Meet our Students

Selected fellows are recognized and featured appropriately for their exceptional accomplishments, and/or for exceeding expectations in their academic performance. 

Bill De La Rosa

Bill De La Rosa

Faculty Mentor: Marcus Lopez

Bill is a Sociology and Latin American Studies double major planning to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis on migration. A Mexican-American, first generation college student, Bill conducts ethnographic research at a migrant shelter in Nogales, Mexico to understand how border security affects undocumented migration and migration strategies. His research has been illustrated at Bowdoin College, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Association for Borderland Studies. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, he hopes to continue advocating for the people who the law considers voiceless.

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Michelle Kruk

Michelle Kruk

Faculty Mentor: Marcos Lopez

Michelle Kruk is a rising senior at Bowdoin College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Earth and Oceanographic Science. Her research focuses on the community and city responses to food deserts in Chicago, particularly in the South and West sides of Chicago. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the politics of urban gardens and determining how urban gardens can best serve those who need them the most.

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Dash X. Lora 

Dash X. Lora 

Faculty Mentor: Nancy Riley

Dash X. Lora is a junior in Bowdoin College majoring in Sociology with a minor in Music. His research focuses on an analysis of music as a medium used to tell stories about people's lives. Specifically, he is interested contemporary rap music as a genre that not only allows for people to share their stories but as a commercial genre that sells particular images about African American men and women to listeners across the nation. Dash hopes to better understand the commercialization of rap music through Marxist theories, while also showing moments in rap music, in which artists fight against the images that are sold by other artists in the genre.
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Caroline Martinez

Caroline Martínez is a junior majoring in Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on indigenous female leaders in the Andean region of Ecuador, and how they were able to become agents of change despite the marginalization they face. Martínez is interested in exploring the conditions that are necessary for social change to take place and on the tools different communities use to gain more rights.
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