Jody Agius Vallejo

  • 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
Office: (213) 740-5047 Cell: (714) 319-5449

Expertise Summary

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


  • 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