My name is Yader R. Lanuza. I am a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. I am a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow (2016-2017AY), and an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow (2016-2017AY). Recently, I received an Aristide Zolberg Student Scholar Award honorable mention from the American Sociological Association’s Migration Section for my article, “Who Helps? Immigrant-native Differences in Patterns of Homework Assistance,” and I was the runner-up for the Beth B. Hess Scholarship from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (2015). Similarly, at my home doctoral institution, I have received a number of awards and recognitions, including outstanding research (2016) and service (2013) from the department of sociology. I have also received school-wide recognition at UC Irvine, including Faculty Mentor (2012) and Eugene Cota-Robles (2010-2014) Fellowships. My research and teaching interests include migration, immigrant incorporation, race & ethnicity, sociology of the family, sociology of education, the transition to adulthood, and economic sociology. My work appears (or is forthcoming) in general as well as specialty peer-reviewed journals, including the American Sociological ReviewSociological Perspectives, International Migration Review, and Teorija in praksa [Theory and Practice].

My dissertation examines immigrant-native differences in the productive role of children in their households. In the United States, children are often viewed as “economically useless but emotionally priceless.” Under this view, children are passive receivers of parental resources even through the transition to adulthood. This strand of research, however, omits immigrant households, a fast-growing segment of the U.S. population. Using nationally representative data, I examine immigrant-native differences in the extent to which children provide academic, emotional, and financial resources to their households from childhood to adulthood. I find that in immigrant families, unlike in native-born households, children are not solely receptacles of parental resources. Instead, children play central roles as productive members of their families.

Before enrolling at UC Irvine, I received my Bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College and a Master’s Degree at New York University. While at NYU, I worked as an instructional mediator at Brooklyn Academy High School. I also worked as a Research Associate at the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.

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