Stephanie L. Canizales is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Stephanie is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants who inspire much of her work. Stephanie earned her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California in 2018. She completed her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in June 2011 with a focus on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics and minors in Global Studies and Latin American Studies.
Stephanie specializes in international migration, inequality, poverty, and mobility; race/ethnicity, children and youth, and Latina/o Sociology. Her dissertation book project, entitled Finding Home, is a study of unaccompanied minor migration and integration into U.S. society. She systematically examines why undocumented, unaccompanied Central American and Mexican youth migrate to Los Angeles, California, and how they incorporate into school, work, family, and community life as they come of age without parents.Finding Home was funded by the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Haynes Foundation, American Sociological Association, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, and Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. Her dissertation advisors are Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Jody Agius Vallejo.
Stephanie’s research has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, as well as by Youth Circulations, the Conversation UK and US, the Globe Post, and UC Davis Center for Poverty Research among others. Stephanie was named one of Pacific Standard Magazine’s Thirty Top Thinkers Under 30.