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Alejandro Zermeno

Sociology Ph.D student Alejandro Zermeño
Professional Title: 
Graduate Student
Alejandro Zermeño is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. He earned a B.A. in sociology with a minor in multicultural leadership at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, in 2013, and earned a master's degree in Sociology at UC Merced in 2017.
His research areas of expertise include race/ethnicity, health/illness, Latinx Indigenous resurgence, and qualitative and Indigenous methodologies. His primary research, which is funded by the American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program, advances a critical Indigenous-based framework to study how European settler colonial histories harm the health of marginalized communities in the U.S., and how those communities fight back to promote healing and resilience through collective mobilization and ritual ceremonies. His dissertation investigates how resurgence of Indigenous identities and ritual ceremonies shapes Mexican American health outcomes and their sense of belonging with Native American and Latinx communities in California.