Elizabeth Vaquera

Elizabeth Vaquera, Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Director of Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, Director and Associate Professor
Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute
Address: 2114 G Street NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-9242
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Immigration; Latino/a Sociology; Race and Ethnicity; Children and Youth; Education; Quantitative Methods 

Elizabeth Vaquera received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She recently joined The George Washington University as Associate Professor and Director of the newly established Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. She holds appointments in Sociology and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Before joining GW, she spent almost a decade at the University of South Florida, where she was Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research focuses on the physical, emotional, and social wellbeing of vulnerable and diverse groups, particularly Latinos/as, immigrants, and children. Her work has been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals including Social Science Research, Social Science and Medicine, and Child Development. She is also co-author of several books, the most recent of which, Education and Immigration, examines the educational experiences of immigrants and their children living in the U.S. Dr. Vaquera is the recipient of several federal grants by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2007 

M.A. Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2003

M.A. Sociology, University of Barcelona (Spain), 2002 

B.A. Sociology, University of Barcelona (Spain), 2000



Kao, Grace, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Kimberly A. Goyette (2013), Education and Immigration, Cambridge: Polity Press.


Mari-Klose, Pau, Marga Mari-Klose, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Solveig A. Cunningham (2010). Infancia y Futuro: Crecer en la Sociedad del Riesgo. La Caixa: Barcelona. Colección Estudios Sociales 30. (Title translation: Childhood and the Future: New Realities, New Challenges.)


De Miguel, Jesús M., Jordi Caïs, and Elizabeth Vaquera (2001). Excelencia: Calidad de las Universidades Españolas. Madrid, Spain: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. (Title translation: Excellence: Quality of Spanish Universities).


Refereed Journal Articles

*Indicates student co-author


*Villalobos Carrasco, Cecilia F.; Ibis M. Álvarez Valdivia, y Elizabeth Vaquera, E. (2015). “Amistades co-étnicas e inter-étnicas en la adolescencia: diferencias en calidad, conflicto y resolución de problemas.”  [Co-ethnic and inter-ethnic friendships in adolescence: Differences in quality, conflict, and problem solving].  Educación XX1. ISSN (Electronic version): 2174-5374.


Aranda, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Vaquera, and *Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez (2015). “Personal and Cultural Trauma and the Ambivalent National Identities of Undocumented Young Adults in the USA”. Journal of Intercultural Studies. Online first.


Aranda, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Vaquera (2015). “Racism, the Immigration Enforcement Regime, and the Implications for Racial Inequality in the Lives of Undocumented Young Adults.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1(1): 88-104.


Flores-González, Nilda, Elizabeth Aranda, and Elizabeth Vaquera (2014). “‘Doing Race’: Latino Youth’s Identities and the Politics of Racial Exclusion.” American Behavioral Scientist 58(14): 1831-1851.


*Dotson, Hilary M., Elizabeth Vaquera, and Solveig A. Cunningham. (2014). “Sandwiches and Subversion: Teachers’ Mealtime Strategies and Preschoolers’ Agency.” Childhood 21(2): 1-15.


Vaquera, Elizabeth and Grace Kao (2012). “Educational Achievement of Immigrant Adolescents in Spain: Do Gender and Region-of-Origin Matter?” Child Development 83(5): 1560-1576.


Cunningham, Solveig A., Elizabeth Vaquera, and *Jeanne L. Long (2012). “Race, Ethnicity, and the Relevance of Obesity for Social Integration.” Ethnicity and Disease 22 (2): 317-323.


Cunningham, Solveig A., Elizabeth Vaquera, *Claire Maturo, and K.M. Venkat Narayan (2012). “Is There Evidence that Friends Influence Body Weight? A Systematic Review of Empirical Research.” Social Science and Medicine 75: 1175-1183.


Vaquera, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Aranda (2011). “The Multiple Dimensions of Transnationalism: Examining their Relevance to Immigrants’ Subjective Well-being.” Journal of Social Research & Policy 2(2): 47-72.


Aranda, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Vaquera (2011). “Unwelcomed Immigrants: Experiences with Immigration Officials and Attachment to the U.S.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 27(3):299-321.


*Kramer, Rory and Elizabeth Vaquera (2011). "Who is Really Doing It? Peer Embeddedness and Substance Use during Adolesences." Sociological Perspectives 54(1): 37-58


Vaquera, Elizabeth (2009). "Friendship, Educational Engagement, and School Belonging: Comparing Hispanic and White Adolescents." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 31(4): 492-514


Vaquera, Elizabeth and Grace Kao (2008). “Do You Like Me as Much as I Like You? Friendship Reciprocity and its Effects on School Outcomes among Adolescents.” Social Science Research 37: 55-72.


Vaquera, Elizabeth and Grace Kao (2006). “The Implications of Choosing No-Race on the Salience of Hispanic Identity: How Racial and Ethnic Identification Intersect among Hispanic Adolescents.” The Sociological Quarterly 47: 375-396.


Kao, Grace and Elizabeth Vaquera (2006). “The Salience of Racial and Ethnic Identification in Friendship Choices among Hispanic Adolescents.”  Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 28: 23-47.


Vaquera, Elizabeth and Grace Kao (2005). “Private and Public Displays of Affection among Interracial and Intraracial Adolescent Couples.” Social Science Quarterly 86 (2): 484-508.


De Miguel, Jesús M., Elizabeth Vaquera, and Jara D. Sanchez (2005) “Spanish Universities and the Ranking 2005 Initiative.” Higher Education in Europe 30 (2): 199-215.


De Miguel, Jesús M., Bernabe Sarabia Heydrich, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Haizam Amirah. (2004). “¿Sobran o Faltan Doctores?” (Too Many or Too Few PhD’s?). Empiria: Revista de Metodología de Ciencias Sociales 7: 115-155.


Vaquera, Elizabeth, and Jesús M. de Miguel (2001). ”Mujeres en la Torre de Marfil: Feminización de la Universidad Española” (Women in the Ivory Tower: Feminization of Spanish Universities). Revista de Gestión y Análisis de Políticas Públicas 22: 77-94.


De Miguel, Jesús M., Jordi Caïs, and Elizabeth Vaquera (1999). “Modelo de Indicadores de Calidad de las Universidades” (Quality Indicators of Higher Education). In Revista de Gestión y Análisis de Políticas Públicas 16-17: 29-62.


Edited Collections

Co-editor of special issue with Elizabeth Aranda and Roberto Gonzales (2014). “Latino Incorporation across Social Institutions.” American Behavioral Scientist.


Vaquera, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Aranda, and Roberto Gonzales. (2014). “Patterns Of Incorporation of Latinos in Old and New Destinations: From Invisible to Hypervisible.” American Behavioral Scientist 58 (14): 1823-1833.


Professional Reports

Papadopoulos, Airia, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Ivy Qi (2010). Depression and Obesity in Medicaid-Enrolled Adolescents: Trends in Service Use, Cost and Outcomes. Tampa, FL: Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. University of South Florida.


Sommers, Roseanna, Airia Papadopoulos, and Elizabeth Vaquera (2010). Sociodemographic Disparities in Dosing and Monitoring of Antidepressant Medications among Florida Medicaid Enrollees. Policy Brief. Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). University of South Florida.


Book Reviews

Vaquera, Elizabeth (2016). Review of The Road to Citizenship: What Naturalization Means for Immigrants and the United States, by Sofya Aptekar. Contemporary Sociology 45(5): 572-574.



Aranda, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Vaquera. “Lawmakers can give Dreamers Chance at Higher-Ed Success.” Orlando Sentinel, May 1, 2014.