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!
Chichi Anyoku is a Long Island native that is serving as the Business and Marketing Director of the Brown Political Review. As a double concentrator in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Economics, Chichi plans on pursuing a career in global trade with emerging markets. Her research interests include higher education reform in Brazil, and she hopes to visit Bahia in the near future.
Jordan Beard is a junior 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.
Michael Gale is a senior Latin American studies concentrator. His academic interests include Latin American politico-military relations, dependency theory economics and politics, and LGBTQ history, culture, and activism. He is also contemplating a concentration in Religious Studies. Michael spent the summer of 2012 working for the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM), a UNCHR-partnered NGO that conducts legal research and advocacy initiatives in the realm of LGBTI refugee law. His personal interests include US politics, theater, public transportation, and his two-year-old golden retriever.
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 will further this 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.
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.
Alexander Leblang came to Brown after graduating from Boston University Academy. His studies at Brown are mostly focused on the economic and political development of modern South America. When not studying, Alex enjoys traveling.
Cameron Parsons is the current Editor in Chief of the Brown Journal of World Affairs and the youngest to hold that position in the Journal's twenty year history. A member of the class of 2014, Cameron will graduate with a degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and plans on pursuing a degree in either public policy or law thereafter. In addition to his work with the Journal, Cameron if the Chief Editor and co-founder of the Brown Human Rights Report and an active member of the Brown Outing Club. Cameron is from Norwell, Massachusetts. His research interests include: Social enterprise as a tool for development; Multinational corporations and the state; international law; human trafficking; memory and identity formation in Argentina, Chile, and Brazil after dictatorship.
Margot Penney is a native Providence-er, and currently a senior at Brown. After high school she took a year off and worked on a ranch in southern Arizona, after which she did a year of college at Scripps College outside of LA before transferring to Brown. Her time spent outside of New England helped her discover her ever-expanding interest in Latin American cultures, languages, and issues of social injustice. When she's not studying she's at the barn, riding and practicing with the Brown Polo Team!
Annie Sholar is a senior double concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Development Studies. On campus, Annie is a part of Student Action for Conflict Awareness and Rainwater for Humanity; she will spend Summer 2013 with Rainwater for Humanity in Kerala, India. Annie's favorite spot on campus is West House, where she also co-ops. Annie grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, but has also spent one year in Southern California.
Tom Sullivan is a junior concentrator in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He has travelled to Panama and studied abroad in Tlaxcala, Mexico in high school. Tom plans to study abroad in Santiago, Chile this fall. As a photographer, drummer, beat-boxer, and lover of Spanish and Portuguese language, he enjoys combining his passions. While studying in Santiago, Tom wants to use photography and music to understand Chilean culture. He's from Glenside, Pennsylvania.