Alumni News

  • SPO alum Erik Maritz ’17 selected for Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

    Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020

    Erik Maritz ’17 has been selected to be an Assistant Language Teacher for the JET Program.

    Maritz was inspired to apply for the program following 27 months in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer focusing on Spanish literacy. “I wanted to keep living abroad and learning new languages in a completely different cultural context. I enjoy exploring new places, working with children, learning new languages, and expanding my horizons — JET seemed like a perfect way to combine these interests.”

  • The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas translated by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux '13 to be published

    Friday, Apr 24, 2020

    Machado's The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas translated by SPO alum Flora Thomson-DeVeaux '13 will be released on June 2, 2020 as part of the Penguin Classics series. 

    Flora defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled "Toward a New Translation of Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas” at Brown University in 2018 and is currently a professional translator and independent researcher in Rio de Janeiro. 

  • Alumni Profile: Jordan Salama '19

    Monday, Mar 23, 2020

    Jordan Salama is a Spanish and Portuguese (SPO) alum who graduated from Princeton in 2019. He is a writer, journalist, and producer who has written for The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Forward, Mongabay, ReVista: The Harvard Review of Latin America, and more.

    In his responses below, Salama shares some insights about his decision to concentrate in SPO and its impact on his professional life.

  • Alumni Profile: Kathryn Phipps ‘19

    Friday, Feb 28, 2020

    Kathryn Phipps is a Spanish and Portuguese (SPO) alumna who graduated from Princeton in 2019. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic and Portuguese studies at the University of Pennsylvania working on Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies.

    In her responses below, Phipps shares some insights about her decision to concentrate in SPO and its impact on her professional life.

  • Alumni Profile: Alexandra Ripp ’08

    Friday, Feb 14, 2020

    Alexandra Ripp is a Spanish and Portuguese (SPO) alumna who graduated from Princeton in 2008. Currently, she works as the director of Five College Dance, a collaboration of the dance departments and programs from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    In her responses below, Ripp shares some insights about her decision to concentrate in SPO and its impact on her career.

  • SPO alum Kyle Berlin '18 named Mitchell Scholar

    Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019

    The Mitchell Scholarships recognize outstanding academic distinction, leadership and service. The recipients will spend a year of graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The program is named in honor of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process.

  • SPO alum Max Grear ’18 to pursue Ph.D. in Anthropology at Columbia University

    Thursday, Apr 18, 2019

    Beginning in the fall, SPO alum Max Grear ’18 will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Columbia University, specializing in Sociocultural Anthropology. Grear plans to study media and performance in Cuba, with an emphasis on popular music, race, and sexualities. This stems from initial research that he conducted in Cuba for his senior thesis.

    Grear was awarded the Ricardo Piglia Best Senior Thesis Prize on Class Day 2018

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