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Elizabeth Vaquera, PhD

Founding Co-Chair |

Executive Director, Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute

Associate Professor of Sociology & Public Policy, The George Washington University

Areas of Expertise: Latinos | DACA | TPS | Undocumented

Dr. Vaquera's research focuses on vulnerable and diverse groups, particularly Latinos/as and im/migrants. Her work has analyzed the character and importance of immigrant status, race, and ethnic identity in outcomes such as education, health, and emotional and social well-being. Dr. Vaquera translates this work into practice by designing and leading programs aimed at advancing Latinos from the pre-college to executive level. In addition to an extensive body of work published in leading peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Vaquera is the co-author of several books, including Education and Immigration (2013), which examines the educational experiences of immigrants and their children living in the U.S. Vaquera is the recipient of several federal grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.


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Legal and Ethnoracial Consciousness: Perceptions of Immigrant Media Narratives Among the Latino Undocumented 1.5 Generation

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Undocumented Again? DACA Rescission, Emotions, and Incorporation Outcomes among Young Adults

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Shifting Roles in Families of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Recipients and Implications for the Transition to Adulthood

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