Amy Risley is an Assistant Professor in the International Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and a CLACS alum. She graduated from CLACS in 1998 and focused her research on Latin American politics.
While at CLACS she received a Tinker Field Research Grant to do field research in Argentina, where she studied civil society and activism. She’s been interested in the topic ever since.
The good news is that Amy was recently offered a tenure track position at Rhodes College, so she’ll have the opportunity to continue the research she began at CLACS!
Amy was thrilled with her experience at CLACS, and says that the inclusion of Caribbean studies, in addition to South and Central American and Mexico, distinguishes CLACS from other Latin American studies programs. She also liked the interdisciplinary nature of the program and the access she had to faculty. “I took excellent courses from Jeff Goodwin, Christopher Mitchell, Marty Weinstein, Elisabeth Wood, and others. I found everyone to be remarkably accessible and encouraging,” she says. “And, of course, the endless opportunities of New York City. I was able to take a class at Columbia, intern at Trickle Up, and listen to so many fascinating speakers who were passing through. It was just wonderful,” Amy says.