Stephanie Canizales

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Biographical Sketch

Stephanie Canizales earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in June 2011 with a focus on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics and minors in Global Studies and Latin American Studies. Stephanie was a UCLA McNair Scholar and Undergraduate Research Fellow. She has worked as a community researcher and grant writer for the Orange County Children's Therapeutic ARTS Center (June 2008 - August 2011) and as an English and math instructor for the Central American Resource Center's Academic Enrichment Program (Summer 2012).

Stephanie entered the USC Department of Sociology doctoral program as a Dornsife Fellow in Fall 2011. She specializes in Central American migration, immigrant integration, and the 1.5 and second generations. Her dissertation research examines the unaccompanied migration and variegated adaptation trajectories of unauthorized Central American youth as they transition into adulthood in Los Angeles, California. Her advisors are Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Jody Agius Vallejo.


  • BA Political Science, UC - Los Angeles, 2011
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Southern California, 2013

Employment History

  • Graduate Research Assistant, USC Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, 2013 - 2014
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Southern California, Sociology, 2011 - Present
  • Graduate Research Assistant, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, 2014 - Present


  • Other
    Canizales, S. L. (2014). Life for child migrants is even harder beyond the US border. The Conversation. Link to op-ed.
    Research Report
    Canizales, S. L. (2014). Exploitation, Poverty and Marginality among Unaccompanied Migrant Youth. UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Link to report.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

  • Website, USC Tomas Rivera Policy Institue micro-site focusing on the Latino middle-class, found at:, Fall 2013   

Guest Lectures in Courses

  • SOCI 429 Immigration, Work, and Labor: The Exploitation, Poverty, and Marginality of Unaccompanied Working Migrant Youth, Spring 2014   
  • SOCI 155 Immigrant America: Understanding Immigration Policy, Spring 2013   

Honors and Awards

  • USC Dornsife College Doctoral Fellow, 9/2011-5/2016  
  • Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2014-2015   
  • College 2020 Summer Research Stipend, 5/2014-8/2014  
  • American Sociological Association, International Migration Section Aristide Zolberg Student Scholar Award, Honorable Mention, 2013-2014   
  • Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship Alternate & Honorable Mention, 2013-2014   
  • Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality Research Fellowship, Fall 2013   
  • UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Visiting Scholar, Fall 2013   

Service to the University


  • Member, Department of Sociology Graduate Committee, 2012-2013   

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association, 2011-  
  • Pacific Sociological Association, 2011-  
  • UCLA Program on International Migration, 2011-  



  • Sociology
  • 851 Downey Way
  • HSH 314
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-2539