Professor and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Milagros Peña is Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of California Riverside. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her first book Theologies and Liberation in Peru: The Role of Ideas in Social Movements was published with Temple University Press in 1995. Peña also is the author of Latina Activists Across Borders: Grassroots Women’s Organizing in Mexico and Texas (Duke University Press, 2007), supported by a Fulbright-Hays/Garcia Robles Research Award. The book was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Book Award by the Latino/a section of the American Sociological Association. She is also author or co-author of two additional books and over forty journal articles, book chapters, and reports. Peña also is involved in several collaborative research projects with Edwin I. Hernández with the research appearing published in Emerging Voices, Urgent Choices: Latino-a Leadership Development from the Pew to the Plaza (Brill Academic Publishing, 2006). Other research projects include the Chicago Latino Congregations Study. The results of the research appear in a number of articles and reports including: “Second-Generation Latin@ Faith Institutions and Identity Formations,” Milagros Peña and Edwin I. Hernández (authors), which appeared in Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation, edited by Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung, published by New York University Press; and another article titled “Latino Congregations and Youth Educational Expectations,” Esmeralda Sanchez, Nicholas Vargas, Rebecca Burwell, Jessica Hamar Martinez, Milagros Peña, and Edwin I. Hernández (authors) published in the journal Sociology of Religion (May 2016). She is past chair of the American Sociological Association’s Latino/a Section and previously served on the Executive Councils of Association for the Sociology of Religion, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the American Sociological Association’s Religion Section.
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