ISGRJ Postdoctoral Fellows
These humanities-centered fellowships support recent doctoral recipients whose research demonstrates a deep investment in the areas of inquiry related to anti-racism and social inequality.
Area of Expertise: Social and Criminal Justice
Jessica Calvanico studies how histories of sexuality, race, and class converge to create a carceral system of girlhood by exploring the historical foundations of the juvenile justice system in the southern United States. She earned her Ph.D. in feminist studies at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Area of Expertise: Social Justice and the Arts
Melinda Gonzalez’s research examines the lived experiences of hurricane Maria survivors in Puerto Rico and New York through the use of digital space, poetry, and community organizing, and also examines racial disparities in the ongoing water crisis in urban centers of the United States. She earned her Ph.D. in geography and anthropology from Louisiana State University.
Area of Expertise: K–12 Education
Amelia Herbert’s research examines how youth, families, and educators navigate the racial and spatial politics of aspiration in the unequal and marketized schooling landscape of Cape Town, South Africa. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology and education at Columbia University, Teachers College.
Area of Expertise: Criminal Justice
Franklin Moreno’s research examines child and adolescent development and exposure to violence in the US and in Central America. His doctoral research examined moral reasoning about violence associated with gangs known maras. Currently, he is studying youth development and experiences with policing in New Jersey and in Honduras. He earned his Ph.D. in Education at the University of California, Berkeley.