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


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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 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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Tria Blu Wakpa—an academic, artist, and athlete—received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Diego State University, and is currently a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance at UC Riverside. Her research and … MoreView more information about Tria Blu Wakpa


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Hector M. Callejas is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He received his M.A. (2017) and B.A. (2014; with highest honors) from the same department. Hector studies the relationship between land and indigenous peoples in the Americas. He examines contemporary … MoreView more information about Hector M. Callejas


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Olivia Chilcote (Luiseño, San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians) received her MA and PhD from the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She is currently an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University in the Department of American Indian Studies. Her first book … 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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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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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; P.T.S.D., moral injury, and suicide; and veteran art practice and performance. Publications include pieces in Locating Life Stories: … MoreView more information about Maria Faini


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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-Anahuaca, Chilenx) is a transnational cultural activist, musician, ceremonial dancer, educator and PhD Candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion, the Outstanding … MoreView more information about Marcelo 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 “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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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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I am a second-year PhD student and Chancellors Fellow in the Ethnic Studies department. My interdisciplinary research project interrogates the ways Native Americans and Mexican immigrants[1]  are relationally racialized and gendered through discourse and practice in the O’odham … 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


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 … 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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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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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 Smith (Eyak, Alaska Native) is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies. Jen's dissertation "Indeterminate Natures: Making Land, Race, and Indigeneity in Alaska," examines the production of ambiguity in Alaska and the Arctic. She traces key historical and modern … MoreView more information about Jen Smith


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Sonia's research is non-Western, Afro-Latinx, and Afro-Indigenous healing and knowledge systems in response to prevailing, biomedicalized notions of mental illness among people of color. This work involves the study of race, gender, sexuality and hierarchies of knowledge in mental healthcare … 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 is a PhD student in Ethnic Studies. Her work is deeply concerned with the fraught relationship between popular, media-driven misrepresentations of Native American identity within the American imaginary at the turn of the twentieth century, and the ways in which these erroneous depictions … 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