Ana Rusch, PhD
Dr. Ana Rusch graduated from the GSS department in Fall 2018.
I entered Florida International University on a full scholarship as an undergraduate where I triple majored in International Relations, Geography, and Political Science I started my Ph.D in the Geography track at the age of 21. My areas of study centers on Political Geography, Gender Studies, International Political Economy, Development Studies, and Security Studies. My dissertation research is on the Geopolitics of Cuban Immigration and Integration in Germany. In which I would like to effect the overall integration formula in Germany into a socially just and effective model. In my research I look at multidimensional frames of analysis from state level to the personal lived experiences of immigrants. With this sociopolitical and economic geopolitical deconstruction of power, I wish to uncover what has been pushed into the margins. I further push this deconstruction using comparative studies of Cuban migration in the United States, Western Europe, and Scandinavia. My fieldwork is primarily in Germany but extends to other regions as well.
I also have a graduate certificate in Latin American studies and Women's Studies. I am heavily influenced by the works of Michel Foucault, Edward Said, Arturo Escobar, and Judith Butler.
I recently presented my work at The First Global South International Studies Conference at the Science Po University in Menton, France.My paper was on how discourse and representation of the global south is still overwhelmingly euro-centric and are still highly reproducing stereotypes, subjugation, and the colonial essence in today’s world. I challenge the dominant discussion on the Global South and how we must break down the barriers and fully utilize epistemologies such as postcolonial research paradigm, Subaltern geopolitics, and Indigenous feminist research in a larger global context. My paper urges a disruption of dominate narratives/discourse/stories that we’ve heard about the Global South.