Natalie Latteri's studies focus on the intimate and tendentious relations between Jews and Christians in Northern Europe during the high through late Middle Ages. After defending her dissertation prospectus in the spring of 2014, Natalie was named the IMS's Graduate Student Prizewinner for a paper she will present at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies in the Spring of 2015. She also secured the 2014 Best Student Paper Award from the Midwest Jewish Studies Association for a separate paper, which will be published in an upcoming edition of the academic journal Shofar. Natalie was also awarded a Student Research Grant in 2013 from the GPSA and a Research Grant from the HGSA in 2014 at UNM.
Ryan is a Truman Scholar and human rights activist. He has been awarded the Marshall Scholarship for graduate study at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Ryan is interested in peace and conflict processes. He has worked extensively in Burma and Thailand amidst civil war, sectarian violence, and forced migration. His research and reportage as an investigator, photographer, and filmmaker have been widely published by international news and humanitarian organizations.
Kristin Harrell's research uses digital methods to analyze representatives of monstrosity in literature and visual culture. Presently, she is designing and coding an online research database of medieval bestiary manuscripts and various interpretations of monstrous hybridity in the Middle Ages. External funding will allow her to augment the database as a resource for academics and scholars in various fields. Future projects include data visualizations of women and monstrosity through history and a collaboration on a website documenting the history of the Albuquerque airport.
Zoila Alvarez is the current President of the College of Education Graduate and Professional Student Association. Ms. Alvarez, along with undergraduate Cindy Nava, was selected from a national applicant pool this past summer to participate in the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Ms. Alvarez interacted closely with some of the original Freedom Riders from the 1960's, built collaborative partnerships with fellow civil rights leaders, interacted with the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and took part in commemoration activities hosted by the Governor of Virginia.
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