Research

Research

My research is rooted in sociological traditions, and informed by readings in history, anthropology, gender studies, ethnic studies, and more recently, in geography. Relying mainly on interviews and participant observation ethnography, my research strives to understand people’s lives and situations in relation to broader social and historical forces.

This page gives access to my published research, organized in four categories. You can access these by clicking the buttons to the right.

1) Gender and Migration
2) Informal Sector Work in the Immigrant City
3) Religion and Immigrant Integration
4) Latina/o Sociology.

I’m now beginning a new collaborative project with colleagues from the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, examining the evolution of Latino South Los Angeles (previously known as “South Central”). In this mixed methods project, we want to understand when and why Latinos moved here, what their experiences have been, and how they are becoming a distinctive part of South L.A. while building on African American legacies and shared projects. I am also exploring public life in the urban community gardens and public parks of South L.A.