Graduate Students


Alejandra Franco

 Alejandra Franco earned her Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Latino and Latin American Studies and a B.A. of Political Science, as well as minor in Dance from the University of Southern California in 2019. She is a first generation university student, born and raised in the Eastern Coachella Valley in Southern California. Her past research focused on the culture of impunity and the value of bodies of color within political violence in 1968 Mexico during the Tlatelolco massacre, through multiple cross-cultural analyses delving into case studies of latino migrant labor in her hometown during and after the Bracero program, migrant labor camps in South Africa during and after apartheid, and the manifestation of violence through artistry in Post WWII Japan. As a researcher, she is interested in how violence materializes into spaces and in the form of corporal trauma, individual and collective memory and geographical spaces. seeks to give voice to stories often ignored and make her research available to communities like her own by translating it into Spanish. 

Yeongju Lee

Before coming to the US, Yeongju received B.A and M.A in Hispanic language and literature from Seoul National University, South Korea. Her research interests include Latinx Studies, race and ethnicity, globalization, transnational feminism, and decoloniality. She is especially interested in the fluidity of identity in the globalized world and how racialized and gendered subjects who are forced or willing to participate in globalization construct their identities while negotiating between local and global factors. Currently, Yeongju is working on Mexican American and Puerto Rican experiences of the Korean War and the Vietnam War and how these historical events during the Cold War reformulated their identities and political positions.
As a socially engaged scholar, Yeongju is developing an online project for trans Latinx visibility with local activists in Atlanta.

Daniela Hernandez

DanielaDaniela Hernández is a second year Ph.D student in Hispanic Studies. She earned a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies from Dartmouth College in 2015 and an M.A. in Spanish Literature, Language and Culture along with a Graduate Certificate in Linguistics from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018. Daniela is broadly interested in race, ethnicity, migration, and language in 21st century Latin/o America. In the summer of 2019, Daniela conducted fieldwork in Oaxaca, Mexico, funded by a research grant from the Luce Foundation, in which she explored how Mexican migrants, who had spent a decade or more in the United States, negotiated their identity through linguistic, cultural, and phenotypic signifiers after returning to their home state. Currently, Daniela is working on a research project that explores the racialization of Latinx communities in Atlanta, Georgia through ethnography and oral history. 

David Nichols

DavidNicholsDavid’s work revolves around the body in carceral spaces, specifically in migrant detention and under post 9/11 torture regimes, and U.S. involvement in the development and expansion of prisons and torture programs in contemporary and Cold War era Latin America. He is most interested in how U.S. imperialism and colonialism are inscribed on the bodies of those held -officially or unofficially- in its custody, and how those in custody resist or redefine that inscription. His work also addresses the tension between radical and carceral geographies in postmodern global political landscapes. He graduated with departmental honors from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese and a minor in Latinx Studies. 


Guilherme Von Streber

Guilherme Von Streber
Guilherme Von Streber earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. As an undergraduate, he focused his studies in Sociolinguistics and Foreign Language Methodologies. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Hispanic Studies at Emory University. His research interests are in language attitudes and the contact of Spanish and Portuguese in the border territories of South America. He is interested in knowing how linguistic practices and their cultural implications shape the identities of their speakers. Additionally, he also has a particular interest in Pedagogy and Foreign Language Teaching. Guilherme is originally from Poços de Caldas-Minas Gerais, Brazil. He lived in Paraguay for most of his life and moved to the United States in 2014. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Guaraní.

Victor Velazquez

 Víctor is originally from Ávila, Spain but his professional career has led him to live in different parts of the world. Vic earned his B.A. in English Studies from the University of Salamanca in 2016 where he was awarded a scholarship to study abroad at Universität Leipzig (Germany) in 2014-2015. He came to the United States in 2017 in order to complete his master in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University where he was not only granted with the charter department award for Excellence but he also served as a president of the chapter Eta Upsilon, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. In his M.A thesis: “The surrealistic triangle: common symbols in the works Lorca, Dalí and Buñuel” he explored the surrealist movement by creating connections between literature and visual art. Víctor is currently working on a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Hispanic Studies at Emory University. His research interests cover late 19th century and 20th century Iberian literature; gender, sexuality and national identity; historical memory and monuments. He is highly interested in analyzing the impact of the Spanish Civil war in Spain focusing on the“Ley memoria histórica” that is currently being debated in the Iberian peninsula with different political powers removing monuments and cultural artifacts that detail the regime of Franco.