Lisa Finelli is the Outreach Coordinator of the Center for Latin American Studies.  As Outreach Coordinator, Lisa leads our public engagement programs, organizing our K-16 teacher workshop series and summer institutes, strengthening our collaborations with Minority Serving Institutions and regional postsecondary institutions, and building partnerships with local cultural arts organizations.  Before joining CLAS, Lisa was a teacher in public schools in Colorado and Washington state.  She has worked with a variety of populations and specializes in teaching students learning English as a new language.

Tatiana McInnis is currently a PhD student in English at Vanderbilt University. She received her BA in English in 2012 from Florida International University. Her research interests include Caribbean Studies, Southern Studies, and 20th and 21st century literature; many of these interests are reflected in the presentation materials available elsewhere on this website. Beyond her academic research, she is concerned with racial equality, social justice, and access to education and invites conversations about her research, membership to the Zora Neale Hurston fan club, and pedagogy!

Ke Wang received a degree in 2016 from the International Education Policy and Management program at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Her research interests include comparative education, school choice, higher education access, higher education monitoring and evaluation, effectiveness of K-12 educational interventions, international exchange, and economic development in Asia-Pacific and Latin America. She received her BA in English from Nanjing University, China, with a concentration on Chaucer and Shakespeare. Beyond her academic interests, she is concerned with social equity and advocates for evidence-based initiatives to build people’s capacity.

Jamie Lee Marks is a previous Outreach Coordinator at Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology, a BA in Women’s Studies and Political Science, and a CELTA certification in language education from Cambridge. Her research interests include gender, race, and narrative, ethnography, and infrastructure in Latin America. She also works with Native American communities, building archives and working as a qualitative research consultant on casework for a wonderful applied anthropology consulting firm.

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