Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

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Angela is doctoral student in the Ethnic Studies program and a full-spectrum traditional birth worker.  Her research begins by interrogating what counts as medicine and medical knowledge and who can practice medicine and healthcare in the U.S. She positions teachings and practices about … MoreView more information about Angela R. Aguilar, MA, MPH


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Wanda Alarcón is a doctoral candidate of Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She has an MA in English & American literature from Binghamton University and a BA in Music from California State University, Long Beach. Her … MoreView more information about Wanda Alarcon


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Darren Arquero is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Gender & Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the 2013 recipient of the Philip Brett LGBT Studies Fellowship. His academic work is informed by his activist … MoreView more information about Darren Arquero


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Tria Blu Wakpa is a PhD Candidate in the Ethnic Studies Department at UC Berkeley and a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at San Diego State University. Her dissertation, Fixing, Eclipsing, and Liberating: Native American Embodiment in Educational and Carceral Settings, … MoreView more information about Tria Blu Wakpa


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Hector (Tito) Callejas is a Ph.D. student in the Ethnic Studies department at UC Berkeley. His research interests center on the transnational indigenous movement in El Salvador, Guatemala, and the United States, particularly on the relationship between indigenous communities and the … MoreView more information about Hector Callejas


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Olivia Chilcote (Luiseño) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. Her dissertation, Beyond Recognition: Native Californian Identity and the Federal Acknowledgment Process, analyzes the connection between the … MoreView more information about Olivia Chilcote


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My research focuses on Korean adoptees as individuals with agency and the development of an individual and collective Korean adoptee identity particularly as expressed through analysis of cultural productions. My dissertation research looks at the ways in which the United States and South Korea … MoreView more information about Kira Donnell


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Jennifer Duque is a Ph.D. student in Ethnic Studies. Her primary research interests include empire formation and gender/sexuality construction in Philippine and Filipinx American contexts, focusing on the nexus between legal narratives and cultural production. She is interested in the histories … MoreView more information about Jennifer Duque


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Maria Faini is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnic Studies and Critical Theory. Her work focuses on U.S. imperial culture, specifically war writing and atmospherics; military occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan; P.T.S.D., moral injury, and suicide; and art practice and performance as remembrance. … MoreView more information about Maria Faini


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Marco Antonio Flores is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is also affiliated with the UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender; serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Communities; and is the Director of the Queer … MoreView more information about Marco Antonio Flores


Marcelo F. Garzo Montalvo

Marcelo F. Garzo Montalvo

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Marcelo Felipe Garzo Montalvo is an artist, musician, activist, educator and PhD Candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. MoreView more information about Marcelo F. Garzo Montalvo


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William Gow is a doctoral candidate in Ethnic Studies with a designated emphasis in Film Studies. His doctoral dissertation, “Performing Chinatown: Hollywood Cinema, Tourism, and the Formation of A Los Angeles Community, 1931-1949," examines the social, economic, and political … MoreView more information about William Gow



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Through ethnographic and literary research, my dissertation project examines the politics of langauge in U.S. settler colonial contexts. Specifically, I aim to understand what Native languages mean to Native communities today, and further, what Native languages mean to the non-Native individuals … MoreView more information about Tasha Hauff


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My research explores trans-pacific borders between Asia and the U.S., fusing theories of third, non-binary spaces and methodologies of performance art. MoreView more information about Ariko S. Ikehara


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Caitlin is a Bay Area native and completed her bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley. She received her first Master’s degree in American Indian Studies at UCLA. Caitlin is a Ford Predoctoral Fellow and a Graduate Fellow with the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American … MoreView more information about Katie Keliiaa


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Ina Kelleher is a doctoral student in the department of Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation project analyses how grief and mourning are experienced and performed, both publically and privately, by mothers who lose their … MoreView more information about Ina Kelleher


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Tala Khanmalek is a PhD Candidate in the Ethnic Studies Department with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She was a Visiting Scholar at UC Santa Cruz's Science and Justice Research Center for the 2014-2015 academic year. Her dissertation, Living Laboratories: … MoreView more information about Tala Khanmalek


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Peter Kim is a PhD candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies, and his research examines the ways public institutions inform, shape, and mediate the subject formation of urban youth of color.  In particular, he analyzes how public schools, the juvenile justice system, non-profit … MoreView more information about Peter Kim


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My interdisciplinary research examines the cultural, economic, and migratory circuits between South Korea, the U.S. and Mexico, with a particular focus on how religion produces and sustains diasporic networks. Before coming to UC Berkeley, I graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. … MoreView more information about Rachel Lim


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Yu-Hui (Amy) is a first year doctoral student in the Ethnic Studies program. Amy's primary research interests include the process of racialization and the associated (im)mobility of undocumented Asians in the U.S.; migration and diaspora of Asian migrants, particularly through marriage … MoreView more information about Yu-Hui (Amy) Lin


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Edgar Mojica is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation research centers on exploring questions of Chicana/o indigeneity and their connection to cultural, spiritual and political identity formations. Employing a … MoreView more information about Edgar Mojica



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Alan Pelaez Lopez is a doctoral student in the department of Comparative Ethnic Studies, coming from Fairfield University, where he received a BA in Sociology and English-Professional Writing. In his research, Alan examines the racialization of Black (un)documented communities in Mexico, … MoreView more information about Alan Pelaez Lopez


Melanie Z. Plasencia

Melanie Z. Plasencia

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Melanie is a doctoral candidate studying aging in America and how this affects individuals across generations and ethnicities. In order to explore the direction of contemporary discourse on aging minorities in the United States, Melanie incorporates popular debates on aging across the human … MoreView more information about Melanie Z. Plasencia


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Abraham Ramirez is a PhD. Candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Program in Critical Theory. His dissertation is on ethics, decolonial consciousness and the philosophy of race in the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, Enrique Dussel, and Paulo Freire. Abraham is currently a … MoreView more information about Abraham Ramirez


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My areas of research interest and teaching include Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Women’s Studies, Trauma Studies with a focus on Indigenous peoples and their descendants in the Americas, Chicana/Latina literature and cultural productions, U.S. Third World feminist and transnational … MoreView more information about Sara A. Ramírez


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Michael Schulze-Oechtering is a PhD Candidate in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley.  His research uses social movement history to explore how communities of color both questioned and crossed racial boundaries.  His current research project, No … MoreView more information about Michael Schulze-Oechtering


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Marisol Silva is currently a doctoral student in ethnic studies with a designated emphasis in women, gender, and sexuality. Her dissertation research examines issues of land and space in the creative cultural production and resistance responding to discriminatory anti-Mexican legislation that … MoreView more information about Marisol Silva


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Jen is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Ethnic Studies. In her dissertation work, she investigates the co-constitution of Nature and Native, and how these categories and their genealogies inform land claims settlements, particularly in Northern spaces. Jen’s work considers how indigenous … MoreView more information about Jen Smith


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Kristen Sun is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She received a MA degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and a BA in American Studies with minors in Asian American Studies and Film and Media Studies from Northwestern University. Her … MoreView more information about Kristen Sun


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Kim's dissertation titled Refugees in a World on Fire: Dispossession, Diaspora and the Possibilities of Queer Resistance reconsiders cross racial coalition in the Vietnamese diasporas of San Jose, California and New Orleans Louisiana as largely affective undertakings.  She … MoreView more information about Kim Tran


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Jeffrey is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. For the 2015-16 academic year, he is an Exchange Scholar in the Department of History at Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Derek Chang, Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian American … MoreView more information about Jeffrey Yamashita