About Janessa L. Vargas
I'm an Ethnicity and Race Studies/Political Science double major at Columbia! I'm interested in immigration studies, interdisciplinary political science research, and community organizing work.
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1. I am beginning to write a paper, starting with connecting different works within the body of scholarship that I am currently reading through. My faculty mentor has been instrumental in helping me conceptualize what this paper will look like and what I can do moving forward, whether that is presenting at conferences or submitting to journals.
2. As for the second question, it's one that's always on my mind. I think in the greater sense, my research matters because it will be relevant and useful in the near future. Due to the fact that I'm researching legislation that is currently being enacted or introduced into state legislatures, making sure that I'm paying attention to the news has been an interesting part of my research and one that I'm not sure is so common in all areas of academia. But it's been exciting!