UGrow Fellows, 2015-2016

Ellen Davies (Modern Languages & Literatures)

Ellen Davies (Modern Languages & Literatures)UGrow Fellow in Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries

Ellen Davies is from Vienna, West Virginia and is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Modern Languages and Literatures department on the Spanish track. She received her B.A. from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina and has a Master’s degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ellen is currently a UGrow Fellow at the Special Collections Archive in Richter Library and her research interests include twentieth-century Spanish and Latin American literature, cultural studies, film studies, queer theory, feminist theory, and Brazilian women writers.

Jennifer Garcon (History)

Jennifer Garcon (History)UGrow Fellow in Museum Collections, HistoryMiami Museum

Jennifer Garcon is a Ph.D candidate in Caribbean and Latin American history, focusing on media and twentieth-century politics in Haiti. Her dissertation re-examines the demise of the Duvalier dictatorship by tracing a longer history of political unrest and discontent as expressed in the pages of newspapers, weekly journals, and in radio broadcasts. 

Koi K. James (International Studies)

Koi K. James (International Studies)UGrow Fellow in the Arts & Sciences Program for Internship-Related Experiences (ASPIRE)

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Koi completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Business here at the University of Miami. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the Program of International Studies, where her research focuses on international political economy, development, and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Raymond Leonard (English)

Raymond Leonard (English)UGrow Fellow in Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies

Raymond Leonard is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the English Department. He focuses on narratives of race and imperialism in the early American Atlantic. 

Bryant Scott (English)

Bryant Scott (English)UGrow Fellow in Communications and Social Media, Department of English

Bryant Scott is a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami. He is interested in critical and cultural theory, and his research looks at practices and representations of political, cultural, and economic resistance literature. 

Ruth Trego (English)

Ruth Trego (English)UGrow Fellow in Digital Humanities, University of Miami Libraries

Ruth Trego holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with an English concentration and worked as a high school/middle school English teacher for three years before coming to UM. She is now in her second year of graduate studies and is working toward an English Ph.D. with a concentration in 20th-Century Southern American literature. 

Becca Yahr (English)

Becca Yahr (English)UGrow Fellow in Professional Development, The Graduate School

 Becca Yahr is a PhD student in the Department of English. She received her BA in History and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2014), and her MA in English Literature from the University of Miami (2016). Her research currently focuses on Early Modern literatures, with specific interest in queer, gender, and affect theories.

Fély Catan

UGrow Fellow in the Office of Advancement, College of Arts & Sciences

Originally from France, Fély Catan is a PhD student in the Modern Languages and Literatures department in both the French and the Spanish tracks. Her research interests focus on the Caribbean. She has taught both French and Spanish.

Delia Pamela Fuentes Korban

UGrow Fellow in Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries

Delia Pamela Fuentes Korban is a PhD student at the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. Her research interests are in Latin American cultural production and history, focusing on urbanity and memory projects in Argentine underground and counter-expressions—music, community theater, cartoneras, literature, and film—during and after the 2001 economic crisis.

Adam Hauptfeld

UGrow Fellow in the Office of Communications, College of Arts & Sciences

Originally from Los Angeles, Adam Hauptfeld earned his BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Now earning his PhD in the Philosophy Department at Miami, his research focuses on the intersection of epistemology and philosophy of mind. 

Ashley M. Mateiro

UGrow Fellow in the Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries

Ashley M. Mateiro is a graduate student of African History at the University of Miami, working with Dr. Edmund Abaka. She received her BA in Political Science with a minor in International Relations (2006) and her MA in History (2010) from Florida International University. Her research interests include 20th-century African history with a focus on Lusophone studies. Focusing on Gulf Oil Corporation's operations in Cabinda, an enclave of Angola, Ashley's dissertation explores the dynamics of Western and Portuguese interests in African natural resources, particularly in Angola's decolonization struggle and the destabilization of southern Africa.

Brad Rittenhouse

UGrow Fellow in the Center for Computational Science

Brad Rittenhouse is a PhD candidate in the Department of English. His research looks at the proliferation of data in modern industrial capitalism and the strategies literary writers deploy to collect, organize, and encode this information.  

Jorge Arturo Smith Carbajal

UGrow Fellow in Professional Development, The Graduate School

Jorge Arturo Smith Carbajal is pursuing a PhD in International Studies, where he has been a Teaching and Research Assistant. His research fields of interest are international relations, comparative politics, international political economy, and political theory.