Current P2R Mentors


    Theresa Hice Johnson

  • Theresa Hice Johnson

    Lead Mentor, Ph.D. Sociology Student

    My name is Theresa Hice Johnson and I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Sociology Department pursuing designated emphases in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Feminist Studies. This is my third year working with P2R and my second year as the P2R lead mentor. My dissertation research investigates Black youth racial identity formation in an international context. I largely utilize sociology, Black geographies, and education literature and employ qualitative methods (participant observations, interviews, and focus groups) in my work. I love my project because I get to hang out with Black youth and travel the world with them!

    This year I am also a CRES teaching fellow, a Sociology CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, and an RA in Family Student Housing. My favorite thing about P2R is helping students dig into topics that they are passionate about. I always learn so much from my mentees! Outside of school, I like to watch TV shows and movies, drink boba tea, embroider and quilt, and bake and decorate cakes!


  • Katie Gougelet

  • Katie Gougelet

    Mentor, Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology Student

    My name is Katie Gougelet and I am a 3rd year PhD student in Cultural Anthropology. This is my second year working with the P2R program. I have a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Anthropology of Global Health from Dartmouth College, and an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction Writing from the University of Arizona. For my PhD dissertation research, I study the ways that communities make sense of their health, wellbeing, and futures while living amid petrochemical pollution in the United States. I employ an interdisciplinary approach in my research, drawing from medical anthropology, feminist studies, critical race and ethnic studies, and creative writing to understand the science and experiences of exposure.

    As a P2R mentor, I am most excited about working with students on various writing tasks, learning about the types of research they want to do, and shaping exciting research plans together. Outside of school, I love to cook, search for banana slugs in the forest, watch Netflix, garden, write by hand, and drink tea with a cat in my lap (yup, I’m a bit of a grandma.)


  • Katherine Quinteros

  • Katherine Quinteros

    Mentor, Ph.D. Psychology Candidate

    My name is Katherine Quinteros and I am a first-year Social Psychology PhD student working in The Culture & amp; Achievement Collaborative lab. This will be my first year working as a P2R mentor. In 2016, I received my B.A. in both Psychology and Gender Studies from UCLA. Now as a graduate student my research focus is on the relationship between historically-marginalized communities and the education system. As a past transfer student, and now as a first-generation Latina in grad school this line of work is close to my heart because I understand the importance that comes with carrying our identities with us into college settings. I am currently a part of the Culture & Achievement Collaborative with amazing lab members all devoted to creating social change through research.

    What excites me about P2R is helping students find their voice through research and feeling empowered to tackle the issues they find important to them. When I’m not in class or lab, I like to be home with my two dogs and two cats, watch movies with my partner, go out for coffee and good food, read poetry by Yeskia Salgado, and video chat with my sisters.


  • Michelle Gomez Parra

  • Michelle Gomez Parra

    Mentor, Ph.D. Sociology Student

    My name is Michelle Gomez Parra, and I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Sociology with a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. I am an interdisciplinary scholar who draws on sociology, feminist studies, and queer of color critique to examine how sexuality, race/ethnicity, class, gender, and nationality shape girls and women of color's lived experiences. My dissertation examines how pursuing mobility via immigration and higher education shapes the gender and sexualities of economically marginalized Latinas in the U.S. I am particularly interested in understanding what new contexts and discourses Latinas encounter as a result of pursuing mobility—and how these contexts and discourses shape their gender and sexual subjectivities.

    Mentoring is a very rewarding experience. I have had the privilege of mentoring first-generation girls of color through the Cultivamos Excelencia and M.I.N.T. program. I have learned so much from my students and their research projects. Working alongside youth of color and watching them develop as scholars is a beautiful experience that sustains my spirit. This is my first year serving as a graduate mentor for Pathways to Research (P2R), and I am very excited to get to know my mentees and help them craft their research projects. When I am not mentoring or working on my research, I like to spend time with family, friends, and my puppers. I also like to play with makeup, workout, and go bird watching.


  • Roxanna Villalobos

  • Roxanna Villalobos

    Mentor, Ph.D. Sociology Student

    My name is Roxanna Villalobos, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department pursuing a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latinx Studies. I received my BA in Psychology and Feminist Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2012, and my MA from Simmons University in Boston, MA in Gender & Cultural Studies in 2015. I identity as a Latina with roots in El Salvador and California’s Central Valley. I grew up in Parlier, CA, a small rural town in the heart of California that is home to a predominantly Latinx community of immigrant farmworkers. I’m the proud daughter of a single immigrant mother who has worked as a Campesina (farmworker) for over thirty years. Drawing inspiration from my background, my research explores the gender and racial subjectivities of working-class Latina girls living and working in rural, farm-working communities in CA’s Central Valley. I employ qualitative research methods—semi-structured in-depth interviews, participant observation, and documentation research—and draw from various fields, such as—Black and Xicana/Latina intersectional feminisms, feminist geography, girlhood studies, immigration/migration, and Latinx sociology. Through my research, I aspire to uplift, understand, and learn from rural women and girls of color all over the world.

    This is my second year working with P2R as a graduate mentor. I’m so excited to be back with P2R! One of my favorite things about being a P2R mentor is exploring new topics and solving sociological problems or puzzles in partnership with my mentee-scholars. Outside of school, I love to watch films of all genres with my partner. I also love cuddling with my two cats, Melón y Uvas, on the couch with some ice cream in hand. When I feel adventurous, I like to explore new cuisines, visit spooky landmarks, and explore nature.