Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Elvia Ramirez

Title: Professor

Office Location: Amador Hall

Email: eramirez@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916-278-5856

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

Office Hours: Fall 2022 - TBA

Pronouns : She/her/ella


Dr. Elvia Ramirez is Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Chicanx/Latinx Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, Riverside where she specialized in race and class inequality and gender studies. An interdisciplinary teacher and scholar, Dr. Ramirez has experience teaching Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, and Sociology. Her areas of interest include comparative Chicanx/Latinx studies, graduate (Ph.D.) education, Latino/a health, women-of-color feminisms, immigration, and Latinx sociology. 

Dr. Ramirez has served as Vice President (North) and President of the California Sociological Association. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Sociological Association and serves as the Northern California Foco representative for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies.

At Sacramento State, she serves as Coordinator of the Research Mentorship Program for the Center on Race, Immigration, and Social Justice (CRISJ) and is an Officer for the Chicanx/Latinx Faculty and Staff Association

Dr. Ramirez is a proud first-generation college graduate and greatly enjoys working with and mentoring students. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at UC Riverside, and the 2020-21 Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of SSIS at Sac State. 

Courses Taught

  • ETHN 11: Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • ETHN 30: Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
  • ETHN 100: Ethnic America
  • ETHN 131: La Raza Studies
  • ETHN 132: La Mujer Chicana
  • ETHN 133: Crosscultural Aging
  • ETHN 136: U.S.-Mexican Border Relations
  • ETHN 137: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America & Caribbean
  • ETHN 161: Chicano/Latino Politics & Public Policy
  • ETHN 194: Research in Ethnic Studies
  • SOC 194: Special Topics in Sociology: CRISJ Research Mentorship Program

Research and Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Ramirez, E. (Ed.) (2020). Latinx Migration & the U.S.-Mexico Border: An Anthology. Cognella Publishers. Preliminary edition. 

  • Ramirez, E. (2020). "Inequality in the graduate school admissions process: The Chicanx/Latinx experience." In J. Brooks, H. Sarabia, & A. K. Ida (Eds.), Race & Ethnicity: The Sociological Mindful Approach. 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 faculty. Syracuse University Graduate School 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.

Selected Awards

  • Anchor University Collaborative Research Fellowship, Sacramento State
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, Sacramento State
  • Assigned Time for Exceptional Levels of Service to Students Award, Sacramento State
  • Women of Influence Award (Faculty), Sacramento State
  • Provost’s Research Incentive Fund Award, Sacramento State
  • All People’s Recognition Ceremony Award, Multicultural Center, Sacramento State
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Faculty Fellowship
  • Institute for Social Research Faculty Research Fellowship, Sacramento State
  • University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC ACCORD) Dissertation Fellowship
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, University of California, Riverside

Selected Leadership & Service

  • Member, Board of Directors, Pacific Sociological Association, 2021-23
  • Co-Chair, Chicanx/Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, Sacramento State, 2020-22
  • Mentoring Coordinator, Center on Race, Immigration, and Social Justice (CRISJ), Sacramento State
  • Planning Fellow, Sacramento State Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan, Division of Inclusive Excellence, 2020-21
  • President, California Sociological Association, 2018-19
  • Faculty Research Mentor, Sacramento State Pathways Training Fellows Program, 2018-2020
  • Chair, Faculty Senate’s Committee on Diversity and Equity (CODE), 2014-17
  • Council Member, Race, Gender, & Class Section of the American Sociological Association, 2011-14
  • Member, Committee for the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Pacific Sociological Association, 2008-11

Selected Media Interviews & Presentations

Professional Associations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

American Sociological Association (ASA)

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

California Sociological Association (CSA)

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS)

Pacific Sociological Association (PSA)


English and Spanish (native fluency)