Department of Sociology welcomes two new faculty

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 14:37

The College offers a warm welcome to Valerie Francisco-Menchavez and Marla Ramirez, both of whom join the Department of Sociology this fall as assistant professors.

Valerie Francisco-MenchavezValerie Francisco-Menchavez received her Ph.D. in sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her academic interests include global and transnational sociology, migration and immigration studies, and diaspora with a special interest in the Philippine migration. Currently, her book project explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S. Through an examination of neoliberal immigration policies and market forces, Francisco contextualizes the shifts in the long-standing transnational family formation in the Philippines. Francisco-Menchavez will teach “Sociology by the Bay” and “Families and Society” in the fall.


Marla RamirezMarla Ramírez received her Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research examines immigration policies of the Great Depression era, specifically focused on the experiences of Mexican repatriation and banishment of U.S. citizen children of Mexican descent. She specializes in oral history, Mexican migrations, mass forced removals, immigration law and policies since the 20th century, gendered migrations, and the “Mexican Repatriation” Program. Ramírez will teach “Sociology of the Latino Experience” in the fall.