Rutgers GSE CMSI

Maria Ahumada

Maria Ahumada recently graduated from Florida International University (FIU) where she obtained her B.A. in English and a minor in Education. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and grew up in Queens, New York. During her undergraduate years at FIU, she worked as a front desk assistant at the Women’s Center and the Center for Leadership and Service. Working at these offices provided her with various opportunities to grow as a leader and find her voice. Her work experience, the various English courses that she took as an undergraduate at FIU, and becoming an HSI Pathways Fellow inspired her interest in U.S. Latinx literature. Maria will be pursuing her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the role that gender norms play in the home in U.S. Latinx literature. She aspires to become an English professor and engage undergraduate students with literature that voices their experiences, the way that it did for her.