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Areas of Interest:

International Migration; Latinx Studies/Sociology; Work; Family; Race, Class, and Gender


Melissa A. Manzanares is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her dissertation explores the factors, processes, and actors that make farmworkers vulnerable to human trafficking and labor abuses. Additionally, she explores how these workers understand and respond to their work conditions. Drawing on data from 47 in-depth interviews, hundreds of hours of ethnographic fieldwork, and existing surveys of Latin American migrants and their children in North Carolina, her dissertation and prior research contributes to the fields of Sociology and Latinx Studies.


2014, B.A. Political Science, Whittier College, summa cum laude

2020, M.A. Sociology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expected Spring 2024, Ph.D. Sociology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill



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