Associate Director, CRRES
Sylvia Martinez is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Latino Studies and the School of Education. She is a sociologist by training interested in issues of cognitive and behavioral engagement among Latino high school students, high school to college transitions among Latino youth, and Latino/a identity. She teaches courses such as Sociology of Education, Sociology of Families and Schools, Sociology of Higher Education, Latinas in the U.S., The Latino Family, and Diversity by the Numbers.
Monica Morales Bowman
Monica is a recent transplant to the Bloomington area and is excited to join the IUB CRRES family. A native New Yorker and graduate of St. Peterís University, Monica has several years of professional administrative experience. She spent 10 years working in the Finance industry and four of those with Smith Barney. Most recently her work efforts have been geared toward volunteer activities in the Atlanta metro area. She is a proud wife and mother of two fantastic children (Kennedy and Kameron). Monica has a passion for travel and has been to South Africa, Jamaica, Honduras, Cayman Island, Mexico, Belize, and the Bahamas in the past 18 months.
Abigail A. Sewell
Graduate Research Assistant, CRRES
Abigail A. Sewell is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. She is a quantitative methodologist who publishes and teaches in the areas of race and ethnicity, medical sociology, social psychology, and urban sociology. She applies a political-economic approach to studying social inequality and individual well-being. Drawing on insights from the “originate to distribute” and “redlining” models of mortgage lending decisions, her dissertation – Opening the Black Box of Segregation: The Structures of Health – shows how the illness experiences of youth are shaped by the refusal of credit to mortgage applicants and by the lack of government regulation on credit provided to mortgage applicants. Her research has been supported by a Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She has published in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, the Journal of Negro Education, the Journal of Undergraduate Research, Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods (ed. John H. Stanfield, II), and Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy (ed. Rashawn Ray). She graduated from the University of Florida summa cum laude with a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Women’s Studies.