Macarena Moraga Agurto

Published: June 22nd, 2017

Category: Graduate Students

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Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2016
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of North Florida, 2013


Cultural Anthropology


Dr. Kernaghan 

Research Interests

Social Memory, Political and Legal Anthropology, Dictatorship Violence in Latin America, Human Rights, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of the Media

Macarena Moraga’s research explores the ramifications of past violence in the present. Her Master’s thesis involved the study of the construction of social memory of the dictatorships that occurred in Chile (1973-1990) and Brazil (1964-1985) via fictionalized TV shows and among viewers who belonged to the post-dictatorship generation. Currently she is exploring the current legal and social efforts to bring accountability to medical and military personnel who collaborated in interrogation sessions in military hospitals in Rio de Janeiro during the Brazilian dictatorship.

Selected Publications



Grants, Fellowships, and Awards


  • Charles Woods Thesis Award for Best Master’s Thesis. Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2016
  • Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), Edward H. Moseley Award for Best Graduate Student Paper, March 12-15, 2015
  • Outstanding Anthropology Graduate, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, University of North Florida, April 2014
  • University of North Florida, Latin Honors: Summa Cum Laude (every semester), 2011-2013
  • President’s Honor Roll, University of North Florida, for outstanding academic performance, having achieved a 4.0 GPA (every semester), 2011-2013
  • Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation at the Fourth Annual Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Student Symposium at the University of North Florida, April 12  2013

Graduate School Fellowships

  • Graduate School Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, 2017-2021
  •  Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, University of Florida, 2015-2016
  • Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), For advanced study of Brazilian Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June-August 2015
  • Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Spring 2015
  • Graduate Assistantship, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida , 2014

Research Grants 

  • University of Florida, Latin American Studies Field Research Grant, 2015



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