Veronica is a second year PhD student focusing on Sociocultural Anthropology. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. She taught secondary American History, World Cultures, and AP Psychology for the period of 8 years. Currently she is an academic advisor for the College of Arts, Sciences, & Education and an affiliate instructor for the Honors College at FIU.
Veronica is interested in researching the experiences of Immigrants in their attempts to achieve what is perceived as the ‘American Dream’. Focusing on Cuban Immigrants, she will analyze the social, economic, and political conditions of both the United States and Cuba during different immigration waves. She is interested in examining the push/pull factors, reception by host society, successes or failures in attempts to achieve economic mobility, challenges relating to social inclusion/integration, effects of systemic ethnic and racial bias, and the perceived opportunities vs. actualization of dreams.