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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 community health research and practice through radical social movement history. I... More
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    Héctor Callejas (mestizo/Latino) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on Native American and Indigenous studies, Latin American studies, and visual culture. Héctor’s dissertation analyzes the relationship between Indigeneity, national... More
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    Sofi Chavez (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. Sofi received her BA in English from Bryn Mawr College in 2017. Sofi’s research interests include Latinx and Chicanx... More
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    Claire Chun is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the 2019-2020 recipient of The Catherine and William L. Magistretti Graduate Fellowship. She received her B.A. in Politics and Social and Cultural Analysis from... More
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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 critique to... More
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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 commercialized entertainment to the bourgeouis... More
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    Sierra Edd (Diné) is a PhD student in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current interests are in Indigenous gender and sexuality, culture, storytelling, futures/futurity, and digital media. She is also 2020 recipient of the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and... More
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    Marcelo Garzo Montalvo (Mapuche, Chilenx) is a musician, dancer, educator and PhD Candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is currently the Alfred Arteaga Dissertation Fellow at the Latinx Research Center and a Graduate Student Instructor/Researcher with Prof. Angela Marino’s “Performance... More
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    Gregoria received her BA in History from UC Santa Cruz in 2013 and her MA in History from The University of Chicago in 2017. Her MA thesis focuses on the Puerto Rican revolutionary group, the Young Lords Organization, and their cross-class movement... More
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    I am a second-year PhD student and recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study. I received my BA (summa cum laude) in English Honors and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies from the University of Washington in 2019. My research interests orient... More
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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... More
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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 community-based organizations,... More
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    My dissertation, tentatively entitled, “Unsettled Belonging: Religion, Globalization, and Korean Migration in the Americas,” is a multi-sited ethnography of Korean mobility that examines the migratory networks and cultural imaginaries articulated by and through the Korean diaspora, with a focus on Korean migrants... More
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    Lisa is a strange gal with a passion for all things trash. She is interested in race, waste, data, and how their relationships to one another shape the roles of non-‘human’ subjects in social movements. She received B.A from the CUNY Baccalaureate... More
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    Fantasia Painter is PhD candidate in Ethnic Studies and enrolled member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Her dissertation, Bordering the Nation: Land, Life, and Law in the US-Mexico Borderlands and on O’odham Jeved (Land) investigates the borderlands in relation to... More
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    Alan Pelaez Lopez is a narrative scholar, multimedia artist, and poet in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. In their dissertation, Fugitive Authorship: UndocuBlack Immigrants and the Literary Imaginary, Pelaez Lopez examine the development of undocumented Black Indigenous (undocuBlack)... More
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    David is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship. He holds an MA in Ethnic Studies (2019) from the department and an AB in Sociology (2017) from Vassar College. His research interests include:... More
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    Ngọc-Mai Phan is a doctoral student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research project explores the history and religiosity of Vietnamese Catholics in the United States and in Vietnam through the lens of religious youth organizations and leaders.... More
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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, Melanie explores the lives of older Latinos in order to understand how they envision, as well as redefine their... More
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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... More
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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 Berkeley Mentored Research... More
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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 as Ataque de Nervios,... More
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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... More
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    My dissertation “False Promises: Race, Power, and the Chimera of Indian Assimilation, 1879-1934,” centers on the institutionalization and punishment of American Indian women and men at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (1879-1918) in Carlisle, PA and the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians (1902-1934)... More