Amanda Rivera is a third year graduate student in the Department of American Studies. She received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, with a minor in English from Rutgers University – New Brunswick/Piscataway in 2018. A 2020-2021 graduate fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration, her research interests include ethnic studies, racial formations, and Puerto Rican diaspora in the state of Connecticut, particularly through the lens of education reform and activism. Her methods include a mixture of traditional anthropological tools (in-depth interviews and participant observation) with historical analysis, to not only ground her ethnographic work, but likewise to explore the ethnographic potential of archives.