IMG_2968Stephanie L. Canizales is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Merced, specializing in migration and immigrant integration; children and youth; inequality, poverty, and mobility; and race and ethnicity. Stephanie earned her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California (2018).

Her first book project, entitled Sin Padres, Ni Papeles, systematically examines why undocumented, unaccompanied Central American and Mexican youth migrate to Los Angeles, California, and how they integrate into school, work, family, and community life as they come of age. Findings from this research have been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Sociology of Education, and Social Forces.

In a second book, co-authored with Dr. Brendan O’Connor (Arizona State University), the researchers uncover whether and to what extent Maya-, Spanish-, and English-languages are viewed by unaccompanied Indigenous Guatemalan youth as salient to their sobrevivencia (survival) in the U.S., and how perceptions of linguistic proficiency shape Indigenous Maya-speaking youth’s sense of self and imagined futures. A third, solo-authored project, focuses on the social, economic, and health effects of punitive immigration law and policy and restrictive application procedures on the social integration and well being of unaccompanied, Central American asylum-seeking children, their caregivers, and their communities in California and Texas.

Alongside work focused on unaccompanied Central American and Mexican minor migration and integration, Stephanie has co-authored works on Latinxs’ pathways to entrepreneurship and ethnoracial capitalism, the causes and consequences of racism against Latinxs, and mixed-status families. Other works have been published by the Washington Post, Youth Circulations, the Conversation UK and US, and the Globe Post.

This research agenda has been generously funded by the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, the American Sociological Association, the University of California, the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW-Madison, Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, and other agencies.

Stephanie was formerly a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at the University of California at Merced (2019-2020) and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University (2018-2019).

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