Dr. Elizabeth Vaquera

Elizabeth Vaquera Headshot
Title:
Executive Director, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy & Public Administration
Phone:
202-994-9242
Email:
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Immigration, Latino/a Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Children and Youth, Sociology of Well-Being, Education, Quantitative Methods

Bio

Dr. Elizabeth Vaquera joined GW in 2016 as the inaugural Director of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Public Administration. Vaquera's research focuses on vulnerable and diverse groups, particularly Latinos/as and immigrants. Her work has analyzed the character and importance of immigrant status, race, and ethnic identity in outcomes such as education, health, and emotional and social well-being. In her role as Director of the Cisneros Institute, Vaquera translates this work by designing and leading programs for high-achieving Hispanic students at the pre-college and university level. In addition to an extensive body of work published in leading peer-reviewed journals, Vaquera is the co-author of several books, the most recent of which, Education and Immigration, examines the educational experiences of immigrants and their children living in the U.S. She is also the recipient of several federal grants by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
 

Academic CV 

 

Current Research

“Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration and Race” (2019-2020). Co-PIs: Marie Price and Elizabeth Vaquera. George Washington University Seminars Funding Program. 

“The U.S. Immigrant Political Climate and Latino Families: A Mixed Methods Study.” (2017-2021). Co-PIs: Kathleen Roche and Elizabeth Vaquera. George Washington University Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF).

“Ontological Security in Uncertain Times: Legal Status and the Social and Emotional Well-Being of Undocumented Young Adults.” (2017-2020). Co-PIs: Elizabeth Aranda, Heide Castaneda, and Elizabeth Vaquera. National Science Foundation (SBE) PD 98-1331.

Education

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

M.A. Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

M.A. Sociology, University of Barcelona

B.A. Sociology, University of Barcelona 

Publications

Kao, Grace, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Kimberly A. Goyette (2013). Education and Immigration. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Mari-Klose, Pau, Marga Mari-Klose, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Solveig A. Cunningham (2010). Infancia y Futuro: Crecer en la Sociedad del Riesgo. La Caixa: Barcelona. Colección Estudios Sociales 30. (Title translation: Childhood and the Future: New Realities, New Challenges.)

De Miguel, Jesús M., Jordi Caïs, and Elizabeth Vaquera (2001). Excelencia: Calidad de las Universidades Españolas. Madrid, Spain: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. (Title translation: Excellence: Quality of Spanish Universities).

Roche, Kathleen M., Elizabeth Vaquera, Claudia A. Delbasso, Gabriel KP. uperminc, Marisa Cordon, and Maria Ivonne Rivera (2020). “Worry, Behavior Change, and Daily Adversity: How U.S. Latino/a Parents Experience Contemporary Immigration Actions and News.” Journal of Family Issues: 1-23.

Vaquera, Elizabeth, *Rebecca Jones, Pau Marí-Klose, Marga Marí-Klose, and Solveig Argeseanu Cunningham (2018). "Unhealthy weight among children in Spain and the role of the home environment." BMC Research Notes 11(1): 591-599.

Aranda, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Vaquera (2018). “Immigrant Family Separation, Fear, and the U.S. Deportation Regime.”  Monitoring of Public Opinion: Economic and Social Changes Journal, 5 (147): 204-2012.

Roche, Kathleen M., Elizabeth Vaquera, Rebecca MB White, and Maria Ivonne Rivera (2018). "Impacts of Immigration Actions and News and the Psychological Distress of US Latino Parents Raising Adolescents." Journal of Adolescent Health 52(5): 525-531.

Vaquera, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Aranda (2017).  “Moving Up and Down the Ladder: Perceived Social Mobility and Emotional Dispositions among South Florida’s Immigrants.” Sociological Forum 32(4): 793-815.

Vaquera, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Aranda, and *Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez (2017). “Emotional Challenges of Undocumented Young Adults: Ontological Security, Emotional Capital, and Well-being” Social Problems 64(2): 298-314.

Neely, Stephen and Elizabeth Vaquera (2017). “Making It Count: Breadth and Intensity of Extracurricular Engagement and High School Dropout.” Sociological Perspectives: 1-24.

