Grad Students

Irene I. Vega

Contact Information

Office  Haines 103
Irene I. Vega, Doctoral Candidate

Fields of Study

International Migration, Law and Society, Bureaucratic Politics, Latina/o Sociology, Sociology of Emotions, and Educational Inequality


Irene I. Vega's dissertation examines how state laws and bureaucratic discretion shape the implementation of federal immigration law.



Vega, I. I. and Vilma Ortiz. (Revise and Resubmit). Mexican Americans’ Immigration Attitudes: Ethnoracial Identities or American Attachments? Social Problems Journal.

Vega, I. I. (2014). Conservative Rationales, Racial Boundaries: A Case Study of Restrictionist Mexican Americans. American Behavioral Scientist, 58(13), 1764-1783.

Oseguera, L., Locks, A. M. & Vega, I. I. (2009). Increasing Latina/o Students’ Baccalaureate Attainment:  A Focus on Retention.  Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 8(1), 23-53. 

de los Santos, A.G. & Vega, I. I. (2008). Hispanic Presidents and Chancellors of Institutions of Higher Education in the United States:  2001 and 2006.  Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 7(2), 156-182.


Vega, I., Leticia Oseguera and Gilbert Q. Conchas (In Press). “Race, Brotherhood and Engagement in the Urban Context: A Case Study of Structured Peer Bonding and Engagement among Boys of Color,” in Cracks in the Schoolyard: Achievement Cases on Latino Education,  edited by Gilberto Q. Conchas. New York: Teacher’s College Press.

Figueroa, J. L., Perez, P. A, & Vega, I. I. (In Press). (Re)constructing Latino masculinity: Using Academic Narratives to Understand College Transitions. In Saenz, V., L. Ponjuan, and J. Figueroa. Latino Males in Higher. Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Grants and Awards


CSRC - IAC Research Grant, 2015 ($5,000.00)

UCMEXUS Small Grant Competition, 2015 ($1,500.00)

UCMEXUS Dissertation Research Grant, 2016-2017 ($12,000)


Eugene Cota-Robles, 2011-2016

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant, 2012

Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Program, 2013-2016

Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship, 2013

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, 2013

Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, 2013-2014


Vilma Ortiz (Chair)

Roger Waldinger

Ruben Hernandez-Leon

Ingrid Eagly (UCLA Law School)