Department of Sociology
University of Southern California
851 Downey Way, HSH 314
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Stephanie Canizales, PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California, is a National Science Foundation and a Ford Foundation Fellow. She earned 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, social inequality, 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. Her advisors are Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Jody Agius Vallejo.
Stephanie’s research has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, as well as by Youth Circulations, the Conversation UK and US, and UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Stephanie was named one of Pacific Standard Magazine’s Thirty Top Thinkers Under 30 for 2016.