Emma Lowery is a Ph.D. student in the International Affairs and Politics program at the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies. She holds a B.A. in World Languages and Cultures, specializing in Russian and Spanish languages and literature, from USF. She plans to explore the role of communism in the revolutionary politics of Central America, and research how the influence of the Soviet Union during the 20th century impacts present-day regional politics. Emma is the first person in her family to pursue a Ph.D. Her interests include medieval Spanish poetry and international cinema.