Jody Agius Vallejo

Expert in immigrant integration and race and ethnicity, with a focus on Latinos and Latino Americans

Associate professor, Department of Sociology

Associate director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

Faculty affiliate, American Studies and Ethnicity

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • Election 2016
  • race and racial identification
  • ethnicity
  • immigration and assimilation
  • Mexicans, Mexican Americans and second-generation Mexicans
  • the Latino middle class and Latino entrepreneurs
  • non-Latino identifiers with Latino ancestry
  • the impact of working while in high school/college on the educational attainment of second-generation Mexican Americans, Chinese and Vietnamese

Additional Information

  • Author, Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class (Stanford University Press, 2012), and articles in American Behavioral Scientist, Social Science Research, City & Community, Ethnicities, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Sociological Forum
  • Former visiting research fellow, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego
  • Holder of master’s degree in demographic and social analysis, master’s degree in sociology, and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine


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