*Villalobos Carrasco, Cecilia F.; Ibis M. Álvarez Valdivia, y Elizabeth Vaquera. (2017). “Amistades co-étnicas e inter-étnicas en la adolescencia: diferencias en calidad, conflicto y resolución de problemas.”  [Co-ethnic and inter-ethnic friendships in adolescence: Differences in quality, conflict, and problem solving].  Educación XX1. 20(1): 99-120.

Aranda, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Vaquera, and *Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez (2015). “Personal and Cultural Trauma and the Ambivalent National Identities of Undocumented Young Adults in the USA”. Journal of Intercultural Studies 36(5): 600-619.

Aranda, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Vaquera (2015). “Racism, the Immigration Enforcement Regime, and the Implications for Racial Inequality in the Lives of Undocumented Young Adults.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1(1): 88-104.

Flores-González, Nilda, Elizabeth Aranda, and Elizabeth Vaquera (2014). “‘Doing Race’: Latino Youth’s Identities and the Politics of Racial Exclusion.” American Behavioral Scientist 58(14): 1831-1851.

*Dotson, Hilary M., Elizabeth Vaquera, and Solveig A. Cunningham. (2014). “Sandwiches and Subversion: Teachers’ Mealtime Strategies and Preschoolers’ Agency.” Childhood 21(2): 1-15.

Vaquera, Elizabeth and Grace Kao (2012). “Educational Achievement of Immigrant Adolescents in Spain: Do Gender and Region-of-Origin Matter?” Child Development 83(5): 1560-1576.

Cunningham, Solveig A., Elizabeth Vaquera, and *Jeanne L. Long (2012). “Race, Ethnicity, and the Relevance of Obesity for Social Integration.” Ethnicity and Disease 22 (2): 317-323.

Cunningham, Solveig A., Elizabeth Vaquera, *Claire Maturo, and K.M. Venkat Narayan (2012). “Is There Evidence that Friends Influence Body Weight? A Systematic Review of Empirical Research.” Social Science and Medicine 75: 1175-1183.

Vaquera, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Aranda (2011). “The Multiple Dimensions of Transnationalism: Examining their Relevance to Immigrants’ Subjective Well-being.” Journal of Social Research & Policy 2(2): 47-72.

Aranda, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Vaquera (2011). “Unwelcomed Immigrants: Experiences with Immigration Officials and Attachment to the U.S.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 27(3):299-321.

*Kramer, Rory and Elizabeth Vaquera (2011). “Who is Really Doing It? Peer Embeddedness and Substance Use during Adolescence.” Sociological Perspectives 54(1): 37-58.

Vaquera, Elizabeth (2009). “Friendship, Educational Engagement, and School Belonging: Comparing Hispanic and White Adolescents.” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 31(4): 492–514.

Vaquera, Elizabeth and Grace Kao (2008). “Do You Like Me as Much as I Like You? Friendship Reciprocity and its Effects on School Outcomes among Adolescents.” Social Science Research 37: 55-72.

Vaquera, Elizabeth and Grace Kao (2006). “The Implications of Choosing No-Race on the Salience of Hispanic Identity: How Racial and Ethnic Identification Intersect among Hispanic Adolescents.” The Sociological Quarterly 47: 375-396.

Kao, Grace and Elizabeth Vaquera (2006). “The Salience of Racial and Ethnic Identification in Friendship Choices among Hispanic Adolescents.”  Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 28: 23-47.

Vaquera, Elizabeth and Grace Kao (2005). “Private and Public Displays of Affection among Interracial and Intraracial Adolescent Couples.” Social Science Quarterly 86 (2): 484-508.

De Miguel, Jesús M., Elizabeth Vaquera, and Jara D. Sanchez (2005) “Spanish Universities and the Ranking 2005 Initiative.” Higher Education in Europe 30 (2): 199-215.

