Please join the Center for Latin American Studies in congratulating this year's Tinker Field Research Grant recipients! These nine students, representing five academic departments, will have the opportunity to conduct pre-dissertation fieldwork in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere. In total, these students will travel to seven countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. 

The 2018 Award Recipients are:

  • Rachel Carbonara, Divinity 
    Assemblages of Spiritual Tourism in Cusco and the Urubamba Valley
  • Laura Colaneri, Romance Languages & Literatures 
    The Sinister Influences of the Spirits: Spiritism, the Occult, and the Political in Argentine Dictatorship and Post-Dictatorship Cultural Production
  • Isabela Fraga, Romance Languages & Literatures 
    Cuba & Brazil 
    Sick Minds, (Non-)Working Bodies: Illness and Slavery in Late-Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Cuba and Brazil
  • Daniela Gutierrez Flores, Romance Languages & Literatures 
    Street Food and Conventual Kitchens: Cooking, Eating and Identity in Colonial Peru
  • William McCollum, Anthropology 
    Historical Archaeology in Salamanca, Condesuyos Province, Peru
  • Jack Mensik, Latin American Studies 
    Looking to the Clouds: Rainwater Harvesting and Water Politics in Mexico City
  • Ámber Miranzo, Latin American Studies
    Can’t let it go: embodied temporalities among queer and trans Chilean communities
  • Kathryn Montemurro, Linguistics 
    The development of serial verbs in Nicaraguan Sign Language
  • Jorge Trinidad Espinoza, Latin American Studies 
    "Ser Cultos Para Ser Libres": Literacy Education, Brigadistas, and the Creation of Revolutionary Consciousness

The Tinker Foundation funds these awards in order to "provide budding scholars with a first-hand experience of their region of study, regardless of academic discipline." Students use these awards to conduct pre-dissertation or thesis research, to gain knowledge of language and culture, to familiarize themselves with research sources, and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in the field. 

Tinker Field Research Grant recipients have the opportunity to share their research experiences with the campus community upon their return from the field. For example, three grant recipients during the 2016-2017 academic year presented their work  during Field Notes, a roundtable for the discussion of the ins and outs of conducting field research in Latin America. Other students have gone on to present their work at conferences or graduate workshops. More information about past recipients of the Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Field Research Grant can be found here.

We are excited to hear about these students' experiences when they return from the field and wish them the best in their research!