Anais Berland graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in International Relations with interdisciplinary honors in Ethics in Society. She was involved in student government representing the Class of 2012, completed a thesis entitled "Conditional Sovereignty: The Ethics of Responsibility to Protect," interned at the Legal Aid Society, and worked for the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Originally from New York City, Anais studied abroad in Madrid and worked with indigenous children in Guatemala. She is interested in human rights issues, and plans to pursue law school in the future.
I was born in Romania and grew up Los Angeles, but I am Latin American at heart! I first started learning Spanish by watching telenovelas when I was four years old, and haven’t stopped since! I absolutely love everything having to do with the Spanish language and the Latino culture. I have spent the past summers working in Argentina, Peru and Nicaragua on education and health-related issues, and have also studied abroad in Madrid. These have definitely been some of the most meaningful experiences in my life, and I can’t wait to be back in Latin America! I graduated from Stanford last June with a degree in Biology and Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and I plan on pursuing a career in international medicine. I am particularly interested in the main issues surrounding Latino and immigrant health, and I hope to solidify my knowledge of some of these factors in the coming year.
Born and raised in southern California, Austin considers it a privilege to be back living and studying in his home state. After graduating from the University of Southern California with degrees in Comparative Literature and Spanish, he taught English for a year in southern Spain then moved to the American Southwest to Tucson, AZ where he taught at a private middle school. He has lived in Argentina and throughout Spain and a few of his research interests include architecture, restoration ecology, upper Amazonian mestizo shamanism, critical legal theory in the Americas, and Deleuze & Guattari. Generally speaking, he can be found running, trying to improve his Portuguese, or sitting beneath his favorite cork tree playing guitar.
Her interest for Latin America, comes among other things, from her father's job at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has lived in different countries and had the opportunity to travel a lot, especially in Europe and in Latin America. Portuguese and Spanish are both her native languages since her parents are from Brazil and Spain. She spent most of her childhood in both countries, but later on, she moved to Uruguay with her family. There, she got in touch for the first time with the Hispanic part of South America, travelling to Argentina and Chile as well. Now she lives in Brazil where she graduated from the University of Brasilia with a Bachelor in Economics. In Brasilia, she was able to participate in some internships, all in the public sector. The most challenging and important was in the Advisory to the Brazilian Minister of Finance on Economic Affairs, where she really understood the importance of public policies for the future of the country. She expects that this Master in Latin American Studies will help her integrate her life experiences into the academic life. Moreover, she hopes it will allow her to better understand the rich diversity of this region.
A native of Iowa, Drew Foreman received her B.A. in Art from Yale University in 2010. In the summer of 2009, she was able to combine her background in art with her interest urban studies as she received a fellowship to work at an NGO and document visual culture and communal space in the favela Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro’s largest shantytown. This experience inspired her senior thesis show and left her wanting to know more about the interaction between cultural production and the reactive growth of informal communities in Latin America. After college, Drew interned at an architecture firm in New Orleans before making an inevitable return to Rio where she taught English and worked at the Brazilian Center for International Relations, one of Brazil’s leading think tanks. At Stanford she hopes to develop her interest in incremental growth models and identity building while enjoying the diverse expertise of her peers and professors. During her free time she loves to dance, eat spicy food, and make art with any materials she can find.
Elizabeth is a 2010 graduate of Elmhurst College where she received her BA in English and Spanish. During her undergraduate career she developed a passion for Latin American culture through a semester-long study abroad in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. There, she volunteered as a tutor for island residents learning English and discovered an interest in teaching English as a foreign language. In 2011, Elizabeth completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Panama City, Panama. She worked with high school, college and adult students at a variety of levels. As her side project, she partnered with Global Brigades on a grant proposal for the Piriatí Emberá community. The proposal was written to give Piriatí autonomy in fighting for the preservation of their native language, Emberá. At CLAS, Glass plans to continue her focus in language through work in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and Quechua.
Meg was born in London and has lived in Salisbury, England, for the past seventeen years. She studied History at Oxford for her undergraduate degree (2009-2012), where she developed her interest in Latin America by selecting courses such as Conquest and Colonization of Mexico and Peru. Meg has a particular interest in working and travelling in new environments abroad. She travelled to Latin America for the first time in 2007 for a Wilderness Expertise Expedition to Venezuela and returned in 2009 to spend nine months in Mexico and Cuba, teaching English. She is extremely excited to be beginning her MA at Stanford in the fall of 2012. Meg spends her time outside of study playing sport to a competitive college level, in particular lacrosse and soccer, and enjoys a wide range of music, theatre and film.
Alejandro is elated to be back at The Farm to build upon a unique foundation in global justice, and to delve into initiatives that bridge social entrepreneurship, technology, and philanthropy to address global challenges and promote more inclusive and comprehensive forms of governance. Born into a family of Italian immigrants in Argentina and raised in Central America, Alejandro graduated with distinction from Stanford and was an Erasmus Mundus Scholar in Scandinavia and South Africa. Professionally, he looks forward to continue working with inspiring teams of people devoted to the advancement of human rights and democratic dialogue. An explorer by nature, Alejandro has been around the globe, from the Bodleian Library to Angkor Wat, and feels fortunate to be stumped when asked, “Where are you from?”