Sociology Faculty

Juan Pedroza
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 305
  • Office Hours spring 2024: by appointment (
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Immigration

Biography, Education and Training

I'm an Assistant Professor of sociology at UCSC where I study the changing landscape of immigration in the United States. Over the past decade, I have examined the vast inequalities of immigrants' access to justice and the social safety net. My research examines how and where deportation and enforcement initiatives exacerbate these inequalities and leave imprints in our local communities.


My research on immigrant families has received support from the Russell Sage Foundation Pipeline Grant. I also received an Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship (2020-2021) from the Institute for Research on Poverty (University of Wisconsin-Madison, funded by The JPB Foundation).


I completed my sociology Ph.D. in 2018 from Stanford University, where I was a Fellow at Stanford's Center for Poverty and Inequality and Graduate Research Fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE). Before graduate school, I worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC as a research associate. I received my BA at DePauw University in 2003 (History; Conflict Studies) and an MPA at Indiana University, Bloomington-SPEA in 2006 (policy analysis; economic development).

Honors, Awards and Grants

2023-24: Russell Sage Foundation Pipeline Grant

2020-21: Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Institute for Research on Poverty) & The JPB Foundation

2018: Academic Achievement Award, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University

2017-18: Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow

2014-17: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow

2012-15: Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity Graduate Fellowship

Selected Publications

Complete list of publications