Current Thematic Graduate Student Fellows
2022-2023 Thematic Graduate Student Fellows: Mending and Transforming
André Ramos Chacón
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Morisco, Mestizo, and Indian Historians of the Spanish Empire: Identity and Writing in 16th Century Granada, Mexico, and Peru
André Ramos-Chacón (Cuzco, 1989) is a PhD candidate in Spanish. He studies 16th and 17th centuries Spanish-American literature, and 20th century Latin American literature focused on indigenous people and heritage languages.
André’s dissertation bridges 16th c. Spanish, Mexican, and Peruvian colonial studies through the analysis of post-conquest writing and identity in the Muslim Kingdom of Granada, the Indian Government of Tlaxcala, and the Inca State of Vilcabamba. He focuses on three authors: Miguel de Luna, Diego Muñoz Camargo, and Titu Cusi Yupanqui
André also studies Quechua, Nahuatl, and Latin, and favors interdisciplinary research through close reading, archival work, and second language acquisition studies (SLA).
Department of Anthropology
Se Acostumbra Uno a Trabajar: Labor, Tradition, and the Limits of Food Sovereignty Aspirations among Mexican Immigrant Farmers in Western Oregon
Alex Korsunsky is a PhD candidate in Anthropology finishing a dissertation on Mexican immigrant farmers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he grew up. His ethnographic research focuses on food justice, labor, and the complex factors that lead farmers to embrace conventional or alternative environmental practices. He is also a grant writer with CAPACES Leadership Institute’s Anahuac Farm, an indigenous migrant food sovereignty program based in Turner, Oregon. ”
Department of English
Vital Infrastructures: The Affects, Power, and Environments of Infrastructural Media
Maren Loveland is a dual-PhD student in English and Comparative Media Analysis and Practice whose research focuses on the relationship between media, infrastructure, and the environment. She specializes in twentieth-century literature and film studies, documentary studies, energy humanities, and critical race theory.
Nicholas Tyler Reich
Doctoral Student, Department of English
Nick Reich (he/they) studies how racialized gender and sexuality undergird energy infrastructure, as represented in regional literature and media. Check out their latest article in the Transgender Studies Quarterly: “Truck Sluts, Petrosexual Countrysides, and Trashy Environmentalism.”