News & Updates

  • February 2019

    • Check me out on the new podcast, Ratchet & Respectable, w/ Demetria L. Lucas! We started talking about White folks' obsession w/ #blackface but ended up rapping about all types of things Black, cultural & political! So thankful for the opportunity. We had a great time talkin' 'bout problematic ish! 😃

  • January 2019

    • Check out my latest piece, “Burlesquing Blackness: Racial significations in Carnival and the carnivalesque on #Colombia’s Caribbean Coast,” published in the Jan '19 edition of Public Culture!

      https://read.dukeupress.edu/public-culture/article-abstract/31/1/5/137322/Burlesquing-BlacknessRacial-Significations-in?redirectedFrom=fulltext

  • November 2018

    • I moderated a discussion on Latinx colorism & racism at the Newark Public Library. Through performances by Cocotazo Media, these fantastic actors and writers provided great fodder for a lively discussion w/ community members about these pervasive yet taboo isms!

  • October 2018

  • October 1, 2019

    • Invited guest lecture, “Displacement, Dispossession and Black Diasporic Politics” at The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University. I rapped about multiethnic and transnational grassroots movements focused on anti-Black racism in Latin America and the United States, as well as the prospects for, and impediments to, building networks across physical and social boundaries!

  • July-August 2018

    • With fellow Rutgers University—Newark faculty, staff and graduate students attended the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-South Africa Higher Education Network and the Univ Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP) at the University of Pretoria in Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦 and conducted project planning for the U.S.-South Africa Higher Education Network and the Univ Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP) at the University of the Western Cape in Capetown, South Africa.

  • June 2019

    • Invited to be on the plenary panel with an esteemed group of scholars to discuss the book Racism, the City, & the State by Michael Keith! The panel included Professors Michael Keith, Karim Murji, Ana Rita Alves, Mary Pattillo, and Abdoumalique Simone during the conference Racial Displacements: Peripheries, Camps, Resistance at the University of Birmingham in England.

  • June 2018

    • Our second Columbia Journalism Review piece about our Tow Center for Digital Journalism project on communities and media trust is published. This one discusses the results of the three workshops we convened in Philly with journalists, community leaders, and engaged journalism folks as a follow-up to our original research.

  • April 10-14, 2018

  • April 7, 2018

  • March 22-24, 2018

  • March 3, 2018

  • November 1, 2017

    • Presenter, “A Battle of Worths: Symbolic boundaries, community conflict and notions of progress.” Division of Global Affairs (DGA) Colloquium. Rutgers University-Newark. Newark, New Jersey.

  • October 6, 2017

  • October 3, 2017

  • September 2016

    • Began position as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Sociology & Anthropology and African-American & African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. Also serving as a core member of the Global Urban Studies program.

  • August 14, 2017

    • Presented my paper, A Battle of Worths: Symbolic boundaries, community conflict and notions of progress, at the 112th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, "Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion Across the Globe," in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

  • May 2017

  • May 29-June 5, 2017

    • As part of a delegation of Rutgers University-Newark, faculty, students and staff, met with various administrators, scholars and programs persons at the University of Pretoria, Cornerstone Institute, and Community Chest in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss future research, programmatic and community-based partnerships.

  • May 28, 2017

  • January 24, 2017

  • October 6-8, 2016

    • Presented the paper, (Mis) Recognition: Race, representation and ritual in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, at the 46th Annual Association for Black Sociologists Conference, "Black Sociology Matters!" in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • September 2016

    • Began as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African-American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.

  • July 2016

    • DEFENDED DISSERTATION!!!!!!!!!

  • August 16-Sept. 1, 2015

  • July 25-30, 2015

  • April 13, 2015

    • My article on stigma and Afro-descendant migrants in Chile is published in English and Spanish in Revista de Trabajo Social de la Escuela de Trabajo Social de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. https://columbia.academia.edu/melissavalle

  • March 1, 2015

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  • January 28, 2015