Coming from San Juan, Puerto Rico, I completed my Bachelors degree at Bard College in 2022, joint-majoring in Political Studies and Russian and Eurasian Studies. After my first year I went to Bard’s Summer Language Program in Saint Petersburg, Russia for two months, where I was able to strengthen my Russian while immersing myself in the culture. Although the pandemic impacted my study abroad plans, I was able to attend the Central European University in Vienna, Austria for a semester in my third year, where I took masters classes in both the Politics and History departments.
While in Vienna I realized that my interests better aligned with History, specifically Russian and Soviet history. For my Bachelors dissertation I focused on Socialist thought during the turn of the century, specifically that of Vladimir I. Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg and how their theory might have been impacted by the Russian Revolution of 1905. I am also interested in the ideological influence the Soviet Union had on the emergence and development of Latin American Socialism, and the theoretical transformations that Socialist Thought had in Latin America starting at the early 20th century.
Now at Columbia and LSE I wish to further explore early Soviet thought, the theoretical connections between Soviet and Latin American Socialism, and how both sides might have been impacted through these connections. I also wish to explore the gap between the Socialist theory and the political practice of Socialist regimes.