News & Updates

  • October 6, 2017 
    • Presented my paper, A Battle of Worths: Symbolic boundaries, community conflict and notions of progress, at the Rutgers' 2017 National Academic Conference, Framing the Value of Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.
  • 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
  • February 26, 2015
  • February 1, 2015
  • January 28, 2015