Kevin Funk is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. He also serves as Co-President of Graduate Assistants United, the labor union representing approximately 4,000 graduate assistants at the University of Florida. His dissertation analyzes the extent to which the economic elites who are responsible for the recent boom in Latin America’s relations with the Arab world have a transnational class consciousness. He has conducted fieldwork in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and the United Arab Emirates concerning Arab-Latin American relations and has interviewed many Latin American business leaders of Arab descent. He is a member of the Red de Investigación Interdisciplinaria sobre el Mundo Árabe y América Latina (Interdisciplinary Research Network on the Arab World and Latin America).