Meet Our Staff


Ana-Sofia Alcaraz, Chief Editor

A second year in MALAS, she was born of Mexican parents, raised in California, and did her high school in Buenos Aires while also traveling extensively through the world. Her passions are traveling, learning about the world, drawing, and writing. Her interests in Latin America are varied, relating to the LGBT movement, women and indigenous’ rights, and cultures and traditions.

Andrea Arzaba, Founder and Editor

Born and raised in Mexico, Andrea is a second year student in the Latin American Studies MA program. She enjoys dancing, writing short stories and learning new languages. Her interests in Latin America are related to peace, memory, sustainability, women and culture. Andrea’s biggest passion is traveling, and one of her life goal’s is visiting one new country every year. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter.

Mary Maloney, Chief Editor

Mary is in her second year of the Latin American Studies Masters Program at Georgetown. She concentrates in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and has particular interest in peace, refugees, and the Northern Triangle of Central America. Mary spent this past summer studying and working in Colombia where she fell in love with arepas and salsa music.

Marianna B. Paccca, Chief Portuguese Editor 

Marianna B. Pacca graduated with a B.A in International Relations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, her home country. Both academic and professional experiences in Sao Paulo, India, and Spain have led her to be interested in government policies to improve people’s quality of life, such as basic services, education, and urbanization. The interest in Latin America came from the curiosity to compare the development of the governmental activity in Brazil with that of other countries of the region and the finding of so many similarities brought her to CLAS.