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Certificates awarded by DRCLAS

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The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) has awarded nearly 20 certificates in Latin American Studies in 2009.Undergraduates from multiple academic departments and doctoral students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences received certificates. To be eligible, students must complete an approved course of study as a part of their work toward the A.B. or Ph.D. degree. Students must also write a senior thesis or dissertation on a Latin American topic.

The 2009 DRCLAS certificate winners, including their field of study and thesis/dissertation title, are as follows:

Martin Liby Alonso, social studies, “Stuck in the Center: Understanding the Socialist Party in Post-Pinochet Chile”

Vinita Andrapalliyal, social studies, “Maoist Recruitment? The Role of Ethnicity in the Sendero Luminoso of Peru and the Naxalites of India”

Javier Castro, social studies, “The Politics of Radical Democracy: Hegemony and Resistance in Chiapas”

Clotilde A. Dedecker, history and literature, “Cinematic Tourism: Walt Disney’s ‘Saludos Amigos’ and ‘The Three Caballeros’ and the Soft Imperial Travel Narrative”

Carmem Domingues, economics, “Bolsa Familia: Is Lula’s Program Helping Improve School Enrollment in Brazil?”

Alex Fattal, anthropology, “War in the Age of Digital Dissemination: A Weird Media Event’s Prognostic Recombinations”

Kayla A. Feld, government, “AIDS and Regulations: The Convergence of Public Health and Human Rights”

James Garmendia, government, “Rethinking the Method of Classifying Nations: Debunking the Mythical Homeland”

Kimberly Hagan, history and literature, “From the Tiny Beetle to the Transnational: Considerations of Space in Zapatista Literature”

Paul Katz, history and literature, “The Politics of ‘Percepticide’: The Struggle for Institutional Accountability and Human Rights in the Argentine Jewish Community, 1976-2009”

Evan Kornbluh, history, “On the Margins of Nations: Chinese Factional Conflict and the Mexican State, 1911-1931”

Laura Lacombe, anthropology, “Constructing the Boundaries of an Empire: Teotihuacan’s Talud-tablero Facades and Their Presence in the Maya Lowlands”

Ariadne Christine Medler, social studies, “Agency and Constraint: Counterinsurgency Strategy and International Influence in Guatemala, 1978-1983”

Ana Inés Mendy, history, “The Origins of Dominican Anti-Haitianismo: The Effects of the Haitian Revolution on Dominican National Identity (1791-1801)”

Gladisley Sanchez, government, “Venezuela-Cuba Relations Since 1999: A Multidisciplinary Analysis”

John Sheffield, social studies, “The Anatomy of the Iron Fist: Police Violence in Democratic Latin America, 1985-2009”

Adam Roth Singerman, special concentrations, “The Influence of Spanish on the Numeral System of Tz’utujil Maya”

Megan Srinivas, anthropology, “Evolution and Malaria: A Battle for Survival”