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Adalberto Aguirre has teaching interests are in social inequality, the sociology of education, formal organizations, critical race theory and sociolinguistics. Professor Aguirre's research has focused on workplace issues for women and minority faculty, the relationship between race and death sentencing, the role of the master narrative in the social sciences, and the association between bilingual proficiency and grammatical knowledge.

Vanesa Estrada-Correa. Professor Estrada-Correa's interests are in social stratification, race/ethnicity, migration, demography, urban sociology and public policy. Her current work focuses on aspects of racial stratification related to housing and neighborhoods. Her recent studies include racial inequalities in homeownership trends, racial disparities in real estate and mortgage lending outcomes, and the implications of residential mobility patterns for racial segregation, immigrant assimilation and health outcomes. She is currently studying the impacts of the housing crisis on the Inland Empire, particularly focusing on neighborhood change resulting from foreclosures.

Augustine J. Kposowa, (PhD, Ohio State) is a professor of Sociology at the University of California at Riverside. His line of research adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Social Epidemiology, Demography, Criminology, Political Economy, and Racial/ethnic Inequality. In criminology, his research concentrates on homicide, especially risk factors for victimization, the structural sources of US crime rates, police use of force, and racial/ethnic differences in arrest patterns. Within Epidemiology and Demography, Dr. Kposowa studies the link between social factors, population outcomes, and morbidity and mortality, especially suicides, accidents, and infectious diseases. Research in these combined areas has also looked at risk factors for marital dissolution, marital durations, and fertility. In addition to doing basic research, Dr. Kposowa is convinced that sociological findings must, and should influence public policy in order to uplift the human condition especially with regard to reducing social and economic inequality, and improving the overall physical quality of life. In political economy, Dr. Kposowa is currently involved in research that assesses the impact of war trauma on population health in Sierra Leone, along with the covariates of political instability in the post Soviet era. Recent publications have appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Crime Law and Social Change, Journal of Criminology, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Community Psychology, Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, and Social Science Quarterly.

Matthew C. Mahutga (PhD, UC Irvine) studies the causes of within and between country inequalities from a macro-comparative perspective. In particular, Professor Mahutga theorizes cross-national variation in inequality and economic growth in terms of both “internal” and “external” factors, as well as the way in which these factors intersect across time and space. Internal factors include institutions, development, race, class and gender. External factors include various kinds of international and transnational social relations that generate new kinds of class formations and relations on a global scale. As a comparativist, Professor Mahutga’s work identifies growth and/or distributional mechanisms that operate among the whole spectrum of developed and developing countries world-wide, as well as those that are unique to post-socialist transition and advanced capitalist countries. His work appears across a range of interdisciplinary outlets including the Review of International Political Economy, Social Forces, Social Networks, Social Problems, and Social Science Research, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

Alfredo Mirandé was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at age nine. He is the father of three children--Michele, Lucia, and Alejandro ("Mano"). He is also Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies, and past Chair of Chicano Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Social Relations. Mirandé's teaching and scholarly interests are at the intersection of Sociology, Law, and Race and Ethnic Theory. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska and JD from Stanford University, and taught at the Texas Tech University School of Law. Mirandé's areas of interest include Law, Race and Ethnic Theory, Chicano Sociology, and Race, Class, and Gender. He has been a National Research Council Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow and was in residence at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.

Karen D. Pyke examines internalized racial oppression, gender, identity, adaptation, and family relations among second-generation Asian Americans using qualitative interview methods. She has recently begun a new interview project on multiracial Asian Americans, with a special focus on Asian-African Americans. She is a co-principal investigator on two other projects: a study of Mexican American children and their families, and a study of Parachute Children from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea who live in the U.S. without their parents. Professor Pyke is currently working on a book titled, “Learning Self-hatred: The Hidden Injuries of Race for Asian Americans.”

Ellen Reese examines the politics of welfare in the United States, past and present. She is currently writing a book comparing the 1950s welfare backlash with the present one. Her book focuses on how race, class, and gender interests conspired to limit poor mothers' welfare rights in both periods, and why welfare retrenchment has worsened in recent years. Her research also focuses on how poor people and their allies have mobilized to expand and improve their rights to welfare and social services in the current era of welfare retrenchment.

Victoria Reyes (PhD, Princeton, 2015) studies global inequality using a cultural and relational lens. She sees culture as something that cannot be separated from other fields and relationships as the relevant unit of analysis for examining social life. In particular, she uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the dynamics of foreign-controlled places she calls “global borderlands,” patterns of global inequality vis-à-vis travel and cultural wealth, and negotiations of meaning and power with a focus on how this relates to racial, gender, and class inequalities. Her research has appeared in Theory and Society, City & Community, Poetics, International Journal of Comparative Sociology and elsewhere. Current projects include a book manuscript on global borderlands, the social construction of sovereignty, and the racialized and gendered construction of cultural wealth.