2015), and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (2009). In the summer of 2017, Adriana was recipient of the UMass Boston-SSRC Transdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Program award. Her research interests include critical approaches to transitional justice, peace, and gender studies in Colombia.  Drawing from critical peace studies and decolonial feminist literature, her dissertation research explores the gender assumptions, roles, and identities the legal notions of peace as a constitutional right (1991) and territorial peace (2016) create, share, privilege, and reproduce in Colombia. 

Alyssa Haggard

Past Graduate Student in Residence Alyssa is a master’s student in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at University of Calgary, with a regional focus on Latin America. Alyssa’s archaeological research concentrates on the examination of ancient Maya households. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Humboldt State University (2015), in California; and had been involved with several archaeological projects located in Belize, Poland, and northern California. Alyssa’s fascination with the ancient Maya derived from her engagement with the Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Archaeological Project in Belize, organized through Humboldt State University; and she is now currently a project member of the Proyecto Arqueológico Yaxnohcah. Her research interests include the investigation of early urban development, and the spatial examination of residential settlement patterns and study of household formations at Yaxnohcah, Campeche, Mexico. Alyssa is currently attracted to the field and theoretical aspects of household archaeology, however, this may change once she pursues her doctorate degree several years after completing her Masters. 

Ana Alejandra Duque Mata

Past Visiting Fellow Ana Alejandra is a graduate of the Bachelor of Communication Sciences program at the Autonomous University of Hidalgo State. Currently she is completing a Masters in Social Sciences, with CONACYT at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (ICSHU), Autonomous University of Hidalgo State. In 2008-2013 she lived in Montreal to study French. Her main area of research is gender and sexual diversity in relation to migration. She is currently working on her master's thesis titled "Homophobia- Transphobia in Mexico and the Alternative of Asylum in Immigration to Canada."

Andrés Lalama Vargas

Graduate Student in Residence Andrés obtained a Bachelor's degree in history from Edmonton's Macewan University in 2015, and is currently completing his M.A. in the Department of History at the University of Calgary,  researching the history of mainstream Ecuadorian discourses on the border conflict with Peru, 1941-1981, under the supervision of LARC fellow Dr. Amelia Kiddle. His research interests also include Latin American history, Mexican history, and memory studies. He has been the recipient of the Jason Lang scholarship, the Queen Elizabeth scholarship, and other scholarships and awards during his undergraduate and graduate studies. He has previous studies in clinical psychology from Ecuador.

Arturo Valencia Islas

Past Visiting Fellow Arturo studied BA in Economics and Masters in Government and Public Affairs at UNAM, as well as master's and doctorate in History from El Colegio de Mexico. Since 2002, he has taught at several Mexican universities besides working as head of cataloging at the National Photo Archive. His main field of study is the economic history of Mexico, with special emphasis on the twentieth century. He has written several articles and publications on the fiscal history, banking and transport in Mexico. He is currently professor of economic history at the ITESM campus Mexico City and the Faculty of Economics at the UNAM. Between January and June 2016, is a stay as a Visiting Fellow in the Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary, studying the relationship of the National Railways of Mexico and the Canadian National Railway between 1920 and 1940, while preparing his doctoral thesis which will be published by El Colegio de Mexico and the Ministry of Culture of the Mexican federal government.

Carlos García Palacios

Past Visiting Fellow Carlos García Palacios, profesor de la Universidad de Salamanca en España, tiene un doctorado en Relaciones Internacionales y un Master en Turismo. Actualmente es miembro de la Asociación Española de Expertos Científicos en Turismo (AECIT) y es miembro afiliado a la Organización Mundial del Turismo. Carlos fue profesor invitado en el Centro de Investigación para América Latina de la Universidad de Calgary , en donde profundizó su estudio comparativo entre las poblaciones indígenas y turismo en Latinoamérica y las comunidades aborígenes en Canadá.

Denisse Grandas Estepa

Past Visiting Fellow Denisse Grandas Estepa is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, Colombia. She has a masters in Development and International Aid from the University Complutense de Madrid and undergraduate degree in International Relations from University Jorge Tadeo lozano. Her main field of study is decentralized international cooperation for local development. As a visiting fellow at LARC, she is doing research about decentralized cooperation for peace-building in Colombia. Her case of study is the Province of Alberta.

Elizabeth Pando Burciaga

Past Graduate Student in Residence Elizabeth Pando is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Her studies are in the fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. Elizabeth obtained a M.A. (Interdisciplinary Studies) and a B.A. (Philosophy) at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research interests include policies on violence against women in Latin America, Mexico’s war on drugs and its gendered dimensions, as well as policies of transnational domestic and care work. Elizabeth is originally from Chihuahua, northern Mexico.

Fernanda Argolo

Past Visiting Fellow Fernanda Argolo has a BA in Social Communication, a Master's degree in Culture and Society and a Post-Graduate degree in Public Relations. She's currently working on her PhD dissertation about the gender issues in Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment in Brazil. Her research focuses on women in politics, media and gender stereotypes, and women's social recognition. She also works with social communication in public service, in the energy sector, and as a social communication analyst in the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency. Fernanda is a junior researcher in the Center of Multidisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society - CULT (UFBA). 

Fernando E. Villegas Rivera

Past Visiting Fellow Mi experiencia en el área de la investigación social, política y económica ha permitido contribuir con mi desarrollo personal en un mejor entendimiento de las problemáticas que aquejan a mi estado y país. A corto y mediano plazo, dichos conocimientos se traducirán en impactos positivos para la sociedad mexicana a través de investigaciones que permitan generar políticas públicas más eficientes y eficaces.

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