M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Research Methodology
Luis A. Romero is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include race/ethnicity, immigration, political sociology, state action and social movements. Particularly, he is interested in studying how immigrants interact with the state and other groups in the United States.
He is currently working on his dissertation, analyzing the impacts of immigrant detention centers on the families of the detained in order to develop a new theoretical framework that outlines how effects of immigrant detention extends beyond immigrant detainees. Theoretically, this project is in dialogue with the works of Megan Comfort and others who have studied how incarceration extends unto families. Particularly of interest is the literature that investigates how relatives of the incarcerated become “quasi-inmates” resulting in a form of “secondary prisonization”. The objective of this project is to extend these findings into the literature on immigrant detention by showing how detention impacts immigrant families, not solely immigrants as isolated individuals.
Another study Luis is working on (with Amina Zarrugh) is examining how Islamophobia’s detrimental effects have affected Latinos in the U.S. titled, “Linking Immigration and Terrorism in the Post-9/11 Era”. Research on Islamophobia has focused on how Muslims have been subjected to new and old forms of policing and surveillance, while very few studies have focused on the potential of Islamophobia to affect non-Muslim groups. This study addresses the role that Islamophobia has played in introducing changes to the management of United States immigration and, in particular, how Latinos as a group have been affected and racialized in new ways as a result, using newspaper accounts, political statements, and government documents as data. This research was presented in a conference in Lancashire, England, at the American Sociological Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA and was invited as part of a forthcoming special issue to the journal, Ethnic and Racial Studies. Additionally, this study received attention from several media outlets, including the University of Texas, the American Sociological Association, and articles by The Guardian, Pacific Standard, and the Brazilian news outlet, Estadão Internacional.
SOC F302 • Intro To The Study Of Society
85875 • Summer 2016
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GDC 4.304
Sociology has a twofold purpose. The first is to scientifically study how different aspects of society (such as socialization, social inequalities, institutions, groups, culture, etc.) affect and create people’s everyday lives. The second is to teach members of society to see beyond both individualist and commonsense understandings of the world using scientific data and research as evidence. In one sense, we are all budding sociologists with hypotheses and theories about social life. However, this course will teach you about social events and situations that are outside of your own life experience. The goal of this course is to enable you to think sociologically. More than memorizing answers to an exam, thinking sociologically is about thinking critically and creatively about your social relations and the social relations of others – even if they are unlike your own. You will accomplish this by reading and understanding various sociological studies. Thus, you will learn not to take for granted other people’s life circumstances and to see that we are all constrained by our social environment. In other words, you will learn how to see the world through a sociological lens.
Grades will be evaluated through four equally weighted exams and participation in the course.
While I take attendance every day at the beginning of class, attendance in not directly part of your final grade. This means that you do not have to notify me if you will not be attending class or provide, with the exception of exam days, an excused absence. However, overall attendance will be factored into the participation grade, meaning that excessive absences could lead to a reduction in overall course grade.
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