I grew up in a small town outside of Athens, Georgia. I completed my B.A. in History and Spanish (with Honors, cum laude) from Georgia Southern University. Growing up in the South fostered a love of college sports, especially football. I’m a die hard Georgia Southern Eagles fan. I received my M.A. in History with an emphasis in Latin America at the University of Arizona. Currently, I’m working on my Ph.D. and advanced to candidacy in Fall 2016. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my cat, Isabella, working out, hiking, photography, and traveling.
My research interests stem from my experiences as a first-generation college graduate. I became interested in Latin America after taking courses in undergrad. A Spanish department course on Southern Cone Culture led me to Chile. The professor recounted his life in Chile during the Pinochet years and piqued my curiosity. I came to the University of Arizona to work under the supervision of Professor Jadwiga Pieper Mooney, a Chilean history specialist. In my M.A. Thesis, I examined three student groups and their role in politics inside the space of the Universidad de Chile during the Pinochet regime.
During the 2016-17 academic year, I served as the Executive Vice President of the University of Arizona’s Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC).
My dissertation project expands on my thesis research. I examine Chilean student networks, their connection to political parties, and the continuity and change in mobilization from 1964-1990 (through the Frei, Allende, and Pinochet years). However, the geographical focus shifts from the Universidad de Chile to other universities in Santiago and in the peripheral cities of Valparaíso and Concepción.
I will spend the 2018 academic year in Chile on a Fulbright U.S. Study/Research Fellowship for Latin American History.