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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... More
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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) from the same department. He was born and raised in a Latino immigrant community in Sacramento,... 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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    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... 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. She received her B.A. degree from Brown University in Ethnic studies with a focus on Native American and Indigenous studies. Her previous scholarship examined racialized violence... 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 Researcher at the American Cultures Center.... 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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    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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    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 processes and histories through... More
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    Alan Pelaez Lopez is a narrative scholar, visual performance artist, and poet in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.   In scholarship, Alan investigates the ways in which U.S. federal and constitutional law, as literary genres, authored the fugitive... More
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    David is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Ethnic Studies and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship. He holds an M.A. in Ethnic Studies (2019) from the department and an A.B. in Sociology (2017) from Vassar College. His research interests... More
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    Currently, Ngoc-Mai Phan is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. 
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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... 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