Denia Garcia, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-2020
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.
Tennisha Riley, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2018-2020
Tennisha N. Riley 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 Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. Her research interests focus on cognitive and emotional processes associated with the development of both risk-related and prosocial behaviors among African American youth. Specifically, she is interested in the degree to which adolescents’ emotion-related physiological responses in particular contexts (i.e., family, peers, school, and community settings) informs decision-making. She received her M.A in Marriage and Family Therapy from LaSalle University in 2009, and subsequently worked as a multi-systemic therapist for adolescents and their families. Her previous work with families and clinical training informs her current research in adolescent development, as well as her interest in translational research and intervention development.
Candace Miller, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2019-2021
Candace Miller is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity and a Visiting Assistant Professor in O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Virginia in 2019. Her research interests have focused on race/ethnicity, urban sociology, and culture. Candace’s is currently working on a book based on a mixed-methods examination of the disparate impacts of gentrification on Black-owned and white-owned businesses in Detroit, MI. In addition, she has recently examined how arts organizations are distributed among poor and minority urban neighborhoods, how students from different racial groups construct spatial meaning and interpret a sense of belonging on a public university campus, and how race and gender create inequality in among biology Ph.D. students in laboratory workspaces.
Oscar Patron, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2019-2021
Oscar E. Patrón is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program in the School of Education. Oscar received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and spent the last two years of his program as a Visiting Scholar and Research Associate at the USC Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California. His research interests broadly examine the racialized, gendered, and sexualized experiences of Latina/o students in higher education; men of color; student success; and resilience. Oscar's dissertation, which was funded by a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation dissertation fellowship, examined processes of resilience that gay Latino men undergo as it relates to social identities that are most salient to them. In doing so, he accounts for the role and manifestation of systems of oppression that underlie the adversity encountered by Latino men.
Christine Peralta, CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2019-2021
Christine Noelle Peralta is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University. She is a first-generation college student who grew up in Houston, Texas. She received her Ph.D. in History with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2019). Her research interests are in the fields of U.S. history, empires and imperialism, comparative ethnic studies, gender and women’s studies, and migration. Her book project uses a transnational approach to examine the history of Filipina women’s medical knowledge production during Spanish and U.S. empire. Locating Filipina women’s intellectual labor in unexpected places, she assembles a wide-ranging archive that includes sources from demography, botany, medicine, and native folklore in order to recover women’s stories by carefully examining these sources for traces of their erased knowledge, revealing the multiple interactions women had with colonial medicine. She is also interested in developing decolonial pedagogies for the classroom, collecting comic books, and listening to ghost stories.