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Gaining Expertise on Latin America

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Matt Eiss
MA '20
Latin American Studies
Q: What encouraged you to apply to Johns Hopkins SAIS?
A: When I was applying to graduate schools, I looked for curriculums that offered both economics and a strong focus on Latin America. Having studied Spanish in both high school and college and studying abroad in Argentina, I knew I wanted to focus my international relations studies around discussing the difficult economic and political questions that currently confront the region. For this reason, Johns Hopkins SAIS was my clear top choice. 
Q: What have been some of the highlights on your studies focused on Latin America?
A: Studying Latin America at the school has been a lot of fun. There have been a lot of events associated with the area of study over the course of the semester, including a music night. I have thoroughly enjoyed my classes, where I have gained new perspectives on issues such as the development of Brazil's Real Plan in the 1990s and the many Balance of Payments crises that occurred during the 1980s.    
Q: Could you tell us about study trips and/or extracurricular activities you have been involved with as a student?
A: I participated in a study trip to Beijing and Shanghai in January 2019. In speaking with NGOs, private businesses, and think tank researchers, my classmates and I explored the growing economic and political relationship between the Chinese government and businesses and Latin American countries. 
Q: What would you like to do with after graduating?
A: I am planning on either pursuing a career in a think tank or working in political risk analysis. At some point in the future, I would like to get a PhD.

Fun Fact: My parents met at SAIS Europe in the 70s and, after graduating, held jobs with different departments in the US federal government. 

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