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I am a PhD candidate in Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My research explores questions around race and gender, youth based social movements and resistance, and neighborhood institutions in the context of carceral violence. I ground my work in theories of intersectionality, critical youth studies, and critical carceral studies to examine political mobilization by Black and Latinx youth, gender ideologies, carceral logics, and youth-well-being in an inner-city context. I am also interested in how carceral systems and logics function, persist, are challenged, and how experiences differ across social contexts and social locations.

I am currently a Ford Dissertation Fellow, University of California President’s Dissertation Fellow, California State University Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellow, and 2020 American Sociological Association Minority Fellow, 2019 AAHHE Graduate Fellow, and past Project MALES Graduate Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. Recognition for my scholarship includes funding and awards from the Social Science Research Council, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at UCSC, the UCSC Research Center for the Americas, and the UC Santa Cruz Blum Center.

I have presented my research at the American Sociological Association, American Educational Research Association, Pacific Sociological Association, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the American Public Health Association and the National Association for Ethnic Studies. I have given guest lectures at UCLA, Santa Clara University, Chapman University, Hartnell College, Monterey Peninsula College, and Prairie View A&M University.

Born and raised in the Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills neighborhood, I graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School and earned a BA and MA from California State University, Los Angeles. Before enrolling at UC Santa Cruz, I worked in after-school programs, as a counselor for visually impaired and blind youth, and the First-Year Experience Program at Cal State LA.

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LA Social Science Rising Scholars Series on Carceral Studies with PhD Candidate Uriel Serrano
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