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Maggie Carter

BA '13 - International Development and Social Justice

Throughout her time at Gallatin, Maggie examined the question of how countries in Latin America can develop in ways that enable social justice. She studied instances of agency among the disenfranchised, particularly women, indigenous groups, and the poor. These have ranged from revolutionary movements to civil disobedience to individual acts that quietly challenge the system of power. She studied international development in an effort to understand the trajectory of development in Latin America from colonialism to the present. What she found is a long pattern of dependency that has relegated countries either to submission or imitation.

A recipient of a Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights, Maggie spent a summer in Salvador, Brazil, working for a small non-profit and conducting research on community policing initiatives and civic participation. She was awarded honors for her Gallatin senior project, Policing Democracy: Pathways to Citizenship in Brazil. From 2011–2013, Maggie was the editor-in-chief of the Gallatin Journal of Global Affairs, an interdisciplinary publication of student-produced articles, essays, poems, and photographs that respond to critical international issues. She is currently working at the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) as the circulation and outreach coordinator. She also serves as the managing director of TAXI to Tomorrow (which she co-founded with a fellow Gallatin alumna, Sarah Zapiler, BA '11), a language-based mutual mentorship program that pairs immigrant and refugee high school students learning English with college students studying foreign languages.

Maggie will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies at the NYU Center for Latin
American and Caribbean Studies, funded by the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
which includes full tuition and a stipend.

Maggie Carter