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Violet Barton

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An artist, Violet Barton is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Humanities working with Professor
Arturo Arias. She is the recipient of several prestigious fellowships such
as, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Study/Research Grant (2018-2019), the
University of California, Merced Miguel Velez Award (2018-2019), the
University of California Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives
(MRPI)/Critical Refugee Studies Collective Award (2018), the University of
California, Merced Center for the Humanities’ Public Humanities Graduate
Fellowship (2016), and the University of California, Merced Eugene
Cota-Robles Fellowship (2014-2016). She also has a master's degree in Public
Administration (MPA) with emphases in (1) Public Policy Development and (2)
Health Care Administration from the California State University, East Bay
(1997). She has over 20 years of professional experience and executive
management in Maternal, Adolescent, and Child Health (MCAH), Child Welfare
and Gender-Based Violence (GBV). She is a native Spanish-speaker, currently
learning Modern Standard Arabic and Nawat-Pipil, a critically endangered
language, as part of her identity and research. While at the University of
California, Merced, she has received distinguished awards and recognition,
including a Congressional Record from The United States Congress (2019), a
Joint Resolution from the California Legislature and the California Senate
(2019), a Certificate of Recognition from the Merced County Board of
Supervisors (2019), a University of California, Merced Outstanding Women’s
Award (2018), and two University of California, Merced Social Justice Awards
(2018 and 2017). She has also served as a system-wide graduate student
representative on the UC Academic Freedom (UCAF) Committee.

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As an indigenous descendant, Barton’s research interests focus on indigenous statelessness and survivance as embodied geographies at the intersections of colonialism, empire and war in the global South. In her adolescence, she experienced forced displacement and dispossession by war from her native land. In 2018, she earned a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities with the assistance of Professor Ma Vang from the University of California, Merced and published her thesis called: Stateless at sea: Media representations of Kurdish women's movements across water. I am particularly interested in studying how state violence in Nawat-Pipil communities can offer meanings for Indigenous wellness, dignity, justice, and respect.

Advisor: 
Dr. Arturo Arias