Sociology Graduate Students

Uriel Serrano
  • Title
    • Doctoral Student
    • SSERC Graduate Student Researcher
    • Project MALES Fellow at UT Austin/AAHHE Graduate Student Fellow
  • Division Social Sciences Division, Student Success
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-3516
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Rachel Carson College Room 332
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services

Summary of Expertise

 Graduate Student Researcher:

  • Student Success & Equity Research Center (SSERC), UC Santa Cruz, September 2018-June 2019.

  • Understanding Strategies for Engaging California’s Young Voters, UC Santa Cruz, 2016.
  • Youth Leadership and Health Study, UC Santa Cruz, 2016-2018.

Research Associate:

  • Brothers, Sons, Selves: Youth Participation and Leadership Study, February 2018-present.

 

Research Interests

Du Boisian Sociology; Sociology of Education; Black and Latinx Youth Studies; Youth Civic Engagement and Resistance; Masculinity; Latinx Sociology; Black Radical Tradition; Ethnography; Mixed-Methods.

  • 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. Informed by past and current experiences, I am a scholar of gender, youth, urban sociology, and higher education.

 

Drawing on interviews, survey data, and ethnographic field work in South Central Los Angeles, my dissertation explores how past and current politics of South Central Los Angeles, everyday interactions with the carceral state, community-based organizations, 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

  • 2019 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Graduate Fellow.
  • 2018-2019 Graduate Student Fellow, Project MALES, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Student Representative, ASA Latino/a Sociology Section, 2018-present.
  • Lionel Cantú Memorial Award, Research Center For The Americas, UC Santa Cruz, 2018.
  • Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2018.
  • Dissertation Proposal Development Program Grant, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), 2018.
  • Graduate Student Representative, Pacific Sociological Association Board of Directors, 2018-2019.
  • Black Radical Tradition Research Cluster Grant, Research Center for The Americas, 2018.
  • Chair, ASA Student Forum Advisory Board, 2016-2017
  • UCSC Blum Center Summer Scholar, 2017.
  • University of California Regents Fellowship, 2016.
  • Pacific Sociological Association Student Travel Grant, 2016.
  • Penn Equity Institute for Doctoral Students Certificate, University of Pennsylvania, 2015.
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Recognition, California State University, Los Angeles, 2015.

 

 

 

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles:

(Revise and Resubmit). 'Finding Home’: Campus Racial Microclimates and Academic Homeplaces at a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Race Ethnicity and Education.

Serrano, Uriel, Vazquez, 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.

 

 

Research 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/

Terriquez, Veronica, Leslie Renteria, and Uriel Serrano. 2018. “Youth and Community Well-Being in Mid-City Community Advocacy Network.” USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Available at: https://dornsife.usc.edu/pere/bhc-youth-leadership/

Terriquez, Veronica, Ruben Espinoza, Uriel Serrano, and Ana Mendoza. 2017. “Youth and Community Well-Being at MILPA.” USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Available at: http://dornsife.usc.edu/pere/bhc-youth-civic-eng-wellbeing/

Serrano, Uriel and Veronica Terriquez. 2016. “Youth Civic Engagement and Community Well-Being in Santa Ana.” USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Available at: http://dornsife.usc.edu/pere/bhc-youth-civic-eng-wellbeing/

Other Writing:

 “The Philadelphia Negro: W.E.B. Du Bois and Community-based Research” in ASA Sociology of Culture Section Newsletter, Summer 2018, Volume 30, Issue 2

Book Reviews:

Serrano, Uriel. 2018. Review of Sojoyner, Damien M., “First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles.” H-Citizenship, H-Net Reviews. http://www.hnet.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=49996

Serrano, Uriel. 2017. “Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority-Serving Institutions.” Journal of Negro Education 86 (3): 409-410.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Presentations

 

Selected Academic Conference Presentations:

·      “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.

·      “Empowering Black and Latino Young Men Through Transformative Programming: The Added Value of State Wide Coalition Building,” presented at the UCSC Blum Center, Santa Cruz, CA, January 2018.

·      “Black and Latino Men and Campus Racial Climate” presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, August 2017.

·      “A Hispanic Serving Institution ‘Under Construction:’ Black and Latino Men, Campus Racial Climate, and Homeplaces” presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 2017.

·      “Becoming Black or Latino in Different Context: The Realization of Racialization of Black and Latino Men” presented with Eric Rodriguez at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, April 2017.

·      “Homeplaces: Ethnic Studies and the Academic Empowerment of Black and Latino Menpresented at the National Association for Ethnic Studies 45rd Annual Conference, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, March 2017.

·      “Hispanic Serving Institutions and Campus Racial Climate: The Experiences of First Generation Black and Latino Males” presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA, April 2016.

·      “Present Absence: Collaborative Research on Deportation” (panel presentation with Beth Baker, Eduardo Coronel, and Victor Flores) presented at Social Theory Mini-Conference, California State University, Los Angeles, February 2016.

·      “Thinking Race: Campus Climate at a Hispanic Serving Institution” presented at the Charter College of Education Graduate Student Research Symposium, California State University, Los Angeles, May 2015.

·      “Reinventing Racism: Racist Discourse and Social Media” presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Long Beach, CA, April 2015.

Selected Workshop Presentations:

·      “Participating in ASA and Professional Associations,” Sociology Graduate Program 2017-2018 Professionalization Series, University of California, Santa Cruz, October 2017.

·      “Putting the ‘G’ in Graduate School,” Hermanos Unidos’ B.R.O.S. Event, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 2017.

·      “From the Hood to a Graduate Hooding: Latino Men and Academic Empowerment,” Hermanos Unidos National Leadership Conference, California State University, Fullerton, February 2017.

·      “Advocating for Self-Empowerment and Educational Justice,” The Latina Completion and Transfer Academy, East Los Angeles Community College, March 2016.

 

 

 

Teaching Interests

 

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         Sociology 442: Social Change, CSULA.

 

2013-2016       Seminar Leader, First Year Seminars, CSULA.