Anthropology and Middle Eastern/South Asian Studies
University of California, Davis
International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Alexis Chavez was a senior undergraduate honors student at the University of California, Davis. He was born and raised in South-Central Los Angeles after his parents migrated from El Salvador during the country’s civil war.
Alexis has dedicated a significant portion of his undergraduate career on Dr. Suad Joseph’s Media Genealogy Project, where he does content analysis on the representation of Muslims in the New York Times between 1850 to the present. He has presented his research at UC Davis’ Undergraduate Research Conference (2), the Middle Eastern/South Asian Studies Research Symposium (2), and was nominated to present at Stanford’s Undergraduate Research Conference (2). In addition, he has served as the Community Service Chair for the Muslim Student Association at UC Davis and as the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the Associated Students at UC Davis.
Alexis is interested in the anthropology of violence and the anthropology of secularism. He completed his first thesis, Colonial Algeria: Secularism, Violence, and Albert Camus, in Spring 2016 and is hoping to complete his second thesis on the archives of the Paris massacre of 1961. Upon graduating, Alexis hopes to pursue a Ph.D in Anthropology to study, through archival and critical ethnographic research, the affects of violence on Muslims living in the banlieues.
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