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Elena Ayala-Hurtado

Graduate Student Affiliate


Elena Ayala-Hurtado

Elena Ayala-Hurtado is a Ph.D. student in sociology at Harvard University. Her research examines how individuals make sense of and manage uncertainty. Her current research focuses on how young university graduates in Spain and the United States manage their identities, narrate their futures, and contemplate possibilities for action in contexts of widespread economic insecurity and employment precarity. She is interested in issues of culture, gender, and young adulthood more generally. Before starting graduate school, Elena earned a B.A. in sociology and English with Honors from Stanford University and taught high school in Spain through the Fulbright Program.

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  • Ph.D. Student in Sociology, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University