Luis Rivera-Ayala

Luis  Rivera-Ayala
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive Room 316
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


Luis Rivera-Ayala


Luis M. Rivera Ayala (he/him) is a second-year Ph.D. student at the Sociology Department. His research interests include, ethnic community development, social movements, migration, and political activism. More specifically, he looks into the relationship between Salsa, Reggaeton and moral identity construction within political activism in Puerto Rico. Rivera Ayala worked as Press Secretary on the General Student’s Council and as Student’s Representative on the Academic Senate at Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras during several strikes; where he obtained a bachelors degree in Public Affairs and Advertising. Later on, he served as a Public Affairs volunteer at American Red Cross during their Hurricane María’s disaster response. Rivera Ayala also enjoys music, making photographs, and writing poetry.

He recently served as a collaborator for the virtual magazine of Instituto de cultura puertorriqueña (ICP) where one poem and two photographs will appear. Lastly, he will participate during the 116th American Sociological Association annual meeting, where he will share a paper titled “Marxist and Du Boisian Sociology As Ideological Framework for Puerto Rican Activists.”