Melissa Valle

2023 Princeton-Mellon / Princeton School of Public and International Affairs Fellow

Melissa M. Valle is a sociologist of urbanism, race/ethnicity, and culture. She is cultivating a body of research that unpacks the notion of “racial worth” by elucidating how symbolic meanings become embedded within distributive frameworks and subsequently contribute to inequality in the Americas. In Fall 2023, Valle will teach “Race, Ethnicity, Space & Place: Exclusion, Confinement & Transformation (RESPECT)” [SPI 390/URB 391/AAS 396], in which students will study race and racism from a spatial perspective by investigating the narratives and everyday experiences of racialized city dwellers through the social sciences, the humanities, and media.