latin american studies
Class of 2002
B.A. in Economics and Hispanic Studies
Minor in Latin American Studies
written by Lauren Goslin, '04
Leonardo Aldridge covers the Caribbean from the San Juan Bureau of Associated Press. How did a student with a double major in economics and Spanish literature end up covering economics forums, pro-choice and anti-abortion rallies, judicial decisions, elections and (somewhat similar) carnivals? The Latin American Studies minor is part of the story.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aldridge arrived at Boston College with a strong interest in Latin America. The multidisciplinary LAS minor offered him the chance to pursue and expand his interests in the region. The multidisciplinary approach equipped him to report on a wide range of issues, from floods to corruption, migration to domestic violence. Every day brings a new story line.
Aldridge analyzes situations in various Latin American countries and has used his BC background to understand the big picture with its commercial, geographic, religious, and political dimensions. Leo also stresses the importance of the familiarity which comes from travel in Latin America, "Cancún not included."