Manuel is interested in the general topics of social diversity, migration studies, and Latina/o Studies. He is currently working on a book manuscript “An Extended Case Study of the Xaripu Community across Borders: Labor Migration, Community, and Family,” under book contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. In the past year, he has presented the following papers in professional conferences: (1) “A Qualitative Analysis of the Relationship between Levels of Racial Diversity at Work and Labor Conditions Experienced by Mexican Transnational Migrants;” (2) “Un Pueblo Entre Dos Mundos: A Longitudinal Case Study of Transnational Migrants and Emergent Conceptions of Home(s);” (3) “Operationalizing Transnationalism: A Critical Analysis of Crossing Borders,” and (4) “Beyond Home/Host Dichotomies: A Comparative Examination of Gender Relations across Borders” [co-authored with Elvia Ramirez].
Manuel’s bi-cultural background has been an asset to his fellow colleagues and communities’ research, and allowed him to contribute to various research projects. He collaborates in the development of the Sacramento State “Annual Survey of Public Opinion and Life Quality in the Sacramento Region.” He has also contributed [translation, editing, questions] to the research study “Percepcion sobre el valor de la migracion en familias Mexicanas” [Perceptions of the value of migration among Mexican families] by principal investigators Guillermo Gonzalez Lopez (Colegio de Mexico), Norma Lara Florez (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Mexico), and Chrystal Barranti (CSU Sacramento). Manuel has recently collaborated with fellow sociologists Amy Liu and associates in a book chapter “Social Research and the Sacramento State Annual Survey of the Region,” and is also part of the research team with the California’s Family Project, focusing on Mexican-origin children, under the directorship of Dr. Rand Conger of UC Davis.
Manuel Barajas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Graduate Coordinator for Sociology