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 shout out goes out to the following members of the class.

Yale College

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

ER&M Seniors, Class of 2017These Yale College graduates make up the largest graduating class in ER&M’s 20-year history!

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

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

Justice Carlos R. Moreno

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 —all members of the Yale College Class of 2017—are:

Kathy Amiliategui (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

Ava Tomasula y García (American Studies and the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights)

Clara Yang (Ethnicity, Race, and Migration)


Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

2016-2017 dissertation writing group members

Ryan Cecil Jobson (African American Studies and Anthropology)

Ryan completed his dissertation titled, “Fueling Sovereignty: Energy, Infrastructure, and State Building in Trinidad and Tobago,” in Spring 2017. During the 2016-17 academic year, he served as a member of the RITM Center’s Dissertation Writing Group.


Kaneesha Parsard  (African American Studies and American Studies)

Kaneesha completed her dissertation titled, “Improper Dwelling: Space, Sexuality, and Colonial Modernity in the British West Indies, 1838-1962,” in Spring 2017. During the 2016-17 academic year, she served as co-coordinator of the RITM Center’s Dissertation Writing Group.

er&m lecturer and senior essay coordinator

Dr. Quan T. Tran, Courtesy of UCI Library SEAA websiteQuan T. Tran (American Studies)

Quan completed her dissertation in December 2016. The 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.