Michelle Alvarado is a graduate student in the American Studies department. In 2022, she received her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Spanish. She is a Fulbright Semi-finalist and McNair alumni. She is a recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Graduate Fellowship at IU. Her research interests include postcolonial theory, diaspora theory, and cultural studies with a special interest in literature’s portrayal of the American identity.