Roberta Espinoza

Associate Professor of Sociology
Interim Chair, Institute for Global-Local Action and Study (IGLAS)

With Pitzer Since: 2012
Field Group:
Sociology
Campus Address: Scott Hall 200A
Phone: 607.9403
Email: roberta_espinoza@pitzer.edu
Office Hours: Contact Professor for details

Educational Background

PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Pomona College

Research Interests

Sociology of Education; Sociology of Family; Social Stratification; Race, Class, and Gender; and Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Recent Courses

Sociology and Its View of the World (SOC1)
Qualitative Research Methods (SOC102)
Sociology of Education (SOC83)

Selected Publications

Working-class Minority Students’ Routes to Higher Education. New York, NY: Routledge, 2012.

Pivotal Moments: How Educators Can Put All Students on the Path to College. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2011.

“Finding Pivotal Moments,” Educational Leadership, vol. 69, no. 7 (2012).

“Educational Pivotal Moments,” Principal Leadership, vol. 12, no. 5 (2012).

“The Good Daughter Dilemma: Latinas Managing Family and School Demands,” Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, vol. 9, no. 4 (2010).

Civic Engagement Patterns of Undocumented Mexican Students,” Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, vol. 9, no. 3 (2010). With W. Perez, K. Ramos, H. Coronado, and R. Cortes.

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

“Working-Class Minority Students’ Routes to Higher Education,” public lecture at Willamette University, Salem, OR, March 18, 2013.

“He Motivated Me to Want to go to College”: Student-Educator Relationships that Produce College Aspirations,” paper presented at the annual American Sociological Association Conference, Denver, CO, August 2012.

“From High School dropout to Community College: Bridging Low-income and Minority Students to Higher Education,” paper presented at the annual Pacific Sociological Association Conference, San Diego, CA, March 2012. With D. Armenta and K. Camak.

“Moments of Social Reproduction and Interruption: How Educator-Student Relationships Shape College Aspirations and Success,” paper presented at the annual Pacific Sociological Association Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2011. With C. Alcantar.

“The Role of Academic Outreach Programs in the Educational Advancement of Working-class Minority Students,” paper presented at the annual Pacific Sociological Association Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2011. With M. De La Cruz and C. Alcantar.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

NSF grant for “Pitzer College Mentors Enable, Connect, Help, Advocate, Nurture, Intervene, Sustain, and Motivate (MECHANISM) for SUCCESS in the Molecular Sciences.” MECHANISM supports qualified students with demonstrated financial need who plan to major in STEM disciplines (with Professor of Chemistry Thomas Poon, Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Muriel Poston and Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science Katie Purvis-Roberts). 2014-19.

Haynes Foundation Faculty Fellowship to support her project, “The Emerging Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Creating a Path to College for Low-income and Minority Students.” 2013-14.

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