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Genesis Lara

2015-2017 Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship Awardee

Genesis is a second-year student in Latin American history. Upon entering the program in Fall 2015, Genesis was awarded the prestigious Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship by the Office of Graduate Studies. Genesis's research focuses on the political and racial dimensions of the Dominican Republic in the build-up to the Dominican Revolutionary period (1961-1965). Her project traces the story of the Revolution through the voices of Dominicans on the island and within a Dominican exile network, both of which garnered international support. Furthermore, it tells the complicated story of the Dominican Republic trying to define a future in the aftermath of the thirty-one year dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, the looming presence of the United States in the Caribbean, and the formation of the Dominican diaspora.

In the short time that Genesis has been a part of our program, she has been awarded numerous fellowships, including the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California Fellowship, the CUNY Dominican Institute Fellowship, and the Tinker Foundation Summer Field Research Award. Currently, she is working on completing her second year research project entitled, "The Stakes of Caribbean Freedom: The Dominican Revolution and the Caribbean."