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Sacramento State Faculty


Contact Information

Name: Dr. Elvia Ramirez

Title: Associate Professor


Office Phone: (916) 278-5856

Mailing Address:

Department of Ethnic Studies, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6043

Office Hours: Fall 2016 - TBA

Courses That I Teach

  • Fall 2016
  • ETHN 131 (Sect. #01): La Raza Studies
  • ETHN 161: Chicano/Latino Politics and Public Policy


Ph.D., M.A., B.S., Sociology, University of California Riverside

Research Interests

  • Chicanas/os Latinas/os in higher education
  • Graduate education / Doctoral (Ph.D.) students
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions
  • Sociology of education
  • Intersectionality / Race, class, & gender studies
  • Mexican immigration

Select Publications

Ramirez, E. (forthcoming). Unequal socialization: Interrogating the Chicano/Latino(a) doctoral education experience. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Ramirez, E. & Mirandé, A.,  (2015). Autoethnography/insider testimonios, common sense racism, and the politics of cross-gender mentoring.  In Caroline S. V. Turner & Juan Carlos Gonzalez (Eds.), Modeling Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender: Practices to Cultivate the Next Generation of Diverse Faculty. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishers.

Ramirez, E. (2014). "Que estoy haciendo aqui? (What am I doing here?)": Chicanos/Latinos(as) navigating challenges and inequalities during their first year of graduate school.  Equity & Excellence in Education, 47(2), 167-186.

Reese, E., Ramirez, E., & Estrada-Correa, V. (2013). The politics of welfare inclusion: Explaining state variation in legal immigrants' welfare rights.  Sociological Perspectives, 56(1), 97-130.

Ramirez, E. (2013). Examining Latinos/as' graduate school choice process: An intersectionality perspective.  Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 12(1), 23-36.

Ramirez, E. (2011). “No one taught me the steps’: Latinos’ experiences applying to graduate school.  Journal of Latinos and Education, 10(3), 204-222.

Barajas, M., & Ramirez, E. (2007). Beyond home/host dichotomies: A comparative examination of gender relations in a transnational Mexican communitySociological Perspectives, 50(3), 367-392.

Reese, E. & Ramirez, E. (2002). The new ethnic politics of welfare: Struggles over legal immigrants’ rights to welfare in California.  Journal of Poverty, 8(3), 29-62.

Select Leadership and Service Activities

Chair, Committee on Teaching, Pacific Sociological Association, 2016-

Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 2016-

Vice-President (North), California Sociological Association, 2014-present

Chair, Faculty Senate's Committee on Diversity and Equity (CODE), 2014-present

Chair, Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award Committee. Race, Gender, & Class Section of the American Sociological Association, 2011-12, 2013-14

Program Director, Chicana/o Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies. Fall, 2014

Member, Faculty Council, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS), 2012-2016

Member, Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Pacific Sociological Association, 2008-11

Select Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

Women in Higher Education (WIHE) Leadership Development Initiative, California State University, Sacramento

Assigned Time for Exceptional Levels of Service to Students Award, California State University, Sacramento

Provost's Research Incentive Fund Award, California State University, Sacramento

Faculty Fellowship, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)

Women of Influence Certificate of Recognition, Women’s Resource Center, California State University, Sacramento.

All People’s Recognition Ceremony Award, Multicultural Center, California State University, Sacramento.

Faculty Research Fellowship, Institute for Social Research, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Sacramento. 

Dissertation Fellowship, University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC/ACCORD)

Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, Department of Sociology, University of California, Riverside.

Select Keynote Speeches, Presentations, and Interviews

Panelist, "The Price on Your Plate: Migrant Women at Work." California State University, Sacramento, 2015

Keynote Speaker, Chican@ Youth Conference, California State University, Sacramento, 2014

Keynote Speaker, Chicano/Latino(a) Recognition (Graduation) Ceremony, California State University, Sacramento, 2014

“Sac State close to becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution.” Interview with The State Hornet newspaper, March 5, 2014.

Keynote Speaker, Women's Empowerment Conference, "Examining Intersectionality, Celebrating Women of Color," California State University, Sacramento, 2013

Lecture Presentation, Women's Equality Day, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Sacramento, 2013

Panelist, Annual Career Day, Language Academy of Sacramento, 2012

Panelist, "Preparing Students for the Graduate School Application Process," sponsored by the Serna Center, California State University, Sacramento, 2012

Panelist, "What are the Challenges of Ethnic Studies in the 21st Century?", Ethnic Studies 40th Anniversary Celebration, California State University, Sacramento, 2010

Languges Other Than English

Spanish (native fluency)

Professional Associations

The Library Quad

The Library Quad

Guy West Bridge

Guy West Bridge

Mariposa Hall

Mariposa Hall

University Union

University Union