The following scholars earned their PhDs from UC Irvine and completed the graduate emphasis in Chicano/Latino Studies.



Kayla Puente, Ph.D. in Education



Deyanira Nevarez Martinez, Ph.D. in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy

Archibaldo Silva, Ph.D. in Sociology

Jose A. Torres, Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society

Michelle E. Zuniga, Ph.D. in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy


Karen Arcos, Ph.D. in Cognitive Science
      Placement: UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dept. of Psychology, UC Santa Cruz
      Dissertation: Short-term and Working Memory in Blind and Sighted Individuals


Daniel Mill√°n, Ph.D. in Sociology
      Placement: Core Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor, Boston College     
      Dissertation: The Role of Family Household Composition and Household Transitions in the Educational Performance of Latina/o Children of Immigrants 
Alberto E. Morales, Ph.D. in Anthropology
      Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine
      Dissertation: Experimental Ecologies: Expert Networks and Research Infrastructures in Panama's City of Knowledge


Daina Sanchez, Ph.D. in Anthropology
Placement: Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Lehman College, City University of New York; Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow in Race
and Indigeneity at Brown University (2018-2019 AY)
Dissertation: The Children of Solaga: Ritual, Identity, and Transnationalism Among the Children of Indigenous Mexican Immigrants


Mark Anthony Ocegueda, Ph.D. in History
Placement: Assistant Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento
Dissertation: Sol y Sombra: San Bernardino's Mexican Community, 1880-1960.


Edelina M. Burciaga, Ph.D. in Sociology
Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado, Denver
Dissertation: The Latino Undocumented 1.5-generation: Navigating Belonging in New and Old Destinations
Jonathan Calvillo, Ph.D. in Sociology
Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion, Boston University School of Theology
Dissertation: Diverging Pathways of Assimilation: The Influence of Religious Affiliation on the Ethnic Identity of Mexican Immigrants.
Cathery Yeh, Ph.D. in Education
Placement: Assistant Professor, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University
Dissertation: Mathematics, Language, and Learning: A Longitudinal Study of Elementary Teachers and their Mathematics Teaching Practices


Alfredo Carlos, Ph.D. in Political Science
Placement: Assistant Professor of Political Science and Chicano and Latino Studies, California State University, Long Beach
Dissertation: Economic Democracy: From Continual Crisis to a People Oriented Economy
Raul Perez, Ph.D. in Sociology
Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology, University of Denver
Dissertation: Navigating the Hurtline: Race in American Stand-up Comedy from Civil Rights to Color-Blindness


Alejandra Albarran, Ph.D. in Education
Dissertation: Improving School Readiness through Parent Education Programming: Understanding the Role of Community-Based Organizations
in a Large Urban City Center
Maria Amon, PhD. in Drama
      Placement: Lecturer, Department of Chicano and Chicano Studies, San Diego State University and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Dramatic Arts,
San Diego City College 
Dissertation: Little Girls and Legal Defendants: Theatricalization and Performances of Innocence in Modern American Culture
Dana Nakano, Ph.D. in Sociology
Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, California State University, Stanislaus
Dissertation: A Matter of Belonging: Dilemmas of Race, Assimilation, and Substantive Citizenship among Later Generation Japanese Americans


Daisy Verduzco Reyes, Ph.D. in Sociology
Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology and the Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean & Latin American Studies, University of Connecticut
Dissertation: Latino Student Politics: Constructing Ethnic Identities in Organizations


Nicolas Bravo, Ph.D. in History
Dissertation: Spinning the Bottle: Ethnic Mexicans and Alcohol in Prohibition Era Los Angeles


Armando Ibarra, Ph.D. in Political Science
      Placement: Associate Professor, School for Workers, University of Wisconsin Extension
Dissertation: Poverty in the Valley of Plenty: Mexican Families and Migrant Work in California

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