MA in Foreign Languages

Melanie Baca-Ortiz

Melanie Baca-Ortiz

Thomas R. Pickering Fellow in Foreign Affairs becomes a Patriot

Melanie Baca-Ortiz came to George Mason with a wide range of experiences – from holding internships at the Consulate of Honduras and the Association of American Residents Overseas to working as a visa specialist at the U.S. Department of State and paralegal specialist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow in Foreign Affairs, Melanie chose to pursue an M.A. in Foreign Languages in the Spanish concentration to deepen her knowledge of Latin American history and culture.

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Emily Ashe Hogge

Emily Ashe Hogge

Interested in Spanish within the United States

Emily's research interests are in the fields of sociolinguistics, education and language policy. She is committed to reconceptualizing Spanish as a domestic language in the United States.

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Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson

Studying the intersection among language, identity, and politics

Sarah is interested in the place of identity in the discussion of politics, and specifically how language frames these discussions. Her interest is largely influenced by constructivist theories that look at the role of agency in international relations. By using this lens, she seeks to emphasize the importance of understanding identity when analyzing domestic, and inherently international, relations.

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Frida Valero

Frida Valero

Advocating for first-generation immigrants' equal opportunities and stronger global institutions

Frida is a Dual MA in Spanish and Global Affairs and multilingual in Spanish, Korean and English. She is interested in the comparative linguistic study of Spanish and Korean and comparative Spanish- and Korean-language cultural studies. She also aims to increase students' interest in Spanish courses on George Mason's Songdo Campus!

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