Professional Service


Professional Associations (*elected):


American Sociological Association

Member, William J. Goode Award Committee, Family Section, 2014-2015

Vice-President, 2014-2015 (Vice-President elect,* 2013-2014)

Member, Lewis A. Coser Award Committee, Theory Section, 2013-2014

Founders Award Selection Committee, Latino/a Section, 2013-2014

Chair, Best Article Award Committee, International Migration Section, 2012-2013

Member-at-large, ASA Council,* 2010-2013

Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline sub-committee

Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Board (Council Liaison)

Chair, Awards Committees and Chair, Career Award Committee, Latino/a Section, 2010-2011

Member, NSF/ASA Postdoctoral Fellowship Review Committee, 2010 and 2012

Member, Committee on Nominations, Family Section, 2009-2010

Member, Awards Committee, Latino/a Section, 2007-2008.

Member (elected), Committee on Nominations 2007-2009.

Member, Program Committee (and author-meets-critics book selection committee), 2008 Meetings

Chair, Latina/o Section (elected) 2005-2006                                                     

Chair-elect, Latina/o Section, 2004-2005

Council Member (elected), International Migration Section, 2003-2006.

Member, Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award Committee, International Migration Section, 2003-2004, 2004-2005.

Member, Program Committee, 2004 Meetings


Pacific Sociological Association


Member, Distinguished Scholarship Award committee, 2012-2013

Member (elected), Committee on Committees, Southern Region, 2004-2007


Latin American Studies Association


Diskin Distinguished Lecture and Diskin Dissertation Award Selection Committee member, 2009-2010

Co-chair, Migration and Latin American Diasporas Track, for 2010 meetings, Toronto, Canada, 2009-2010

Co-chair, Cross-border Studies and Migration Track, for 2009 meetings, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2007-2009

Council member, Section on Gender, 2004-2006

Co-chair (elected), Central American Section, Latin American Studies Association, 2002-2003.

Member (elected), Council, Central American Section, 2000-2002.


Society for the Study of Social Problems


Chair, Committee on Committees (one year replacement) 2004-2005

Member, Program Committee, 2004 Meetings.

Member (elected), Committee on Committees, 2002-2005.

Chair. Minority Fellowship Selection Committee, 2001-2002.

Site visit for Social Problems Editorial Office, Summer 2001.

Chair-elect. Minority Fellowship Selection Committee, 2000-2001.

Member. Lee Founders Award Committee, 1998-1999.


Sociologists for Women in Society


Member, Mainstream Team (media contact) 2009-


Panels, Boards and Related


National Academies of Science/ National Research Council, Committee on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society (study committee member), 2013-2015

Advisory council member, Immigrant Integration: Assessing and Improving the Collective Response of the Catholic Church in the United States Panel, Center for Migration Studies, New York, 2014-

Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington, D.C. “Women Immigrants in the New Destinations: Religion’s Role in Facilitating Incorporation and Improving Well-Being,” 1/2009-2011. 

United Nations Development Program (UNDP). San Salvador, El Salvador. Contributor to Report, 12/04-04/05.

Annie E. Casey Foundation. Participant, Consultative Session on Transnational Families, September 23rd, 2002 

Center for the Common Good, Vesper Society, Oakland, CA. Research Consultant, Immigration Project, 4/93-2/94

University Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique, Facultade de Letras, Advisor/Consultant, 1993 (Summer)

Joint Committee on International Migration, Refugee Resettlement, and International Cooperative Development, Sacramento, CA. Research Coordinator, 9/89-1/91

Evaluation, Training and Management Co., Sacramento, CA. Consultant, Project: Rehabilitation programs in low-income communities, 1/90-12/90.

Casa de la Cultura, Ministry of Culture, Managua, Nicaragua Assistant Coordinator, 5/85-9/85.

LULAC, Los Angeles, Program Development Assistant, 9/83-9/84.



Editorial Boards (Journals)


American Behavioral Scientist, 2009-

Gender & Society, 1/2013-1/2015 (also 1/2003-1/2005)

Journal of Latin American Studies, International advisory board member, 1/2014-

Latino Studies, 2001-

The Sociological Quarterly, 2008-

Studies in Social Justice, 2006-

TRACE (Travaux et Recherches dans les Amériques du Centre), CEMCA 9/2012-



American Journal of Sociology, Consulting editor, 9/2011-8/2013

American Sociological Review, 1/2009-12/2011 (also 1/2003-12/2005)

Journal of Developing Societies, Associate editor, 2002- 2005.

Journal of Developing Societies, Book Review Editor, 1995-2000.

Migraciones Internacionales, 2001-2010

Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 2001-2003



Editorial Boards (Encyclopedias and Volumes)


Latina/o Sociology, New York University Press, 2013-

Lynne Rienner Publishers series on “Latinos in the United States: Studies in Diversity and Change.” 8/2004-



Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley-Blackwell), Associate Editor 2011-2013

School of Advanced Research Press (Santa Fe, NM), 2007-2010

Immigration and Crime: Ethnicity, Race, and Violence, edited by Ramiro Martinez, Jr., and Abel Valenzuela. New York University Press (2005).

Latinas in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia. Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez-Korrol, editors. Indiana University Press.



