Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Professor Emerita of Sociology
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo


Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo was the Florence Everline Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California, where she is now Professor Emerita. Her research has examined how Latino immigrants negotiate challenges with informal sector work, varied legal status, and changing gender, family and community relations.  As the author or editor of ten  books, her research has been supported with fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation for the Humanities, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Getty Research Institute and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM.  In 2015, she received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association, International Migration Section, and in 2018 she received the Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association, Latina/o Sociology Section.


  • 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
  • Research Keywords

    Gender and Migration; Informal Sector Work; Mexican/Latino Migration and Immigrant Workers; Gardens, Migration and Inequality.

  • Book

    • Hondagneu-Sotelo, P., Pastor, M. (2021). South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South Los Angeles. New York: New York University Press.
    • 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 Chapters

    • 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. (2017). Place, Nature, and Masculinity in Immigrant Integration: Latino Immigrant Men in Inner-city Parks and Community Gardens. NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies. Vol. published on-line June 2017
    • Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2017). “At Home in Inner-City Immigrant Community Gardens”. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. Vol. 32 (1), pp. 13-28.
    • 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.
    • Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. (2014). “Paradise Transplanted, Paradise Lost?”. Boom: A Journal of California. Vol. 4 (3), pp. 86-94.
    • 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.
    • Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association, Latina/o Sociology Section, 2018
    • 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
  • Editorships and Editorial Boards

    • Co-editor, NYU Press book series, “Latina/o Sociology”, 2013 –
    • Editorial Board member, Social Forces, 2014 – 2017
    • Editorial Board Member, Ethnography, 2009 – 2015
    • 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