History

Thamyris Almeida is a PhD student in the History Department. Her research interests are Modern Latin American history, Afro-Diasporic Religions, and Political and Social Repression in 20th century Latin America. She received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 and an MA in 2015. Her MA thesis focused on a Maoist guerrilla movement headed by members of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) and their choice of Araguaia, a region at the border of Goiás and Pará, as the stage for a popular insurrection.  Though originally from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, her family immigrated to Massachusetts in 1998.

Javier Fernandez Galeano received his BA in history and his BA in anthropology by the Complutense University of Madrid. He won the Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura in both BAs. Likewise, he won the Premio Nacional de fin de Carrera in anthropology, awarded by the Spanish government. He spent one year in Warwick University as an Erasmus scholar. After that, he got a Fulbright scholarship to study his MA in Historical Studies at The New School, where he received the “Outstanding MA award.” He spent the summer of 2012 researching in Buenos Aires, thanks to a scholarship by the Janey Program in Latin American Studies. He is now a first year PhD student at the history department of Brown University, and he is interested in topics related to the history of sexuality in twentieth-century Argentina and Spain.  

Sandra Haley is a PhD candidate in the History Department.  She has a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston.   At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she earned an M.A. in Latin American history and graduate certificates in Advanced Feminist Studies and in Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino Studies.  Finally, she has an A.M. from Brown University in Latin American history.  Sandra has devoted free time to prison literacy projects, LGBTQ rights work, and as an instructor for street children at the Casa de Esperanza Infantil in Oaxaca.  Her dissertation project examines post-revolutionary social negotiations among working-class communities, economic elites, and the newly-consolidating Mexican state.  It is tentatively entitled, "Urban Pueblo: Gender, Work,and Ethnicity in Oaxaca, Mexico, 1920-1945."


Justina Hwang
is a PhD candidate in the History Department. She has a B.A. in History from the University of California, Irvine, with a focus on Latin American history and a M.A. in Latin American history from Brown University. Her research interests are modern Latin American History, the Cold War, Social Revolution, modern Taiwanese history, and Chinese Diaspora(s). Her dissertation project examines the Republic of China's international relations with South and Central America during the Cold War period.

Daniel McDonald is a PhD candidate in the History Department. He has a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as an A.M.  in Latin American History from Brown University. His research interests are in modern Latin American history, with focuses in twentieth-century Brazil, urban history, social movements, consumption, and democratization in South America. His MA thesis examined the the intersections of race and space in the construction of the planned city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais during Brazil’s Old Republic (1889-1930). His dissertation project examines the ways in which everyday citizens and civil society contested the political economy of the Brazilian state during Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985) and in the first decade of democracy.

Andre Pagliarini is a Brazilian-American Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History. His research interests are in modern Latin American history, with a focus on twentieth-century Brazil, the Cold War, and military dictatorships in the Southern Cone. Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, he has spent his life between Campinas, in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, and in Bethesda, Maryland. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Maryland at College Park in spring 2012.