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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Professor of Sociology
Associate Director of CSII

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Phone: (213) 740-3606
Office: KAP 352

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Biographical Sketch

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California, where she also serves as Associate Director at the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Her research examines how Latino immigrants negotiate challenges with informal sector work, varied legal status, and changing gender, family and community relations.  She has authored or edited nine books, and held research and writing fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation for the Humanities, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, and the Getty Research Institute.  At USC, she enjoys helping undergraduate and graduate students construct their own research projects, and her teaching and mentorship have been recognized with the 2006 Mellon Excellence in Mentoring Award (for mentorship of graduate students), the 2000 General Education Teaching Award, and most recently with the 2015 Feminist Mentor Award from the Sociologists for Women in Society, in recognition of her mentorship of PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.  In 2015, she received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association, International Migration Section.  She is regularly invited to lecture at other academic institutions, including universities in Latin America, Asia and Europe.


Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
M.A. Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
B.A. Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 1979

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

I continue to be interested in gender and migration, by the dilemmas posed by the social organization of informal sector work, and in movements for social change, but in recent years I have been studying, thinking, and writing about the relationship between migration and plant nature. Why should we care about this topic? The majority of the world’s population now lives in cities and metropolitan regions, and include diverse groups of people who have migrated from different countries. How newcomers get along with old-timers is one of the key dramas now unfolding in metropolitan regions around the nation and the globe, and how we all engage with soil, plants, and water will determine the ecological viability of the planet. Gardens offer places to see these processes unfold. We commonly think of gardens as little havens roped off from the public world, but they are not separate from society. In my most recent book, Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens (UC Press 2014) I show how successive conquests and diverse migrations have made Southern California gardens, and in turn how gardens influence social inequality, work, leisure, status, and our experiences of nature and community. Drawing on historical archival research, ethnography, and over one hundred interviews with a wide range of people including suburban homeowners, paid Mexican immigrant gardeners, professionals at the most elite botanical garden in the West, and immigrant community gardeners raising food in the poorest neighborhoods of inner-city Los Angeles, my book offers insights into the ways that diverse global migrations and garden landscapes shape our social world. I am currently involved in two research projects in South Los Angeles. The Latinas/os in South Los Angeles (LiSLA) study, a collaborative effort with colleagues at the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC, combines qualitative and quantitative data to examine the social processes of Latina/o integration in an historically African American part of Los Angeles, specifically in Watts, historic South Central Avenue, and Vermont Square/Slauson. And assisted by student researchers, I am looking more closely at public parks and urban community gardens in these neighborhoods, considering the extent to which these sites create a sense of place, belonging and civic culture.

Research Keywords

Gender and migration, informal sector work, Mexican/Latino migration, religion and the immigrant rights movement, gardens and society.

Research Specialties

(Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1990) Professor of Sociology: International migration and immigrant integration; gender; informal sector work;Mexican/Latino immigrant workers; religion and social movements for immigrant rights.



Baca Zinn, M. B., Hondagneu-Sotelo, P., and Messner, M. A., Denissen, A.M. (Ed.). (2016). Gender Through the Prism of Difference (fifth edition). Oxford University Press.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2014). Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens. University of California Press..
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2011). Domestica: Trabajadoras Inmigrantes a Cargo de la Limpieza y el Cuidado a la Sombra de la Abundancia. Mexico, DF: Editorial Porrua y Instituto Nacional de Migracion.
Gutierrez, D., Hondagneu-Sotelo (Eds.), P. (2009). Nation and Migration. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2008). God’s Heart Has No Borders: Religious Activism for Immigrant Rights. University of California Press.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P (Ed.). (2007). Religion and Social Justice for Immigrants. Rutgers University Press.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (Ed.). (2003). Gender and U.S. Immigration: Contemporary Trends. University of California Press.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2001). Domestica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence(New edition, with new preface "The Domestic Goes Global," in 2007). University of California Press.
Romero, M, Hondagneu-Sotelo, P., and Ortiz, V. (Ed.). (1997). Challenging Fronteras: Structuring Latina and Latino Lives in the U.S.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (1994). Gendered Transitions: Mexican Experiences of Immigration. University of California Press.

