Students of Latin American Studies at Colby College have a diverse range of interests and pursuits that reflect the
interdisciplinary nature of the program. LAS majors have studied throughout the region, and many will go on to pursue careers and research opportunities within the field.
Sophie Bartels ’17
Sophie is from Hanover, New Hampshire and is double majoring in Latin American Studies and Global Studies. Her interest in the region began after taking an introductory history course on Latin America during her freshman fall. During her time at Colby studied abroad for the semester in Santiago, Chile. She is specifically interested in social activism and education systems in Latin America. In her senior year Sophie is writing a Latin American Studies honors thesis about abortion and government regulation as they relate to women’s health issues in Chile. On campus, Sophie is a member of the crew team and the student Oak Committee.
Lina Makino ’17
Lina is from Boston, Massachusetts and is majoring in Latin American Studies and minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is a current senior and spent the last year studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her interest in Latin America began when she spent seven weeks in rural Nicaragua, working with a small community to help build roads and worked with Oxfam America in the years following to support women in Guatemala with their small businesses. She is specifically interested in women’s rights and domestic violence issues within the Latin American region and how it relates to the ideas of machismo deeply ingrained within may of its countries. On campus, Lina is a member of the cross-country and track teams and is a research assistant for the anthropology department.
Greg Morano ‘17
Greg from Westfield, New Jersey and is a senior double major in Latin American Studies and Government. He is currently writing a Latin American Studies honors thesis about corruption and judicial institutions in Guatemala. While at Colby his academic focus has been on democratic quality and human rights as they relate to both U.S. foreign policy and Latin American domestic policy. During his sophomore year Greg used a Latin American Studies Walker Grant to conduct interviews with Guatemalan migrants and research how U.S. immigration policy affects forced returnees in Guatemala and in Plainfield, NJ with the Migrant Peacebuilding Project. During his junior year he studied abroad in both Buenos Aires, Argentina – where he interned with a women’s and migrant right’s NGO called AMUMRA – and Cochabamba, Bolivia. He has also interned at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) where he worked on citizen security, police and judicial reform, and monitoring U.S. aid to Central America from a human rights based perspective. On campus Greg is a member of the club soccer team and has worked in research assistant positions for the Latin American Studies program and the Government department.
Katrina von Hahn ’17
Katrina is from Toronto, Canada and is a member of the class of 2017. She is a Latin American Studies and Sociology double major and Anthropology minor and studied in Santiago, Chile in the spring of 2016 through the Washington University in St. Louis program at the Universidad Católica de Chile. After living in Latin America the first 12 years of her life, she decided to pursue the LAS major in order to learn the history of her birthplace and understand the cultures she was exposed to. On campus she is a tour guide, a COOT and Iced COOT leader, a member of the Oak Student Committee, and on the 2017 Class Council.
Clare Murray ’18
Clare is from Weston, Connecticut and is double majoring in Latin American Studies and Economics. Her interest in Latin American Studies drew from her family members’ rewarding experiences there. Last summer she studied abroad in Monteverde, Costa Rica where she volunteered with CASEM, a non-profit arts and craftsmanship cooperative of local women artisans. Currently she is studying abroad in the region. She is very interested in the economic development of Latin America as well as the ways in which the arts can assist in that. On campus, she is a Varsity Swimmer and the Community Service Chair of the Swim & Dive Team and a member of the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Museum’s Student Advisory Boards.