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 on-going work examines the unaccompanied migration and adaptation experiences of unauthorized Guatemalan Maya young-adults 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
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Southern California, Sociology, 2011 - Present
  • Graduate Research Assistant, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, 2014 - Present

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