Melissa L Hampton

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Melissa Hampton is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is writing a dissertation entitled “The Gendered Politics of Refugee Resettlement in the Cuban Mariel Migration of 1980,” in which she examines how gender influenced the reception and resettlement patterns of Cubans who arrived in the United States during the Mariel Boatlift. The dissertation broadly explores gendered representations of both male and female migrants, but pays particular attention to narratives focused on Mariel Cuban women.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: History, University of California, Berkeley.


  • Modern United States
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Women
  • Immigration
Courses Taught
  • Global America: The United States Since 1865
  • U.S. and the World
Research & Professional Activities


  • Goizueta Foundation Fellow: Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami, August 2018
  • “Constructing the Deviant Woman: Gendered Stigma of the 1980 Cuban Mariel Migration,”American Behavioral Scientist Special Issue: Gender and Migration Scholarship in the 21st Century 61, No. 10 (September 2017), pp. 1086–1102
  • Goizueta Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami, 2018
  • Thesis Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Grant, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Erickson Graduate Fellowship in Law and History, University of Minnesota, 2014