Consonants in Contact: An examination of the effects of Kichwa language contact on the Ecuadorian Spanish consonant system.

Un saludo from Cuenca, Ecuador! I’ve been researching dialectal variation and language contact here in thanks to a generous grant I received from CLACS. Cuenca is an absolutely stunning city, built on top of both Cañarí and Inca ruins after being colonized by the Spanish in in 1557. With rich indigenous history and pride, coupled … More Consonants in Contact: An examination of the effects of Kichwa language contact on the Ecuadorian Spanish consonant system.

Public policies and everyday urban lives. A perspective from children and adolescents’ experience

Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the last six weeks I have been conducting fieldwork in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After my first year as an MA student in the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, this trip represents an initial exploration that will contribute to my final Research Paper. It has been a great … More Public policies and everyday urban lives. A perspective from children and adolescents’ experience

Considering Violence as History in Colombia

In my three weeks in Colombia, I’ve met many people who are quick to defend against the notion that the country is intractably violent. They point to the stereotypical nature of the claim, as well as the recent peace agreement between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of … More Considering Violence as History in Colombia

Archival Exploration in Buenos Aires

Greetings from Buenos Aires! I am currently finishing six weeks of research in Buenos Aires where I came thanks to a CLACS’ grant. My research focuses on the social experience of conscription in Argentina during the first half of twentieth century. Mandatory military service was established in 1901 for every twenty-year-old men and abolished in … More Archival Exploration in Buenos Aires

Greetings from San José, Costa Rica!

I am in San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, conducting archival research for my dissertation proposal. My research project focuses on the creation of the Costa Rican Constitutional Court and how the rise of its accountability functions in the 1990s transformed the relationship between the citizenry and political power in Costa Rica. I argue that … More Greetings from San José, Costa Rica!

A Feasibility Study of Bachata Dance Festivals in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Bachata and The Boy on The Roof It was close to sundown as I boarded a bus leaving the capital of Santo Domingo to Boca Chica, a city just an hour East. It was a long day of interviewing some locals and international students on dance and culture with nothing to show for it. I … More A Feasibility Study of Bachata Dance Festivals in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Conservation management and soundscape analysis in the cloud forests of Ecuador

This summer of 2016, I am spending 6 weeks in the cloud forests of Ecuador. I am conducting research on the role of sound in residents’ ecological knowledge. Using methodologies from ethnography and soundscape ecology, my goals for this pilot research are to interview residents and set up passive acoustic recorders to monitor the variety … More Conservation management and soundscape analysis in the cloud forests of Ecuador