Doctoral Candidate

Department of Ethnic Studies

University of California, Berkeley

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About Me

Mel is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Her research examines how older Latina/o/xs in the U.S. negotiate the challenges of aging in the context of extreme poverty, deteriorating health, and diminishing government support. Her project has been supported by the AARP and, more recently, by the Center for Race and Gender and the Ford Foundation. She has taught over fourteen courses for Universities on the East and West Coast. She enjoys mentoring students from diverse backgrounds in her areas of specialty.

Ethnic Studies               Gerontology            Social Sciences

Latina/o/x Studies

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