Doctoral Candidate

Department of Ethnic Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About Me

Melanie Z. Plasencia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the incoming César Chávez Fellow at Dartmouth College for 2021-2022. This year, she was nominated to serve as the graduate student representative for the Aging and Lifecourse section of the ASA. 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 research can be read in the Journals Social Problems and The Gerontologist , and has been supported by the AARP, Center for Race and Gender and the Ford Foundation. Melanie has taught over fourteen courses for Universities on the East and West Coast. As a former Ronald E. Mcnair Scholar, she enjoys giving back and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds in her areas of specialty.

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Last updated: 01/20/2022