Laura Enriquez

Laura Enriquez, UCI Chicano/Latino studies associate professor, has received two book awards from the American Sociological Association for Of Love and Papers: How Immigration Policy Affects Romance and Family. The William J. Goode Book Award from the ASA Family Section and the Distinguished Book Award from the Latina/o/x Sociology Section recognize Enriquez for her 2020 book that explores how immigration policy is fundamentally reshaping Latino families and perpetuating inequality. The work draws on more than 150 interviews with Southern California undocumented Latina/o young adults and their romantic partners to determine the extent to which citizenship status impacts love and family. Her findings detail how the far-reaching issues of financial insecurity, deportation threats, inability to access state-issued identification and limited pathways to legalization constrain relationships of undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizen partners alike, with enduring effects over time and into the next generation.

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Enriquez joined the UCI faculty in 2015 after completing her Ph.D. in sociology at UCLA. She specializes in research on the educational, political, and social experiences of undocumented young adults and members of mixed-status families. She's currently the principal investigator on the Undocumented Student Equity Project and UC Collaborative to Promote Immigrant and Student Equity, research initiatives that examine how immigration policies disrupt the educational experiences and wellbeing of undocumented college students and students from mixed-status families. A former Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellow, UCI Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellow, and current National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, Enriquez’s work has been supported by the American Sociological Association, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, the Haynes Foundation, UC Institute for Mexico and the United States, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and the University of California Office of the President. In 2020, she was awarded the UCI Academic Senate Early-Career Faculty Award for Research.

Joining her in receipt of the ASA Latinx Sociology Section book award is Rocío Rosales, UCI sociology associate professor. The two will be among this year’s award recipients honored at the ASA annual meeting to be held virtually August 6-10.





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