Dorainne Levy, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2016-2018
Dorainne Levy is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. She received her PhD in 2016 from the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Dorainne's research primarily explores how discrimination shapes affective, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological outcomes that, in turn, have implications for racial/ethnic disparities in many life domains. She is currently revising articles from her dissertation entitled "The Effects of Emotion Regulation Strategies when Contending with Discrimination Experiences."
Denia Garcia, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-2019
Denia Garcia is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2017. Her research interests include race/ethnicity, urban sociology, political sociology, and organizations. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on a three-year ethnography of a multiethnic neighborhood in Chicago, which speaks to ongoing debates about the consequences of ethnic/racial diversity for social relations and civic participation. She has also examined how social cues influence the perception of race and skin color, racial attitudes, and social capital among urban families using survey and experimental data.
Whereas most sociological studies on children of immigrants examine how well they assimilate into U.S. society, Hyeyoung employs interactional and intersectional approaches and argue that racialized nativism is at the heart of their family lives, constraining immigrant families' access to public resources and creating a difficult double bind for children of immigrants. Her previous research has been published in Childhood and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Her recent research on youth resistance and everyday performance is forthcoming in Social Problems.
Vanessa Cruz Nichols, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-2019
Vanessa Cruz Nichols is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University. Her research interests have centered on citizen activism and motivators of political participation with a particular focus on reassessing the hypothesis that threat is the main catalyst that awakens the Latino “sleeping giant.” Instead of potentially exacerbating feelings of helplessness while only emphasizing a sense of urgency (or policy threat), combining these messages with more opportunity-based policy alternatives may be an improved strategy to catalyze a group to rise, and not succumb, to the challenge before them. Vanessa’s dissertation leveraged data from an original bilingual survey experiment and observational survey analyses from the American National Election Study. To build on her dissertation work, Vanessa is conducting mobilizer interviews and analyzing data from a second survey experiment, which delves into the causal mechanisms of fear and hope. Vanessa’s book project is tentatively titled “Latinos Rising to the Challenge: Political Responses to Peril and Promise.”