Jose Luis Burnes Garzaread bio
Jose L. Burnes Garza is a Mexican national and Dartmouth College graduate with a BA in Government (Honors). At Dartmouth, he received four competitive research grants including: the UGAR Kaminsky Family Fund Research Award, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Honors Thesis Grant, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding International Internship Grant, and the UGAR Summer Undergraduate Research Grant. He has also worked as a Research Assistant for multiple renowned Dartmouth professors, including Kyle Dropp, John Carey, and Brendan Nyhan. His main research area while in college was assessing the effectiveness of international human rights courts in changing state’s practices, which allowed him to do field work in Mexico and Guatemala. Outside of academics, he was co-founder and former president of the Latin American Student Association (LASA), and served on multiple institutional boards on a wide variety of topics including: Student Program Funding Allocation, International Engagement Programs, and Social Impact. He also worked in international business and labor policy at the Organization of American States (OAS) and Council of the Americas in Washington, D.C. As a Yenching Scholar, Jose will focus on China’s emerging role as a main international lender and how that shifts the existing paradigms of international development policy.
Angélica Garcia Patiñoread bio
Angélica García Patiño, from Mexico, is a passionate student of language and politics. She studied Communication Sciences with a specialization in Political Communication at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). As an undergraduate, she was part of an exchange program at Beijing Foreign Studies University, where she began learning Chinese. Her experience led her to write her thesis: “Compared Political Communication Models: China and Mexico. In 2015, at The Mexico City Electoral Institute, she was part of a team that worked to enhance citizen education. This project was awarded a prize for the best political communication campaign in Latin America. During her last semester at UNAM, Angélica worked at the Institute of Economic Research in Mexico, researching themes such as trade between Asia and Latin America, and women's financial issues in Latin America. When she was younger, she represented the Mexican delegation in Youth Summits organized by the YMCA in Prague, Czech Republic, and in her spare time she practices figure skating and enjoys theatre. At the Yenching Academy, she will focus on politics and international relations to pursue her goal of a career in her country’s Foreign Service.
Ilse Andrea Zambrano Fajardoread bio
Ilse Andrea Zambrano Fajardo prefers to be called Andy. She currently lives in Mexico City, where she was born. Andy has previously lived in a number of other countries. Andy studied in the French school system for eighteen years (Lycée Francais de Saint Louis in Sweden, Lycée Francais de Madrid in Spain and Lycée Franco-Mexicain in Mexico). She earned her degree in Economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She is interested in a wide variety of topics: philosophy, literature, culture, and politics. Andy is deeply interested in China, and specifically in Chinese culture because it is entirely different from anything she has known before. She's specifically interested in Chinese people's ways of thinking and acting, and in how they perceive their places and roles in our globalized world.