Graduate Affiliate

Dennis Vahid Best

Graduate Affiliate
Energy and Resources Group

My research focuses on the Economic Geography of fire practices and considers the historical policies in land system and energy resource management and use across landscapes of North America. Building from an understanding of fire ecologies and the effects of dynamic decision my research addresses questions of an ecology of network effects and economic tradeoffs across these firelands.

Ángela Castillo-Ardila

Graduate Affiliate
Department of Anthropology
Ángela received her B.A. in Anthropology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá) and an M.Sc. in Geography from the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá). In 2015, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her doctoral studies in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Cal, she was a social researcher at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, and the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (Icanh).

Patricia de Nobrega Gomes

Graduate Affiliate
Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

Patricia de Nóbrega Gomes is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Women and Gender Studies. Her research is on contemporary Black and Indigenous artists in Brazil working in performance, mixed-media, sculpture, and photography. Her research interests also include Black Studies, Performance Theory, Feminist Theory, and Critical Indigenous Studies. Her dissertation, "Geo-corporeal Politics of Performance and Feminist Strategies in Brazil," focuses on the contemporary...

Angela Pastorelli-Sosa

Graduate Affiliate
Department of the History of Art

Angela Pastorelli-Sosa is Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She works on modern and contemporary art of the Americas, with a focus on conceptual and mixed media practices that engage colonial legacies, histories of migration, and the mutability of identity. Her dissertation, “X Marks the Spot: Latinx Artists Mapping Space,” focuses on four Latinx-identifying artists whose works consider historical and cultural material objects as entry points for linking overdetermined constructions of geographies to essentialized notions of...

Alice Taylor

Graduate Affiliate
Graduate School of Education

Alice is a Ph.D. candidate in the Berkeley School of Education pursuing a designated emphasis in Women & Gender Studies. An interdisciplinary social scientist and ethnographer, she studies youth identity formation and political development/ civic engagement; education and social movements; learning and literacies across in-person and digital spaces; and interconnections between local and global structures of oppression and resistance. Her dissertation is a multi-sited ethnographic study that examines the unprecedented rise of youth movements in Brazil and has been supported by grants...