Alyssa M. Newman is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and doctoral emphasis student in Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation work examines mixed race collective identity in Northern California, and investigates the ways in which both in the popular imagination and in spaces of mixed race collectivity, certain mixed race identities are marginalized and rendered invisible, especially in the context of colorblind, post-racial, and multicultural ideologies. Alyssa is also currently pursuing projects on the contemporary valorization of mixed-race bodies, the intellectual history of popular and scholarly thought on racial mixing, and sociology’s relationship to studying mixed race.
Interests: critical mixed race studies, sociology of the body, gender, intersectionality, masculinities, youth, beauty, qualitative methodology