Javier Fernandez Galeano received his BA in history and his BA in anthropology by the Complutense University of Madrid. He won the Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura in both BAs. Likewise, he won the Premio Nacional de fin de Carrera in anthropology, awarded by the Spanish government. He spent one year in Warwick University as an Erasmus scholar. After that, he got a Fulbright scholarship to study his MA in Historical Studies at The New School, where he received the “Outstanding MA award.” He spent the summer of 2012 researching in Buenos Aires, thanks to a scholarship by the Janey Program in Latin American Studies. He is now a first year PhD student at the history department of Brown University, and he is interested in topics related to the history of sexuality in twentieth-century Argentina and Spain.  

Sandra Haley is a PhD candidate in the History Department.  She has a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston.   At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she earned an M.A. in Latin American history and graduate certificates in Advanced Feminist Studies and in Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino Studies.  Finally, she has an A.M. from Brown University in Latin American history.  Sandra has devoted free time to prison literacy projects, LGBTQ rights work, and as an instructor for street children at the Casa de Esperanza Infantil in Oaxaca.  Her dissertation project examines post-revolutionary social negotiations among working-class communities, economic elites, and the newly-consolidating Mexican state.  It is tentatively entitled, "Urban Pueblo: Gender, Work,and Ethnicity in Oaxaca, Mexico, 1920-1945."

Michele Mericle is a Ph.D. candidate in the History department. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in Latin American history from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in history from Brown University, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island. Her research centers on gender, conversos, and the Inquisition in colonial Mexico.  She is currently writing her dissertation, titled "Las Casas de las Rabinas: Gender and the Converso Home in New Spain, 1640-1649." 

Andre Pagliarini is a Brazilian-American Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History. His research interests are in modern Latin American history, with a focus on twentieth-century Brazil, the Cold War, and military dictatorships in the Southern Cone. Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, he has spent his life between Campinas, in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, and in Bethesda, Maryland. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Maryland at College Park in spring 2012.