Charlene Cruz-Cerdas

Dissertation Title: 
"Forced to Choose: How Racialization and the Privatization of Higher Education Constrain Latino College Choice"
Faculty Advisors: 
Camille Z. Charles, Chenoa Flippen, Hyunjoon Park, Emilio Parrado
Research Interests: 

Race, ethnicity, and immigration; social mobility; higher education


Charlene Cruz-Cerdas is interested in how Latinos in the United States are faring in higher education. Her previous work has looked at Latinos’ overrepresentation in the burgeoning for-profit higher education sector. Charlene’s most recent work assesses Latino social mobility and compares and contrasts their college experiences with members of other racial and ethnic groups. Her work also emphasizes the diversity within the “Latino” pan-ethnic category by taking a closer look at how Latinos are faring in higher education by nation of origin, gender, nativity, and social class. Charlene also conducted a qualitative study that looked at the Puerto Rican community in Philadelphia and the ways in which they negotiate political and economic marginalization in two different time periods.

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