Katie Duarte

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Graduate Student
B.A. Vassar College

Research Interests

Race and Ethnicity; Gender & Sexuality; Cultural Sociology; Immigration


Year of Entry: 2018

After completing my bachelor's degree in Economics at Vassar College, I worked as a research assistant at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) under the tutelage of Dr. Ramona Hernández. As a research assistant, I focused on Dominicans who migrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Before graduate school, I worked as a legal administrative assistant for the Reproductive Freedom Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 

My current research project concentrates on the hookup culture and dating scene in US college campuses from the perspective of Dominican women. My research interests include immigration, cultural understandings, identity formation, race theory, and social meaning-making for people of Dominican descent in the US and in the Dominican Republic.