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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.