Current Postdocs

Current Postdocs

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2020-2022

Email:
chchon@iu.edu

Chinbo Chong is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University. She is a first-generation college student who grew up in South Korea, Alaska, Kansas, Washington, and California. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2019). Her main fields of study are in American politics, political behavior, and race and ethnic politics. At CRRES, she will be working on her book manuscript titled Identity Appeals in the Age of Immigration. Her book project uses original survey experiments, large observational political surveys, and qualitative data, which speaks to the discussion about the formation of political identity, how this differs for Asian American and Latino voters, and its impact on mobilizing these two important American electorate. She has also examined how immigrant voters form their party identification, and the role of discrimination and xenophobic rhetoric on their political behavior and collective action.

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2020-2022

Email:
vvellan@iu.edu

Vivek Vellanki is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at Indiana University. Vivek earned his PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University. His scholarly and artistic work is centered on issues of migration, transnationalism, and youth identity/culture. He draws on visual methodologies and research-creation in order to question the boundaries between scholarly/creative work. Vivek’s dissertation examined the experiences/stories of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. using the photographic medium. He curated an exhibition titled, Do you have anything to declare?, featuring his dissertation work in the fall of 2019. He has worked with teachers and youth in India and the U.S. in exploring the role of the arts and the possibilities for envisioning the classroom as a site for exploration, play, and imagining socially just futures. At CRRES, Vivek’s work explores the relationship between photography, migration, and youth identity/culture through a collaboration with South Asian youth living in the area.

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2021-2023

Email:
alebara@iu.edu

Aleshia Barajas is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at Indiana University. She received her PhD from Yale University and is currently working on a book manuscript introducing an other-than-linear conceptual framework that challenges our current binary—here or there—understanding of the US-Mexico border and quotidian border-crossings. This work is based on three years of ethnographic field research at four ports of entry in Baja California/California and Sonora/Arizona, as well as her own personal experience crossing the border every day to attend school in the US. Her research has been generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2021-2023

Email:
jimora@iu.edu

Juan Ignacio Mora 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. Although he has spent time living in San Antonio, Texas and Mexico City, he is a committed Midwesterner who has spent the majority of his life in Chicago and Champaign, Illinois. Juan received his PhD in History with a minor in Latina/o Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2021). He is a historian of Latinxs, race, labor, and popular culture whose work questions the meaning of foodways, migration, and citizenship in the modern United States. As a CRRES Postdoctoral Fellow, he will primarily be working on his book manuscript titled Latino Encounters: Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and Puerto Ricans in Michigan, 1929-1971. Drawing on multi-lingual research in U.S., Mexican, and Puerto Rican archives, his book examines three groups of Latina/o/xs as they forged national and transnational networks through postwar migration and agricultural labor.

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