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Thomas Tran

Graduate Student

Biography

My name is Thomas Tran. I am from Memphis, TN. I got my bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While in undergrad, I was deeply in various activist organizations that sought to empower marginalized people such as the UT Diversity Matters Coalition. During the 2016-2017 school year, I served as a Safe Zone Educator facilitating sensitivity training on LGBT+ issues. Over the summer of 2018, I worked with Dr. Raja Swamy on an ethnographic research project studying the affects of Hurricane Harvey on local communities along the issues of gentrification and environmental toxicity. As an anthropologist, I bring a lot of my activist life to the table. My interests include gender-sexuality studies, critical-race theory, critical-disaster studies, structural violence, genocide, and human rights.