Mr Carlos Gonzalez Sierra (2015)
Originally from the Dominican Republic, but raised in the United States, I am a passionate DREAMer, activist and scholar deeply committed to eliminating poverty in the Americas. My interest in politics and migration led me to major in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Latino Studies at Amherst College. After graduation, I spent a year organizing and engaging voters in immigrant and low-income communities in Chicago, IL and working as a legislative assistant in the Office of Congressman Michael Honda in Washington, DC. Through my academic coursework and civic engagement work, I became interested in studying the links between social inequality, political participation and representative governance. I am particularly interested in studying the implications of politically empowered diasporas for Latin American democracies. My undergraduate thesis detailed the prevalence of electoral clientelism, the exchange of goods and services for political support, by Dominican expatriates participating in Dominican national politics within the United States. At Cambridge, I will pursue an MPhil in Latin American Studies, which will allow me to continue my research on transnational political participation and learn about the root causes of inequality in the region. My long-term goal is to eradicate poverty in the Americas by increasing government accountability and implementing more humane social policies. The knowledge I will gain at Cambridge will inform the policies I would advocate for in the future as I strive to create opportunities for marginalized people in the region.