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Current PhD Students

Centre of Latin American Studies


Jessica A. Fernández de Lara Harada

Before coming to Cambridge, I graduated with (the equivalent of) a first class honours BA degree in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies with distinction from University College London (UCL). I have been the recipient of several scholarships to undertake my studies, for which I have been: a ‘Leadership of Tomorrow’ scholar at ITESM-CCM (2004); a mobility scholar at University of California, Irvine (2008); a CONACyT scholar at UCL (2014); and, more recently, a Gates scholar (2016) at Cambridge University. I have experience working at international Law firms, in the Private Sector, and Government. In particular, I served for nearly four years at the Mexican Federal Competition Commission, and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Other interests:

World literature, history and politics, and culture.


  • Secretary-Elect of Emmanuel College’s MCR Committee (2016)
  • Rowing member of Emmanuel College Women’s boat (2016)
  • Member of the Gates Gala Committee (2016)
  • Assistant Leader at ‘The Reader’ at Shepherd’s Bush Library, London (2016)
  • Member of Pen International Translated Literature Book Club (2016)


Spanish (native language)
English (full professional proficiency)
French (intermediate level)
Japanese (basic)

Research Topic: Encounters between East Asia and Latin America through an examination of Japanese migration to Mexico from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century
Supervisor: Dr. Mónica Moreno Figueroa