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Faculty Spotlight

Andrés Guzmán - Ricardo Andrés Guzmán (Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2013) is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with a specialization in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture. He is currently working on a book manuscript which draws on contemporary philosophy to rethink ideas of citizenship and nation in contexts ranging from the French and American revolutions, Cold War denationalization and deportation campaigns in the U.S., Chicano nationalism and the legal construction of Chicano identity, and mass incarceration and the criminalization of immigration. His doctoral research was aided by several awards including a Mellon Summer Dissertation Fellowship in 2012 and a tuition scholarship to attend the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University during the summer of 2010. In 2013 he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Outstanding Graduate Associate in Teaching Award from the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. He recently authored "From Highways to High-Rises: The Urbanization of Capital, Consciousness and Labor Struggle in Ken Loach's Bread and Roses," which was published in the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 16 (2012): 101-118.

Alumni Spotlight

Ashleigh D. Klingman de Sarigu - Ashleigh earned a MPA-MA in Sustainable Development, International Affairs and Latin America Area Studies from Indiana University in August 2010. Having completed a Fulbright in 2006 on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, she returned during her masters studies to analyze public policy for sustainable development in the islands with a focus on community education. She wrote her graduate thesis for CLACS on education for sustainable development in the islands, a document that is currently under consideration for publication. After graduating from IU, she worked with Chemonics International Inc., a contractor to USAID in Washington, DC in their contracts and Latin America departments to gain practical project management skills that she currently applies daily as the public participation coordinator and socio-cultural projects analyst for the regional government of Galapagos. Her self-selected MA coursework with CLACS helped her to deepen her regional knowledge, analyze education policy in Latin America and develop language skills in Quichua, an important means of communication with the marginalized indigenous community in the islands. In the spirit of her Fulbright and Master's thesis work, she continues to actively explore participatory planning methods for sustainable development in the islands, with a focus on youth leadership and intercultural exchange.