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Name: Dr. Elvia Ramirez

Title: Associate Professor / President, California Sociological Association (2018-19)

Office Location: Amador Hall 462A


Office Phone: (916) 278-5856

Mailing Address: Department of Ethnic Studies, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6013

Office Hours: Fall 2018: Mondays 1:30-4:30pm


Dr. Elvia Ramirez is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation research examined how social inequalities and public policies shape Chicana/o and Latina/o students’ access to and experiences in Ph.D. programs. She was awarded a dissertation fellowship by the University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC ACCORD) and a faculty fellowship by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). Her research interests center on Chicanx/Latinx students in higher education, graduate education, social inequality, and immigration studies.She has published her research in various peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Equity & Excellence in Education, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Journal of Poverty, and Journal of Latinos and Education.

Dr. Ramirez is currently serving as President of the California Sociological Association. She is also a Board Member of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation and is an advocate for children's literacy and public libraries. Originally from Southern California, Dr. Ramirez is a first-generation college graduate with family roots in Jalisco and Guanajuato, Mexico.

Links of Interest for Students

Community Events of Interest

Areas of Specialization

  • Chicanx/Latinx students in higher education
  • Doctoral education
  • First-generation college students
  • Social inequality and stratification
  • Intersectionality and women-of-color feminism(s)
  • Mexican immigration

Select Publications

  • Ramirez, E. (forthcoming). "Inequality in the graduate school admissions process: The Chicanx/Latinx experience." In J. Brooks, H. Sarabia, & A. Ida (Eds.), Race and ethnicity: Moving from the sociological imagination to sociological mindfulness. Cognella Publishers.
  • Ramirez, E. (2018). "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 facultySyracuse 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 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.

Select Leadership and Service

  • President, California Sociological Association, 2018-19
  • President-Elect & Conference Program Chair, 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, 2016-18
  • Member, Diversity Task Force, Sacramento State, 2015-16
  • Vice-President (North), California Sociological Association, 2014-17
  • Chair, Faculty Senate's Committee on Diversity and Equity (CODE), Sacramento State, 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

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




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