Sociology Graduate Students

Roxanna Villalobos
  • Title
    • Doctoral Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Room 129
  • Office Hours Winter 2020: Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm in McHenry Lobby or by appointment.
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

Latinx Sociology, Immigration/Migration, Space/Place, Rural Studies, Critical Feminist Theories, Embodiment, Latina Girlhoods. 


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


My research examines how rural and agricultural contexts with a large Latinx immigrant majority shape racial, gender, and class formations in the United States. I am to understand and shed light on Latina rural girlhood, an experience that largely remains invisible in the context of the U.S. 


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

2019, Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development (SSRC-DPD), UCSC

2018-2019, UC Blum Scholars Research Grant, UCSC

2017-2018, Regents’ Fellowship, UCSC

2017-2018, Sociology Department Fellowship, UCSC

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


Teaching Interests

Instructor of Record

Winter 2019, LALS-01 "Introduction to Latin American and Latinx Studies"


Teaching Assistantships 

Winter 2020, SOCY 105B - Contemporary Social Theory

Fall 2019, SOCY 3A - The Evaluation of Evidence 

Spring 2019, SOCY 105B - Contemporary Social Theory

Winter 2018, SOCY 3B - Statistical Methods

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



2019-2020, Cultivamos Excelencia Graduate Mentor

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