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About Claudia Méndez Wright

Claudia Méndez Wright is a PhD Candidate and Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Utah State University. Originally from Bogota-Colombia, Claudia got her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Universidad de Los Andes and her M.Sc. in Communication from the University of Louisiana.

As an anthropologist, Claudia worked in advertising and market research agencies successfully leading initiatives to gather consumer insights. Her research has informed numerous campaigns for diverse clients and consumer sectors including recognized brands, services, governmental, and non-profit. Working in the private industry and her background as an immigrant further informed her interests in migration, gender, class, race, and consumer culture.

Now, as a graduate student, her current research explores transnational motherhood using a multi-sited and multigenerational approach. She is interested in understanding how intersectional identities shape migration histories. Other notable projects that Claudia has participated in include the “Princess Archetype” project (Dr. Sterling Bone) and community attachment amongst immigrants (Dr. Erin Hoffman). Claudia’s teaching experience includes training marketing professionals and students in qualitative methods, serving as an adjunct professor at USU for the Huntsman School of Business and the department of Sociology and Anthropology. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana since 2012. Claudia is actively involved with her community as a board member for a local organization against domestic violence and as an advocate for the Hispanic community in Cache Valley.

Curriculum Vitae


2021 - Present Graduate Research and Creative Opportunity Grant (GRCO).
Utah State University
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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
  • S.A. Graduate Enhancement Award. Utah State University, Office of Student Affairs, Fall 2021- Spring 2022
  • Graduate Instructor of the Year. Utah State University, College of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Spring 2022.


  • Sociology of Gender
  • 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)