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Stephanie L. Canizales, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology

School of Social Science, Humanities, and Arts
University of California at Merced
Merced, CA 95343

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Merced, 2020-
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Sociology, UC Merced, 2019-2020
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University, 2018-2019

EDUCATION
PhD, Sociology, University of Southern California, 2018
M.A., Sociology, University of Southern California, 2013
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011

PUBLICATIONS
Peer-Reviewed Articles

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2022. “’Si mis papas estuvieran aquí’: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Latinx Youth’s Emergent Frame of Reference and Health in the U.S.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Brendan H. O’Connor and Stephanie L. Canizales. Forthcoming. “Language-learning and the Linguistic Strategies of Guatemalan Maya Youth Workers in Los Angeles.” International Journal of the Sociology of Language.

Stephanie L. Canizales and Brendan H. O’Connor. 2022. “’Maybe not 100%: Co-constructing Language Proficiency in the Maya Diaspora.” International Multilingual Research Journal. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2021. “Work Primacy and the Social Incorporation of Unaccompanied, Undocumented Latinx Youth in the United States.” Social Forces. Available here.

Jody Agius Vallejo and Stephanie L. Canizales. 2021. “Ethnoracial Capitalism and the Limits of Ethnoracial Solidarity.” Social Problems. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales and Jody Agius Vallejo. 2021. “Latinos and Racism in the Trump Era.” Dædalus 150(2): 150-164. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2021. “Educational Meaning Making and Language Learning: Understanding the Educational Incorporation of Unaccompanied, Undocumented Latinx Youth Workers in the U.S.” Sociology of Education 94(3). Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2019. “Support and setback: The Role of Religion in the Incorporation of Unaccompanied Indigenous Youth in Los Angeles.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Available here.

  • Winner of the American Sociological Association Section on Latina/o Sociology Cristina Maria Riegos Student Paper Award, 2018.

Jody Agius Vallejo and Stephanie L. Canizales. 2016. “Latino/a professionals as entrepreneurs: how race, class, and gender shape entrepreneurial incorporation.” Ethnic and Racial Studies.  Available here.

Canizales, Stephanie L. 2015. “American individualism and the social incorporation of Guatemalan Maya young adults in Los Angeles.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. Available here.

  • Winner of the American Sociological Association Section on Latina/o Sociology Distinguished Contribution to Research Article Award, 2017.
  • Winner of the American Sociological Association Section on International Migration Aristide Zolberg Student Scholar Award Honorable Mention, 2014.

Book Chapters
Stephanie L. Canizales. Forthcoming. “Ethnorace and the orientación of unaccompanied, undocumented Indigenous youth in Latinx Los Angeles.” In Latinx Belonging: Community-building and Resilience in the 21st Century, by N. Deeb-Sossa and J. Bickham Mendez (Eds.). Tempe: Arizona University Press.

Stephanie L. Canizales and Brendan H. O’Connor. 2021. “From Preparación to Adaptación: Language and the Imagined Futures of Maya-Speaking Guatemalan Youth in Los Angeles.” In Refugee Education Across the Lifespan: Mapping Experiences of Language Learning and Use by D. Warriner (Ed.). New York City: Springer Press. Available here.

Reports
Stephanie L. Canizales and Daysi X. Diaz-Strong. 2021. “Undocumented Childhood Arrivals in the U.S.: Widening the Frame for Research and Policy.” Immigration Initiative at Harvard. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2020. “When Religious Organizations Fail to Support Unaccompanied Indigenous Latinx Youth.” Policy Brief No. 02-2020. Sociology Policy Briefs. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2016. “Support and Setback: Catholic Churches and the Adaptation of Unaccompanied Guatemalan Maya Youth in Los Angeles.” Center for Migration Studies-New York. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2015. “Unaccompanied Migrant Children: A Humanitarian Crisis at the Border and Beyond.”  UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2016. “Support and Setback: Catholic Churches and the Adaptation of Unaccompanied Guatemalan Maya Youth in Los Angeles.” Center for Migration Studies- New York. Available here.

Roberto Suro, Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, and Stephanie L. Canizales. 2015. “Removing Insecurity: Who American Children Will Benefit from President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration.” Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at USC and the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA. Available here.

* Cited in brief filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, April 2015

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2014. “Exploitation, Poverty and Marginality among Unaccompanied Migrant Youth.” UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Available here.

Book Reviews
Stephanie L. Canizales. Forthcoming. Review of, “Figures of the Future: Latino Civil Rights and the Politics of Demographic Change” by Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz. Contemporary Sociology.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2021. Review of “Unauthorized: Portraits of Latino Immigrants” by Marisol Clark-Ibáñez and Richelle S. Swan. Contemporary Sociology 50(2): 142-144. Available here.

Jody Agius Vallejo and Stephanie L. Canizales. 2016. Review of “National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America” by Mara Loveman. American Journal of Sociology 21(4): 1294-1296. Available here.

Research-Based Public Essays
Stephanie L. Canizales. Forthcoming. “Caught in the Dragnet: How Punitive Immigration Laws Harm Immigrant Community Helpers.” Contexts Magazine.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2021. “Advocating to Asylum-Seeking Children is Traumatic, New Research Finds.” The Washington Post. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2019. “Measures to Lessen US-Mexican Crossings Put Migrants in Greater Danger.” The Globe Post. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales and Samuel de Leon. 2019. “The uncontained violence against unaccompanied Central American minor migrants in the U.S.” Youth Circulations, Lauren Heidbrink and Michele Statz (Eds.). Available here.

