The 2017-'19 Cohort:

About the Cohort


Jonathan Collins

Jonathan Collins is a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University as well as a Visiting Professor of Political Science and Education.  His research interests center on race, democratic governance, and public policy - particularly education policy.  He is in the process of developing a book a manuscript from this dissertation, which was entitled, Talking in the Halls: Deliberative Democracy, Local Institutions, and School Board Governance. His previous research has appeared in the academic journals Local Government Studies and the Harvard Journal of African American Policy. His public commentary has appeared in the Washington Post and Mic. Collins received his Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA, his M.A. in African-American Studies, and his B.A. in English from Morehouse College.


Almita A. Miranda

Almita A. Miranda is a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Miranda is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in race/ethnicity, gender, political economy, (im)migration, citizenship, transnationalism, Latinx families and grassroots organizing in the U.S. and Mexico. Miranda’s research focuses on Mexican mixed-status families, examining the ways in which undocumented immigrants, return migrants, and U.S. citizens navigate the legal and social constraints to which their family's uncertain status exposes them. Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Chicago, IL and Zacatecas, Mexico, Miranda explores larger questions of state power and liminal subject-formation; race, legality, and citizenship; intra-household gender relations; and shifting patterns of kin and transnational migrant networks in the neoliberal era. Her work has received funding from the National Science Foundation (GRF), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, and Dartmouth's César Chávez Dissertation Fellowship, among others. Miranda received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Northwestern University.


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Jennifer Pabelonia Nazareno

Jennifer Pabelonia Nazareno is a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Public Health and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. Jennifer is a medical sociologist and her research interests are focused in the sociology of health and include: the structural and social determinants of health/health inequalities; biopolitics of aging, chronic illness and (dis)ability; political economy and the organization of care; and race, ethnicity, gender and class. Jennifer’s research centers on the impacts of economic globalization on the organizational structure of the U.S. long-term care and mental health care systems. She examines how such structures arrange and shape the public-private divide, immigrant entrepreneurship, reimbursement schemes and care provider-care recipient relationships. Jennifer’s dissertation won the UCSF Anselm Strauss Award for Most Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation by providing a critical analysis on how immigrant Filipino women-owned care businesses have come to oversee and manage the health and illness of aging racial/ethnic minorities and destitute populations for over the past 40 years. She elucidates the underlying neoliberal environment characterized by the intersection of welfare state austerity policies and the globalization of the care labor force that played a role in the emergence of this distinct type of gendered, ethnic entrepreneurship. Jennifer received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).


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Kaustubh Thirumalai

Kaustubh is a climate scientist whose research attempts to gain information about the interaction between the atmosphere and oceans on timescales ranging from decades to millennia. Kaustubh’s research uses a combination of observations, proxy archives, and modeling simulations to elucidate important processes at play in the Earth-climate system. He is interested in understanding how the Earth's climate changed in the past, what caused these changes, and how such knowledge can help anticipate future changes in the climate. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University, Kaustubh is working on understanding past variations in Indian Monsoon rainfall using marine and terrestrial proxy archives. Kaustubh obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. in Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Kaustubh is originally from Bengaluru, India.