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Crystal received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her research focuses on how mixed-race people are shaping race relations in the United States by exploring multiracial attitudes towards racial inequalities as well as multiracial identity formation, maintenance and negotiation. In her dissertation, “The Ethnically Ambiguous Generation,” she is investigating processes of racialized meaning construction from the production to the consumption of mixed-race people in advertising, by explicitly studying how multiracial persons are conceived by advertisers, how racial/ethnic diversity/ambiguity are incorporated into TV commercials and online images/video, and how these racial messages are interpreted by consumers.