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Interim Site Director

Anna is a fiction writer and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation focused on the theme of literature and immigration in the South American, USA and German literary traditions.

Born and educated in the USA, Anna has lived in Buenos Aires since 1995. She writes short stories and novels in Spanish. She has taught creative writing and world literature since 1985, starting at the University of California Berkeley, and, upon re-locating to Buenos Aires, at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín's English language Humanities program at Lincoln University College, where she also served as a Head of English with duties in administration and program development.

As a writer, her short story collection Catastrofes naturales was published by Editorial Sudamericana in Buenos Aires in 1997 and selected stories from this volume have been chosen for inclusion in anthologies in the USA and Germany. Her novel Flores de un solo día came out with Seix Barral in 2002/2003; it was a finalist for the Romulo Gallegos prize for new Latin American fiction and, after publication in Argentina, was also published in Spain, Italy and France. Besides fiction, Anna has published critical work on bi-cultural identity in Japan, Argentina, and the USA. She contributes regularly to the cultural supplements of Buenos Aires newspapers: ADN of La Nación and Ñ of Clarín.

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Language Coordinator

Silvia has been working at NYU in Buenos Aires since 2008. She coordinates all language coursesand keeps an open communication with instructors and the Director of SpanishLanguage Programs. She monitors and evaluates tutoring assignments andmaintains a regular correspondence with students regarding activitiesconcerning the language program as a whole. She has received her Licenciaturaen Letras degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires and postgraduate certification as Experto en Enseñanza de Español comoLengua Extranjera from the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, in Spain. She hasbeen working in international education for various years. She has taught Spanish as a Foreign Language at public and private universities, and she has also coordinated the Spanish as a Foreign Language department of the Laboratorio de Idiomas at Universidad de Buenos Aires. From 1998 till 2008 Silvia Luppino has served as the Academic Coordinator of Spanish as a Second Language for Refugees, a program run by UBA and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

She is currently the director of the collection Clásicos Argentinos Original/Adaptación (Editorial Voices del Sur), a series of classic literary works by Argentinean writers including didactic material for Spanish students. Her research focuses on the relationship between language and culture, and on the development of didactic material for non-native speakers.

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Assistant Director for Administration 


As Assistant Director for Administration Rob is responsible for the financial and administrative management of NYU Buenos Aires. This includes financial control, internal and external reporting, supplier management, payroll, tax and legal, performance measurement, facilities management, and IT systems.

Rob is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor in Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington. He left New Zealand in 1990 to gain professional and personal experience and spent 4 years living and working in London as well as exploring Europe, and North and South America. One ofthese trips was to Argentina where he fell in love with the passionate people and stunning landscapes and hehas now been living in Buenos Aires for the last 10 years. 

Outside his professional interests Rob enjoys traveling, the outdoors, writing and photography. He is apassionate supporter of the All Blacks and Los Pumas!

Academic Affairs
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Assistant Director for Academic Affairs

María joined NYU Buenos Aires in 2008 and is responsible for the academic management of the site. She is the liaison between faculty and students and also between the NYU Buenos Aires academic program and New York office. María provides guidance and assistance to professors and students, is responsible for academic policy and calendar, coordinates academic events, and manages attendance issues. She has a degree in Tourism from Universidad del Salvador and a Diploma in Cultural, Heritage and Tourism Management. During 1992 she spent a year abroad in Scotland. She has worked in international education for seven years now and before joining NYU Buenos Aires was part of the Foreign Studies Office at Universidad de San Andrés.

In her spare time Maria likes to read, travel and spend time with friends and family. 


Student Life
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Assistant Director for Student Life

Alejandra joined the NYU Buenos Aires Team in 2010.  As the Assistant Director of Student Life at NYU in Buenos Aires, Alejandra is responsible for dealing with housing, welfare and all aspects of student life while students are in Argentina. She oversees the department of Student Life at NYU BA and is in charge of planning, organizing and overseeing extra curricular activities, community service, experiential learning, visiting programs, immigrations, health services and security aspects of the program. She provides guidance and intervention to students as well as wellness programming and helps students with daily concerns outside the classroom.

Alejandra obtained her Master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling at Northeastern University. She has studied and worked in countless places giving her first hand experience on what it is like to live abroad.  Alejandra has also been very proactive in the community service world. She is passionate about what she does and is proud of having coordinated and participated in volunteer projects such as children’s shelter in Mexico, hurricane relief in the Bahamas and as a translator for a nursing program in the Dominican Republic.  She has worked in the education field for over 10 years and absolutely loves it. Alejandra enjoys working with students and is devoted to making their abroad experience the best experience of their lives.

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Student Life & Administrative Assistant

Diego provides assistance with various student life services. He is responsible for the NYU in Buenos Aires book collection and runs the Reading Club at NYU BA. Diego also helps with Student Life Services as a provider of cultural and travel information for students, support for daily concerns and helps with administrative assistance and extra curricular activities. Diego received his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Universidad de la Marina Mercante in Buenos Aires. He was born in Argentina and got immersed in his first cultural experience during a one year Work & Travel experience in Auckland, New Zealand. Before joining NYU Buenos Aires in October 2011, Diego dedicated his time to his Arts & Crafts Shop in San Isidro, Bs As.

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Student Life Coordinator

Christine is in charge of organizing the on-going community service program as well as immigrations matters for the students. She also provides assistance with all visiting programs at NYU BA throughout the year. She helps out with extra-curricular activities and student life services. Christine received her Bachelor's degree from Union College in New York and is currently working towards her Master's in Translation at the Universidad de Belgrano. She was born in Switzerland, where she lived for many years before moving to New York with her family. Christine first discovered Buenos Aires through one of her college study abroad experiences. She moved to Buenos Aires in 2008 and taught English in the local branch of a U.S. based company before joining the NYU team.

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Global Wellness Counselor

As the onsite Global Wellness Counselor, Sarah is responsible for addressing the mental health and wellness needs of students studying at NYU Buenos Aires. Sarah provides individual counseling, group therapy, clinical assessment, crisis intervention and facilitation of emergency mental health services, and also assists students in obtaining psychiatric and/or specialty psychological services as needed. Additionally, Sarah provides wellness education to students by offering presentations, events and workshops throughout the semester geared toward self-care and optimizations of psychological and physical health.

Sarah joined the NYU Buenos Aires team from NYU New York City, where she most recently worked as a staff psychologist at the Washington Square Campus. Sarah earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, completed her doctoral internship and post doctoral training at Pace University Counseling Center, New York City, and is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of New York. She has worked with college-aged and graduate student populations in both clinical and teaching roles at three universities across the past decade and is wholeheartedly dedicated to supporting students in their wellbeing, safety and personal growth.

Luis Peña

New York Site Representative


Phone: 212-998-4439

Luis is the NY site representative for NYU Buenos Aires. He is excited to assist students as they prepare for a wonderful semester in Argentina!

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Maria Pirovano

 Staff Spotlight

Maria has been on the staff at NYU Buenos Aires since the first semester. Students will find her in her office on the top floor of the center able to help with scheduling or class questions. Past students have commented on how much they appreciate Maria's caring nature and positive attitude.    

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