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Paul Merchant has been the Editor-in-Chief of Pulsamerica since March 2013. He recently spent a year in Buenos Aires as part of his undergraduate degree, writing a dissertation on Julio Cortázar and the cinema. He is now in the final year of his BA in Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge, and enjoys photography, poetry and singing in spare moments.
Mark Keller is a sub editor for Pulsamerica, and has been with the blog since June 2011. Previously he contributed posts on the Caribbean, Cuba, and Argentina. Mark completed an MSc in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford in 2011, and currently works as Deputy Editor at the Latin Trade Group. He has also worked with the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and contributed to Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press.
Mercedes Galíndez is Pulsamérica’s writer for Uruguay. Originally from Buenos Aires, she moved to England in 2010 after graduating in History and Literature from Di Tella University. In 2012 she completed an MPhil in Latin American Studies at Cambridge University as a Gates Scholar. Currently, she is based in London working as a web researcher for Arachnys Information Services Ltd. Mercedes’ interests lie in Inter-American history and transnational journalism.
Maria Luiza Gatto covers social and cultural issues in Brazil. She is a native of Salvador, Brazil, and currently lives in the UK, where she is a doctoral candidate in politics at the University of Oxford. Maria Luiza holds a BA (hons) from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MSc in Politics Research from Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. Maria Luiza’s interests lie in Latin American politics, women’s political representation, and public policies for women.
Rebeca Fernández is Pulsamérica’s Venezuela correspondent. In 2011 she obtained a Master in International Relations at IE University in Madrid, Spain. Since 2005 she has been covering politics and the economy for several media outlets in Caracas, including daily newspaper El Universal. Currently she works as a writer for a Colombian PR office and spends her free time collaborating for two websites dedicated to the discussion of international affairs.
Amelia Josephson is Pulsamérica’s writer for Chile. Originally from Alaska, she became interested in Latin American during a trip to El Salvador in 2003 and graduated in History and Hispanic Studies from Columbia University in 2011 after spending a semester at University of Buenos Aires. She is currently pursuing the MPhil in Latin American Studies at Oxford, where her thesis will be about the Chaco Peace Conference.
Lucy Bollington covers Mexico for Pulsamérica. After graduating from the University of Warwick with a BA (hons) in the History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas, she completed an MPhil degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she wrote a thesis on Mexican-American fiction. Her current research focuses on contemporary Latin American literature and she is also interested in the economic and political climate of Mexico and other regions in Latin America.
Cindy Woods is Pulsamérica’s Human Rights correspondent. A native Texan, she graduated summa cum laude in International Security Studies and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma, after spending a semester at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Cindy went on to complete the MPhil in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her studies revolve around indigenous rights, specifically at the intersection of environmental law and corporate social responsibility. Cindy is currently pursuing her JD at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Chris Carter covers Latin American economics for Pulsamérica. He received his undergraduate degree in political science and history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He then completed an MPhil in Latin American Studies at Cambridge University where he specialised in Economics. He is currently working as an English instructor in San Jose, Costa Rica. Next year, he will begin a PhD in Political Science with a focus on Latin America.
Adam Fry writes features on environmental issues for Pulsamerica. He graduated in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies from Newcastle University in 2012, and spent a year abroad teaching English in La Paz, Mexico. He currently works in Mexico as Education Officer for The Clipperton Project, an international initiative aiming to break down the traditional barriers between arts and science, encouraging people to become more active participants in their own lives. He is interested in the fascinating dynamic between the US and Mexico, and how the current violence is affecting the social and economic fabric of the country.
Helena Powell covers Sino-Latin American relations for Pulsamérica. She has a BA in History and an MSc in Latin American Studies fromSomerville College, Oxford. Visits to Mexico and Brazil as a teenager first sparked her interest in Latin America and she has recently returned from Bolivia, where she spent the summer working with a local NGO on a building site in Cochabamba. Helena is particularly fascinated by Latin America’s role as an emerging market and the way in which it is forging an international identity, both as individual countries and as a region.
Ellen Jones covers arts and culture for Pulsamérica. She studied English and Spanish at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and now works in London in the books department of United Agents. She has lived in Buenos Aires, and more recently Santiago de Chile, where she worked variously as a journalist and a freelance translator. Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, in both Europe and Latin America.
Silvia Rothlisberger covers indigenous issues for Pulsamerica. She holds a law degree from Colombia and a Master’s degree in International Journalism from City University London. Her focus as a journalist is to highlight human rights abuses and environmental issues.
Adrienne Benassy is Pulsamérica’s writer for Argentina. Originally from Paris, she has always been interested in Latin-America and developed further interest in Argentina after spending a year at the Universidad Católica in Buenos Aires in 2010. She holds a degree in Political Sciences, International Relations and Economics from Sciences Po Paris and is currently working as a journalist in London. Next semester she will be heading to the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil, before she goes back to Sciences Po Paris to finish her Master in Public Affairs.
Ben Darlington is a co-founder of Pulsamérica. Following studies at Warwick, the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Cambridge he now works in media. An experienced translator, his bi-lingual edition of Cecilia Maugeri’s visitante has been published.
Stephen Eisenhammer is a co-founder of Pulsamérica. He was previously editor of the Cambridge student magazine ‘Vivid’, as well as the spoof newspaper, ‘the Paddlesworth Press’. Before returning to Cambridge to do an MPhil in Latin American Studies he also worked in South America as an editor for the language travel website Catch the Lingo, putting together destination guides to Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.
Andrés Arguello was the Editor-in-Chief of Pulsamerica from December 2011 to March 2013. He was raised in Nicaragua and currently lives in Panamá. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in History and Literature, and from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Latin American Studies. He currently works as a speechwriter for a presidential candidate in Panamá.
Rose Stokes was Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Pulsamerica for 2012 and covered Paraguay and US/Latin American bilateral relations for Pulsamérica. She moved to Asunción, Paraguay, in 2010 where she spent a year teaching English and researching Paraguayan culture and politics. She then went on to complete an MPhil on her research at the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Latin American Studies. Her interests include Latin American visual cultures and literature as well as contemporary politics, indigenous rights and development issues.