Estela Bernice Diaz is a second-year doctoral student and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University. She is also a National Science Foundation (NSF) GRFP Fellow, and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Her current research interests include culture, inequality, gender, sexuality, early childhood education, queer theory, and qualitative methods. She is especially interested in the ways families and institutions inadvertently reproduce dominant paradigms through micro-social interactions. Estela is currently working on two different projects. In the first project, she is studying elite preschools in New York City. In the second, she is collaborating with Mignon Moore to explore the lives of lesbian women of color in post-war Detroit (1945-1970). Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Estela organized an interdisciplinary conference with Princeton’s Office of Religious Life on “Poverty and Peacemaking,” structured around a series of roundtables with diplomats, religious leaders, scholars, philanthropists, artists, and students. She then worked as an undergraduate admissions officer at Princeton University for two years.
B.A. in Sociology with Honors, Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University (2014)