Graduate Student | PhD Candidate
Contact: Angelica Hill
With a family background of migrant and agricultural workers, I am a first generation college graduate with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Chicana/o Studies from Eastern Washington University. As an undergraduate, I was nominated by my departmental mentors for the Eastern Washington University Carper Scholarship, the McNair Graduate Preparation Program and finally the Houston Medallion for leadership and outstanding scholarship in the 2012 graduating class. While attending Eastern, I volunteered as a Peer Educator and presented on topics such as preventing and overcoming stalking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. I interned with several outreach programs in the community, first, working with men recently released from federal prison and later, with local entrepreneurs to establish environmentally friendly business practices. During my senior year, as a McNair Scholar, I developed research on Media’s representation of victims in the Ciudad Juarez femicide. This research was presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Conference, the Annual McNair Conference and at Eastern’s annual research Symposium.
Entering FIU’s GSS program in 2012,I am pursuing interests in national parks, identity construction and social stratification in social institutions. My own life experiences and family background have taught me that a focus on social inequalities relating to class, race, ethnicity and location are integral to advancing the knowledge of social scientists. The intersection of these interests will undoubtedly form the basis for my dissertation. These focuses have guided my graduate education and research interests, while always being addressed from a critical feminist perspective. By examining the impact of social stratification within institutions, my research will provide important insights that will lead to social change.