Elaine Palinkas Sanches

As the department’s program administrator, Elaine Palinkas Sanches is responsible for all front office functions and serves as the department’s problem-solving point person for a variety of matters. She also supports all department members and interacts on a daily basis with faculty, students, visitors, and organizations outside Rice University. Prior to joining our department, Elaine worked at the Rice's Humanities Research Center (HRC) as a program administrator and at the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston as an administrative staff member, as well as the personal assistant to the Brazilian Ambassador. Elaine is fluent in English and Portuguese, and brings extensive administrative and organizational skills to our department.