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About Claudia Méndez Wright

Claudia is a Sociology doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University. She is intrigued by consumer culture, the everyday, and object appropriation, circulation, and meaning. Claudia is currently working on the way women negotiate cultural definitions of femininity and motherhood. Other topics of interest include migration, popular culture, folklore, and Latin America. 

Claudia earned her BA in Anthropology from Universidad de Los Andes and her M.Sc. in Communication from the University of Louisiana. In the advertising and marketing industry Claudia has conducted extensive qualitative research. Her research has been significant in developing and executing marketing strategies.

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship (PDRF). Utah State University, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Fall 2017-2021.
  • Outstanding International Graduate Student Award. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Communication, May 2009
  • Robert E. Simmons Memorial Scholarship. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Communication, May 2008. “Outstanding Graduate Student” distinction


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Spanish I and 2


Present PhD, PDRF Graduate Fellow Sociology, Utah State University ‐ Sociology and Anthropology
August 2007 - September 2009 M.Sc., University of Louisiana at Lafayette ‐ Communication
2001 - 2005 Anthropology, Universidad de Los Andes - Colombia ‐ Anthropology

Articles (4)

Conference Papers (7)

Contributions to Books (1)