Winter 2019 Graduate Student Awards and Publications

March 22, 2019

Sociology@UCSantaCruz is proud to announce the recognition several graduate students received during the Winter 2019 term. Please join us in congratulating them on their achievements.


American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Graduate Student Fellows Program

Uriel Serrano was selected as 2019 AAHHE Graduate Student Fellow, presented his paper “A Youth Politics of Intersectionality and Political Quilting,” and was matched with Dr. Joanna Perez as his AAHHE faculty mentor.

The AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows Program provides Latinx and Afro-Latinx doctoral students the opportunity to attend AAHHE’s national conference, where they are introduced to professor and administrators from across the nation and are provided guidance, instruction, and mentors to help them navigate the complexities of higher education.

American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellowship Award

Yvonne Sherwood has been invited to participate in the American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellowship Program. The program aims to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research that is relevant to today’s global society. In addition to providing financial support, MFP works with its Fellows and their faculty mentors to help prepare the Fellow for a research career.

Arab Council for Social Sciences Fellowship Award

Aida Mukharesh has been accepted into the Third Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab World, a working group from the Arab Council for Social Sciences. This fellowship allows Aida to spend a week in Beirut thinking and writing with doctoral students, junior scholars, and faculty mentors with the Beirut Security Studies Collective in workshops around issues of (in)security in the Arab world.

Association for the Study of Food and Society

Erica Zurawski was elected co-president of ASFS’s Graduate Association for Food Studies, as well as received a grant to support a co-organized campus-wide event on Critical Food Studies, her project through the Science & Justice Training Program.

Project MALES Graduate Scholars Program at the University of Texas at Austin

Uriel Serrano was selected as recipient for the inaugural Graduate Scholars Program. The mission of the Project MALES Graduate Scholars Program is to support the academic and career advancement of emerging scholars whose research is focused on the educational outcomes of male students of color. Uriel was matched with Dr. Mellie Torries (CUNY) as his faculty mentor and received a dissertation award.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Award

This award allows Ankit and Roxanna to participate in an interdisciplinary training program that helps graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own.

Ankit Sharma, “Worlds of Precarity: Memory, Narrative, and Labor Movements”

Roxanna Villalobos, “Latina Rural Girlhoods in the United States”

UC Santa Cruz Research Center for Americas Graduate Student Mini-grant

The Research Center for the Americas award mini-grants for UCSC graduate students conducting research in Chicanx, Latinx, and Latin American, migration, cross-border/hemispheric, and human rights studies.

Saugher Nojan, “Afghan Refugees’ Racialization, Belonging and Political Subjectivities".


Keli Benko’s peer-reviewed manuscript entitled, "People Need to Know! Notification and the Regulation of Pesticide Use Near Public Schools in California" has been accepted for publication and will appear in the interdisciplinary journal, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Julian Rodriguez’ peer-reviewed article this entitled "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Media: Key Narratives, Future Directions" was published in Sociology Compass.

Uriel Serrano’s co-authored manuscript entitled, “Symbolic Sanctuary and Discursive Dissonance: Limitations of Policy and Practice at Hispanic Serving Institutions” has been published by the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.

Erica Zurawsk’s article “The Phenomenon of the Park Slope Food Coop: The Stakes of De-Politicized Monotonywas published in the Graduate Journal of Food Studies as a documentary review of "Food Coop."

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