Juan J. Jiménez-Lizardi, 2019

I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and have been interested in cultural studies from an early stage as an undergraduate at Duke. Over the past four years, I have mostly worked with postcolonial and political-economic theory.  My involvement in the LSGS Certificate program exposed me to the works of many thinkers from multiple fields, all of whom attempt to grapple with what it means to be Latin@ and with this concept’s political history. It is thanks to such an exposure that I decided to write an Honor’s Thesis on the history of ‘modernity’ in Puerto Rico, which I interrogate through the discourse of economic and social mobility.

After graduating and getting involved with summer projects, I expect to be working for some time at a publishing house. After this, I hope to attend graduate school and thus pursue my interest in political theory. I feel quite grateful for the attention and the wonderful opportunities the LSGS Certificate program has offered during my time at Duke, and hope to continue watching the program grow, as more and more students interest themselves in the valuable questions that LSGS students and faculty undertake.

Juan in the Thomas Room