text: Master's Degree Program: Learn about the Elliott School's Latin American & Hemispheric Studies program


Andrés Varona, M.A Candidate.

Andrés is dual graduate of The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. In 2014, he completed--with cum    laude honors--a B.A in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. In May 2017, Andrés will finalize a M.A in International Development    Studies with a specialization in Sustainable Cities and Rural Development.  During his time at GWU, Andrés has received multiple    honorary grants for his academic work, including several in Brazil, where he conducted extensive field research on ecotourism and  conservation-oriented development in the State of Bahia. Currently, Andrés is a Program Officer at Partners of the Americas where he  manages community-based agricultural and food security initiatives across various countries in Latin A Colombian native, Andrés is fluent in Spanish, and has a professional proficiency in Portuguese.



Anabel Wosiak Teixeira, B.A Candidate. 

Anabel Teixeira is a senior at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is double majoring in International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies, and pursuing a double concentration in International Economics and International Development. Although she was born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and only moved back to the United States when she started attending GW in 2013. In the future, she hopes to work with US-Brazilian relations and with the improvement of Brazilian development levels. The Brazil Initiative has been extremely helpful throughout her college experience, by offering fascinating and informative speakers, by hosting interesting events, and by making themselves available in case Brazilian students need assistance with anything. 



Caio Lopes, B.A Candidate

Caio is currently a senior at the George Washington University, double majoring in Latin American Hemispheric Studies and International Affairs. He is currently serving as the president of the GW Brazilian Club and has been involved indirectly with the Brazil Initiative at the Elliott School of International Affairs since his freshman year. Being the son of two Brazilians, Caio has been fascinated by Brazil and has used his time at the Elliott School to study questions pertaining to the Brazilian political system and Brazilian society. The reputation of the Brazil Initiative has allowed him to fulfill internships at the Brazil Industries Coalition and with a Permanent Mission to the Organization of the American States. 



Michael Bentley, M.A Candidate

Michael Bentley is a second year graduate student at the George Washington University Elliott School of International affairs in pursuit of a master degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Economic Affairs.  Michael earned his bachelor degree in International Studies with a concentration in Diplomacy and International Organizations from the University of New Orleans. He lived and studied in Brazil for 11 months as an exchange student and more recently, he worked as an Intern at the Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia through the 2016 U.S. State Department Internship Program.
While completing his master degree program at the Elliott School, Michael Bentley worked as an Intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration - Brazil Desk and as an Intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration - Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis. Michael currently works as an Economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce - Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Rodrigo Rodriguez, B.A Candidate

Rodrigo is currently a senior at the George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs while pursuing a concentration in International Development and minoring in Business Administration. Born and raised in New York City to Brazilian parents, it was not until he moved to Rio de Janeiro with his family for high school that the fascination and appreciation for his heritage grew. Since his freshman year, Rodrigo has used his time at the Elliott School to take full advantage of all the panels, classes, and networking opportunities the Brazil Initiative and Latin American Hemispheric Studies Program in general have to offer. As Director of Campus Outreach for the GW Brazilian Club, Rodrigo has also enjoyed collaborating with the Brazil Initiative for numerous events and takes advantage of all the advice they give to students interested in Brazil.  


Sebastian Maag, B.A Candidate

Sebastian is an undergraduate student from Quito, Ecuador, interested in Latin American political economy. He has performed research on Brazil’s capital markets, trade policy, and the China-Brazil economic relation. The Brazil Initiative’s events and course opportunities have enabled Sebastian to explore these topics actively by connecting students to policymakers and influential voices in Brazilian affairs.





Thomas Andre-Alves de Lima, B.A Candidate

Thomas is a junior at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is majoring in International Affairs, concentrating in Latin America International Politics and minoring in Music. Born and raised in Porto Alegre, Brazil, he moved to DC to attend GW in 2014. In the future, he hopes to further his education in international law and work towards remediating inequality in his home country. He sees the Brazil Initiative as an incomparable resource not only for Brazilian students, but also those seeking to immerse themselves in Brazilian culture and take advantage of educational and professional development opportunities hosted by the program.