Yader R. Lanuza is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Research Associate at the Broom Center for Demography.

His research interests include race & ethnicity, social class, (im)migration, education, family, culture, and punishment. Dr. Lanuza’s scholarship appears or is forthcoming in general as well as specialty peer-reviewed journals, including the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Journal of Marriage and Family, International Migration Review, Social Science Research, Sociological Forum, Race and Social Problems, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Cultural Economy, and Socius.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Dr. Lanuza was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2017, Dr. Lanuza was a finalist for Princeton University’s Society of Fellows program, and a finalist for the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland. He is a former Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow (2016),  American Sociological Association Minority Fellow (2016), and was a runner-up for the Beth B. Hess Scholarship from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (2015). Recently, Dr. Lanuza received a Research Grant from the Spencer Foundation.

Dr. Lanuza received an Honorable Mention from American Sociological Association’s Population and International Migration Section for his co-authored article (with Dr. Feliciano), “An Immigrant Paradox? Contextual Attainment and  Intergenerational Educational Mobility,” which appeared in the American Sociological Review. He also received an Aristide Zolberg Student Scholar Award honorable mention from American Sociological Association’s International Migration Section for his article, “Who Helps? Immigrant-native Differences in Patterns of Homework Assistance,” which is published in Sociological Perspectives.

Dr. Lanuza received his doctoral degree at the University of California, Irvine. In 2017, he earned the Lauds and Laurels Best Graduate Student Award, UC Irvine Alumni Association’s highest honor. During his tenure at UC Irvine, he received school-wide recognition, including  Faculty Mentor (2012) and Eugene Cota-Robles (2010-2014) fellowships. In addition, he won the Robin M. Williams Jr.  Competition, which awards the student with the best empirical research paper (2017) and was recognized for outstanding research (2016) and service (2013) — all in the sociology department.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Lanuza earned his Bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College and Master’s Degree at New York University. While at NYU, he worked as an instructional mediator at Brooklyn Academy High School. He also served as a Research Associate at the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.

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