Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Luncheon with Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz and Jonathon Acosta

Michael Rodriguez-Muniz Jonathon Acosta luncheon poster

Friday, April 12, 2024

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Kim Koo Library (328), 111 Thayer

RSVP required. Attendance will be capped at 20.
Click here to RSVP at Events@Brown

Please join CLACS for a luncheon with sociologist Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, University of California, Berkeley. Conversation facilitated by State Senator Jonathon Acosta, PhD candidate in Sociology. RSVP required at link above.

Please note: On Thursday, April 11, the day before the luncheon, Prof. Rodríguez-Muñiz will give a talk, "Figures of the Future: Latino Civil Rights and the Politics of Demographic Change

About the Speakers
Jonathon Acosta is a PhD candidate in sociology at Brown University where he focuses on political sociology, migration, inequality, race and ethnicity. He’s currently a graduate fellow and trainee at the Population Studies and Training Center. He was previously an interdisciplinary fellow at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. His dissertation is a community study of a postindustrial economically declining city that has been sustained via foreign-born migration. In his spare time, Acosta is a State Senator for Rhode Island District 16 representing Central Falls and Pawtucket. His election in 2020 made him the first Latino to represent Central Falls in the Rhode Island Senate.

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz is Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley. He was born and raised on Chicago’s northwest side. Prior to graduate school, he led and participated in several Puerto Rican-focused grassroots and activist projects in the Humboldt Park/West Town area. He has published on censuses, poverty knowledge, Latino identity formation, and the relationship between critical sociologies of race and science and technology studies. He is currently engaged in a collaborative interview-based project on race and political trust. His next book project will explore the history and afterlives of political repression against Chicago’s anti-colonial Puerto Rican movements. This project involves efforts to create a community-based archive.