The selection committee for the CLAS graduate student summer research awards just announced award recipients for Spring '22. The committee, composed of Professors Kenneth Sebastian (LatCar/CJ), Tom Stephens (SpanPort), Carlos Fernandez (Director of the CLAC), and CLAS Director Aldo Lauria Santiago awarded nearly $17,000 in research awards, funded by SAS and by the CLAS's own funds.

Congratulations to the award recipients and thanks to the committee members for their work. Project reports will be published on our website and presented at a forum in the 2022-2023 academic year.


Name Project Title
Joshua Anthony, History Nahuatl annals to explore how elite kinship networks met the challenge of Spanish rule.
Kiran Baldeo, History Reconstructing the lives of orphaned children in the indentured labor system in South America.
Rosa Cordero, History Rural, Black, and working-class intimacies, kinship, and personhood during late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Puerto Rico.
Laura De Moya-Guerra, History The study of Chinese immigrants in Colombia 
Melissa Gasparotto, SCI How current and historical practices of linguists impact the development of Latin American language technologies.
Javier Gonzalez, History The contemporary practice of animal specimen collecting with origins in the late eighteenth century in Colombia.
Dalia Grinan, History How enslaved and free black Caribbean women mobilized knowledge to navigate the intersections of enslavement/freedoms(s), imperial powers, Atlantic crossings, and ever mutating ideas around race, color, and gender in the nineteenth century. 
Jennifer Markovits, SpanPort Understanding the main characteristics of Aymara as a heritage language to improve the current Aymara language programs in elementary and secondary education, and extending this work on the relationship between language and social justice beyond Chile
Emma Osle, Art History “Finding Las Madres: Maternity and Latinx Art:” Will analyze motherhood in the visual arts through a Latinx framework. 
Alan Palacios-Clas, Comp Lit Studying the Quechua language(s) and Andean cultures
Ariela Parisi, SpanPort Black Brazilian Cinema in relation to human rights in the works of film directors Adirley Queirós and Diego Paulino.
Ryan Pinchot, SpanPort How do filmmaking processes practiced by Amazonian Indigenous filmmaking collectives reflect, construct and transform assemblages of human/non-human