- B.A., Wellesley College, 2006
Lily Balloffet is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American and Modern Middle East History. She is currently writing her dissertation about Arabic-speaking immigrant communities in Argentina in the first half of the twentieth century. Her project uses the history of these communities to highlight ongoing cultural, intellectual, political and artistic collaboration and exchange between South America and the Arab world. The transnational nature of her research led her to choose UC Davis for graduate school, as it boasted strong contingents of both MESA and Latin Americanist faculty, and a growing, vibrant community of graduate students.
Lily returned to Davis in March, 2014 from Argentina, where she completed the research for her dissertation as a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellow. Her research has been supported by the USDE Foreign Language and Area Studies Program; the Hemispheric Institute of the Americas; the UC Davis Dean’s Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence; the Humanities Graduate Research Award; the Provost’s Dissertation Year Fellowship; and the Reed-Smith Dissertation Year Fellowship. She has presented her research on several occasions, and in 2009 was awarded the Jim Springer Borck Essay Prize from Louisiana State University. Most recently, she was invited to speak on a panel at the Latin American Studies Association International Congress in May, 2014.