Education

In Progress

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History (Latin America)

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of History. Los Angeles, California.

Dissertation: “Central American Communists during the Rise of 20th Century Fascism, 1920-1960”

Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate Specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Digital Humanities Department. Los Angeles, California.

Capstone Project: “Archivo Geográfico de la Diáspora Salvadoreña Estadounidense

September 2020

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate in History (Latin America)

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of History. Los Angeles, California.

Prospectus: “Prohibido Olvidar: Revolutionary Movements in the Making of the Central American Working Class, 1920-1960”

June 2019

Master of Arts (MA) in History (Latin America)

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of History. Los Angeles, California.

MA Capstone Project: “Eternos Indocumentados: Central American Refugees in the U.S.

May 2013

Master of Arts (MA) in Documentary Film and History

Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communications & Maxwell School of Public Affairs. Syracuse, New York.

MA Documentary Thesis: “Children of the Diaspora: For Peace and Democracy

June 2012

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science (Theory) with Highest Honors; Minors in Latin American Studies & Labor and Workplace Studies; Honors in College of Letters and Sciences

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Political Science. Los Angeles, California.

Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science: “Since Farabundo Martí: An analysis of the challenges and revolutionary advances of Salvadoran youth in the student movement”

Summer 2011

Certificate Program on the Political and Socioeconomic Reality of El Salvador – Mellon Mays Fellow

National University of El Salvador, Department of Social Sciences and Law. San Salvador, El Salvador.

Summer 2010

Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program – Political Science Fellow

Columbia University, Department of Political Science. New York City, New York.

Fall 2009

Semester at Sea Study Abroad Program – Diversity Scholar 2009

Institute of Shipboard Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Charlottesville, Virginia.

June 2008                       

Otis Teens, Educators, and Mentors (OTEAM) Program – Senior Graduate in Digital Media

Otis College of Art & Design. Los Angeles, California.

High School with Highest Honors; Honors in History and Calculus

High Tech High – Los Angeles, California Distinguished School (2008). Los Angeles, California.

LANGUAGE STUDY

Summer 2020

Curso Introductorio a la Lengua Náhuat de El Salvador

Universidad Centroamericana “José Simón Cañas”. San Salvador, El Salvador.

Summer 2019

Advanced (Level 4) Nahuatl Language and Cultural Immersion Program

University of Utah, Center for Latin American Studies. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Winter 2019  

Advanced Nahuatl Language and Cultural Immersion Program

Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas, Mexico (IDIEZ). Zacatecas, Mexico.

Summer 2018 

Intermediate Nahuatl Language and Cultural Immersion Program

University of Utah, Center for Latin American Studies. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Summer 2009

Advanced Spanish & Latin American Literature Program

Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

LANGUAGE ABILITIES

English – Reading, writing and oral abilities: fluent.

Spanish – Reading, writing and oral abilities: fluent.

Nahuatl (Chicontepec, México) – Reading, writing, and oral abilities: modern (advanced); classical (intermediate).

Nahuát-Pipil (El Salvador) – Reading, writing, and oral abilities: modern (beginning).

Portuguese (Brazil) – Reading, writing, and oral abilities: beginning.

Russian – Reading, writing, and oral abilities: beginning.

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