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Cluster 20: Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society

Meet Sofie Jackson

Name: Sofie Jackson

Contact: or schedule a virtual research consultation.

Cluster: 20, Interracial Dynamics in American Society and Culture

Majors: Geography & Asian American Studies

Hometown: San Marcos, CA

Fun fact: I added a major in Asian American Studies after taking Cluster 20!

I wished I’d known: Professors are eager to speak to students, so don’t be afraid to go to office hours!

Benefit of taking a cluster: I am so glad I took the cluster because I was inspired to double major and pursue a career in social justice.

Meet Chris Lopez

Name: Chris Lopez

Contact: or schedule a virtual research consultation.

Academic Background: BA, Religious Studies, Palm Beach Atlantic University; MDiv, Religion, Culture, and Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary; MLIS Candidate, San José State University.

Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Fun fact: During my first few years in LA, I worked as a freelance film critic and pop culture journalist.  

I wished I'd known: Mind mapping your research questions is a great way to get out of your head and visualize your thoughts. 

Specialized help for Cluster 20: Always down to discuss library resources for and research on the intersection of Race and Religion in America or Race, Representation, Politics, and Comics.

Meet Renee Romero

Name: Renee Romero

Contact: or schedule a virtual research consultation.

Academic Background: BA, English, Minor, Digital Humanities, UCLA; Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS), UCLA.

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Fun fact: I love visiting the places I have read about! Some of my favorite "book-inspired" adventures have been visiting Iceland during the midnight sun, waking up to incredible views of the Alps in Switzerland, and going on an alligator tour in New Orleans :)

I wished I’d known: If something stirs your passion, it is probably a great research topic :)

Specialized help for Cluster 20: Finding e-resources, critically analyzing text or images.