Fall 2018/Spring 2019 LSC Emphasis

In the 2018–2019 year, the following courses make up the emphasis:

  1. Fall 2018: Theories of Citizenship (Mary McThomas)
  2. Winter 2019: Critical Identity Theory (Kaaryn Gustafson)
  3. Spring 2019: Anthropology of Law (Lee Cabatingan)

The fourth cohort includes four students, representing schools from across UCI:

Veronica Gonzalez
Advisor: Leo Chavez
Veronica Gonzalez is a PhD student in Criminology, Law and Society. Her research interests explore the relationship between stigmas—including mental illness stigma both generally and among Latinx populations—and criminal justice involvement and/or outcomes. Specifically, her research considers the impact that mental illness stigma and treatment aversion might play in increasing contact with criminal justice institutions. She is also interested in the experiences of immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence and the role their immigration status plays in help-seeking behavior.

Janelle Levy
Advisor: Annie Lai
Janelle Levy is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. Her research interests include inequality, privilege, race/ethnicity, space, transnationalism, and citizenship. As a part of her research, she would like to examine the complicated and fluid ways in which Jamaican immigrants to the U.S. experience race and class across borders.

Liliana Ramirez
Advisor: Jennifer Terry
Liliana Ramirez is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. Her research interests involve undocumented immigration, queer studies, feminism, citizenship, and belonging. As part of her project, she is interested in looking at the ways that undocumented queer immigrants negotiate meanings of belonging and citizenship.

Christopher Williams
Advisor: Sora Han
Chris Williams is a JD student in the School of Law. His current research interests involve connecting and examining racial inequality produced via the colonialism and global exportation of U.S.-style legal structures. By highlighting racial oppression inherent in U.S. legal structures (such as legal education, emphasized law, punishment schemes, etc.), Chris aims to show how global racial praxis needs to be interconnected to eradicate and remedy discrimination both domestically and abroad.