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.
Jonathan Risner - Jonathan Risner joins the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at IU following a year-long position as a visiting assistant professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Jonathan's current research interests focus on contemporary Latin American and Latina/o horror cinema, and the points of convergence among film, architecture, and geography. His dissertation centered on Argentine horror cinema, modes of circulation, and filmic allegories of Argentinian and U.S. crises. This summer Jonathan intends to travel to Argentina to research new developments in resurgence of Argentine horror and genre cinema. In addition to an introductory course on literature written in Spanish, this semester he will teach an undergraduate course on Hispanic cinemas (Latin American, Spanish, and Latina/o). Jonathan has published various articles on horror cinema as well as one on notions of authenticity in mainstream and independent comics that feature Latina/o and queer characters. He earned a MA and PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.