Sociology Graduate Students

Kati Barahona-Lopez
  • Title
    • Doctoral Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-3516 (msg)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Rachel Carson College, Room 124
  • Office Hours Tuesdays 3:00-4:30pm
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz, CA CA 95064

Biography, Education and Training

University of California, Santa Cruz Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, 2012-present

Research Interests: migration; Latinx studies; gender; race and ethnicity; inequality; identity; transnationalism; youth studies 

University of California, Santa Cruz M.A. Sociology, 2014

Thesis: English Language Designation: A Case Study on the Racialization of Latina/os Elementary School Students in Contra Costa, California. 

Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY) B.A.  2010

Senior Thesis: Racializing the Salvadoran Body Through the Los Angeles Times 1990- 1992.


Honors, Awards and Grants


  • The University of California Chancellor’s Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • University of California Consortium on Science and Law Summer Fellowship
  • Lionel Cantú Memorial Award
  • Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • Student Fellow, The Chicago Ethnography Incubator


  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship 

Teaching Interests

Socy156 - Latina/o Identity (Fall 2013)