Saluting the Class of 2017

May 22, 2017

The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration congratulates all members of the class of 2017, especially those working in the study of race, indigeneity, and transnational migration. A special kudos to the following graduates of Yale College and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences!

Yale College

Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M) Class of 2017

ER&M Seniors, Class of 2017

These Yale College graduates make up the largest graduating class in the major’s 20-year history!

Pictured (L-R): Ryan Wilson, Nicota Stevenson, Israel Tovar, Dianne Kaiyoorawongs, Shirley Paxton Fofang, Daad Sharfi, Katie Grasso, Adriana Embus Figueroa, Timiebi Souza-Okofabri. Not Pictured: Cathy Calderón, Clara Yang, Ishrat Mannan, Kodi Alvord, Jade Harvey, and Autumn Shone

Justice Carlos R. Moreno Essay in Latina/o studies Prize Winners

The Justice Carlos R. Moreno Prize is awarded annually to the best senior essay focusing on the field of Latina/o Studies, or on the Latina/o experience in the United States. This year’s winners are:

Name Yale College Major senior essay title
Kathy Amiliategui American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies “The Fabric of Society: Exploitation and Grassroots Activism in the Los Angeles Garment Industry”
Ava Tomasula y García American Studies “Do You Know Us Fully? ‘Humanness,’ ‘Rights,’ and Redistributive Justice”
Clara Yang Ethnicity, Race, and Migration “The Making of Borders on Bodies: Sexual and Reproductive Citizenship of Undocumented Youth”


Undergraduate RITM Fellowship Award Recipients

Name Yale College Major
Kathy Amiliategui American Studies & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Mallory Isburg Anthropology
Ishrat Mannan Economics
Clara Yang Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Christina Chi Zhang Architecture
Note: Chi is also a winner of the 2017 Louis Sudler Prize that is awarded to graduating seniors for excellence in the performing and creative arts!

Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

2016-2017 Dissertation Writing Group Members

Name Yale Department Dissertation Title
Ryan Cecil Jobson African American Studies and Anthropology “Fueling Sovereignty: Energy, Infrastructure, and State Building in Trinidad and Tobago”
Kaneesha Parsard (Dissertation Writing Group Co-Coordinator) African American Studies and American Studies “Improper Dwelling: Space, Sexuality, and Colonial Modernity in the British West Indies, 1838-1962”


Graduate RITM Fellowship Award Recipients

Name Department Dissertation Title

Heather Vermeulen

African American Studies and American Studies

“Archival Ecologies, Queer Kin-aesthetics: Thomas Thistlewood & the Plantation Grotesque”


ER&M Lecturer and Senior Essay Coordinator

Quan T. Tran, Courtesy of UCI Library, SEAAQuan T. Tran (American Studies)

Quan completed her dissertation in December 2016. Her manuscript, titled, “Anchoring Vietnamese Boat People’s Memory and History: Refugee Identity, Community, and Cultural Formations in the Vietnamese Diaspora,” is an interdisciplinary project concerning the late twentieth century boat refugee exodus from Vietnam and contemporary efforts in remembering that mass migration in Southeast Asia, Western Europe, Australia, North America, and cyberspace.