María Alejandrina is a Ph.D. in Spanish student, and her field of study is Race and Ethnicity with a specific focus on Afro-descendants in Argentina, her home country. She believes that understanding why the concepts of race and ethnicity are perceived as foreign in Argentina, would be crucial for establishing public policies that can assist Argentine society in developing into a more democratic, inclusive, and racially aware community. Museums and public-school programs overlook the role of the slave trade and the contributions of Afro-descendants to cultural identity in Argentine and she perceives this lack of information as a challenge and an opportunity for her research to enrich the region’s history.

As a Kellogg Institute Doctoral Student Affiliate, she hopes to contribute with her expertise in archival work and effectively communicate research findings to the general public, in both English and Spanish.