Sophie Delacruz is a first year MA/PhD student in the Department of Comparative Studies. She is interested in how Latinx individuals in the Midwest perform their identities and form community. Her research is motivated by the dearth of scholarship that focuses on Latinx identities in the Midwest, and the need to understand the unique placemaking practices within this geographic region. In her previous work, Sophie has collaborated with researchers across the Midwest exploring the method of ethnography at festivals and community events in Ohio to think about how Latinx community members negotiate and articulate their identities and build sustainable communities. She also has approached these questions from a more literary and theoretical perspective in the past.