PhD Students

Jesann Gonzalez Cruz is a first-year PhD student in the IL lab. She earned her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019. Her research centers around intersections of identity and power across landscapes. Jesann is particularly interested in conservation politics as related to concepts of invasion, extinction, and control in Puerto Rico with a focus on the Coqui (a variety of frog species in the Eleutherodactylus genus) and Puerto Rican livelihoods. Past research involved developing conservation practices for indigenous cultural heritage in Belize farmlands. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida.