Department of Sociology

Cultural stereotypes drive negative perceptions of undocumented immigrants

Heated political rhetoric on immigration has dominated the media for the past few years, with politicians including President Donald Trump often portraying undocumented immigrants as dangerous criminals. According to new University of Chicago research , that kind of dialogue may be fostering a national sentiment of fear and hostility toward already disadvantaged populations. “They are promoting the perception that if someone doesn’t have papers, they must be very bad,” said René D. Flores, the...

New MacArthur fellow found intellectual ‘springboard’ at UChicago

More than two decades ago, Rebecca Sandefur stepped onto the UChicago campus for the first time as a graduate student, drawn by what she saw as a unique challenge. Even on her school visit, she had sensed the University’s culture of serious intellectual inquiry, one she likened to “a rigorous, bare-knuckle brawl about ideas.” It felt like the perfect place for her to become a sociologist. Although Sandefur, AM’97, PhD’01, hoped to study inequality in children’s schooling, a chance call from a...

New MacArthur fellow found intellectual ‘springboard’ at UChicago

More than two decades ago, Rebecca Sandefur stepped onto the UChicago campus for the first time as a graduate student, drawn by what she saw as a unique challenge. Even on her school visit, she had sensed the University’s culture of serious intellectual inquiry, one she likened to “a rigorous, bare-knuckle brawl about ideas.” It felt like the perfect place for her to become a sociologist. Although Sandefur, AM’97, PhD’01, hoped to study inequality in children’s schooling, a chance call from a...

Chavos de la Calle: The Social Worlds of Homeless Youth in Mexico City

This grant supported my dissertation research examining the social worlds of homeless youth in Mexico City. Though difficult to enumerate, it is estimated that there are millions of youth living and or working on the street worldwide, the majority being found in large cities of the global south. These youth are the city’s most vulnerable residents.