Meet The Team

Valeria J. Alonso Blanco

Valeria (she/her/hers) is a third year doctoral student in the Social Psychology program at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). She is broadly interested in the experiences of minoritized students in higher education and their psychological processes. Valeria received her M.S in Social Psychology from UCSC in 2021. Valeria enjoys hiking, surfing, running, visiting new places and reading and watching rom-coms.

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Carlos A. Benitez Cruz

Carlos (he/they) is a first year doctoral student in the Community Research and Prevention program at the University of Illinois Chicago. They are interested in the criminal legal system’s treatment of BIPOC, immigrant and queer people, systems change, and community organizing. Carlos received his B.A. in Psychology and Study of Women & Gender from Dominican University in 2021. In their spare time, they like to paint, read, and bike. 

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Jose Leon Martinez

Jose (he/him/his) is a second year graduate student in the social psychology doctoral program at Florida State University. He is broadly interested in motivated social cognition from an evolutionary perspective. Jose will receive his Ph.D. in social psychology from FSU in 2025. Jose enjoys running, rock climbing, and attempting to perfect his smoothie recipes.

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Carolina Lopez

Carolina (she/her/hers) is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is broadly interested in how prejudice influences the construals of others’ emotional expressions, and how these construals can contribute to subsequent discriminatory behavior. Carolina received B.A.s in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) in 2019. Carolina enjoys reading, writing, singing, dancing, running, coding, watching murder mysteries, and hanging out with friends and loved ones.

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Joel Martinez

Joel (“Hoh-Ehl”)(any pronoun) is a postdoctoral fellow in the Data Science Initiative at Harvard University and is broadly interested in social perceptions of race(ism)/migration/sexuality, social ontology, and psychology’s philosophical assumptions. Joel received their Ph.D. in psychology and social policy from Princeton University in 2021. Joel enjoys breaking all the rules. 

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Jun Won Park

Jun Won (they/them) is a postdoctoral research associate in the psychology department at Princeton University and is broadly interested in poverty alleviation and collective action. Jun Won received their PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Yale School of Management in 2021. They enjoy board games, tennis, and going on walks with their dog, Tofu. 

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Margibel Rodriguez

Margibel (she/her/ella) is an undergraduate student in psychology at the University of Iowa. She is interested in Family and Couples therapy emphasizing religion, conflict and trauma within relationships. Margibel will receive their B.A in Psychology in 2023. Margibel enjoys reading, video games, and hiking.


Üli Solovieva

Üli (she/her/hers) is an incoming doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology Program at the University of Chicago and is broadly interested in children’s development of person perception, social biases, and nonverbal communication. Uli received her B.S. in Neuroscience from UIC in 2019 and is currently a post-bacc at Chicago Booth. She enjoys hiking with her dog and reading pop-science books.

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Jenniffer Wong Chavez

Jennifer (she/her/hers) is an incoming doctoral student in the Social Psychology program at the University of Kansas. She is broadly interested in explicit prejudice and bias/prejudice reduction interventions as well as political psychology. Jenniffer will receive her M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 2022. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new recipes, spending time with family, and taking naps. 

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