Claudia Nancy Avellaneda - Dr. Claudia N. Avellaneda joined the School of Public and Environmental Affairs as an Associate Professor this year after serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Graduate Coordinator of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte. Dr. Avellaneda’s main research interests include comparative politics, public policy, and public management with a regional focus on Latin America. Specifically, she investigates the determinants of local governmental performance in Latin American municipalities. For her doctoral dissertation, which assessed the impact of mayors’ education and experience on social service delivery and public finance, she conducted personal interviews with 200 mayors from 12 Latin American countries. Currently, she is extending this line of research to 830 municipalities in Brazil, all the municipalities (1,100) in Colombia, and most of the municipalities in El Salvador and Honduras. Dr. Avellaneda’s research has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, and Journal of Management Studies. She received her MA (2002) and Ph.D. (2007), both in political science, from Texas A&M University, where she obtained the 2007 Bryan D. Jones Award, which is presented to the outstanding graduate student in Political Science at Texas A&M University.
Madeline Makielski - Madeline Makielski earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish from Indiana University in July 2013 with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a minor in Public Health. As a CLACS student, she was encouraged by CLACS to study abroad in Santiago de Chile, where she studied the father’s role in the birthing process in the alternative birthing unit of Hóspital Sótero del Río. She later went on to study Amazonian Ethnography, Peruvian Archaeology and Spanish Literature in Lima, Peru. Upon returning to the United States on the brink of finishing her undergraduate studies, Madeline explored working with Latinos closer to home. She now works as the Health Programs Coordinator at El Centro Comunal Latino in Bloomington, Indiana.” She indicates that today she remains incredibly grateful for the academic and cultural formation she received from CLACS which has proven to be tremendously beneficial in her daily interactions with those she serves.