Awards and Recognitions


Research and Scholarship



2014   John S. Guggenheim Fellowship


2014   The Victoria Foundation Eugene Garcia Research Award


2014   Best Article Award, Latino/a Section, American Sociological Association, for Legal Violence


2013   Fragmented Ties among 12 most influential books on family since 2000, Contemporary Sociology


2013   Best Article Award, Latino Studies Section, Latin American Studies Association, for Legal Violence


2012   Distinguished Scholarship Award, Pacific Sociological Association, for Enduring Violence.


2012   Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, Eastern Sociological Society, for Enduring Violence.


2011   2011 Hubert Herring Best Book Award, Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies (PCCLAS), for Enduring Violence: LadinaWomen’s Lives in Guatemala (University of California Press, 2011).


2010   American Sociological Association Latinos/as Section Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award.


2007  American Sociological Association Latinos/as Section Distinguished Contribution to Research Award.


2007  ASU Alumni Association Faculty Achievement Award in Research.


2004  Review essay for Fragmented Ties in Contemporary Sociology, 33 (4): 399-401 (2004)


2002  Choice Outstanding Academic Titles in Social and Behavioral Sciences, for Fragmented Ties.


2001   William J. Goode Outstanding Book Award, American Sociological Association Family Section, for Fragmented Ties.


2001   Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award, Honorable mention, American Sociological Association International Migration Section, for Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America (University of California Press, 2000).


2001   Faculty Achievement Award, School of Justice Studies, Arizona State University.


9/94-8/95 RAND Corporation Post-Doctoral Fellowship.


9/92-8/94 University of California Berkeley Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Fellowship.


1990-91 University of California Regents Dissertation Fellowship.


1990   American Sociological Association Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship.


1989-90 American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship (MFP Fellow).



Teaching and Mentoring


2011    Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award, ASU (university-wide award)


2002  Outstanding Mentor Award, Graduate Women’s Association, Arizona State University.


2002  Nominee, Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award, Graduate College, Arizona State University.


2001   Student Affairs Honors (for enhancing the quality of life for ASU students), Student Affairs, Arizona State University.





2007  School of Justice & Social Inquiry, Affiliated Faculty Recognition Award.


2006  College Marshall (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences), Fall 2006 Commencement, ASU.


2002  Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Toward Advancing The Status of Women, Commission on the Status of Women, Arizona State University.


1983   Cum Laude, School of Education, University of Southern California.


1979-81 Member of Honor Societies in Psychology, Sociology, and Foreign Languages.