Book Chapter

Hondagneu-Sotelo, P., Ruiz, J. M. (2014). "Illegality and Spaces of Sanctuary: Belonging and Homeland-making in Urban Community Gardens". Constructing Illegality. Eds. Cecilia Menjivar and Daniel Kanstroom.: Cambridge University Press.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2011). "La Posada Sin Fronteras: Disputando Fronteras a Traves de la Espiritualidad Politica". El Rio Bravo Meditarraneo: Las RegionesFronterizas Ed. Natalia Ribas Mateos: Barcelona: Ediciones Bellaterra, SGU.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2009). "Ten Things You Need to Know About Mexican Immigration," in. Getting Immigration Right: What Every American... pp. 51-62. Eds. David Coates and Peter Siavelis: Washington, DC: Potomac Books.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2007). "La incorporacion del genero a la migracion: no 'solo para feministas' y no solo en la familia". pp. Pp.423-452. El Pais Transnacional: Migracion mexicana y cambio social a traves de la frontera.: Eds. Marina Ariza y Alejandro Portes..
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2002). "Families on the Frontier: From Braceros in the Field to Braceras in the Home". Latinos: Remaking America. pp. 259-273. Ed. Marcelo Suarez-Orozco: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University Press and UC Press..

Journal Article

Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2016). "At Home in Inner-City Immigrant Community Gardens". Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.
Flores, G. M., Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2014). "The Social Dynamics Channeling Latina College Graduates into the Teaching Profession". Gender, Work & Organization. Vol. 21 (6), pp. 491-515.
Golash-Boza, T., Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2013). "Latino Immigrant Men and the Deportation Crisis: A Gendered Racial Removal Program". Latino Studies. Vol. 11 (3), pp. 476-490.
Flores, E. O., Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2013). "Chicano Gang Members in Recovery: The Public Talk of Negotiating Chicano Masculinities". Social Problems. Vol. 60 (4), pp. 476-490.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P., Estrada, E., Ramirez, H. (2011). "Mas alla de la Domesticidad: Un analisis de genero de los trabajos inmigrantes del sector informal". Papers: Revista de Sociologia (Spain). Vol. 96 (3), pp. 805-824.
Estrada, E., Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2011). "Intersectional Dignities: Latina Immigrant Adolescent Street Vendors in Los Angeles". Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Vol. 40 (1), pp. 102-131.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2010). "Cultivating Questions for a Sociology of Gardens". Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Vol. 39, pp. 102-131.
Ramirez, H., Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2009). "Mexican Immigrant Gardeners: Exploited Workers or Entrepreneurs?". Social Problems. Vol. 56 (1), pp. 70-88.
Huisman, K., Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. |. (2005). Dress Matters: Change and Continuity in the Dress Practices of Bosnian Muslim Refugee Women. Gender and Society. Vol. 19(1), pp. 44-65.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P., Avila, E. (1997). "'I'm Here but I'm There': The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood". Gender & Society. Vol. 11, pp. 548-571.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (1995). "Women and Children First: New Directions in Anti-Immigrant Politics". Socialist Review. Vol. 25, pp. 160-180.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (1994). "Regulating the Unregulated: Domestic Workers' Social Networks". Social Problems.. Vol. 41, pp. 201-215.
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (1992). "Overcoming Patriarchal Constraints: The Reconstruction of Gender Relations Among Mexican Immigrant Women and Men". Gender & Society. Vol. 6, pp. 393-415.

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association, International Migration Section., 2015-  
Feminist Mentor Award, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2015-  
John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies, 2015-2016   
Feminist Scholar Activist Award, Sex and Gender Section, ASA , 2013  
¡Adelante! Award (a Los Angeles community organization), 2009  
Mellon Mentorship Award, 2006  
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 2003  
General Education Teaching Award, 2002-2003   
Distinguished Book Award, Sex and Gender Section, ASA, 2002  
Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award, Latina/o Sociology Section, ASA, 2002  
Distinguished Scholarship Award, Pacific Sociological Association, 2002  
Max Weber Award, American Sociological Association, 2002  
C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2001  
USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 1997  

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Co-editor, NYU Press book series, "Latina/o Sociology", 2013-  
Editorial Board Member, Ethnography, 2009-  
Editorial Board member, Social Forces, 2014-2017  
Editorial Board Member, Latino Studies Journal, 2011-2014  
Editorial board member, ASA Rose Monograph Series, 2005-2008  
Editorial board member, Gender & Society, 2005-2007  
Editorial board member, Social Problems, 2003-2005  
Editorial Board Member, Contemporary Sociology, 2000-2004  
Editorial board member, Aztlan, 2000-2003  
Editorial board member, Social Problems, 1999-2002  
Editorial Board Member, Sociological Perspectives, 1999-2002  
Editorial board member, Gender & Society, 1994-1998  
Editorial board member, Sociological Inquiry, 1993-1996  

Professional Offices

Executive Council member, American Sociological Association, 2008-2011  

Professional Memberships

American Sociological Association, 1990-2013  
Pacific Sociological Association, 1990-2013  
Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1990-2013  
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