As Program Manager for MIT-Chile, Erika is responsible for developing projects in Chile with MIT students, faculty, corporate partners, academic institutions, foundations, and government organizations. She also manages the MIT-Chile Seed Fund, which promotes faculty collaboration with Chilean researchers.
Erika achieved Ph.D. candidacy in Latin American history and earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies - both at the University of Arizona - and has a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Kalamazoo College. Since attending the Universidad de Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2000, Erika has devoted more than fifteen years to studying the country’s history, politics, and culture. Erika’s experience in international education includes working with peers preparing to study abroad at Kalamazoo College and with international students at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Prior to joining MIT, Erika was a researcher for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Erika speaks fluent Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese and in her spare time enjoys playing the piano and learning more languages, though of a different sort - she is currently learning to code.