Aaron Benavidez

Aaron Benavidez

Doctoral Student in Sociology
Aaron Benavidez
Research Interests: Urban sociology; urban poverty; higher education; ethnoracial inequality; the body; social theory; ethnography.

Aaron Brennen Benavidez is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. He earned his B.A. in Sociology and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, with highest honors, in 2011. His research examines institutional and city-level factors shaping college persistence, trajectory, and completion. His research is funded by the Inequality and Social Policy Doctoral Fellows Program.
 
A six-time winner of the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, given by the Office of Undergraduate Education, and winner of the 2018 Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates, given each academic year by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to the five most outstanding Teaching Fellows in GSAS, Aaron is committed to undergraduate education not only in his research but in his pedagogical practice.
 
In addition to his research and teaching, Aaron founded and served as President of the Harvard GSAS Latinx Student Association for three years. He currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Du Bois Graduate Society; Chair of the Committee for Engaged Sociology in the Department of Sociology, and leading Cellist and Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Du Bois Orchestra, among other positions at Harvard University.
 
Previous Degrees:
University of California, Berkeley, Sociology and Rhetoric, B.A.

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