Linguistic anthropology, anthropology of law, multilingualism, language socialization, kinship, immigration, citizenship, nationhood, politics of identity and representation, border studies, gender and sexuality, Latinos in the U.S.
Jessica is a second year student in the PhD program interested in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology. She trained in linguistic anthropology as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley under the direction of William F. Hanks and conducted an ethnographic study of court-mandated parenting classes in East Los Angeles California. Through volunteer work with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Jessica has gained experience working with legal documents and court-declarations for asylum seekers in Spanish and French. Recently, Jessica worked as an academic guidance counselor in UC Berkeley's pioneering Undocumented Student Program as part of the Educational Opportunity Program. She previously worked in the San Francisco Presidio Archaeology Lab where in collaboration with the Presidio Community YMCA, Jessica developed an afterschool program focused on Native Californian fishing technologies for middle school students. Her current interests include issues of language and bureaucracy in legal and political representation.