Sociology Graduate Students

Uriel Serrano
  • Title
    • Doctoral Student
    • I am currently a visiting student and teaching associate in the Sociology Department at UCLA.
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-3516
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Rachel Carson College Room 332
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services

Summary of Expertise

Research Associate

  • 2018-present     Brother, Sons, and Selves Coalition, Los Angeles, CA.                                    

Graduate Student Researcher at UC Santa Cruz:

  • 2019-present Graduate Student Lead, Mapping Youth Power in California.
  • 2018-2019    Lab Lead and Co-PI of Learning Support Services Study, Student Success & Equity Center.         
  • 2016-2018    Youth Leadership and Health Study.
  • 2017-2018    Expanding Leadership Through Youth Organizing.
  • 2016        Understanding Strategies for Engaging California’s Young Voters.

Graduate Student Researcher at California State University, Los Angeles

  • 2014-2016    Deportation Study. Co-PIs: Beth Baker and Alejandra Marchevsky

Research Interests

Masculinity; Children and Youth; Du Boisian Sociology; Youth Activism and Resistance; Intersectionality; Mixed-Methods; Sociology of Education

  • Advisors:
    • Veronica Terriquez
    • Steve McKay
    • Cindy Cruz
    • Camilla Hawthorne

 

 

Biography, Education and Training

Saludos! I am a doctoral student from South Central Los Angeles with roots in Durango, Mexico. Born and raised in the Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills neighborhood, I graduated from 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 visually impaired and blind youth, and the First-Year Experience Program at Cal State LA. I am a scholar of youth-based movements, masculinity, education, and intersectionality.

 

Drawing on interviews, survey data, and ethnographic fieldwork in South Central Los Angeles, my dissertation explores how past and current politics of South Central Los Angeles, everyday interactions with the carceral state, and youth activism shapes the lives of Black and Latino young men. I also map out the organizational, cultural, and intersectional strategies Black and Latino young men activists adopt in their efforts to decriminalize youth of color. My past work includes a campus racial climate study at a Hispanic Serving Institution in the California State University system from which a manuscript is currently under review. Recognitions for my scholarship include funding and awards from the 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, the Social Science Research Council, and the UCSC Blum Center.

 

I am happy to connect with prospective graduate students who are considering applying to our program.

 

 

Honors, Awards and Grants

SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND HONORS

  • 2019    Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration Travel Scholarship, University of Mississippi.
  • 2019    Student Travel Award, ASA Student Forum Advisory Board
  • 2019    Alternate, American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship
  • 2019    Graduate Fellow, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
  • 2018    Graduate Fellow, Project MALES, University of Texas at Austin.
  • 2018    Lionel Cantu Memorial Award, Research Center for the Americas, UCSC
  • 2018    Honorable Mention/Alternate, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.                           
  • 2018    Dissertation Proposal Development Program, Social Science Research Council
  • 2017    Black Radical Thought in the Americas, Research Cluster Grant, Research Center for the Americas, UCSC, Co-PIs: Andrea Vázquez, Karla Reyes
  • 2017    Summer Scholar Grant, UC Santa Cruz Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance                                                                      

Selected Publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Serrano, Uriel, Vázquez, Andrea, Meneses-Samperio, Raul and Mattheis, Allison. 2018. “Symbolic Sanctuary and Discursive Dissonance: Limitations of Policy and Practice at Hispanic Serving Institutions.” Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 12 (3), 169-190.

 

Manuscripts under review:

  • Turner, David, Serrano, Uriel, and Freeden Blume Oeur. “Buying Back Time: Racialized Temporality and the Treatment of Black Men and Boys.” Invited chapter for Getting Real about Inequality: Intersections IRL (In Real Life), edited by Cherise Harris and Stephanie McClure. Sage Publications.

 

  • Serrano, Uriel and May Lin. (Forthcoming) “In Millennial Footsteps: Generation Z's High School Student Movements.” Sociological Perspectives.

 

  • Serrano, Uriel. (Revise and Resubmit).  “‘Finding Home’: Campus Racial Microclimates and Academic Homeplaces at a Hispanic Serving Institution.” Race Ethnicity and Education

 

Manuscripts in preparation:

  • Serrano, Uriel. “‘Type of Movement We Gon' Need A Change:’ Black and Latinx Youth Organizing and Intersectional Infrapolitics” to be submitted to Mobilization.

 

Reports:

  • Terriquez, Veronica and Uriel Serrano. 2018. “A Beloved Community: Promoting the Healing, Well-being, and Leadership Capacities of Boys and Young Men of Color.” USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Available at: https://dornsife.usc.edu/pere/bhc-youth-leadership/

 

Book reviews:

 

Selected Presentations

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • “Type of Movement We Gon' Need A Change’: A Youth Politics of Intersectionality and Political Quilting” to be presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York, August 2019.

 

  • “Cultivating Researcher-Practitioner Collaborations to Promote Equity in Higher Education” panel at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Summer Conference, San Diego, CA, June 2019.

 

  • “W.E.B. DuBois, Community-Engaged Research, and the Black Radical Tradition” presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, April 2019.

 

  • “Young Men of Color's Well-Being and Community Organizing Across California” presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, April 2019.

 

  • “Beloved Community: Intersectionality, Youth Organizing, and Latino Young Men” presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, April 2019.

 

  • “South Los Angeles Youth and Visions of Transformation” presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, California, March 2019.

 

  • “Exploring Educational Enclosure and Contestation in Youth Spaces,” panelist at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Jose, California, November 2018.

 

  • “Black and Latino Young Men, Intersectionality, and Grassroots Youth Organizing Across California” presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 2018.

 

  • “The Lasting Impacts of Youth Intersectional Mobilization” presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, April 2018. 

 

  • “Empowering Black and Latino Young Men Through Transformative Programming” presented with Veronica Terriquez at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, April 2018.

 

  • “Working Differently and Unapologetically: The Current Political Moment and Its Implications,” invited panelist for Student Affairs Committee Sponsored Session at Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, March 2018. 

 

  • “You Belong Here: Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome,” invited panelist for Student Affairs Committee Sponsored Session at Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, March 2018.

Teaching Interests

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2019-               Teaching Associate, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Spring 2019    Instructor, Educational Foundations 5250: Sociology of Education Graduate Seminar, CSULA
  • Spring 2018    Teaching Assistant, Sociology 105B: Contemporary Social Theory, UCSC
  • Winter 2018    Teaching Assistant, Sociology 3B: Statistical Methods, UCSC
  • Fall 2017         Teaching Assistant, Sociology 3A: The Evaluation of Evidence, UCSC
  • Winter 2016    Teaching Assistant, Sociology 491: Qualitative Research Methods, CSULA
  • Fall 2014         Teaching Assistant, Sociology 442: Social Change, CSULA
  • 2013-2016       Seminar Leader, First Year Seminars, CSULA