Sociology Faculty

Veronica Terriquez
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • On leave
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
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  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 336
  • Office Hours Not Available Fall 2020
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Immigration, Labor and Social Movements, Social Justice, Statistics

Research Interests

Immigrant Incorporation, Civic Engagement, Social Inequality, Latinos in the U.S., Youth Transitions to Adulthood, Quantitative Methods, Mixed-Methods.

Biography, Education and Training

2009. Ph.D., Sociology, University of California – Los Angeles

2000. M.A., Social and Cultural Studies of Education, Berkeley School of Education. 

1997. B.A., Sociology (cum laude), Harvard University

Dr. Veronica Terriquez received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles, her M.A. in Education at the University of California Berkeley, and her B.A. in Sociology at Harvard University. Her research examines how individuals’ demographic characteristics − as well as their ties to civic organizations, schools, and other institutions − reproduce or challenge patterns of social inequality. Much of her research has implications for policies affecting low-income, immigrant, and Latino communities. Dr. Terriquez has prior experience working as a community organizer and volunteer for various education reform, immigrant rights, labor rights, and racial justice efforts.  She is the principal investigator of the California Young Adult Study and the Youth Leadership and Health Study.

Honors, Awards and Grants


  • 2013-2014. Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mentor-Irene Bloemraad, UC Berkeley.
  • 2012. American Sociological Association Distinguished Research – Distinguished Article Award in the Area of Latino Sociology.


  • 2012-2015. Principal Investigator: The California Endowment, Civic Engagement and the Healthy Development of California’s Youth Population, USC PERE,  $511,474.
  • 2013-2014. Principal Investigator: Heising-Simons, Understanding the Effects of Widened Access Among Undocumented Young Adults, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, $40,000. 
  • 2013-2014. Principal Investigator: The California Endowment, Youth Organizing in the Hinterlands: An evaluation of ICUC’s work to promote positive health outcomes among youth in the Inland Empire, USC PERE, $20,000.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Selected Presentations

Public Lecture or Forum Participation

  • 2015. “Crossing the Activist Scholar Line.” Special Session at the American Sociological Association Meeting.
  • 2014. “Civic Engagement, Civic Institutions, and the Second Generation,” presented at the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Population, Panel on Integrating Immigrants into America.
  • 2014. “Emerging Political Power among Youth from Immigrant Families,” presented at the Memory and Migration Conference, Cal State Northridge.

Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

  • 2015."Legal Status, Civic Organizations, and the Political Participation of Latino Young Adults," presented at the American Sociological Association, in Chicago.
  • 2014. "Schools for Democracy: Labor Union Participation and the School-Based Civic Engagement of Latino Immigrants," presented at the Labor and Employment Relations Association Meeting.
  • 2014. “Out of the Shadows and Out of the Closet: the Leadership of LGBTQ Youth in the Immigrant Rights Movement,” presented at the Pacific Sociological Association.