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Brett Huneycutt

latin american studies

Class of 2003
B.A. in Economics
Minor in Latin American Studies

written by Lauren Goslin, '04

Economics major, Latin American Studies minor, service trip leader, volunteer, Fulbright Scholar, Rhodes Scholar… these are some of the many ways to describe Brett Huneycutt's accomplishments. What took him there is another story.

Huneycutt attended high school in Arizona. A visit to Ciudad Juarez with his sophomore English teacher sparked questions about the situation of third-world countries. This was the start of a personal interest in Latin American issues.

Brett currently lives in El Salvador where, with the support of a Fulbright grant, he is studying the connections among international migration, the money migrants send to their families at home, and the development of microenterprises. He also volunteers as an English teacher at a local NGO, and he has worked weekends in a marginal community in San Salvador, where he did a market study to assess the feasibility of opening a store in the local parish to provide food items to community members at reduced prices.

Where Huneycutt will go next is not an immediate question: He has just been elected a Rhodes Scholar. He will study economics at Oxford for the next two years, then may return to the United States for Ph.D. study. His long-term interests include both academic work, perhaps as a university professor, and policy-making, perhaps in a multilateral institution like the Interamerican Development Bank.

Brett is the type of person who lives by what he says: "Most crucially, we are challenged to recognize that our gifts and talents are not our own; rather, they are God-given and hence belong to everyone. We must not be ashamed of these gifts, hiding behind modesty, timidity, or social norms that undermine creativity and original thought. Rather we must embrace our gifts and talents so that we may serve the world and fight for justice on behalf of the poor, excluded, and oppressed."