SIMRM 2023

Priyanka Sethy

PhD Student, Department of Government

Priyanka Sethy is a PhD Student at the Department of Government at Harvard University. Her research interests are in immigrant identity formation, social trust, and diaspora communities - particularly the Indian diaspora. Prior to starting her PhD, she took an MPA from Columbia University and a Bachelors’ in Political Science from the University of Chicago. She also worked as a management consultant in public health. Priyanka is from Dehra Dun, a town in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. In her free time, she makes art and constructs crosswords.

Steven Schmidt

National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. My research examines how housing shapes family wellbeing, and much of my work uses in-depth interviews with renters to show how the affordable housing crisis widens inequalities among families. In particular, I focus on the rental experiences of Latino/a/x immigrants, who are underrepresented in urban sociological research. I received a PhD in sociology at UC Irvine and a BA in Spanish from Kenyon College.

John C. Arroyo

Assistant Professor in Engaging Diverse Communities

John C. Arroyo, Ph.D., AICP, is an Assistant Professor in Engaging Diverse Communities and Director of the PNW Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice at the University of Oregon. He received a doctorate in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design from MIT. He is a governor-appointed member of the Oregon State Advisory Committee on History Preservation and currently serves on the boards of the Public Humanities Network of the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and the School for Advanced Research (SAR). Beginning in the 2023-24 academic year, Arroyo will be an...

Darwin A. Baluran

Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Darwin Baluran is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management from Loyola University Chicago, where he was also a McNair scholar. He is particularly interested in examining how racialization processes differentially harm marginalized communities and addressing the disconnect between the conceptualization of race as a dynamic social construct and how it is often...

Emma Empociello

Ph.D Student, Political Science

Emma Empociello is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Center Emile Durkheim at Sciences Po Bordeaux, France and a Fulbright Fellow at UC San Diego (10/2022-09/2023). She works on comparative public policies, migration politics and international cooperation.Her research dissertation compares migration politics in Greece, Hungary and Jordan, within which she has been carrying out intensive fieldwork since 2017. Now, she focuses on the history of cooperation between the U.S. and Jordan, and U.S. migration politics. She is based in San Diego and carries out fieldwork in Washington D.C....

Rebecca Woofter

Doctoral Student, Public Health

Rebecca Woofter is a doctoral student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the department of Community Health Sciences. She holds a BA from Emory University in History and Political Science and an MPH from Washington University in St. Louis in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Rebecca studies maternal and reproductive health, particularly access to and quality of healthcare, pregnancy outcomes, and contraceptive use. Her work examines the social, institutional, and structural barriers to achieving reproductive justice among birthing people of color and immigrants in the U.S.

Silvana Larrea Schiavon

PhD Student, Public Health

Silvana was trained as a medical doctor with a specialty in preventive medicine, before undertaking an MPH with a focus on epidemiology at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. Currently, she is continuing her studies in public health as a second-year student in the DrPH program at UC Berkeley. She is working as a graduate student researcher at UC Berkeley on projects related to youth experiencing homelessness in California. Her research interests include sexual and reproductive health, migration and health, and health inequalities. She enjoys reading, biking and walking...

Janet Muniz

Assistant Professor Department of Sociology

Dr. Janet Muñiz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Long Beach. She is first-generation and from a working-class Mexican immigrant background. She obtained a B.A. in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University, and completed her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2021 from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Muñiz teaches and does research around Latinx communities, ethnic identity, and entrepreneurship.

Carlos Aguilar

PhD Student, Sociology

I am a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, and a 2022 and 2023 Turner Schulman Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, & Immigration. Throughout my graduate career, my theoretical and empirical work has revolved around the experiences and opportunities encountered by undocumented youth and young adults in the United States. Today, my dissertation explores the meanings and implications that immigrant “illegality” poses in the lives of Dominican immigrants residing in Puerto Rico, and the ways in which this community...

Huiguang Ren

Doctoral Student

Huiguang is a doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Zhejiang University in 2016 and his Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from East China Normal University in 2019. Huiguang’s overall research focuses on Asian immigrant parents’ parenting cognition, practices, and their contributions to children’s social-emotional development.