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Graduate Students

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    Joshua G. Acosta is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a third-generation Filipino American and grew up in Southern California. He is a recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship and is... More
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    Hector M. Callejas (mestizo/Latino) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (Chochenyo Ohlone territory). He researches and teaches on Latin American and Latinx studies; Native American and Indigenous studies; sociocultural anthropology; human geography;... 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 (Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies). She received her B.A. in Politics and Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University. Her... 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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    Sierra Edd (Diné) is a PhD student in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is Tł’ógi, born for the Kinłichii’nii people and grew up in Durango, Colorado / Four corners. Her current interests are in Indigenous gender and sexuality,... More
  • Gregoria is broadly interested in race, empire, and sexuality, Central American & Caribbean cultures and geographies, and community and aesthetic archives. Her proposed dissertation is a queer diasporic history of the U.S. occupation of the Panama Canal Zone. She holds a BA... More
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    I am a third-year student and recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study & 2021-2022 Mentored Research Award. I received my BA (summa cum laude) in English Honors and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies from the University of Washington in 2019.... More
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    Pilar Jefferson is a PhD student in the department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Pilar graduated from Vassar College in 2015 with a BA in Art History and Native American Studies focused on 20th century Native American art... More
  • Jess is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Brown University in 2020. Her research interests revolve around critical geographies and the U.S.-Canada borderlands, at the... 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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    Breylan Náajeyistláa Martin is a PhD student in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship. She is Tlingit, Raven-T’akdeintaan Clan whose family is from Hoonah and Tenakee, Alaska. Her interests lie in... 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’ racialized subjects in social movements. She received her B.A from the... More
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    Alan Pelaez Lopez is a narrative scholar, multimedia artist, and poet who earned a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Dissertation Abstract: Fugitive Authorships: Social Contracts and the UndocuBlack Everyday is an interdisciplinary project that engages discourse analysis, auto-ethnography, memoir-writing, poetry,... 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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    Melanie Z. Plasencia studies how race, ethnicity, class and gender affect the experiences of historically marginalized older adults in the United States. In her dissertation, Melanie explores the lives of older Latina/o/xs in order to understand how they envision, as well as... 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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    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