Stephanie L. Canizales is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Merced. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Stephanie is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants whose migration and integration experiences 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 integration, children and youth, inequality, poverty, and mobility, and race and ethnicity.
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 without parents. In a second project, Stephanie is investigating the social, economic, and health effects of unaccompanied migration, asylum law and application procedures, and social integration in the U.S. on asylum-seeking minors, their caregivers, and their communities in Los Angeles County, California, and Harris County, Texas.
Stephanie’s research has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, both of which received distinguished research awards from the International Migration and Latina/o Sociology sections of the American Sociological Association. She has also coauthored works on Latinx entrepreneurship, undocumented families, and the unintended consequences of asylum procedure. Other works have been published by Youth Circulations, the Conversation UK and US, the Globe Post, and UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.
Funders for Stephanie’s research include the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, the American Sociological Association, the University of California, Institute for Research on Poverty at UW-Madison, Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, and others.
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).