Curriculum Vitae

Education

(2022)            Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California-Berkeley

                      Dissertation: “Con Sueños Que Ya Son Viejos: How Aging Latino                                    

                      Immigrants Confront Inequality in Later Life”

                      Committee: Lok Siu, Cristina Mora, Ulla Berg, Christian Paiz

2014              M.A., Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

2012              B.A., Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University

                      Recognition: Summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa

                      Minors: American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies 

Selected Honors & Awards

FELLOWSHIPS

2022-2023     César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellowship, Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies            

                      Program, Dartmouth College

2021-2022     César Chávez Dissertation Fellowship, Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies            

                      Program, Dartmouth College

2021-2022     New York University (NYU), Faculty First Look Program in the Arts and Sciences.

2021-2022     Global Health Fellow, The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, 

                      Dartmouth College and Geisel School of Medicine Center for Health Equity 

2021-2022     Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latino Studies, School for Advanced Research,

                      Santa Fe, NM (declined)

2021              Future Faculty Career Exploration Fellowship, Rochester Institute of Technology

2021              Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) Summer 

                      Mentoring Workshop for Advanced Doctoral Students in Latinx Studies

2020-2021     Dissertation Fellowship, Ford Foundation 

2020-2021     Graduate Fellowship, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

2018-2021     Fellowship, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2021               Behavioral and Social Sciences Section- Student Registration Award, Gerontological

                       Society of America (GSA)

2021               Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Ethnic Studies Department, UC Berkeley

2019               Travel Research Award, Graduate Assembly, UC Berkeley

2019               Research Grant, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley

2018               Future Faculty Development Program Awardee, Sociology Department, Virginia            

                       Polytechnic Institute and State University

2017               Second Place, Emerging Scholars Poster Competition, International Conference on Aging                          in the Americas

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

2022 "Age-Friendly as Tranquilo Ambiente: How Cultural Perspectives Shape Older Latinos’ Lived Environment," The Gerontologisthttps://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnab137

[Spanish Version for Research Participants to Read]

2021 "‘I don’t have much money, but I have a lot of friends’: How Poor Older Latinos Find Tangible Support in Peer Friendship Networks," Social Problemshttps://academic.oup.com/socpro/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/socpro/spab081/6490177

BOOK CHAPTERS

" ‘La Iglesia Es Mi Comunidad’: A Union City Latinx Destination From Arrival to Old Age," in Latino New Jersey, edited by Ulla Dalum Berg and Aldo Lauria Santiago (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press), forthcoming.

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

 

 2019 "Antonio Ibarria (1935-) and El Especialito (Union City, NJ) (1985)," in Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders, edited by Jessica Lavariega Monforti (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO), 172-173.

 

2019 "Robert ‘Bob’ Menendez (1954-)," in Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders, edited by Jessica Lavariega Monforti (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO), 319-320.

 

REVIEWS

 

2017 Review of Theresa Delgadillo, Latina Lives in Milwaukee, in Latino Studies 15, no. 3 (Fall) : 386-388.

PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP

2022 Melanie Z. Plasencia, "Accounting for the Diverse Experiences of Older Immigrants in Today's America," Generations Today, American Society on Aging, March 23rd.

2022  Melanie Z. Plasencia, "Writing Your Graduate Fellowship/Grant Application," Inside Higher Ed, March 29th.

2021 Julia Sizek with Isabel G. Valdivia and Melanie Z. Plasencia, "Addressing Latinx Social inequality in Later Life." Written interview. Social Science Matrix, December 10th.

 

OTHER WRITING

 2011 "Why Latinas Do IT: A Qualitative Exploration of Women in Information Technology," NCUR Conference Research Proceedings for University of North Carolina, (Spring).

MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS

"Reimagining Care for Latinx Senior Survival" (article draft available upon request)

"Ethnic Older Adults and Technology in the Age of the Pandemic" (written piece available upon request)