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Julia Meszaros
Julia Meszaros is a doctoral candidate at Florida International University in the Global Sociocultural Studies Department. Her dissertation research focuses on the romance tour industry in Ukraine, Colombia and the Philippines. Julia spent a number of months following romance tours, and interviewed American men, women in each tour location, and local employees of the tour company. She is working to publish this research with an academic press in the near future. In addition to her research, Julia enjoys reading, tennis, and spending time with her cat.

Entries by Julia Meszaros

The Rise of the Hyper Educated Poor

(24) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Throughout the United States, children are told that the key to financial success is higher education and college. The assumption is that the more education you have, the more successful you will be. However, the growing horde of academics living in poverty points to the fact that Master's and PhD...

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Alejandra Leos and the Plight of Transwomen of Color

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 10:19 AM

While the country is legitimately focused on the increasing police violence directed at African-American males in places like Ferguson, hardly any media outlets are speaking about the summer of violence against transgender women of color. With the murder of Alejandra Leos this past weekend in Memphis, Tennessee, a total of...

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For Profit Colleges: Maintaining a Permanent Underclass

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:30 PM

For profit colleges are educational institutions that you see advertised on television, often late at night: University of Phoenix, DeVry, Corinthian College, and ITT Tech. The advertisements that for profit colleges create make attending college seem so easy; why you can even attend class online while at home in your...

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Elliot Rodger and the Effeminization of Asian Men

(13) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:40 PM

The shocking mass murders in Isla Vista near UC Santa Barbara have received a great deal of media attention. Many commentators have pointed to the inherent misogyny and entitlement within Elliot Rodger's manifesto. Michael Kimmel and Cliff Leek discuss the importance of race in their analysis...

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The Defunding of Public Education and the Creation of a Permanent Underclass

(181) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 6:40 PM

Since the No Child Left Behind Act was passed in 2001, the state of public education has become abysmal in many urban areas. As mentioned in my other blog about private prisons and the creation of a permanent underclass, a school-to-prison pipeline has been created in...

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Private Prisons and the Creation of a Permanent Under Class

(52) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 3:13 PM

"Prison ain't the place to find your right of passage in, it's slavery, with nasty food in your abdomen." Immortal Technique (Parole, The 3rd World)

Unfortunately, for increasing numbers of teenage African American and Latino males, prison is becoming a rite of passage and their presence in juvenile...

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Ukraine Is the Latest Stage for the Continuing Battle Between East and West

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2014 | 4:07 PM

The protests and political unrest occurring in Ukraine highlight the ongoing battle for hearts and minds in the post Cold War era. The economic battle between the 'East' and 'West' continues to be played out in Eastern and Central Europe. The origin of the protests can be traced to

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The Continued Silencing of Torture in Kashmir

(8) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 2:19 PM

The Indian army has tortured one out of every six people living in the occupied province of Kashmir, yet the plight of Kashmiris is largely undocumented in mainstream American media outlets. While media attention increased on the region in 2010 during the outbreak of a Kashmiri intifada, where youths began...

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Beyond Fascism and Austerity: Why the Rise of the Radical Right in Hungary Matters

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 3:24 PM

"Germany was able to accomplish with the EU what it could not accomplish with two world wars" -- Hungarian citizen

The rise of the radical right in Western European countries, particularly in France and the Netherlands, has been a large focus of media attention and scholarly analysis. However, less attention...

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90-Day Fiancé and the Shaming of 'Mail Order Brides'

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 5:09 PM

The new TLC (The Learning Channel) show 90-Day Fiancé "offers a never before seen look into the world of international dating and matrimony." The show follows five American men that have filed for K-1 visas, also known as 90-day fiancé visas, for their potential foreign spouses from Russia, the Philippines,...

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