Enrique Olivares-Pelayo

Ph.D. Student

Enrique Alan Olivares-Pelayo is a doctoral student in the School of Geography, Development and Environment. Having earned bachelor’s degrees in English and creative writing after transferring from Pima Community College, as well as a master’s degree in English from the University of Arizona, Enrique currently focuses his research on the production, maintenance, and daily experience of carceral landscapes in the US. Relying on primary, (auto)ethnographic methods and data, Enrique’s research is informed by lived experience of incarceration inside Arizona’s harsh prison system. His ultimate goal is to serve as a mentor and ally for directly impacted or justice involved people who are seeking their rightful place within the academy. Enrique is a proud Tucsonan and first-generation American of Mexican descent. He can be found at the park every morning walking his pug, Fígaro.