Current Graduate Students

Binghamton ABD Students Committee Member

Natalia Triana-Angel is a Colombian Anthropologist and Historian, currently working on obtaining her PhD in Latin American History from Binghamton University. Her dissertation, entitled “Sounds of War: Salsa, City, and Conflict in the Cali Festival, 1968-1990” focuses on the role played by civil war dynamics in a popular music festival, examining how regional salsa sounds, venues and protagonists were deeply connected with a larger, ongoing panorama of national confrontation. She has also published her previous ethnographic work on virtual salsa collectors, unveiling an intricate geography of sonic consumption and production in Southwest Colombia.


Amanda Beardsley is a PhD candidate in Binghamton’s Art History department.  She is on a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and is currently finishing her dissertation, “Celestial Mechanics: Technologies of Salvation in Mormonism and Post-Enlightenment America.”


CV: Beardsley CV (1)


Screenshot 2014-05-27 21.33.35Born in Bogota, Colombia, maria (mp) chaves daza, immigrated to the United States in 1992. Miami, FL was her first home and where she began her undergraduate studies. maria moved to Chicago as a part of the National Exchange program in 2005 and made this her second home. She received her B. A. in Women’s Studies from the Northeastern Illinois University in 2009. While at NEIU she became a McNair Scholar. Since then she conferred her M.A. from SUNY-Binghamton’s Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture (PIC) Program in 2011. She recently became ABD and is working on her dissertation entitled  “Contact Zones: Telling to Live Undocumented Immigrant Testimonios.”  maria is a Clifford D. Clark Fellow. Her research interests include Theater and Theater of the Oppressed techniques and emerging critical pedegogies, Women of Color Feminisms, Critical Race Theory, Transnationalism, Testimonio and Decolonial Theory. In addition to her academic work, she is also a board member of Chicago based Sankofa Theater Company.


CV: MpChaves_CV_6_2016