Vanessa Delgado

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2022


Immigration, Children of Immigrants, Transition into Adulthood, Sociology of the Family, Latino/a/x Sociology, Qualitative Methods, Sociology of Education

Research Interests

Dr. Delgado’s research explores the incorporation pathways and educational experiences of Latino/a families. She employs qualitative methods to examine how Latino/a families navigate punitive immigration laws and policies and a restrictive socio-political climate. Articles from her research are published in Law & PolicyJournal of Latinos and EducationSociology Compass, Socius, Sociological Forum, Social Sciences, and Journal of Marriage and Family. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how Latino/a children of immigrants support and challenge immigrant integration.  


Delgado, Vanessa. 2023. “Uncovering Youth’s Invisible Labor: Children’s Roles, Care Work, and Familial Obligations in Latino/a Immigrant Families” Social Sciences 12 (1), 1-13. 

Delgado, Vanessa. 2023. “Civic Engagement and Latina Immigrant Mothers’ Remote Learning Involvement During COVID-19” Sociological Forum 38 (1), 192-213.  

Delgado, Vanessa. 2023. “Decoding the Hidden Curriculum: Latino/a First Generation College Students’ Influence on their Younger Siblings Educational Trajectory” Journal of Latinos and Education 22 (2), 624-641.  

Delgado, Vanessa. 2022. “Leveraging Protections, Navigating Punishments: How Adult Children of Undocumented Immigrants Mediate Illegality in Latinx Families” Journal of Marriage and Family 83 (5), 1427-1445.  

Delgado, Vanessa. 2022. “Family Formation Under the Law: How Immigration Laws Construct Contemporary Latino/a Immigrant Families in the US” Sociology Compass 16 (9), 1-13.  

Delgado, Vanessa. 2022. “Can Universities Counteract Immigrant Illegality? Examining the Role of University-Based Institutional Support on Californian Undocumented College Students’ Experiences” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 8, 1-13. 

Conchas, Gilberto Q., Socorro Cambero, Vanessa Delgado, Jess Lee, and Leticia Oseguera. 2022. “Perceptions of Inequality as Racial Projects: Uncovering Ethnoracial and Gendered Patterns among First-Generation College-Going Asian American Students” Journal of Leadership, Equity, and Research 7 (1), 2-22. 

Delgado, Vanessa. 2020. “‘They think I’m a lawyer’: Undocumented College Students as Legal Brokers for their Undocumented Parents” Law & Policy 43 (3), 261-283. 

Delgado, Vanessa. 2020. “Children of Immigrants as “Brokers” in an Era of Exclusion” Sociology Compass 14 (10), 1-11.