Postdoctoral, Faculty, and Graduate Fellows

Below are lists of our current Postdoctoral, Graduate Student, and Faculty fellows. View a list of former fellows. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Ayesha-Casie-Chetty wearing a black shirt in front of a green background.

    Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow in the Study of Race and Ethnicity, 2021-2022

    Ayesha Casie Chetty is the ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2021. Her research interests lie at the intersection of race, gender, and cultural institutions. Her current book project, tentatively titled “Voice, Body, and Identity: Negotiating the Color Line in Opera,” examines how opera singers of color (in-training) navigate the institutional processes of becoming opera singers in this overwhelmingly white field. Some of her other work looks at changing access to reproductive health care. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked for non-governmental organizations in Sri Lanka on projects that dealt with a range of social justice issues, including reproductive health rights, justice in a post-civil war setting, and substantive changes following amendments to the law on domestic violence. Casie Chetty received an LL.M. in socio-legal studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury, and an LL.B. from the University of London. Her research has been supported by the Taft Research Center and the Society for American Music, among others.

Graduate Student Fellows

  • black-and-white photo of Nicole-Sintetos

    CSREA Interdisciplinary Opportunity Graduate School Fellow, 2021-2022

    Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, Brown University

    Nicole Sintetos is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Brown University, where she is also an affiliate at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES). Her dissertation, “Reclamation: Race, Labor, and the Mapping of Settler States,” is a long durée environmental history of Tule Lake Segregation Center. Over the course of five chapters spanning chronologically from the 1873 Modoc War to the passage of the Environmental Protection Act in 1970, the dissertation reads global processes through the space of the local in order to make legible the entanglements of race, labor, and settler colonial technologies that formed in the wake of shifting Bureau of Reclamation policies. Her teaching and research sit at the intersection of relational ethnic studies, critical geography, science, technology and society studies, and environmental history. In 2021, she will serve as the co-PI alongside Erin Aoyama for an NPS-funded digital humanities initiative, the Japanese American MemoryscapeProject.

Faculty Fellows

  • Tayla-von-Ash

    Brown Faculty Fellow, CSREA, Fall 2021, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University

    Tayla von Ash is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University. She received her Sc.D. from Harvard University in 2018. Her research focuses on obesity prevention with an emphasis on racial and ethnic disparities, particularly during early childhood. She examines how behaviors that impact energy balance differ across groups and the contextual factors that contribute to those differences. Much of Professor von Ash’s current research focuses on insufficient sleep as a risk factor for obesity. She published the first study examining infant sleep disparities before six months of age, showing that differences in nighttime sleep duration across racial/ethnic groups are already present by one month, with Hispanic/Latino infants sleeping significantly less than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. Building on this and other formative research, she is now in the process of designing a sleeping parenting intervention for Hispanic/Latina mothers. Her work has been supported by the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Professor von Ash is also interested in technology-based interventions, global health, and community-engaged research.

  • Jennifer-Nazareno

    Brown Faculty Fellow, CSREA, Fall 2021, Barrett Hazeltine Assistant Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship

    Jennifer Nazareno is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health (SPH) and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. Professor Nazareno’s specialty areas include medical sociology, structural determinants of health, women’s migration, labor, and entrepreneurship. Her most recently accepted articles include, “Between Women of Color: The New Social Organization of Reproductive Labor” in Gender & Society and “From Imperialism to Inpatient Care: Work differences of Filipino and White Registered Nurses in the United States and Implications for COVID-19 through an Intersectional Lens” in Gender, Work and Organization

  • photo of Mark-Ocegueda wearing a black sweater in front of a grey backdrop

    Brown Faculty Fellow, CSREA, Fall 2021, Mellon Gateway Postdoctoral Fellow in History

    Mark A. Ocegueda is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Gateway Fellow and will transition to assistant Professor of History at Brown University in 2022. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California – Irvine in 2017. His research and teaching specializations include Latinx history, Mexican American history, labor, race, ethnicity, recreation, and public history. His current book project examines the development of Mexican American communities in Southern California's Inland Empire. In particular, he focuses on the City of San Bernardino's Mexican American community, revealing its significance toward understanding the historical development of civil rights, race, urban renewal, culture, and labor in California. Prior to joining Brown University, Ocegueda was Assistant Professor of Mexican American History at California State University, Sacramento from 2017-2019 and the César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellow from 2019-2020 in the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies program at Dartmouth College.

  • photo of David-Rangel

    Brown Faculty Fellow, CSREA, Fall 2021, Assistant Professor of Education, Brown University

    David Enrique Rangel is an Assistant Professor of Education at Brown University. As a sociologist of education, he studies the relationship between education and social inequality, with emphasis on the Latinx experience in the U.S. In particular, his research examines family-school relations, focusing on how social class, race, ethnicity, and the broader social context structure relations within families, between families, and between families and schools. His work documents Latinx parent’s experiences in school settings to understand if, how, and to what extent Latinx parents pass on educational advantages to their children. His most recent work has appeared in various outlets, including the American Educational Research Journal, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and Social Science and Medicine – Population Health.