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Sacramento State Faculty


Contact Information

Name: Dr. Elvia Ramirez

Title: Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies

Office Location: AMD 462A


Office Phone: (916) 278-5856

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

Office Hours: Fall 2017 - TBA

Courses That I Teach

  • 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 & the Caribbean
  • ETHN 161: Chicano/Latino Politics and Public Policy


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

Areas of Specialization

  • Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Graduate (Ph.D.) education
  • Diversity in higher education
  • Social inequality
  • Intersectionality 
  • Immigration studies

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 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 Academic Presentations

“Examining Campus Climate: Experiences of Latino/a Doctoral Students.” Presented at the annual meeting of the California Sociological Association (November, 2016). Riverside, CA.

“Becoming Scholars: An Intersectional Analysis of the Chicana/o-Latina/o Doctoral Student Socialization Experience.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (April, 2015). Chicago, Illinois. 

“Unequal Socialization: Chicano/Latino(a) Perceptions of the Doctoral Socialization Process.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (August, 2014). San Francisco, CA.

“Learning to Think Like an Academic: A Critical Race Analysis of Doctoral Education.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association (March, 2014). Portland, Oregon.

“Examining Education and Immigration: Critical Intersectional Approaches of the Chicano(a)/Latino(a) Experience.”  Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (April, 2014). Oakland, CA.

“An Examination of Successful Pathways and Challenges for Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender in Higher Education: Mentoring for Faculty of Color and Women with Implications for Chicana/o Faculty.”  Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the Northern California NACCS FOCO Conference (February, 2014). Woodland, CA.

“Chicanos/Latinos(as)’ Experiences During Their First Year of Graduate School.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (November, 2012). Las Vegas, Nevada. 

“Choosing Graduate School: How Inequality Processes Shape Chicano/Latino(a) Students’ Graduate School Destinations.” Presented at the 38th annual meeting of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (March, 2011). Pasadena, CA. 

Select Leadership and Service Activities

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

Member, Diversity Task Force, California State University, Sacramento, 2015-16

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

Languages 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