Matilda joins the American Bar Foundation’s Future of Latino’s initiative as a research assistant. In this supportive role, she assists project directors in planning and executing regional roundtables and summits, as well as other administrative needs. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Her dissertation Documenting Lives: the Material and Social Life of Case Files in the U.S. Foster Care System examines the intermingling of lives surrounding bureaucracies involved in child welfare and social service administration more broadly. She also instructs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Elmhurst College, and the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
Communications Associate, American Bar Foundation
Cheyenne is a Communications Associate at the American Bar Foundation (ABF), an independent national research institute committed to empirical research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. At the ABF, Cheyenne is responsible for elevating the organization’s visibility to its stakeholders and to the general public through media relations, public relations, marketing, and special events. She assists in the creation and dissemination of content and research to news media, funders, the legal academy, and other stakeholders.
Prior to working with the ABF, Cheyenne attended Northwestern University, and interned with Picture Show Films, Homicide Watch Chicago, and the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Jinja, Uganda. She was also involved in the Medill Justice Project, an award-winning national investigative journalism center that examines potentially wrongful convictions. During her time at Northwestern, she spent a semester abroad in Paris, where she studied critical theory, literature, and media at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).
Cheyenne received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University in 2015.