Hello! I'm Juan.
I'm an Assistant Professor of sociology at UCSC where I study the changing landscape of immigration in the United States. Over the past decade, I have examined the vast inequalities of immigrants' access to justice, the social safety net, and poverty. My research examines how and where deportation and enforcement initiatives exacerbate these inequalities and leave imprints in our local communities.
My dissertation (Stanford University, 2018, "Paths to exclusion: deportations, housing instability, and scams") examined how local immigration contexts influence housing instability, access to justice, and the determinants of deportation discretion.
Social Demography XYZ is my website on immigration and social demographic research.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
Sociology Department research and teaching focuses on (a) quantitative methods and demography, (b) international migration, (c) Latina/o identities, and (d) U.S. immigration enforcement and deportation.
STANFORD CENTER ON POVERTY & INEQUALITY
STANFORD CENTER FOR COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN RACE & ETHNICITY (CCSRE)
Qualitative and mixed-methods research on immigration, low-income working families, and the social safety net. Research projects funded by federal agencies and foundations for public and policy audiences. Co-authored reports on deportation and immigration policies and access to health and human services.
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Sociology Department
Coursework and qualifying exams in race, ethnicity, and immigration as well as social demography; research and teaching assistantships in sociology and public policy
Master of Public Affairs
INDIANA UNIVERSITY, School of Public & Environmental Affairs (Bloomington)
Policy Analysis and Economic Development (double concentration)
Survey and spatial analyses of business and home ownership in the Mexican community of Little Village in Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts
History and Conflict Studies (double major)
Thesis on demographic, political, and entrepreneurial change in the Mexican community of Little Village in Chicago, IL
Population Association of America
Law and Society Association
American Sociological Association
Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management
Statistics & Social Demography
Stata Data Management & Analysis
Spatial (GIS) Data Analysis
Qualitative Data Collection & Analysis
Immigration Policy Analysis
Census and Survey Data Analysis
PROJECTS & DATA
I have studied the effects of deportations on immigrant families, uneven enforcement outcomes under Secure Communities, and the demographic determinants of deportations across US counties. My dissertation examines the effects of deportation rates on crime (e.g., immigration scams) reporting, housing instability, and health (e.g., disabilities).
ACCESS TO JUSTICE
I study reports of immigration and green card scams to understand the types of places most likely to bring these crimes to light. Reports of such scams to the Federal Trade Commission vary across the country. I am currently studying the relationship between these types of immigration scams and capacity to integrate immigrants.
I combined data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the Department of Justice, and advocacy networks to identify nonprofit, immigrant-serving legal service providers across local communities. See a map of legal aid providers in California (with links to data sources).
In my graduate and dissertation work, I have collected, managed, and analyzed a range of data. Check back for datasets and additional information on my blog related to local immigration contexts across the US.