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Emma Fawcett

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I'm originally from Howell, New Jersey and I was born in England. I love to travel, and I've been interested in international studies for as long as I can remember! I taught English in Guatemala during a "gap year" after high school, and have been fascinated by Latin America and the Caribbean ever since.

Why I chose SIS

I chose SIS for several reasons: 1) the DC location and scholar-practitioner approach will prepare me for whatever career path I choose – private sector, policy, or academia; 2) the academic and financial support provided to doctoral students is particularly impressive, and 3) the large, prestigious SIS faculty enables me to marry my two core interests: international development and a regional focus on Latin America. SIS provides a supportive environment for PhD students to navigate the challenges of doctoral studies.

Previous Education

MS (2010), Nonprofit Management, The New School, New York, NY

BA (2009), Political Science and Spanish, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Previous Employment Experience

2014- present: Research Fellow, InterAmerican development Bank

2013- present: Counselor, AU Writing lab

Research Interests

Political economy of Latin America and the Caribbean; economic development and tourism in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, and Cuba



Curriculum Vitae

My Dissertation

Title: ?Santo Remedio? The Political Economy of Tourism and Development in the Carribean

Committee: Eric Hershberg (co-chair), Daniel Bernhofen (co-chair), Daniel Esser, and Eve Bratman

Selected Presentations

  • April 2014, Conference of Program in Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University, on "The Political Economy of Tourism and development in the Caribbean"
  • March 2014, Caribbean Without Borders Conference at University of Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR), on "The Political Economy of Tourism and Development"
  • March 2014, 21st International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies (Washington, DC), on "Resisting the Privatization of Education: Political Parties and Student Movements in Spain and Chile" with Prof. Cathy Schneider
  • November 2013, Latin American Studies Graduate Conference, University of Maryland, on "Possibilities for Bilateral Cooperation on Tourism: Haiti and the Dominican Republic"
  • May 2013, Latin American Conference Ireland, University College Dublin, on "Resisting the Privatization of Education: Students and Student Movements in Chile and Spain" with prof. Cathy Schneider

Select Awards & Honors

2014 Global Foundation for Democracy and Development/ FUNGLODE Research Fellowship

2014 AU Doctoral Student Research Award

2014 SIS Doctoral Summer Stipend

2013 Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant