Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Our Concentrators

Charlotte Posever is a senior from Amherst, Massachusetts, concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the History of Art. Between high school and college, Charlotte took a year off, traveling through Bolivia, Peru, and Central America, where her interest in the region developed. Her areas of focus include colonial Peruvian history, society and culture. Charlotte is particularly interested in how indigenous practices survived and were expressed in paintings, textiles, and other aspects of material culture produced in colonial Peru. Charlotte is the leader of the Department Undergraduate Group for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and has been a research assistant in the LACA department. She has also been involved in Brown’s chamber music ensembles, and is a Student Assistant at the John Carter Brown Library.

Louis Epstein is a junior 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 interned 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 I. Piche is a junior concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies + Science and Society. Growing up her parents would scold her if they caught Jazmin and her younger brother speaking only English, an action she is now 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. Her interests include women’s sexual rights, indigenous people’s rights, and learning 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 now part of the newly formed Central American United Students Association (CAUSA), a club that aims to bring more awareness about Central American issues and culture.

Camila Ruiz Segovia

Camila Ruiz Segovia is a senior 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 Garcia, better known as Casey, is a senior from Austin, Texas concentrating in Public Health and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She began taking courses in the Hispanic Studies department to improve her Spanish and learn more about her culture. She is interested in continuing to learn about healthcare and politics in Latin America. This past summer, she interned 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. 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 worked as a teaching assistant for the Hispanic Studies 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.  

Hugo Lucitante

Grace Mason-Brown

Sebastián Otero 

Querube Suarez-Werlein

Courtney Hoggard

Nicole Ubinas is a senior and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow from New York City concentrating in Africana Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her Dominican upbringing as well as her involvement in non-profits that support Dominican women have driven her academic interests in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. As a Mellon Mays fellow and LACA concentrator, she is currently writing a thesis that analyzes how the migratory experiences of women of Dominican descent have shaped their racial formation beyond complex definitions of dominicanidad. At Brown, she has been leader of the Brown University Latinx Council, co-organizer of the Latinx House, co-coordinator of the Third World Transition Program, and most recently, a CLACS fellow.

Maria Russo is a senior from Shepherdstown, West Virginia concentrating in Public Policy and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Maria has done a considerable amount of work around social policy and systemic reforms, and took a year off of school before coming to Brown to study equitable education throughout Peru and Ecuador. During her time at Brown, Maria has been the Co-Chair of Better World by Design and a HELIO Changemaker Fellow, allowing her to design and implement more inclusive systems. After spending last semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maria is pursuing a thesis on gender-based violence in Argentina, with a specific focus around policy change and the social movement: Ni Una Menos. Since returning to Providence, she has been working at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence as the Policy and Advocacy Intern in order to understand nonviolent solutions to local social issues.

Talia Rueschemeyer-Bailey is a senior from Amherst, Massachusetts, concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Political Science, on the International and Comparative track. In her first year at Brown a course on Latin American politics sparked her interest in Latin America, and she spent the following summer in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she lived in a homestay and volunteered at a center for children with parents who were in prison. This time made her interested in issues of public goods provision and perceptions of indigeneity, both by indigenous and non-indigenous people.  During her junior year, Talia studied abroad for a semester in Havana, Cuba, where she continued to work on her Spanish, attended the University of Havana, and took modern dance classes. She focuses on the intersections of politics, language, and culture, particularly as they relate to public goods provision, and she hopes that LACA, as an area studies concentration, will add depth to these foci. Outside of class, Talia works for a non-profit geared towards offering literacy opportunities to underserved communities, is a research assistant to a professor, and dances both ballet and for Brown Badmaash, a South Asian fusion dance group.