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 first-year graduate student at IU, Roberto is broadly interested in culture/subculture, race, gender, ethnography, critical discourse analysis, and theory. Significantly, Roberto is proud to be a first-generation, low-income, Latinx student.
Research & teaching interests
(Sub)Culture, Race and Gender, Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, Theory