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Mark and Lucy MacMillan Stitzer Graduate Program Fund

Current Recipients:

Alexandria Herrera

Alex is a dual Ph.D. Candidate in History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Herrera's research interests are deeply reflective of her experiences growing up in the Southwest borderlands. Herrera's interests broadly revolve around 20th-and 21st-Century Latin-American history and violence against women, state control of bodies, and medicine. Her dissertation investigates a long durée history, 1900 to 2012, of mandatory STI (focusing on Syphilis) testing on sex workers in Guatemala City. The project prioritizes sex worker agency and how they affected and were affected by public health policy. Herrera is also interested in how public health policies and forms of medicalized violence have historically targeted the Kaqchikel Maya community. Herrera is interested in training medical providers to recognize barriers to health care access are rooted in historical structures of inequality and violence for the Kaqchikel Maya and other marginalized communities. She is also interested in collective memory and post-memory—how cultural groups that have undergone violence tell their stories with the use of oral history.

Kenneth West

KJ was born and raised in San Diego, California. He is completing his first year at Penn State after arriving from Georgia. He was a mathematician until his junior year, when he decided to transition to history after a "History of Mathematics" course. His research focus is on environmental and intellectual history. He looks at the intersections of environment, science, and gender in post-colonial Latin America. This summer he is looking forward to finding more time to read and becoming more proficient in Spanish.