Engaged Graduate Student Grants

Itineraries of Development: Emerging Networks across Palestine-Chile

Laura Menchaca’s project explores the social, political and economic relevance of the deepening relations between Palestinians in the West Bank and the sizable Palestinian Diaspora in Santiago de Chile. Her research is first and foremost an attempt to better understand the nature of South-South solidarity networks and the collaborative relationships they build by examining the partnerships that West Bank and Palestinian-Chilean institutions are cultivating in an effort to side-step Western development agendas perceived as inhibiting autonomy. Since starting the project, Menchaca has been collaborating with a Palestinian nongovernmental organization to build relationships with Palestinians in Latin America in support of Palestinian-led development.

The Team

  • Graduate student: Laura Menchaca, anthropology
  • Special committee chair: Sofia Villenas, Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Community partner: Palestinian non-governmental organization

In the News

JUNE 8, 2016
Menchaca Awarded Engaged Graduate Student Grant
College of Arts and Sciences website



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