Victoria Holec is currently working on her PhD in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought in the departments of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Lethbridge (Canada). Her dissertation titled “Who are the Millennials? Exploring the constructions and performances of ‘Millennial’ as categories of analysis and practice” investigates Millennial identities as both other-constructed and self-performed through discourse and lived experience. Currently, Victoria is developing a course on “Conceptualizing Youth,” which reviews deterministic and constructivist conceptualizations of youth, major theories, and methodologies used to study youth, and applies these to current issues and media representations concerning youth ranging from Neuroscience, Psychology, Anthropology, and History to Media and Cultural Studies.
Victoria served as the University of Lethbridge Institute for Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS) graduate assistant and communications and event manager from 2016 to 2018 and remains a graduate student affiliate of I-CYS. She co-organized the inaugural At the Intersections of Childhood I-CYS symposium in 2017, which resulted in her role as guest editor for a special collection in the Canadian Journal for Family and Youth (April, 2018).
Born and raised in Germany, Victoria is fluent in German and English and reads some French and Spanish. Victoria holds an MSc in Neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge and a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
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Florida International University
María Barbero is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. Her research centers on questions of race and ethnicity, nationalism, migration, and youth both in the United States and Argentina. Her dissertation, titled “The Age of Migration Control: Youth and Governmentality in the Americas” looks at migration control policies, discourses, and practices as they specifically target and affect migrant youth living in the cities of Miami and Buenos Aires. Prior to joining Florida International University, Maria earned a Master’s degree from the Department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.
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Scarlett is a Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology focusing on child and youth contextualized development and well-being. Her current research takes an ecocultural theoretical lens towards research in after-school programs. Specifically, Scarlett’s fieldwork is at a Los Angeles theatre that also offers after-school programming to various age groups four days a week. A few of her research foci are processes of participation, individual-group dynamics, and the co-construction of after-school spaces between youth and teachers. Scarlett has also been developing a method that incorporates in situ measures of electrodermal-activity (a psychophysiological response) to broaden methodology concerning individual ongoing participation.
Johns Hopkins University / Michigan Technological University
Sara Thiam received her PhD in Anthropology from McGill University, and she also holds an MA in Medical Anthropology from McGill. Her work focuses on global children’s rights promotion, the intersection between rights-based and relief-based interventions, cross-cultural conceptions of childhood, and child and youth entitlements, obligations and discipline in West Africa. Her 2015 dissertation, Forced Begging, Aid and Children’s Rights in Senegal: Stories of Suffering and Politics of Compassion in the Promotion of Rights for the “Taalibe” Qur’anic School Students of Senegal and Mali, examines how religion, politics, and NGO aid-seeking interact in campaigns targeting child trafficking in the region. Sara is currently finishing up an MPH degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she is lecturing in the Social Sciences Department of Michigan Technological University. As board chair of Right Start UP, a small non-profit in northern Michigan, Sara is directing a participatory, intergenerational digital history project rooted in social science research and methods that promotes youth community engagement and health and well-being in older adults.
Robin Valenzuela is a PhD student in the cultural anthropology program at Indiana University. She is interested in how noncitizen Latinos experience the Child Protection system in the United States, especially when their legal status or non-Western parenting practices are construed as abuse or neglect. Robin has a MA in Spanish, an MA in Anthropology, and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Louisville.