Current Graduate Students

Paola Garcia


Paola graduated from Kennesaw State University in May 2014 with a B.S. in Anthropology. In 2014, she received the KSU University Scholar, Outstanding Senior Award in Anthropology and graduated summa cum laude. Her academic memberships include National Society of Collegiate Scholars since 2011 and Lambda Alpha, National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology, Epsilon Chapter of Georgia, since 2012.She has also a member of the Student Anthropology Club at KSU since 2012.

Paola’s research interests include sociopolitical aspects of Uruguay and its Carnival, transnational migration, diasporic identity, and Latin American decolonial philosophy. In 2013, she was mentored by Dr. Debarati Sen to present a paper titled Children of the Uruguayan Diaspora: Negotiating Identities of the South in the North at the Symposium of Student Scholars, Undergraduate Research, KSU. In 2014, Paola conducted original research titled Immigrants in Georgia: The Uruguayan Experience as part of an ongoing research project led by Dr. Kenneth Williamson titled New Challenges in Immigration: Impact of Recent State and Federal Policy on Immigrant Families in Georgia.

Prior to her undergraduate experience, Paola worked for twelve years in public and private sectors. She holds dual certification from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Oral Proficiency Interview, Superior English and Superior Spanish. She also speaks conversational Portuguese.

Areas of Interest

Uruguay, Murga, Transnational Migration, Diasporic Identity, Latin American Decolonial Philosophy, Ethnography