Graduate Scholar Recipients

Christiaan De Beukelaer Victoria Stansky
Rafael Hernandez Emma Stone
Ross Van Horn Anna Virkama
Antonio Alejo Jaime

Graduate Scholar Winners

Christiaan De Beukelaer
Christiaan De Beukelaer (º1986) holds a BA in musicology (Universiteit van Amsterdam), an MA in cultural studies (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and is currently affiliated to the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies (University of Warwick) as a PhD student while pursuing an advanced MA in cultures and development (CADES, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) on an excellence scholarship awarded by the Roger Dillemans Fund. His primary research focus is on the correlation between the cultural and creative economy and ‘development’, thereby mainly looking at the conditions in developing countries.

Rafael Hernandez
I am PhD candidate in Rafael Hernandez is a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology in the Gevirtz Garduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research interests are in racial/ethnic identity development and internalized oppression among Latinas/os and other people of color in the United States and Brazil.

Ross Van Horn
Ross Van Horn was a Fulbright Fellow in 2010 in Brazil studying the impact of inclusionary development on rural organizations and communities. His research examined the participation of the Landless Workers Movement (Latin America’s largest social movement) in the country’s Agroenergy Plan (2006-2011)—a national strategy to bolster alternative fuel (biofuel) generation in agriculture and promote regional development with subsistence and small-scale farmers. He will be presenting “Renewable Energy and Social Inclusion: A Case Study of the Movimento Sem Terra and Mamona (Castor Bean) Production in Northeastern Brazil” at the 2011 Global Studies Conference in July.

Van Horn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bates College in 2008 with a concentration on comparative political science in Latin America. His senior thesis , “The Crisis of Corporatism: The Politics of Identity ‘Shifts’ and Indigenous Resurgence in Northeastern Brazil,” offered a political explanation for the character and rise of regional indigenous mobilization.

Van Horn has extensive field research and academic experience in Brazil. In addition to studying in Fortaleza in 2007, his Fulbright research project provided the opportunity to collaborate with GEPE(Grupo de Estudos e Pesquisas em Etnicidades) an undergraduate and graduate research group at the State University of Ceará. He has presented at research conferences in Brazil and Uruguay.

Ross will enroll in a dual degree program in Latin American Studies and Global Policy Studies this fall at the Lorenzo Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. His graduate studies will focus on the comparative study of Latin America and Brazil in the fields of Development and Social Policy.


Antonio Alejo Jaime
I am PhD candidate in Contemporaries Political Process (CPP) program at University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. I have an Advances Studies Diploma from University of Santiago de Compostela in CPP and a Master Degree in Political Sociology from Research Institute Dr. Mora. Mexico City. My B.A. (Licenciatura) is on Political Science and Public Administration in Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). I am focusing my interest research in few areas, but no only, like globalizations, transnationalism, collective action and civil societies in Americas. My recent publications are: (2011) The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its future. The role of American natives in the fight for natural resources. (Forthcoming) (Spanish); (2011) From invisibility to recognition in a migrant society, The native people in Argentina. (Forthcoming) (Spanish); (2010) Latin American civil societies and globalization process: Argentina and México. WP; (2010) Indigenous organizations and globalizations in the Americas: The case of Organización de Naciones y Pueblos Indígenas en Argentina; (2009) The Latin American civil societies and globalization process.

Victoria Stansky
Victoria Stansky is a Master’s student in Global & International Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests are on cultural resistance movements of the African Diaspora, with particular focus on the global spread of Afro-Brazilian culture. She has a Bachelor degree in International Business and Religious Studies from San Diego State University. She also teaches capoeira and performs in the Brazilian Cultural Arts Center in Santa Barbara, California.

Emma Stone
Emma Stone completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Spanish and Latin American Studies and Master of Arts in Spanish at the University of Auckland. She is currently working on a doctorate in sociology there, and has a deep interest in social movements, the social side of globalisation, contemporary religion and Brazilian society and culture. Her thesis will look at the role contemporary religion plays in Brazilian society, and the paper she will be presenting at the On Globalisation conference will focus on global spread of Brazilian religions, particularly the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

Anna Virkama
Anna Virkama holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and MSSc in Sociology. She is currently doing a joint degree PhD with University of Tampere in Finland and University of Paris VIII in France. Her ongoing PhD study analyses student migration from Morocco to France. Her research interests include North Africa, student mobility and transnationalism.