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Mari Sanchez

Graduate Student Affiliate


Mari Sanchez

Mari Sanchez is a Ph.D. Student in Sociology. She is broadly interested in how Western nations with imperial pasts understand ethnoracial diversity and racial justice in the present. Her research lies at the intersection of ethnoracial classification, knowledge production, and intra-minority politics. Her dissertation offers a relational-comparative study of “non-white meta-categories” – umbrella categories like “people of color” or “minority ethnic” that refer collectively to populations considered not white – in the United States and Britain. She interrogates how non-white meta categories, which racial justice activists and government bodies in both countries have used since the 1960s, have recently been unsettled. Before graduate school, Mari worked 9 years in the advertising world, where she specialized in analyzing, understanding, and creating cultural narratives of diversity and inclusion.


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