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I am currently an Assistant Professor in both the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.
My current book project is an ethnography exploring how people determine who is worthy of occupying contested space in a gentrifying neighborhood in Cartagena, Colombia. I demonstrate how race, ethnicity, gender and class are encoded in the value of urban spaces through analyses of micro-level meaning-making practices and structures. I was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student award to Colombia to conduct my ethnographic fieldwork.
I have also completed research on Afro-descendants living in Santiago, Chile, exploring the mechanisms that lead to reduced life chances for marginalized groups and how such groups negotiate stigma perspectives that suggest their identities have been devalued.
Prior to completing my Ph.D., I spent ten years working with youth in various capacities, most recently as a New York City Teaching Fellow on the Lower East Side. I have also worked in the field of public policy and community development in Harlem. I have served on the board of the afrolatin@ forum since 2010.
I believe in the healing power of laughter, that Beyoncé is a global treasure, that I should’ve been in the Guinness Book of World Records for my childhood keychain collection, and that without justice there can be no peace.
- Race and Ethnicity in Multicultural Societies (Sociology of Race and Ethnicity)
- Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Race, Ethnicity, Space & Place: Exclusion, confinement & transformation (RESPECT)
- Book project: A Battle of Worths: The politics of race, space, and recognition in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
- afrolatin@ forum- Visibilizing Race
- Collaborative survey-based research to test ways to accurately measure the Afro-Latin@ population, as
well as paint a more vivid picture of the Afro-Latin@ experience.
- Tow Center Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Philadelphia Media Ecologies Project
- Collaborative study that explores how residents negotiate trust with news outlets and other communication resources—the reasons underlying mistrust, and how they adapt their communication
ecologies when facing a deficit of trust.
- Latino Studies Faculty & Graduate Student Grant (2018)
- Tow Center Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University Journalism School (2017)
- Fulbright U.S. Student Award Recipient to Colombia (2013-2014)
Columbia University in the City of New York, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY: Ph.D. Sociology, Master of Philosophy in Sociology, Master of Arts in Sociology
Pace University, School of Education, New York, NY: Master of Science for Teachers in Childhood Education
New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York, NY: Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy
Howard University, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington, DC: B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Dual Major: Economics and Afro-American Studies
- Race and ethnicity
- Urban & spatial sociology
- Economic sociology
- Cultural sociology
- The African diaspora (with a focus on Afrolatinidad in the Americas)
- Ethnographic and visual methods
Valle, M.M. (2017). Revealing the Ruse: Shifting the narrative of colorblind urbanism. “Spotlight on Race, Justice and the City.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Valle, M.M. (2017). The discursive detachment of race from gentrification in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Ethnic and Racial Studies. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2016.1274419
Valle, M.M. (2014). Afro-descendant migrants in Santiago, Chile: Stigma processes & rhetorical resistance. Revista de Trabajo Social de la Escuela de Trabajo Social de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 87,3-18.
----(Also published in Spanish as: Impugando el estigma: migrantes afro-descendientes en Santiago de Chile)
Valle, M.M. (2013). Afro-Latina/o authors. In C. M. Tatum (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Latino culture: From calaveras to Quinceañeras (pp. 527- 536). Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Press.
Global Urban Studies