Mathilda Shepard

Newman Family Jefferson Fellow
McLean, Virginia
B.A. University of Virginia (2015)
M.A. University of Virginia (2018)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese


Mathilda Shepard a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation research examines the cultural production of anti-war activism in rural Colombia, with a special focus on how peasant, indigenous and afro-descendant activists use storytelling media to construct territories of peace in the midst of conflict. Prior to beginning graduate school, Mathilda completed a Fulbright grant in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is also the recipient of a Praxis Fellowship to pursue Digital Humanities research in the UVA Scholars’ Lab (2018-2019), the Charles Gordon Reid Family Fellowship for Summer Research in Spanish (2018) and the International Rescue Committee Outstanding Service Award (2015).

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