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Stephanie L. Canizales

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced

Stephanie L. Canizales, PhD, is a researcher, author, and professor currently appointed to the Department of Sociology at the University of California at Merced. Stephanie’s research specializations include international migration and immigrant integration; children, youth, and families; inequality, poverty, and mobility; and race and ethnicity. Stephanie was formerly a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at the University of California at Merced (2019-2020) and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University (2018-2019). Stephanie earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Southern California (2018).


  • 2020–present
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California at Merced
  • 2019–2020
    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California at Merced
  • 2018–2019
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University
  • 2011–2018
    Doctoral Student, University of Southern California


  • 2018
    Support and setback: The Role of Religion in the Incorporation of Unaccompanied Indigenous Youth in Los Angeles, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • 2016
    Latino/a professionals as entrepreneurs: how race, class, and gender shape entrepreneurial incorporation, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2016
    Support and Setback: Catholic Churches and the Adaptation of Unaccompanied Guatemalan Maya Youth in Los Angeles, Center for Migration Studies
  • 2015
    American individualism and the social incorporation of Guatemalan Maya young adults in Los Angeles, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 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
    Fast Fashion, Slow Integration: Guatemalan youth navigate life and labor in Los Angeles, Youth Circulations
  • 2015
    Unaccompanied Migrant Children: A Humanitarian Crisis at the Border and Beyond, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research
  • 2014
    Exploitation, Poverty, and Marginality Among Unaccompanied Migrant Youth, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Latina/o Studies Association


Ford Foundation; National Science Foundation Fellow; Haynes Foundation Dissertation Grant; American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program; Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality Research Fellowship; UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Visiting Scholar