Stephanie L. Canizales is a University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Merced. 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.

Stephanie specializes in migration and immigrant incorporation, children and youth, inequality, poverty, and mobility, race/ethnicity, and organizations. Her 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 incorporate into school, work, family, and community life as they come of age without parents. 

Sin Padres, Ni Papeles has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Haynes Foundation, American Sociological Association, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of California. Her graduate advisors were 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 Studiesas well as by Youth Circulations, the Conversation UK and US, the Globe Post, and UC Davis Center for Poverty Research among others.

Stephanie was formerly an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University. She will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Merced in Fall 2020.