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Elizabeth Vaquera

Director of Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, George Washington University

Elizabeth Vaquera received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She joined The George Washington University in 2016 as Associate Professor and Director of the newly established Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. She holds appointments in Sociology and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Before joining GW, she spent almost a decade at the University of South Florida where she was Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research focuses on the physical, emotional, and social well-being of vulnerable and diverse groups, particularly Latinos/as, immigrants, and children. Her work has been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals including Social Science Research, Social Science and Medicine, and Child Development. She is also co-author of several books, the most recent of which, Education and Immigration, examines the educational experiences of immigrants and their children living in the U.S. Dr. Vaquera is the recipient of several federal grants by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.


  • –present
    Associate professor, George Washington University