Research Assistants

Dulce Boza

Dulce Boza received her BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Florida as well as her MA in International Studies from the University of Miami. She carries more than 10 years’ experience as a Latin American Studies expert and has worked in over 9 countries. Prior to her arrival at the Metropolitan Center, Boza brings five years of experience in Latin American human and institutional capacity development, organizational effectiveness, workforce development, country and project management. She implemented and developed programs in disaster resiliency, humanitarian efforts, human rights advocacy, and strengthening civil society. She has forged strong partnerships and networks with ministries, NGOs, FBOs, donors and multinational agencies. Boza is now pursuing a PhD in International Relations at FIU. Her major sub-fields are security, foreign policy and the relationship of religion and International Relations.

Adelina Garkova

Adelina Garkova graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a minor in International Relations, and a Certificate in European Studies. She is currently working towards completing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a Certificate in Human Resource Policy and Management.

Ms. Garkova works as a Graduate Research Assistant for FIU Metropolitan Center. Adelina`s research interests include project management, market and social research, conducting needs assessments, data analysis, marketing and reporting, and issues of gentrification. Adelina has a firm understanding of international relations, European politics, American government and arts and culture.

Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and International Relations. He likewise studied in Mexico and obtained a certificate in Global Awareness. Matt has worked in both Mexico and Spain as an English teacher. He completed his M.A. in Global Affairs at Florida International University, while contributing to Metropolitan Center research projects as a Graduate Research Assistant. Matt is fluent in Spanish and has basic competence in ASL (American Sign Language) and French. His interests include: foreign policy, international relations, and economic inequality.