Meet Our Concentrators!
Each year, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies hosts a number of concentrators with a diverse and fascinating array of interests. These students are definitely poised to make important contributions to the field. Find out more about them from their biographies below!
Jordan Beard is a senior concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, these days he calls Boston home. He spent spring 2012 in Havana, Cuba studying race relations and the emergence of rap music as a platform fostering social and political activism on the island. He is interested in the intersection of new media, music, and politics across Latin America. Jordan spends his free time making films and listening to Brazilian music from the 60s.
Camisia Glasgow continues to call the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago home despite having moved at the age of five and having only lived on one of them. She comes to Brown from Decatur, GA – a city enclosed by Atlanta, and in her sophomore spring, she was awarded a Mellon Mays Fellowship. She spent the subsequent summer interning at El Instituto Argentino para la Igualdad, Diversidad e Integración, a human rights institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While in Buenos Aires, she began to research local understandings of blackness and black community organizing – inquiries she furthered last spring while studying at the University of Buenos Aires. As a dual concentrator in Ethnic Studies, Camisia is excited to use her scholarship as another plane for community engagement and to continue discovering applications for education in the realm of social justice. She continues to learn about alternate visions of education through her involvement in English for Action as an ESOL educator and volunteer coordinator. Outside of class, she likes to cook, photograph her creations and belly dance.
Shane Grannum is a senior from Virginia double concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and Public Policy. Drawn to CLACS by his passion for law, open government and civil rights, Shane is particularly interested in the mobilization of indigenous and minority interests in the South American polity; and comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. Writing his CLACS research paper on the mobilization of local indigenous political parties in Bolivia, Shane considers the movement to legitimize indigenous and minority political interests in Central and South America to be one of the greatest challenges facing both regions this century. Shane has become fluent in Spanish since taking advanced language coursework at Brown and spending a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain; and his parents hail from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago. After graduating from Brown in May 2015, Shane hopes to pursue a career in public interest law and social justice.
Aron Lesser has lived in the United States, Brazil, and Israel, and speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Hebrew. Aron received a Royce Fellowship to work on a travel guide to São Paulo, Brazil. It will focus on non-consumptive aspects in order to promote a new way of visiting cities: as a cultural journey. He plans to release the guide by the end of the year.
Tom Sullivan is a senior concentrator in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He has travelled to Panama and studied abroad in Tlaxcala, Mexico in high school and in Santiago, Chile last fall. As a photographer, drummer, beat-boxer, and lover of Spanish and Portuguese language, he enjoys combining his passions. While studying in Santiago, Tom developed a project using photography and music to understand Chilean culture. He's from Glenside, Pennsylvania.
Spencer Traver is a senior concentrator, drawn to Latin American and Caribbean Studies by his interest in both Hispanic and Portuguese Studies. Spencer became fluent in Spanish through several courses at Brown and a semester in Barcelona, Spain; upon returning, he has turned his focus to Portuguese and Brazil in particular. Spencer's Latin American and Caribbean Studies research paper seeks to analyze the relationship between economic and social policy as it developed in Latin America during the 20th century. A concentrator in Economics as well, Spencer hopes to use his regional knowledge to begin a career in Latin American Capital Markets upon graduation. Originally from Connecticut, Spencer is looking forward to traveling to Latin America this upcoming summer in order to gain firsthand exposure to the language and culture of the region.