I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Merced and a National Science Foundation AGEP California HSI Alliance Fellow.
I graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a Masters of Arts in Sociology. In 2010, I graduated from New College of Florida, the public honors college of Florida, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
My research focuses on race and ethnicity, immigration, family, intersectionality, and Latina/o/xs. Guided by critical race theory and intersectional feminism, I study racialization, racial and ethnic discourses, and racial and ethnic identity formation of Latina/o/xs. My dissertation research examines how Latina/o/x families in Florida and California talk about racial and cultural identity and racism and how these conversations about and experiences with racial and ethnic inclusion and exclusion are gendered and vary by class. For this project, I am conducting in-depth, semi-structured life history interviews with U.S. born Latina/o/x children of immigrants.
I have published in the American Behavioral Scientist, TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, the Student Sociologist, among others.
I received an Honorable Mention for the 2019 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the 2017-2018 Fred and Mitzie Ruiz Fellowship, the 2019 Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning Fellowship, the 2018 SSHA Dean’s Summer Research Award, the 2018 and 2019 Sociology Summer Support Award, the 2016-2017 Sociology Graduate Student Support Award, the 2018 Sociology Graduate Department Conference Paper Award, among other fellowships.
I have presented my research at the American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, the National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES), the American Sociological Association's Race, Gender, and Class conference, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). I have co-organized sessions and round tables for the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Study of Social Problems. I am also a Student Advisory Editor for the journal, Social Problems. I am a Student Representative for the American Sociological Association's Race, Gender, and Class section. Formerly, I was the Student Representative for the Latina/o Sociology section of ASA. I also served as a Graduate Student Representative and Treasurer and Secretary for ASA's Student Forum Advisory Board.
Website last updated: June 2019
All portraits by Veronica Adrover