Prior to joining the department in 2022, Roberto D. Ortiz graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with degrees in Sociology, Women's Studies, and Music. His undergraduate thesis uses both critical discourse analysis and ethnography to assess how restaurant patrons discursively construct and perpetuate orientalist narratives based on their experiences at hibachi steakhouses. As a graduate student at IU, Roberto is broadly interested in organizations, culture, social psychology, inequality, stratification, and theory. In particular, they're interested in how an organization's culture can generate inequality.
In their free time, they enjoy reading, trying new foods, playing the clarinet, scrolling on TikTok, and weightlifting.