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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Liliana Argento

latin american studies

Class of 2002
B.A. in Economics
Minor in Latin American Studies

written by Lauren Goslin, '04

Liliana was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where she lived for 19 years. Growing up in a noticeably divided society, marred by a deep social and economic gap, she became desensitized to the reality that surrounded her. Yet, a direct encounter with Caracas’ violent crime during her second year at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello awakened her consciousness to the political, social, moral, and economic crisis in which her country was deeply submerged.

After her experience with crime, Liliana made the resolution to transfer to Boston College with a strong desire to study the causes of violence in Venezuela and in the region. Once at BC, she pursued a degree in Economics with a minor in Latin American Studies. Throughout her college years, Liliana traveled extensively to Latin America (Argentina, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Peru), Eastern Europe (Czech Republic), and Southeast Asia (Vietnam and Cambodia) in order to understand Latin America within a broader comparative perspective.

After graduating cum laude from Boston College, Liliana was admitted to the five-year cooperative degree program at Georgetown University, where she successfully completed her Master's in Latin American Studies with a concentration in government. The Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University offered Liliana a full scholarship for her outstanding academic performance.

During her Master's program, Liliana interned at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (Washington, DC), Partners for Democratic Change (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and the World Bank (Washington, DC). The National Democratic Institute, a non-governmental organization chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, is dedicated to promoting democratic development in developing countries; Liliana pursued her internship in the Latin American and Caribbean department. Partners for Democratic Change is a non-governmental organization working to promote a peaceful and participatory culture of public conflict prevention and resolution in countries with weak democratic institutions. Lastly, Liliana interned at the Latin American and Caribbean Poverty Reduction Strategy Department at the World Bank.