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Sarah Rivera wrote her Masters thesis on young adult drug dealers’ “pro-social connections,” that is, the degree to which they contribute positively to the legitimate economy, their communities, schools, etc., and how that affects the construction of their identities. Conducting ethnographic field work since 2007, both in the United States and abroad, over the past year she has studied street prostitution in Atlantic City, community courts in New York City, and social networks among indigenous people in Labrador. Her doctoral research will examine the roles that food play in the construction of “authentic” identity. Her favorite recent accomplishment was walking across the frozen Churchill River in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, against the advice of all locals, without falling in.

Sarah Rivera