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Stephanie Peña-Alves is a doctoral candidate with research interests in the areas of culture, cognition, language, space, materiality, and social psychology. Her work centers around the ways social groups conceptualize access, restriction, inclusion, and exclusion, and how they manage and confront those concerns in everyday spaces. She utilizes interview methodology, discourse and content analysis, and participant observation in her work.

Her overarching research agenda is encompassed by her dissertation project in which she explores the ways access and power are organized around spatial boundaries. In this project, she analyzes formal patterns in how the boundaries of the body, the home, and the nation-state are set, regulated, and crossed. Using a multi-method comparative analysis, she is developing a formal theory of the fundamental relation between the statuses of in and out. 

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