Maya Návar

MIT Department: Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Graham Jones
Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University
Hometown: El Paso, Texas, USA
Website: LinkedIn

I am a rising senior at Stanford University majoring in comparative literature and linguistics. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, I’m broadly interested in the relationship between language, violence, and human rights at the US-Mexico border, with a specific focus on the experiences of asylum seekers awaiting court hearings in ICE detention and across the border in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. I am also interested in border narratives, and am currently pursuing an honors thesis in comparative literature focused on literary representations of El Paso and Juárez, the power of water and fertility in the region, and femicide at the border. I hope to further explore these interests in graduate school. Outside of academics, I am an involved member of the National Hispanic Institute and love painting with my mom, going on walks, reading short stories, and drinking té de manzanilla con miel.