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Rikki Bettinger

Honors College Staff
Coordinator, Mellon Scholars Program

Email: rrbettin@central.uh.edu

As the Coordinator for the Mellon Research Scholars Program, Rikki works directly with the Mellon Scholars as they conduct individual research projects in the humanities and apply to competitive graduate programs. Rikki received her doctorate in Latin American History from the University of Houston in 2018. She specializes in nineteenth-century transnational Latin American and Caribbean women’s histories with an emphasis on travel writings in the Americas. Rikki also completed a Master’s degree in History at the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Rikki taught high school history in San Antonio.