Cecelia Menjivar

Cecilia Menjivar is Professor and Dorothy L. Meier Social Equities Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on how the state, through its laws, shapes the lives of immigrants in the contexts where they arrive, and on state responses (and non-responses) to gender-based violence in Latin America. In recent research she integrates these two lines of research to focus on the gender-based violence that Central American women escape, and on these women’s experiences through their journey and in the U.S. justice system.  She is the author of the award-winning books, Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America (California, 2000), Enduring Violence: Ladina Women’s Lives in Guatemala (California, 2011), and Immigrant Families (Polity, 2016). She has edited 13 volumes, most recently, The Handbook of Immigration Crises (Oxford, 2019). In addition, she has written numerous articles and book chapters. She is the recipient of a John S Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She is past Vice President of the American Sociological Association. She received her BA from the University of Southern California, her in PhD from the University of California, Davis, and Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.