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Alyssa Haggard

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."

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.

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.

Isabel Lara

Past Graduate Student in Residence Isabel Lara is an international PhD student in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures, having arrived in Calgary from Colombia in September 2012. She is currently writing a thesis on Francisca Josefa del Castillo y Guevara, a Colombian mystic writer from the seventeenth century. While in Colombia in June 2013, Ms Lara was able to consult the various manuscripts written by Castillo y Guevara, which are today housed in the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango in Bogotá. Her thesis analyzes the mystical language in this author's work using the thinking of two twentieth-century theoreticians: Michel de Certeau and Georges Bataille.

Jeanne Liendo

Past Graduate Student in Residence Jeanne Liendo is an MA student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Her primary subfield of study is comparative politics, with a focus on political economy, political ideology and social movements in Latin America. She has been awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant to support her research, namely the hydrocarbons sector performance in left-leaning governments of Bolivia and Venezuela. In the past 15 years, she has researched and writing on Venezuela’s energy policy and politics. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from Universidad Central Venezuela, from where she also graduated as Specialist in Policy and International Petroleum Trade. She also holds a Specialty in Management of the Natural Gas Business from Universidad Simón Bolívar.

Mariana Hipólito R. Mota

Past Graduate Student in Residence Mariana Hipólito R. Mota is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Calgary. In Brazil, she obtained a B.A. in Economics and a M.A in Political Science at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE). Mariana is currently working on her PhD dissertation on the creation of limits to presidential power in weakly institutionalized democracies through the case of Brazil. In 2014, she was at Universidade de Brasília (UnB) for a four-month research stay to do archival research for her dissertation and conduct interviews with policy makers, NGO leaders, and bureaucrats. She is especially interested in comparative politics, processes of democratization, Latin American politics (with an emphasis on Brazilian politics), and topics concerning the relationship between democracy and corruption.  

Ricardo Vernet

Graduate Student in Residence I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. I received a BA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s degree from McMaster University. My current project examines the factors that led to the failure of Haiti’s peasant-led democratization. The study develops a path-dependent approach that incorporates domestic and international structures to provide a clear picture of this phenomenon. My research interest is in comparative politics, democracy promotion, state failure, and Caribbean politics.

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