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

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I am a doctoral student in the Ethnic Studies graduate program and a full-spectrum traditional birth worker. My dissertation project is solution-oriented and focuses on place-based health/care and embodied methodologies for public health research and practice. I am a recipient of the Ford … MoreView more information about Angela R. Aguilar


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Darren Arquero is a PhD 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 background … MoreView more information about Darren Arquero


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Héctor Callejas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his M.A. (2017) and B.A. (2014; with highest honors) from the same department.  Héctor is an anthropologist-in-training. His dissertation … MoreView more information about Héctor Callejas


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Fernanda is a first-year doctoral student in the Ethnic Studies program. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University, where she majored in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Journalism. Her undergraduate thesis used queer theory and queer of color … MoreView more information about Fernanda Cunha Rivera


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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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I am interested in the production of imperial science and culture throughout early 20th century U.S.-Philippine relations. My project focuses on the ways in which visual technologies—particularly photography—faciliated the circulation of ethnological discourse in realms spanning from … MoreView more information about Jennifer Duque


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Sierra Edd (Diné) is a first-year graduate student in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She recieved her B.A. degree from Brown University in Ethnic studies with a focus on Native American and Indigenous studies. Her previous scholarship examined racialized … MoreView more information about Sierra Edd


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Marco Antonio Flores is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include contemporary queer and trans* Chicanx and U.S. Latinx artists in visual culture, … MoreView more information about Marco Antonio Flores


Marcelo Garzo Montalvo

Marcelo Garzo Montalvo

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Marcelo Garzo Montalvo (Mapuche, Chilenx) is an award-winning scholar-activist, classically-trained experimental musician, Aztec ceremonial dancer and PhD Candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity … MoreView more information about Marcelo Garzo Montalvo


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As a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies and a Ford Fellow Tasha is writing a dissertation on the contemporary L/Dakota language revitalization movement on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North and South Dakota.  Her work focuses on bridging the perceived gap between … MoreView more information about Tasha Hauff


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Caitlin “Katie” Keliiaa is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnic Studies. She completed her bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley and received her first Master’s degree in American Indian Studies at UCLA. Katie was a Ford Predoctoral Fellow and a Joseph A. Myers Center Fellow. She was … 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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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


Rachel Lim

Rachel Lim

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My dissertation project examines the cultural, economic, and migratory circuits between South Korea, the U.S. and Mexico. Utilizing archival research, ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews, I study the multiple migrations of diasporic Koreans, tracing how religion facilitates diasporic … 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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My interdisciplinary research uses historiography and ethnography to interrogate the ways Native Americans and Mexican immigrants[1]  are relationally racialized and gendered through discourse and practice in and around the O’odham communities of Arizona. In particular I examine these … MoreView more information about Fantasia Painter


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Alan Pelaez Lopez is a doctoral student, visual artist, and poet in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies.   In scholarship, Alan investigates the ways in which undocumented Black immigrants engage art as a form of protest against the nation-state, the law, and the wider immigrant … MoreView more information about Alan Pelaez Lopez


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Currently, Ngoc-Mai Phan is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.  MoreView more information about Ngoc-Mai Phan


Melanie Z. Plasencia

Melanie Z. Plasencia

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Melanie Z. Plasencia studies how race, ethnicity, class and gender affect the experiences of aging minorities in the United States. In her dissertation, “Rich by Other Means: How Aging Pan-Ethnic Latinos Make Ends Meet,” Melanie explores the lives of older Latinos in order to … 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 the philosophy of race and consciousness in the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, and bell hooks. Abraham is a Chancellor’s Public Fellow with the American … MoreView more information about Abraham Ramirez


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Marisol Silva is a PhD candidate in ethnic studies with a designated emphasis in women, gender, and sexuality. Her dissertation research examines the cultural politics of space in twenty-first century Arizona.  Silva’s honors include: UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship, UC … MoreView more information about Marisol Silva


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My dissertation Indeterminate Natures: Race and Indigeneity in Ice-Geographies analyzes colonialism in relation to ice in Alaska and the Arctic. I argue that ice and Arctic climate as a non-normative terrain shaped how race and indigeneity came to be conceptualized in culture, geological … MoreView more information about Jen Rose Smith


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Sonia's research finds that mainstream psychiatric modes of diagnosing people who are identified as Latinx carry racialized, gendered, and sexualized notions of psychopathology among people of color. In particular, this work looks at "cultural concepts of distress" (CCDs), such … MoreView more information about Sonia Cristina Suárez


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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 the connective tissues of cross racial coalition though a close reading of solidarity statements issued by prominent Asian American community groups and … MoreView more information about Kim Tran


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Sarah Whitt (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.    Her dissertation examines two institutions— the Carlisle Indian Industrial School … MoreView more information about Sarah Whitt


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Jeffrey is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.  MoreView more information about Jeffrey Yamashita