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Contact Information

Name: Dr. Elvia Ramirez

Title: Associate Professor

Office Location: Amador Hall 462A


Office Phone: (916) 278-5856

Mailing Address: 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6043

Office Hours: Spring 2018 - Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm; Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm

Courses Taught

  • ETHN 11: Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • ETHN 100: Ethnic America
  • ETHN 131: La Raza Studies
  • ETHN 132: La Mujer Chicana
  • ETHN 136: U.S. Mexican Border Relations
  • ETHN 137: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and Caribbean
  • ETHN 161: Chicano/Latino Politics and Public Policy


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California Riverside
    • Dissertation: Navigating Through Highly Unequal Terrain: Chicanos/as and Latinos/as in Graduate Education
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California Riverside
    • Master's thesis: Work, Family, and La Mujer: A Critical Examination of the Gender Politics of Work and Family
  • B.S., Sociology, University of California Riverside
    • Undergraduate Honors thesis: Asociacion Mexicana de Trabajadores Unidos: Labor Union and Mutualista

Areas of Specialization

  • Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Doctoral (Ph.D.) education
  • Diversity in higher education
  • Social inequality and stratification
  • Intersectionality and women-of-color feminism(s)
  • Mexican immigration

Select Publications

  • Ramirez, E. (Forthcoming). "Navigating positive and hostile department climates: Experiences of Latino/a doctoral students." In A. Standlee (Ed.), On the borders of the academy: Challenges and strategies for first generation graduate students and faculty. Syracuse University Graduate Press.
  • Ramirez, E. (2017). Unequal socialization: Interrogating the Chicano/Latino(a) doctoral education experience. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education10(1), 25-38.
  • 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 community.  Sociological 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

  • President-Elect, California Sociological Association, 2017-18
  • Faculty Research Mentor, Sacramento State Pathways Training Fellows (PTF) Program, 2018-
  • Member, Board of Directors, Sacramento Public Library Foundation, 2017-
  • Chair, Committee on Teaching, Pacific Sociological Association, 2016-present
  • Vice-President (North), California Sociological Association, 2014-17
  • Chair, Faculty Senate's Committee on Diversity and Equity (CODE), 2014-17
  • Chair, Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award Committee. Race, Gender, & Class Section of the American Sociological Association, 2011-12, 2013-14
  • 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 Awards, Grants, & Fellowships

  • Faculty Scholarship (and Peer Review) Community (FSC) Award, "Grant Proposal Writing Group for the Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Education." Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, California State University, Sacramento, 2017-18.
  • Provost's Research Incentive Fund Award. Office of Research Affairs, California State University, Sacramento, 2014.
  • Probationary Faculty Development Grant, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, Spring 2013.
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Faculty Fellowship, 2012.
  • Summer Research Support Grant, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Sacramento, 2011.
  • Institute for Social Research Faculty Research Fellowship. College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, 2009-10.
  • University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC ACCORD) Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-06.
  • Graduate Dean's Dissertation Research Grant, Graduate Division, University of California, Riverside, 2005-06.
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, Department of Sociology, University of California, Riverside, 2001-02.
  • Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center Grant, University of California, Riverside, 2001, 2003.
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 1997-2001.

Languages Other Than English

  • Spanish (native fluency)

Professional Associations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • California Sociological Association
  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Pacific Sociological Association

The Library Quad

The Library Quad

Guy West Bridge

Guy West Bridge

Mariposa Hall

Mariposa Hall

University Union

University Union