Sociology Graduate Students

Uriel Serrano
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, N/A
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services

Biography, Education and Training


Born and raised in the Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills neighborhood, I graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School and earned a BA and MA from California State University, Los Angeles. Before enrolling at UC Santa Cruz, I worked in after-school programs as a counselor for blind and visually impaired youth and the First-Year Experience Program at Cal State LA.

My research explores questions around gender, race, and youth-based social movements in the context of police violence. Particularly,  examine political mobilization by Black and Latinx youth, gender ideologies, carceral logics, and youth-well-being in an inner-city context. I am also interested in how carceral systems and logics function, persist, are challenged, and how experiences differ across social contexts and social locations. You can learn more about my current projects at

I am currently a 2021-22 Ford Dissertation Fellow and UC President's Dissertation Fellow based at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. I am also an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow, CSU Chancellor’s Fellow, and AAHHE Graduate Fellow. Recognition for my scholarship includes funding and awards from the Social Science Research Council, Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Project MALES at the University of Texas at Austin, the Research Center for the Americas at UC Santa Cruz, and the UC Santa Cruz Blum Center. My work has been published in Race Ethnicity and Education, Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, and forthcoming with Sage Publications and Sociological Perspectives.

I regularly teach a Sociology of Education graduate seminar and have served as Teaching Assistant at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz.

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