Tenure and promotion reviews


University of Alaska, SUNY Albany, Amherst College, University of British Columbia, Bucknell University, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, Cornell University, CUNY, Dartmouth College, Drexel University, Florida International University, Fordham University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois, Chicago, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Michigan State University, Northeastern University, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Princeton University, Texas A&M, University of Toronto, University of South Florida, University of Southern California, University of Utah, Wellesley College.


Program review: Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University (Graduate Program)



Service at Arizona State University: University, College, School




Member, University Graduate Council, 2013-2015

Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Committee, Graduate College, 2012-2014

Co-convener, working group on Immigration Theory, Institute for Humanities Research, 2012-2014

Co-organizer, Working group on Latin American Studies, Institute for Humanities Research, 2012-2014

Member, Executive Board, Faculty Women’s Association, 2012-2014

Member, Executive Board, Comparative Border Studies Center, School of Transborder Studies, 2012-2013

President, Chicano and Latino Faculty and Staff Association, 2011-2012

Member, Personnel Committee, Dept. of Transborder, Chicano/a, & Latino/a Studies (Fall 2009 only)

Member, Campus Environment Team, 2007-2010

Member, Advisory Board, Center for Latin American Research (Fall 2006 only)

Faculty Liaison, Chicano Faculty and Staff Association/Faculty Women’s Association 2006-2007

Faculty panel participant, Social Science Graduate Student Association, April 21st, 2006

Panel judge, Graduate Students in Life, Earth, and Social Sciences Association, Feb 17th, 2006

Member, Personnel Committee, Asian Pacific American Studies Program, 2006

Mentor, Faculty Development Program, 2003-2004   

Member, Search Committee (for director) Center for Latin American Studies, 2004-2005

Member, Steering Committee, School of Global Studies, 2003-2004

Keynote speaker, Sociology Club kickoff celebration. Department of Sociology, Nov. 18th. 2003

Member, Personnel Committee, Asian Pacific American Studies Program, 2003-2004.

Member. Committee on the Status of Women, Arizona State University, 2001-2002.

Member. Race and Ethnic Relations Doctoral Examination Committee, Department of Sociology, Arizona State University. 2000-present

Member. Executive Board, Committee on Law and the Social Sciences, Arizona State University. 1998-2001.

Member. Child and Family Services Advisory Board, Arizona State University, 2000-2001.

Member. Recruitment Committee. Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Arizona State University. 2000-2001.

Graduate College Representative in Dissertation Defenses: July 2000, September 2001, May 2002.

Participant (and helped securing some funds). First Conference on Central American Literature and Culture, Arizona State University, April, 1999.

Participant. “A Campus Climate for Diversity Summit.” (Part of “Preparing for the University of the Next Century.”) March, 1999.

Member. Search Committee, Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies, Arizona State University. 1998-1999.

Member. Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, Arizona State University. 1998-1999.

Coordinator. Women in Latin America Working Group. Center for Latin American Studies, Arizona State University. 1997-1999.

Advisory Council, Center for Latin American Studies, Arizona State University, 1996-1997.


College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Member, Committee on Committees, 2013-2014 (elected)

Search Committee member (for Social Science Dean) 2012 (Spring semester)

Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, 2010-2011


College of Public Programs


Internal Grants Committee, 2001-2002.


T Denny School of Social and Family Dynamics


Associate Director, 2012-present

Director, Graduate Studies (Sociology), 2007-2009, and 2010-2012

Member, Graduate Committee, 2006-2007


School of Justice Studies


Chair: Personnel Committee; Computer and Colloquium Committee

Member (multiple years): Policy Work Group, Graduate Committee, Personnel Committee, John P. Frank Lecture Committee, Graduate Committee, Computer Committee, Recruitment Committee


Community Service and Public Presentations


 “The Effects of Migration on Those Who Stay in the Countries of Origin.” Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue, Tempe, AZ, Dec 5, 2012

Committee member, II Feria de la Pupusa, Unidos en Arizona/Comité Salvadoreño, Nov., 2008, 2009 

Presentation to Wilson Elementary School students, Faculty Ambassadors Program, Nov 16th, 2007   

Academic participant, Religious Convening, Interfaith Worker Justice, Phoenix Dioceses, 3/26-3/27, 2006         

Presentation, ASU Escribe, Arizona State University Public History Program, Arizona Book Festival, April 6th, 2002.

Lecture on immigration. Phoenix Civitan Club, Phoenix Arizona. June 7th, 2001.

Organizer. Feria Informativa de Servicios Sociales (Social Services Informational Fair for Latino immigrants in the area), July 15, 2000, ASU Downtown Center.

Immigrants and Laborers. Presentation to the City of Mesa, Arizona Neighborhood Committee. May 25th, 2000

Northern California Legal Services, Sacramento, CA. Legal Assistance and Refugee Project, Assistant/Translator (Volunteer) 8/90-12/93

Dixon Family Planning Services, Dixon, CA (Research Consultant) 5/91- 8/92


Expert witness (only pro-bono cases) in asylum cases and deportation hearings of undocumented immigrants and women fleeing violence from Central America (multiple cases throughout the country)


Regular presentations on my research to a wide range of groups and media interviews.