My name is Melissa Garcia, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology with research interests in race and ethnicity, immigration, and higher education. In my research, I use various qualitative methods including archival methods, ethnography, and semi-structured interviews to conduct research that aims to address social inequalities. My dissertation research focuses on the experiences of Asian and Latiné college students’ engagement with panethnic organizations to answer the broader research question of who faces inclusion or exclusion within a panethnic grouping and the implications for accessing resources.
Prior to attending Indiana University, I earned my M.A. in Sociology from the University of Memphis in 2017 and a B.A. in International Studies/Anthropology from Southwestern University.