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Elizabeth  Vaquera

Elizabeth Vaquera

Elizabeth Vaquera
Associate Professor


Office: CPR 217
Phone: (813) 974 2585
Fax: (813) 974 6455



Dr. Vaquera's main interests include Hispanics in the U.S., Quantitative Methods, Education and Wellbeing, Adolescents and young adults, and Interracial/interethnic Relations. She has completed research on racial and ethnic identity of Hispanic youth, friendship and dating choices among Hispanic students and their relationship to educational and health outcomes. Elizabeth's work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and she has coauthored several books. Her latest volume, Education and Immigration, is an effort to inform readers, with the support of official data, about how children of immigrants are doing in U.S. schools. It also aims to demonstrate the wide range of historical and contextual factors that shape those educational trajectories and outcomes.

In the last few years Dr. Vaquera has expanded her research efforts to focus on undocumented immigrants and issues related to their health. For the last three years, with collaborators at USF, she has been conducting in-depth interviews with undocumented young adults living in South Florida. Research from these interviews has shed light on issues of race and racism and implications of current immigration policies for the emotional health of undocumented young adults and their families in the U.S. With colleagues at Emory University she continues to explore obesity-related questions on immigrant adolescents and their friends—an ongoing collaboration since 2007. With her Emory colleagues they recently started a project on the dietary changes and paths to obesity among recently arrived refugees to the Atlanta region.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2007