*Republished by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2018. “US Service Providers Race Against Time as Immigration Policy Shifts.” The Globe Post. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2018. “Young people crossing the border alone face challenges in the US homes where they’re placed.” The Conversation. Available here.

Steven Pressman, Greg Wright, and Stephanie L. Canizales. 2018. “3 key quotes from Trump’s first State of the Union, explained.” The Conversation. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2017. “Rescinding DACA: The children are watching.” The Globe Post. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2017. “How unaccompanied youth become exploited workers in the U.S.” Opinion editorial. The Conversation. Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2015. “Fast Fashion, Slow Integration: Guatemalan youth navigate life and labor in Los Angeles.” Youth Circulations, Lauren Heidbrink and Michele Statz (Eds.). Available here.

Stephanie L. Canizales. 2014. “Life for child migrants is even harder beyond the US border.” The Conversation. Available here.

RESEARCH
Fellowships + Awards

University of California Society of Hellman Fellows, Hellman Faculty Fellowship, 2022-2023.

University of California Office of the President, Underrepresented Scholars Fellowship2022-2023.

Russell Sage Foundation, Pipeline Grant, 2021-2022.

American Sociological Association, Community Action Research Initiative, 2020-2021.

Institute for Research on Poverty/ U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers, UCI Center for Population Inequality and Policy Scholar-in-Residence, 2020-2021.

University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California at Merced, 2019-2020.

Institute for Research on Poverty, Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship, 2018-2019.

Ford Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2017-2018.

Haynes Lindley Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-2017.

American Sociological Association, Minority Fellowship Program (Co-Sponsored by Sociologist for Women in Society), 2016-2017.

National Science Foundation Sociology Program, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2015-2016.

University of Southern California Graduate School Endowed Fellowship, 2015-2016.

USC Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Maria Elena Martinez Summer Fieldwork Research Grant, 2015.

University of Southern California Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, College 2020 Graduate Summer Research Stipend, 2014.

Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality, Hispanic Poverty, Inequality, and Mobility Research Fellowship, 2013.

University of California at Davis Center for Poverty Research Visiting Scholar, 2013.

Professional Development
Crime & Justice Summer Research Institute, Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network, 2021.

Teaching Poverty 101, Institute for Research on Poverty, 2021.

Assistant Professor Workshop, Berkeley Latina Collective, 2021.

Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods, University of California at Berkeley, sponsored by Russell Sage Foundation and U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2020-2021.

Mellon Foundation Faculty Summer Institute, University of California at Merced, 2020.

Spectrum of Migrant Exclusions: An Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Toronto, Canada, 2018.

International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion Summer School Program (IMISCOE), Princeton University, 2016.

SELECT SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
American Sociological Association Latina/o Sociology Section Council Member, 2020-2023.

American Sociological Association International Migration Section Graduate Student Representative, 2017-2018.

American Sociological Association Latina/o Sociology Section Graduate Student Representative, 2015-2017

Manuscript Referee
American Behavioral Science; American Sociological Review; Contemporary Sociology; Ethnicities; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Housing Policy Debate; Law and Society Review; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies; Journal of Latinos and Education; Journal of Marriage and Family; Journal of Social and Personal Relations; Migraciones Internationals; Oxford University Press; Population, Space, and Place; Qualitative Sociology; Social Currents; Social Forces; Social Problems; Social Services Review; Social Work; Sociological Focus; Sociology of Education

MEDIA, PODCASTS, WEBINARS, AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Quoted in, “Woman charged with fake abduction story used racist stereotypes to describe kidnappers, advocates and scholars say.” CNN, 3/2022. Available here.

Quoted in, “How Immigration and Trade Policy Have Shaped U.S. Agriculture.” Life & Thyme, 9/2020. Available here.

Interviewed for, “Poverty Research and Policy,” Institute for Research on Poverty podcast, 6/2020. Available here.

Panelist on, “The Food Industry’s Undocumented Labor Force,” Life & Thyme webinar, 6/2020. Available here.

Quoted in, “The Quinceañera, Redefined” New York Times, 11/2019. Available here.

Quoted in, “The Thousands of Children Who Go to Immigration Court Alone.” The Atlantic, 8/2018. Available here.

Interviewed for, “Immigration”, KPFK Soul Rebel Radio, 7/2018. Available here.

Profiled in, “Doctoral Student’s Research on Child Migration Takes an Unexpected Twist,” USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Available here.

Quoted in, “La cancelación del TPS salvadoreño es ilógica y contraria a los intereses estadounidenses en América Latina,” La Opinión, 1/2018. Available here.

30 Top Thinkers Under 30, Pacific Standard Magazine, 2016. Available here.

Quoted in, “When Migrant Kids Become Homeless,” Al Jazeera America, 11/2015. Available here.

Quoted in, “Young immigrants placed in sponsor homes are at risk of abuse, experts say,” Los Angeles Times, 08/2015. Available here.

Research featured in, “Young, undocumented, and invisible,” Pacific Standard Magazine, 8/2014. Available here.

Interviewed for, “Where unaccompanied minors go when they immigrate to LA”, KPCC Take Two, 9/2014. Available here.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Educational Research Association
American Sociological Association
Latin American Studies Association
Latina/o Studies Association
Law & Society Association
Pacific Sociological Association
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Scholars Strategy Network

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Header photo shows mural titled “67 Sueños” by Pancho Pescador in collaboration with the Community Rejuvenation Project in San Francisco, which draws attention to the 67% of undocumented youth neglected by U.S. immigration policy.

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