Born and raised in São Paulo (Brazil), Lucas de Souza Martins is a first-year Ph.D. at Temple University's History Department focusing on US-Latin America relations. Before moving to Philadelphia, he lived in Atlanta where he received a master's degree in U.S. History from Georgia State University. In 2022, Martins was the recipient of The Carter Center's Margaret and Robert Pastor Graduate Assistant Fellowship as he assisted this organization with its electoral expert mission during Colombia's Presidential and Congressional elections. He also served as an International Affairs Aide for State Representative Park Cannon (D-58) at Georgia's General Assembly (2021-2022). Beyond his American academic experience, Lucas has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Mackenzie Presbyterian University (São Paulo, Brazil). In his home country, he served as a Press Officer at the Brazilian Foreign Affairs and the Brazilian Federal Senate (2015-2018). As an enthusiast of international connections and Black History, he co-led the first mission trip of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s congregation, to South America (Rio de Janeiro, 2022) in the summer of 2022. He holds regular classes on African American History at Zumbi dos Palmares University, a historic Brazilian HBCU, and Getúlio Vargas Foundation - both located in São Paulo.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alan McPherson
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