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Graduate Students

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    Joshua G. Acosta (he/him/his) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship and is a former Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and California State University Sally... More
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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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    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 Native American and Indigenous studies; Latin American and Latinx studies; comparative Ethnic studies; political... 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. 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
  • Gregoria is broadly interested in race, empire, and sexuality, Central American/Caribbean cultures and geographies, the queer diasporic, community and aesthetic archives, and oral history and memory. Her doctoral research focuses on the queer history of the U.S. occupation of the Panama Canal... More
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    I am a third-year PhD student and recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study and 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... 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
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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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    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’ subjects in social movements. She received B.A from the CUNY Baccalaureate... More
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    Fantasia Painter received her PhD in Ethnic Studies in Summer 2021 She is an enrolled member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and her dissertation, Bordering the Nation: Land, Life, and Law in the US-Mexico Borderlands and on O’odham Jeved (Land), investigates... 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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    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 Latinxs 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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    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