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Graduate Research Award: Amelia Frank-Vitale

By Annie Lyon, CAS/MA '03

Amelia Frank-Vitale

Amelia Frank-Vitale

SIS/MA '11, Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs


After spending time abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2010 with SIS, Frank-Vitale formalized her intentions with the Institutional Review Board to focus her thesis work on "the phenomenon of Central American migration through Mexico towards the United States." She returned to Mexico in January 2011 to interview migrant workers and how recent changes in Mexico's immigration policy have affected their experiences.

Frank-Vitale is no stranger to advocacy for migrant workers; she has worked extensively with Immigrants' Rights Work, UNITE-HERE, and Workers United/SEIU in the American southwest, and both majored in as an undergraduate and plans to pursue a doctoral degree in anthropology. She is currently working toward an MA in the interdisciplinary Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs program.