ACADEMICS

Alessandra Bazo Vienrich

Assistant Professor of Sociology

My research explores how inequalities based on legal status, place, and racial/ethnic identity shape the experiences of Latinx immigrant youth-turned-young adults. In my current projects I focus on how institutions and the policies and practices in immigrant communities impact illegalized Latinx youth's experiences with belonging and exclusion. In the classroom my goals are to share my conviction for social change and I do this by engaging students with sociological theory and research. In my classes I ask students to reflect on their own lived experiences and to think about how their personal backgrounds, educational experiences, and communities have shaped them into the individuals they are today. I find that this allows students to learn about society and inadvertently about themselves, their place in society, and their potential to impact others and create change.

Education

University of Massachusetts Boston
Sociology
Ph.D.
Lehigh University
Sociology
MA
Salem College
Sociology; Non-Profit Management
BA

Courses

SO-100

Introduction to Sociology


SO-200

Contemporary Social Problems


SO-332

Contemporary Immigrant Experiences