René earned a B.A. in anthropology from California State University, Fresno in 2013 and an AA degree in music (piano) from College of the Sequoias in 2008. He gained experience in human resources before entering UC Merced’s graduate program in 2017. His area of focus within sociology is social movements. He is currently researching vegan and animal rights movements. Additionally, he published an article on social movements and collective memory (2014) in Sociology Compass as a co-author with Professor Tim Kubal at Fresno State.