Serena Cosgrove

Board member

Serena Cosgrove is a Sociologist committed to the inclusion, participation, and leadership of people on the margins of society. She is a Latin Americanist with a focus on Central America.

Serena lived in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala in the 1980s carrying out human rights monitoring and peace education. In the 1990s, Serena received her master’s degree in Social Anthropology and PhD in Sociology from Northeastern University, where she studied the impact of microcredit for marketwomen in the public markets of El Salvador. Presently, Serena teaches International Studies at Seattle University; she also coordinates SU’s Central America Initiative and is the director of the Latin American Studies program there.

In Spring 2020, Serena’s co-authored ethnography, Surviving the Americas: Garifuna Persistence from Nicaragua to New York City, will be published. Serena is the author of Leadership from the Margins: Women and Civil Society Organizations in Argentina, Chile, and El Salvador (2010) and the co-author of Understanding Global Poverty: Causes, Capabilities, and Human Development (2017).