Joshua LePree


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Josh LePree is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He began the program in 2010 after completing an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2008) from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Josh received his B.A. in Psychology in 2002 from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he was recruited to be a scholarship member of the Division I Swimming Team. While at ECU, he was awarded the James Rivers Scholarship for Study Abroad which enabled him to complete his undergraduate studies at La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Costa Rica. After returning from study abroad, Josh taught Spanish language at the high school level for two years in Wilmington, North Carolina, before deciding to relocate to Costa Rica. He resided in Costa Rica from 2004-2006, during which time he became interested in questions of sustainable development and what it means for a given society. Based on this interest, he entered the M.A. program at FIU in 2007 with a plan to investigate Costa Rica’s program of certifying tourism businesses as “sustainable”. While at FIU, he received the FLAS Fellowship from the US Department of Education. Once at CU, his academic interests shifted from questions of sustainable development to those concerning the social process of migration. To this end, he has collaborated with CU faculty on several research projects concerning Mexican migration to the United States, including a major project with his adviser, Christina A. Sue. His own dissertation research aims to better understand the process of negotiating gender and masculinity among Mexican migrant men in Colorado, specifically focusing on the intersections of gender, race, class, and legal status.