Roberta Espinoza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Interim Associate Dean for Global and Local Programs
Interim Director, Institute for Global/Local Action & Study
Dr. Espinoza is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She received her BA from Pomona College and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines issues of equity, access, and achievement for underrepresented students in the American educational system. She examines the role of social and cultural capital in the educational advancement and success of first-generation students of color in higher education. She has written two books on minority and working-class students’ routes to college, and numerous articles on women of color in doctoral education and Latino undocumented students. She is actively involved in the programming for first-generation students at Pitzer, especially in her capacity as a Faculty-In-Residence. She is also a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant called MECHANISM (Mentors Enable, Connect, Help, Advocate, Nurture, Intervene, Sustain, and Motivate) and Faculty Mentor for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Both programs aim to increase the pipeline to graduate education for first-generation and minority students. During her first year at Pitzer, she was involved in the IGLAS Faculty Seminar, and in her second year, she taught a First Year Seminar that was a part of the Global Local Mentorship Program (GLMP) pilot, including attending the spring break trip in Costa Rica. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org