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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Professor of Sociology
Associate Director

Contact Information
E-mail: sotelo@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3606
Office: KAP 352

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Her research examines how Latino immigrants face challenges with informal sector work, varied legal status, and changing gender, family and community relations.  She has authored or edited eight 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.


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 am currently finishing a book manuscript, Paradise Transplanted: Migration and Southern California Gardens. The book looks at Southern California gardens through a migration lens, beginning with the observation that nearly all the people, plants and water here have come from elsewhere. I explore the history of this, but the book centers on several contemporary case studies examining urban community gardens, the suburban maintenance gardening industry which produces the beautiful residential gardens, and the negotiated cultural representations at an elite botanical garden. I'm also co-authoring a few articles with colleagues. Beginning in 2013, I am starting two new endeavors that build on my long-standing research interests. One is a new book series in Latino/a Sociology at NYU Press that I am directing with sociologist Victor Rios. The other is a new administrative role as Associate Director of USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

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.



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.
Zinn, M. B., Hondagneu-Sotelo, P., and Messner, M. A. (Ed.). (2005). Gender Through the Prism of Difference. Oxford 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.

Honors and Awards

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  
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

Editorial Board Member, Ethnography, 2009-  
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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