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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 and lithic manufacture. 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; and she is now currently a project member of the Proyecto Arqueológico Yaxnohcah. Alyssa is currently attracted to the field of Public Archaeology and intends to explore further pursuits in this field once she has finished her master’s. 

Amy Rocha Larson

Graduate Student in Residence Amy Rocha Larson is currently an MA student in the Department of History at the University of Calgary. Prior to this she obtained a BA Humanities from Briercrest College. Her thesis analyzes indigenous responses to Christianity through analysis of early colonial Mexican religious documents. She is the recipient of the Beca de Excelencia del Gobierno de México para Extranjeros in support of this research. Her interests lie in Indigenous, pre-Columbian and colonial Latin American history.

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."

Ana Watson

Graduate Student in Residence Ana Watson is a PhD Candidate of Geography at the University of Calgary. Her doctoral research is focused on the political ecology of natural gas extraction in the Amazon where landscapes have been shaped by competing narratives of economic development and conservation. She is interested in understanding the roles of power and knowledge in defining environmental impacts and in influencing social acceptability of hydrocarbon operations across cultural worldviews in Latin America. She holds a master’s degree in Environment and Development at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru). Over the past ten years, she has been working on sustainability projects and indigenous communities, as well as promoting voluntary Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Action Plans for natural gas exploration in the tropical forest

Andrés Lalama Vargas

Past Visiting Fellow Andrés obtained a Bachelor's degree in history from Edmonton's Macewan University in 2015, and completed 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.

Berenice Cancino

Past Graduate Student in Residence Berenice is a Master's student in Transcultural Studies. She graduated from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education with a Bachelor in Communication Studies in 2011, and after that, she worked as a sessional instructor of written composition in that same university. Her research looks into the aesthetic of sound design and its implication on provoking empathy in films that portray postcolonial conflicts; the films she has chosen to analyze depict experiences of Latin America and North America. Her other interests include film post-production and sound design, through which she has been able to participate in a few independent Mexican film productions.

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.

David Barrios

Past Graduate Student in Residence David Barrios Giraldo studied history at the University of Antioquia (Medellín), an MA in Political Economy at Carleton University (Ottawa) and currently he is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Calgary. His doctoral research focuses on commemorations and the politics of history in Colombia between 1876 and 1936. David is a historian of modern Colombia. His interests lie in matters of collective memory, public history, and archives. He recently wrote the book Hacedores de Historia: 35 Años de propuestas de transformación social y política del Instituto Popular de Capacitación– IPC to be published in February 2018 by the IPC and the Unidad para la Atención y Reparación Integral a las Víctimas de Colombia (UARIV). This book is a result of collective reparation from the Colombian State for the years of political persecution and intimidation to the members of the IPC. David has published among other stuff “Memory, Globalization and Social Movements” in Narrativas de la Memoria. Aproximaciones desde el campo de los archivos y los lugares de la memoria (Peter Lang: 2017) and “Centinelas Pueblerinos y Campesinos en Guardia in Anuario de Historia Social y de la Cultura (2010).