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

Student News: Adriana Linares and Ruth Matamoros

Tue, September 18, 2018
Student News: Adriana Linares and Ruth Matamoros
Ruth Matamoros (left) and Adriana Linares

LLILAS PhD Candidate Adriana Linares Receives NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award

LLILAS doctoral candidate Adriana Linares-Palma has received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award for her archaeological research in Guatemala.

Linares will study political geography and lineage organization of the Ixil Maya during the Postclassic period.Her project aims to understand the effect of socio-political conflict and migration in the Mesoamerican region upon people’s relationship to landscape, territory, and social identities in Ixil Postclassic communities.

“Through archaeological, archival, and ethnographic investigation, I will study the development of Ixil identity, focusing on the regional settlement patterns, architecture, and artifacts of the Ixil, in comparison to those of other Maya groups in the region,” Linares explains. She will lead a team of students from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala and Ixil University to conduct mapping of the archaeological sites under study as part of their professional development.

LLILAS Doctoral Student Ruth Matamoros Receives P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship

Ruth Matamoros, a LLILAS doctoral student, has received an International Peace Scholarship from P.E.O., an international women's organization with a primary focus on providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide. 

Matamoros is beginning her second year in the LLILAS doctoral program. Her research involves indigenous Miskitu people in Honduras and her native Nicaragua. Specifically, she says she is seeking “to understand their cultural vision regarding land and natural resources and the way colonization and subordination have had an influence in shaping those visions.”

The International Peace Scholarship will help cover Matamoros’s educational and living expenses while she devotes herself to her studies. In addition to being a student, Matamoros is the mother of two children—Noah, 9, and Ariadna, 4.

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