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Daniela Cortez – HISP Graduates its Latest PhD

At Texas A&M University’s recent doctoral hooding ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2021, the Department of Hispanic Studies hooded its most recent PhD. The latest graduate from the doctoral program in Hispanic Studies is Daniela Cortez.

HISP Graduates its Latest PhD

At Texas A&M University’s recent doctoral hooding ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2021, the Department of Hispanic Studies hooded its most recent PhD. The latest graduate from the doctoral program in Hispanic Studies is Daniela Cortez.

Author of Narrando con vos: Central American Voices in the United States, the now Dr. Cortez was accompanied at the hooding ceremony by her dissertation advisor, Dr. Richard Curry. Her graduate committee was composed of Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam and Dr. María Esther Quintana from the Department of Hispanic Studies, and Dr. Violet Johnson from the Department of History and the College of Liberal Arts.

The doctoral degree is, in fact, Daniela’s second Aggie degree. A double major in Psychology and Spanish, she graduated from Texas A&M with her undergraduate degree in 2006. After her BA, Daniela went on to complete an MA in Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston, where she was a research assistant on the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project headed by Dr. Nicolas Kanellos. Daniela returned to Aggieland to begin her doctoral studies in 2011. In her time in the Department, she worked as a research assistant for the Cervantes Project.

Photographed here with her family by husband Wladimir following the hooding ceremony, Daniela is the mother of three children and the daughter of proud parents originally from Nicaragua.