De Miguel, Jesús M., Bernabe Sarabia Heydrich, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Haizam Amirah. (2004). “¿Sobran o Faltan Doctores?” (Too Many or Too Few PhD’s?). Empiria: Revista de Metodología de Ciencias Sociales 7: 115-155.

Vaquera, Elizabeth, and Jesús M. de Miguel (2001). ”Mujeres en la Torre de Marfil: Feminización de la Universidad Española” (Women in the Ivory Tower: Feminization of Spanish Universities). Revista de Gestión y Análisis de Políticas Públicas 22: 77-94.

De Miguel, Jesús M., Jordi Caïs, and Elizabeth Vaquera (1999). “Modelo de Indicadores de Calidad de las Universidades” (Quality Indicators of Higher Education). In Revista de Gestión y Análisis de Políticas Públicas 16-17: 29-62.

“DACA Rescission and Ontological Security: Anticipatory and Ambiguous Loss Among Undocumented Young Adults.” Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, August, New York, New York, August, 2019. With Elizabeth Aranda, Girsea Martinez*, and Heide Castañeda.

“Between Hope and Fear: Recruiting and Understanding Latino DACA recipients in Florida.” Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Latin American Studies Association, Boston, MA, May, 2019. With Girsea Martinez*, Elizabeth Aranda, and Heide Castañeda.

“Impacts of Anti-immigrant Actions and News on the Psychological Distress of U.S. Latino Parents Raising Adolescents.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA, August, 2018. With Kathleen Roche, Rebecca White, and Maria Ivonne Rivera.

“Undocumented Youth and Ontological Security, Before and After DACA.” Annual Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, Barcelona, Spain, May 2018. With Elizabeth Aranda and Heide Castañeda.

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and its Implications for Young Undocumented Immigrants and their Families.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada, August, 2017. With Elizabeth Aranda.

“Gender and Illegality among Undocumented Latinos/as: Contesting Gender Expectations and Reproducing Inequalities.” Annual Meetings of the Latin American Studies Association, Lima, Peru, April 2017. With Elizabeth Aranda.

“Gendered Struggles in the Lives of Undocumented Young Adults during the Transition to Adulthood.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Seattle, WA, August, 2016. With Elizabeth Aranda.

“The Paradoxes of DACA: Challenges for Young Undocumented Immigrant Identities and Belonging.” Russell Sage Foundation, Conference on Undocumented Immigration and the Experience of Illegality. October 2, 2015, New York, NY. With Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez and Elizabeth Aranda.

“Diet Acculturation among Bhutanese Refugee Adolescents in the United States.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL, August 2015. With *Sarah Gray and Solveig A. Cunningham.

“The Emotional Wellbeing of Undocumented 1.5-Generation Immigrants: Ontological Insecurity and Strategies for Resilience.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL, August 2015. With Elizabeth Aranda and *Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez.

“Moving Up and Down the Ladder: Perceived Social Mobility and Happiness among Miami's Immigrants.” Annual Meetings of the Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 2015. With Elizabeth Aranda.

“Becoming American Through Food: Diet Acculturation among Bhutanese Refugee Adolescents in the U.S.” 4th International Conference on the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families, San Diego, CA, January 2015.  With *Sarah Gray and Solveig A. Cunningham.  

“Unhealthy Weight among Children in Spain: The Role of the Home Environment.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2014. With Solveig A. Cunningham, Pau Mari-Klose, and Marga Mari-Klose.

“Enduring Stigma? Obesity Histories and Romantic Relationship Involvement in the Transition to Adulthood.” Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Boston, May 2014. With *Hilary M. Dotson.

“Directing Mealtime: Understanding Pre-School Teachers’ Food Parenting Styles.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY, August 2013. With *Hilary M. Dotson and Solveig A. Cunningham.

“Symbolic and Social Boundaries among Contemporary Immigrants: Implications for Racism and Discrimination in South Florida.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY, August 2013. With Elizabeth Aranda.

“Immigration, Legal Exclusion and Racialization in the United States.” British Association for American Studies 58th Annual Conference, Exeter, UK. April 2013. With Elizabeth Aranda.

