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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality

IRISE 2.0 Postdoctoral Fellows 2018-2020

The Postdoctoral Fellowship program for the 2018-2020 academic year identified five race and ethnic studies scholars in various disciplines who integrate community engaged research, consistent with the vision of IRISE 2.0.  The 2018-2020 Postdoctoral Cohort are teaching courses that satisfy DU's new Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor.

Pictured above:  IRISE Post doctoral fellow Dr. David Barilla Chon (on far left) with his spring quarter CRES class and guest speaker Jeanette Vizguerra, who is in sanctuary here in Denver. "Jeanette shared her story of immigration, dealing with being unjustly detained years back, and how that all led to her seeking sanctuary. She also shared her work with organizing janitors and the tremendous impact that had for workers' rights here in Denver. Because of her highly visible work, Jeanette continues to be a target for deportation. The visit gave my students an opportunity to learn from Jeanette and also get motivated to be involved in immigrant rights issues here in Denver. They all signed up for the mailing list and are interested in participating in some of the new campaigns that Jeanette is spearheading dealing with 1) fake documents (no mas papeles chuecos), and 2) Visa U."  Dr. Barillas Chon


Myntha Anythm, PhD

Myntha Anthym holds a PhD in Research Methods and Statistics (University of Denver, 2018) and a Master's of Library and Information Science (University of Denver, 2008). Her epistemological grounding is in Critical Race Theory and Black Feminist Thought, with a methodological commitment to critical arts-based inquiry in its myriad forms. She is a storyteller and a statistician, a poet, scholar, and activist. She has been a volunteer at Denver's Curious Theatre Company; a board member on the Denver-based Art from Ashes youth poetry program; and a volunteer with Colorado Canine Rescue. She is active in the Denver poetry community.  See Dr. Anthym's Spring 2019 CRES Course here!

David Barillos Chon

David Barillas Chon, PhD

David's life experiences as Maya and an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. have deeply affected his research focus, teaching, and political commitments. His research addresses educational issues related to the context of Latinxs, indigenous people, coloniality and immigration. In particular, David's research consists of qualitative studies focusing on the schooling and educational experiences of indigenous and immigrant youth from Latin America. He relies on a cross-disciplinary approach grounded in dedoloniality/decolonialism, Indigeneity, Critical Theory, Chicana Feminist Theories and Immigration to understand and contextualize the experiences of Indigenous Immigrant youth in U.S. schools.  See Dr. Barillas-Chon's Spring Quarter CRES Course here!

Alfredo Huante

Alfredo Huante, PhD

Alfredo's dissertation is a mixed method, qualitative study on neighborhood change in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Drawing from archival, ethnographic, and interview data, Alfredo advances a theory of gentrification as a racial project by examining the ways public debates and discussions of gentrification restructures the barrio's colorline. Alfredo also holds a Masters in Urban Planning and a Bachelors in International Development Studies from the University of California Los Angeles.  See Dr. Huante's Spring Quarter CRES Course here!


Johnny C. Ramirez, PhD

Johnny received his PhD in Education with a specialization in race and ethnic studies at UCLA Graduate School of Education and a Master of Arts in Chicanx Studies at California State University, Northridge. His research interests span the areas of Chicanx-Latinx school pushout, youth resistance, Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Critical Race Theory (CRT)/Latina/o Critical Race Theory (LatCrit) in Education. His passion for community-engaged research and critical pedagogical approaches derive from his personal experience as a low-income Chicano pushout, first-generation community college transfer student who had a transformative experience when introduced to Chicanx Studies and student activism. See Dr. Ramirez's Spring Quarter CRES Course here!


Denisse Solis

Denisse Solis is a Residency librarian. She will rotate through various library departments her first year before selecting a home department and partner with the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (IN)Equality (IRISE) on specific projects. She holds a Master's of Library and Information Science from Kent State University and holds several committee appointments in professional organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA) and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking to support equity, diversity, and inclusion. She is also an editorial board member for the open access journal, In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Her work focuses on linguistic diversity and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) issues in librarianship stemming from personal and professional experiences as a Spanish speaker, first generation college student, and first generation American of Nicaraguan descent.


Cheri Colter, PhD

Cheri holds a PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy from the University of Texas, Dallas. Her dissertation work, quantitative and qualitative, analyzed the effect of neighborhood environment on academic outcomes in an area of concentrated poverty in south Dallas as part of a larger National Science Foundation funded quasi-experimental study. Following dissertation completion, Cheri led a successful advocacy campaign funded by the American Heart Association to address the food desert crisis in south Dallas. As the Administrative Post-Doctoral Fellow for IRISE, Cheri will work towards further development of IRISE 2.0 including the expansion of research resources and community outreach. Her research focus is neighborhood effects in health and education and urban policy analysis. Cheri also holds an MA from the Korbel School of International Studies in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration.