Sociology Graduate Students

Roxanna Villalobos
  • Title
    • Doctoral Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Room 129
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

Latinx Sociology, Immigration/Migration, Rural Studies, Critical Chicana and Black Feminisms, Embodiment, Intersectionalities of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality. 



Biography, Education and Training

BA in Psychology and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz | 2012

MA in Gender & Cultural Studies, Simmons University, Boston, MA | 2015


Current Research Project: Interested in enacting community-based particpatory action research in the rural communities of the Central Valley through a feminist lens. More specifically, I will explore how women and young girls from low-income rural communities in the Central Valley take political action to enact social change in their local communities.


Research Program Manager for Central Valley Freedom Summer Participant Action Research at UC Santa Cruz. Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Veronica Terriquez. Central Valley Freedom Summer (CVFS) aims to support efforts that build political power among young people of color in the Central Valley of California. Through university-community partnerships, CVFS will place trained UC students as interns and action researchers in organizations to support and inform grassroots organizing and voter engagement efforts in the region.


Student Ambassador for the Center of Expertise (COE) on Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment (WHGE) with the UC Global Health Institute. 

Honors, Awards and Grants


2018-2019, UC Blum Scholars Research Grant

2017-2018, Regents’ Fellowship, UCSC

2017-2018, Sociology Department Fellowship, UCSC

2017-2018, Koret Scholar Graduate Student Mentor Fellowship, UCSC


Teaching Interests

Teaching Assistantships 

Winter 2018, SOCY 3B - Statistical Methods

Spring 2018, SOCY 139T-2 - Community Engaged Research Practicum  



2018-2019, Matriculating, Influencing, Networking, Triumphing (MINT) Scholar Graduate Mentor

2018-2019, Cultivamos Excelencia Graduate Mentor

2017-2018, EOP Pathways to Research Graduate Mentor

2017-2018, Koret Scholar Graduate Student Mentor

2017-2018, Matriculating, Influencing, Networking, Triumphing (MINT) Scholar Graduate Mentor