Basque Studies graduate students

Ziortza Gandarias Beldarrain

Ziortza Gandarias Beldarrain is in her last year of the University of Nevada Reno's Center for Basque Studies Ph.D program. She came to the University in 2014 from her hometown of Galdakao, Bizkaia. She is writing her dissertation, focused on the analysis of the Basque cultural magazine: Euzko-Gogoa, the emblematic magazine published in the diaspora during the Franco Dictatorship. As a student she has presented her papers in numerous conferences in the United States and Europe.

Before starting her doctoral studies, Gandarias Beldarrain received a Master's in Basque philology and applied linguistics in 2010 from the University of the Basque Country. She also received her Master's in education from the University of Deusto in 2009.

Gandarias Beldarrain enjoyed her time as a secondary education professor and loves being surrounded in the academic world and continuing to promote the Basque language and culture.

Research interests

  • Basque literature and exile
  • Basque language
  • Basque history
  • Postcolonial, gender, cultural, transnational and diaspora studies

Marsha Hunter

Marsha Hunter entered the Center for Basque Studies Ph.D. program in August 2017. She has received an M.S. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University and an M.A. in history from Boise State University. For her doctoral program, she plans to pursue her interest in Basque nationalist activities in southern Idaho. She has focused on the life of José Villanueva de Amezketa, an urban Basque nationalist who immigrated to southern Idaho in the early 1920s and became the Basque government-in-exile's appointed agent for the state of Idaho in 1937.

Research interests

  • Basque nationalism
  • Basque law
  • Immigration

Horohito Norhatan

Horohito Norhatan is a doctoral candidate in Basque studies and political science. His research interest lies in the areas of community economic development, economic democratization, cooperative movement, worker self-management and sustainable development. Throughout his research profession, he had the opportunity to investigate the impact of the cooperative business model on poverty eradication and job creation in the Basque region.

Research interests

  • Political economy of development
  • International relations
  • Comparative politics
  • Community economic development
  • Economic democratization
  • Cooperative movement
  • Worker self-management
  • Sustainable development