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Juan Pedroza

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Juan Pedroza

Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology Department
B.A., DePauw University, 2003
M.P.A., Indiana University-Bloomington, 2006


I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, Graduate Fellow at Stanford's Center for Poverty and Inequality, and Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow.

My research interests span immigration, social demography, and inequality. I am particularly interested in the role local contexts play in creating and cementing divergent outcomes in immigrant communities. My past work relies on in-depth interviews with families affected by immigration enforcement in contrasting US cities and towns. As a graduate student, I mapped and analyzed where noncitizens experience punitive deportation outcomes. In the future, I plan to continue analyzing where immigrants settle and how meso- and macro-level structures shape the lives of immigrants and their extended communities.

In my dissertation research, I extend my interests in how places accentuate existing inequalities. In three essays, my dissertation examines (1) the role of local demographic factors as determinants of deportation contexts; (2) whether variation in local deportation regimes sharpened existing inequalities via differential rates of housing instability; and (3) why certain places prove most well-equipped to identify crimes targeting immigrants in need of legal services. In my third study, winner of a research poster award at the 2017 meeting of the Population Association of America, I find immigrant integration efforts (specifically, access to the social safety net and legal aid capacity) closely predict where crimes against immigrants come to the attention of consumer protection entities.

At Stanford, I have sharpened my classroom and mentorship experience in sociology and inter-disciplinary social sciences. As a teaching assistant, undergraduate research mentor, and research project supervisor, I have experience teaching and advising students in research methods, the sociology of race/ethnicity and immigration, public policy, and the real-world application of social science tools.

Prior to joining the Stanford sociology graduate program, I worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC to examine immigration policy, criminal justice, low-income working families, and workforce and youth development. I grew up in Guanajuato, México and Chicago, IL; and I live in the South Bay with my wife, Natasha, and our sons, Miguel and Dominic.