“Missing out on More than Health: Obesity, Health, and Social Integration.” Population Association of America Annual Meeting April 2013 New Orleans, LA, April 2013. With *Jeanne Long and Solveig A. Cunningham.

“Unengaged Young Adults: The Effects of Informal Mentoring on Disconnectedness.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Denver, CO, August 2012. With *Hilary M. Dotson.

“Whose Influence Matters: Determinants of Convergence in Body Weight among Adolescent Friends” Population Association of America Annual Meeting. San Francisco, May 2012. With Solveig A. Cunningham.

“Perceived Discrimination and Immigrant Family Dynamics.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV. August 2011. With Elizabeth Aranda.

"Gender and Educational Achievement of Immigrant Children in Spain." Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Washington DC, April 2011. With Grace Kao.

“Your Sunday Best: Religious Tradition and Body Mass Index Among Young Adults.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta, GA. August 2010. With *Hilary M. Dotson.

“Experiences with Immigration Officials and Attachment to the U.S.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta, GA. August 2010. With Elizabeth Aranda.

“Inequalities in the Social Integration of Immigrant Youth." Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Dallas, TX. April 2010. With Solveig A. Cunningham.

“Criminalizing Borderlands: Immigrants’ Experiences with Immigration Officials.” Undocumented Hispanic Migration Conference. New London, CT. October 2009. With Elizabeth Aranda

“The Hidden Dimensions of Transnationalism: Examining their Relevance to Emotional Well-being.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA. August 2009. With Elizabeth Aranda.

“Obesity and Friendship in Adolescence: Weighing in Race, Ethnicity and Gender.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA. August 2009. With Solveig A. Cunningham.

“Weight and Friendships in Adolescence: The Additional Complexity of Race, Ethnicity and Gender" Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Detroit, April-May 2009. With Solveig A. Cunningham.

“Friendship Status and Educational Outcomes: Hispanic and White Adolescents Compared.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Boston, MA. August 2008.

“Who Is Really Doing It? Risk Behaviors in Adolescence.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Boston, MA. August 2008. With *Rory Kramer.

“Friendship Formation and Overweight in Adolescence.” 2008 Add Health Users Conference, Bethesda, MD. July 2008. With Solveig A. Cunningham

“Interethnic Friendships in School: Evidence for the Academic Achievement of Hispanic Youth.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY. August 2007.

“Friendless Adolescents: Explaining Racial and Ethnic Differences.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada. August 2006.

“Do You Like Me as Much as I Like You? Friendship Reciprocity among Adolescents.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA. August 2005. With Grace Kao.

“What Race Am I? Change in Racial Choice among Hispanic Adolescents.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. Philadelphia, August 2005. With Jamie M. Doyle.

“The Intersection of Race and Ethnicity of Hispanic Adolescents’ Friendship Choices.” Population Association of America 2004 Annual Meeting. Boston, April 2004. With Grace Kao.

“Private and Public Displays of Affection among Interracial and Intraracial Adolescent Couples.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Atlanta, August 2003. With Grace Kao.

“¿Sobran o Faltan Doctores?” (Are Doctorates in Surplus or Lacking?) Congrés Català de Sociologia, Reus, Spain, April 2003. With Jesús M. de Miguel, and Haizam Amirah Fernandez.

“Displays of Affection among Adolescent Couples.” Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Philadelphia, February-March, 2003. With Grace Kao.

“La Universidad ante un Mundo Globalizado.” (The University in a Globalizing World). II Congreso La Sociología para el Futuro: Investigando para el Futuro. Barcelona, Spain, June 2002. With Jesús M. de Miguel.

“Mujeres en la Torre de Marfil.” (Women in the Ivory Tower) La Sociología para el Futuro. Barcelona, Spain, June, 2000.

“La Construcción de un Sistema de Indicadores de Calidad Universitaria y de I+D.”  (Creating Indicators for Quality in Higher Education and Research and Development) Primeras Jornadas de Evaluación y Calidad de las Organizaciones Públicas (Granada, Spain, October 1999). With Jesús M. de Miguel, Jordi Caïs, and Raül Tormos.