Stephanie L. Canizales

Stephanie Canizales is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She specializes in Central American migration, immigrant integration, unaccompanied minors, and the 1.5 and second generations. Her on-going work examines the unaccompanied migration and adaptation experiences of unauthorized Central American young-adults in Los Angeles.

Stephanie's research findings have been published by Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Center for Migration Studies, Youth Circulations and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Her dissertation has been supported by Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality, National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, and the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, among others. Her work has been featured by LA Times, Al Jazeera America, NPR and Pacific Standard, who named her one of the top 30 thinkers under 30 in 2016.


  • –present
    Doctoral student, University of Southern California


  • 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
  • 2015
    Unaccompanied Migrant Children: A Humanitarian Crisis at the Border and Beyond, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research
  • 2015
    American individualism and the social incorporation of Guatemalan Maya young adults in Los Angeles, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2014
    Exploitation, Poverty, and Marginality Among Unaccompanied Migrant Youth, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Understanding Patterns of Incorporation for Unaccompanied Migrant Youth
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation


USC Dornsife College Doctoral Fellow; Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality Research Fellowship; UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Visiting Scholar