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Contact Information

Name: Dr. Elvia Ramirez

Title: Associate Professor

Office Location: AMD 462A


Office Phone: (916) 278-5856

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

Office Hours: Fall 2017 - Mondays 9:30am-11:30am; Wednesdays 10:30am-11:30am

Courses That I Teach

Fall 2017

  • ETHN 131: La Raza Studies
  • ETHN 136: U.S. Mexican Border Relations
  • ETHN 161: Chicano/Latino Politics and Public Policy

Spring 2018

  • ETHN 100: Ethnic America
  • ETHN 136: U.S. Mexican Border Relations
  • 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
  • Doctoral (Ph.D.) education
  • Diversity in higher education
  • Social inequality
  • Intersectionality 
  • Latino/a migration

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

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-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

  • 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

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