Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Our Concentrators

Charlotte Posever is a Junior from Amherst, Massachusetts concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Charlotte took a gap year traveling in Peru, Bolivia, and Central America. Her interest in the region grew as she explored local towns and markets, hiked, spent time with local families, and cooked traditional foods. Her particular areas of interest include indigenous rights, as well as the history and politics of Peru and Bolivia. A recent transfer from Bryn Mawr College, Charlotte plans to continue studying Spanish, Portuguese, and Pre-Columbian art at Brown. She is a cellist and a member of one of Brown’s chamber music ensembles. 

Louis Epstein is a sophomore concentrating in Development Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His mother's decision to migrate to the US from Bogotá, Colombia, led to his interest in Latin America. At Brown, he has focused on food security, human rights, and the broader US-Latin American relationship. He has worked for Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad and the City of Central Falls on issues of food insecurity. During summer 2017, he will be working as an intern at Innovations for Poverty Action's Manila office, analyzing the effectiveness of government development programs. He has taught ESOL classes to the local community through the Olneyville ESOL program as well as helped run the Food Recovery Network on campus. 

Jazmin Piche is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California double concentrating in Science & Society and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Jazmin has been exposed to Latin American people and culture since birth because her mother's family is from Guatemala and her father's is from El Salvador. Growing up her parents would scold her if they caught Jazmin and her younger brother speaking only English, an action she is grateful for. She also grew up listening to nothing but old romantic Spanish songs on the radio and the belief that Vicks Vaporub could cure anything. After a refreshing and insightful spring break her sophomore year she came to the Latin American & Caribbean Studies department to declare. With interest in Latin American politics and healthcare, she hopes to learn more about Central America and her family's roots. She hopes to study abroad in Latin America before she graduates. Outside of academics Jazmin is a member of Brown's Varsity Fencing Team, works with Christina Paxson as a Presidential Host, is Co-Coordinator of the Sidney Frank Scholars Association, and sometimes a guest speaker for the First Generation Students at Brown group to encourage local Providence children to also be the first in their family to graduate from college. Recently Jazmin joined the newly formed Central American United Students Association (CAUSA) in order to bring more awareness about Central American issues and culture.    

Camila Ruiz Segovia

Camila Ruiz Segovia is a junior from Mexico City double concentrating in Political Science and Latin American and Caribean Studies. Camila is a passionate advocate against the War on Drugs in her home country and in Latin America. She has spent a significant portion of her Brown career researching and documenting the devastating human cost of punitive drug policies in the region. During her freshman year, she helped organize and spoke at a Teach-in addressing the disappearance of the 43 Mexican students of Ayotzinapa. In the summer of 2015, Camila conducted research about forced disappearances and civil society in the Mexican state of Guerrero, as an assistant to Professor Janice Gallagher. During her sophomore year, she presented her findings at a conference in the Watson Institute. She served as a civil society representative at the 2016 United Nations Special Session on Drugs and as a policy intern at the Drug Policy Alliance in New York City. She is currently working on a thesis on the politics of militarization strategies in Mexico, under the supervision of Professor Peter Andreas. Besides her interest in the Drug War, Camila is generally interested in Latin American politics. She works as a student fellow for the Beyond the Sugar Curtain Project, a digital humanities project documenting Cuba-US relationships with Professor Jennifer Lambe. She is also a student assistant at the Brazil Initiative. Camila is an active member of the Brown community. She is part of the International Student Advisory Board and the Brown University Latinx Council. She worked as a senior staff writer for the Brown Political Review and is currently one of the Metro Editors for the College Hill Independent. Camila's work has been published in OpenDemocracy, NACLA, and the Huffington Post.

Amalia Perez

Amalia Pérez is a junior from Washington, D.C. concentrating in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with a thematic emphasis on local political economies. While her Dominican heritage was the visceral base that drew her to study the region, it was her experience working with and on behalf of Latino immigrant communities in her hometown of DC that motivated her decision to study how to protect and maximize opportunities for marginalized immigrant communities. She has sustained professional and extracurricular experience in the fields of international political economy, political journalism—being a part of the Brown Political Review and the Brown Journal of World Affairs—non-profit advocacy, bilingual translation (Spanish-English), and research, all of which are rooted in a passion for civil and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most recently, she spent 7 months living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina, conducting research for the Inter-American Development Bank about how to best deliver basic services to millions of Argentines; studying human rights law at the University of Buenos Aires Law School; and  spending three weeks with Hugo Lucitante and the Kofán in Dureno, Ecuador, with whom she founded and coordinates the Kofán-Brown Student Alliance. She will be working at the National Immigrant Justice Center this coming summer as a paralegal intern with their Detention Unit—offering legal representation and orientation to undocumented immigrants detained by ICE and/or DHS. 

Nicole Kim

Cassandra Garcia

Cassandra García, better known as Casey, is a junior from Austin, Texas concentrating in Public Health and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her interest in the concentration began through her Hispanic roots: her mother is Spanish and her father is of Mexican descent. She began taking courses in the Hispanic Studies department to improve her Spanish and learn more about her culture. She is also interested in continuing to learn about healthcare and politics in Latin America. Last summer, she interned at the White House in the Department of Presidential Correspondence where she read and assisted in responding to President Obama’s letters. This experience in D.C. during the presidential election sparked her interest in policy, social activism, and law. At Brown, Casey has volunteered as a Spanish medical interpreter at Rhode Island Hospital for a year, where she has assisted in translating conversations between health professionals and their non-English speaking patients and their families. She also works as a teaching assistant for the Hispanic Studies Department and as a student assistant at the Brown Human Resources Department. Additionally, Casey recently studied abroad in Vietnam, South Africa and Argentina for a semester in a program that compared the health systems and social and political issues of each country to one another and to the United States. This summer, she will be interning as a policy intern in San Antonio, Texas at the Mexican American Legal and Educational Fund, which advocates for the rights of Latinos across the country. 

Hugo Lucitante