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Maria Duenas

Maria Duenas
Professional Title: 
Graduate Student

M.A. in Sociology, University of South Florida;  B.A. in Sociology, New College of Florida


Maria D. Duenas is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Merced and a National Science Foundation AGEP California HSI Alliance Fellow. In 2010, she graduated from New College of Florida, the public honors college of Florida, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Sociology. Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, immigration, family, intersectionality, and Latina/o/xs. Guided by critical race theory and intersectional feminism, she studies racialization, racial and ethnic discourses, and racial and ethnic identity formation of Latina/o/xs. Her dissertation research examines how Latina/o/x families in Florida and California talk about racial and cultural identity and racism and how these conversations about and experiences with racial and ethnic inclusion and exclusion are gendered and vary by class.