WGSS Graduation Luncheon, May 4, 2016




Keynote by Dr. Sarah Luna: In Search of Disreputable Heroines



Rikki Bettinger (History) is a doctoral candidate in the History Department, specializing in Latin American History. Her dissertation examines the diaries of North Atlantic women who traveled to Mexico and the Caribbean in the early nineteenth-century. She enjoys blending the discipline of history with her women’s studies work, and is invigorated by the atmosphere in the WGSS office, where she works as Graduate Assistant and Advisor. Prior to coming to UH, she earned her M.A. in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio after completing four years teaching history in the secondary classroom.

Yvonne Chen (Sociology) is a master’s student in the Sociology department. Her thesis focuses on how teacher’s enforcement of the dress code reproduce gendered, racial, and class discrimination through the hidden curriculum. Some of her other research projects examine mental health stigma and the portrayal of Asian Americans in U.S. media. She is also a student advisory board member of the academic journal, Social Problems. Yvonne will be pursuing her Sociology Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University this fall. She plans to research the barriers that Asian Americans face when accessing mental health services and how they navigate the healthcare system.

Fernando Clark (Sociology) is a master’s student in the Sociology Department. He graduated from Beloit College where he developed his sociological and feminist perspectives. His research centers on criminology, Latina/o sociology, gender, and inequality and poverty. His master’s thesis examines how mass media portrays Latina women who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Other current manuscripts include how gender roles are portrayed through the music genre of Urban Bachata and examining the barriers that Latina/os encounter when trying to seek mental health services. He is a member of the student advisory board in the academic journal, Social Problems. This upcoming fall, Fernando will be attending the University of Georgia-Athens as a Ph.D. student in sociology. There he plans to continue his work on Latina women and post-incarceration and the barriers Latina/os face when trying to enter college.

Julia Taylor (English) graduated with a M.A. in English in December of 2015. While at UH, she served as the Graduate Research Fellow in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archives. This fall, Julia will be transplanting to Eugene, Oregon, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Oregon, where she will emphasize in Gender Studies and Ethnic Literatures.