We are excited to welcome Brooke Jespersen as AAGE’s next Student Liaison! Brooke is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, specializing in the study of aging and migration. Her dissertation research examines how im/mobility regimes—or power structures enabling, promoting, and restricting migration—relate to older Puerto Rican adults’ conceptualizations, pursuits, and experiences of “good” lives in old age. Brooke’s previous work broadly examines inequality throughout the life course. She has published on intergenerational relationships, child well-being, and child maltreatment.
As our Student Liaison, Brooke will serve as a connector between the AAGE Board and the student membership. She will be involved in quarterly meetings and help to plan AAGE initiatives, lead the organizing of student-related events, bring student concerns to the committee, and help to bring student members together to envision and carry out activities of interest. Brooke looks forward to getting to know AAGE’s student members and supporting and strengthening their involvement our association. Please welcome her to the role, and feel free to reach out to her if you are an AAGE student member!
We also want to take a moment to say thank you to our departing Liaison, Celeste Pang! Celeste has been invaluable during her time as Liaison, bringing her creativity and passion to the role and creating some wonderful student-focused events. Celeste is defending her dissertation this year, and will be continuing research and work on aging and social justice issues in her role as Senior Research Officer in 2SLGBTQI Health, Aging and Housing at Egale Canada. Thank you, Celeste!!
One last note: As they transition, Brooke and Celeste will be working on a new student-focused online event. So keep your eyes open!