Meet Our Majors

Soledad Slowing-Romero

Soledad Slowing-Romero '20

My name is Soledad and I’m currently a sophomore double majoring in LLAS and History. I was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, but I moved to the United States when I was five years old. I have lived in Ames, Iowa for most of my life. I have always had a strong interest in Latin American history and politics, and the LLAS major is a pathway to further explore these interests. I am hoping to conduct more research on indigenous grassroots organizations in Central America, while also exploring the economic history of Latin America. Outside of academics, I am on the executive board of the Amherst Political Union and serve as a senior technical editor on the Amherst College Law Review. I also do research for the Spanish Department and have recently gotten involved in volunteer work at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and the First Church of Amherst. 


Leslikarina Patiño '20


I'm from Washington State, but my family comes from Guanajuato, Mexico. I want to focus on Latinx migrant communities both in the U.S. and Mexico, focusing on the effects on children as well as the resources available to them growing up. Outside the classroom, I like to sleep -- a lot.  I also enjoy taking walks outside, especially during the winter. I dabble in a bit of everything, but I mostly like to read and write. Also, I've recently accepted a research assistant position with Leah Schmalzbauer on the upward mobility of Latino youth. I look forward to the experience and to opportunities both LLAS and Sociology will open up for me.

Julia Pretsfelder

Julia Pretsfelder '18

I’m a senior double majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Digital Humanities, and I’m focusing on Latin America within the LLAS major. I grew up in New York City, but my dad’s family is German-Jewish and my mom's is Argentinean. My research interests include pop cultural constructions of race and ethnicity for U.S. Latinxs, Afro-Argentine history, Latin American feminist movements, diaspora narratives, and memorial efforts in the wake of military dictatorships. I studied abroad at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Fall 2016, which was an amazing experience politically and in terms of navigating my family’s identities. Outside of the classroom, I lived in the Marsh Arts House for a couple years, was a managing editor at The Amherst Student, work at the photography studio, play on the frisbee team, and I started volunteering at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center last spring. I also really like learning languages, so I’m hoping to improve my Portuguese and be trilingual and find ways to keep traveling in Latin America! I am so grateful that Amherst has made this program.