Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Fulbright Awarded to LLILAS PhD Candidate Prisca Gayles

Mon, March 27, 2017
Fulbright Awarded to LLILAS PhD Candidate Prisca Gayles

Prisca Gayles, a LLILAS PhD candidate, has been awarded a Fulbright grant that will support her upcoming fieldwork in Argentina. Gayles’s dissertation project is an analysis of the experiences of the black social movement in Argentina.

“The grant will allow me to spend nine months in Argentina analyzing the Black community’s pursuit of cultural, civil, and social rights, as well as their efforts to overcome the myth that they do not exist,” said Gayles. “Two principal questions guide my research: How do activists navigate a history of erasure and the current diversity of Argentina’s transnational Black community to raise consciousness and increase participation? How do they mobilize tangible and intangible resources in a country with a history of political and economic instability?”

Gayles continues that she will answer these questions “with an empirically grounded study of the interactions between activists, scholars, state officials, and international human rights representatives who are involved in Argentina’s B​lack social movement.”

A native of Oakland, California, Gayles began the LLILAS PhD program in 2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s in political science with a portfolio in Latin American studies from the University of South Florida.

At LLILAS, Gayles has been an active member of ILASSA, the Latin American studies students’ association, serving as co-organizer of the 2016 ILASSA student conference, the longest-running student-organized academic conference in the United States. In early March, she presented a paper at the 37th annual ILASSA conference, titled “Black Women and the Struggle for Social Transformation in Argentina.” This April she will present a paper at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress in Lima, Peru.

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