Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Juan Manuel Pedroza
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 305
  • Office Hours Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, Thursdays 9:30-11:30; and by appointment
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Immigration, Statistics, Discrimination and Inequality, Geographic Information Systems

Summary of Expertise

My areas of expertise span immigration, social inequalities, and public policy. I employ social demographic, statistical, and geographic information systems methods and tools. I analyze administrative, Census, survey, and qualitative data to answer research questions about our social world. Before graduate school, 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. 

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in the role local contexts play in creating and cementing divergent outcomes in immigrant communities. In my dissertation research, I extend my interests in how places accentuate existing inequalities. In three essays, my dissertation examined (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. 

Biography, Education and Training

I completed my sociology Ph.D. in 2018 from Stanford University, where I was a Fellow at Stanford's Center for Poverty and Inequality and Graduate Research Fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE). Prior to graduate school, I received my BA at DePauw University (History; Conflict Studies) and an MPA at Indiana University, Bloomington-SPEA (policy analysis; economic develpment). I grew up in Guanajuato, México and Chicago, IL; and I live in Santa Cruz with my wife, Natasha, and our sons.

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow (2017-2018)
  • Academic Achievement Award, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University (2018)
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (2014-2017)
  • Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity Graduate Fellowship (2012-2015)

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Population Association of America (panel: 2013-2019; poster: 2016, 2017, 2019; chair: 2013, 2016; discussant: 2019)
    • Poster Award Winner, 2017
  • Law and Society Association (panel: 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019)
  • American Sociological Association (panel: 2019; discussant: 2019; roundtable: 2014)

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include quantitative methods, immigration to the United States, and topics related to social inequalities and public policy.