Christina Gómez

Associate Professor of Sociology, and Latino & Latin American Studies

Office: CLS-2092, Phone:  (773) 442-4161

Years at Northeastern Illinois University: 2004 to present


Ph.D., Sociology, 1998, Harvard University
M.A., Sociology, 1994, Harvard University
M.B.A., Marketing & Behavioral Science, 1987, University of Chicago
B.A., Romance languages & Literatures, 1985, University of Chicago

Professional Interests

My research focuses on the construction of identity, specifically race and ethnicity. I also work on social inequalities, skin color discrimination, and immigration. My book (with A. Garrod and R. Kilkenny), Mi Vida, Mi Voz: Latino College Students Tell Their Stories (Cornell University Press, 2007), is an edited anthology of fifteen essays written by students about growing up Latino in this country. The essays offer insights that are both balanced and frank, blending personal, anecdotal, political, and cultural viewpoints. The unifying thread for the book is the experience of Latino students adapting, sometimes with difficulty, to a challenging educational environment and a cultural context sometimes very different from their childhood ones. Currently I am working on two projects: I am completing my manuscript on how Latinos have been racialized in the United States; and I am working with a research group at NEIU on the experience of migrant students in higher education.

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Sociology, Race & Ethnic Relations, Statistics, Sociology of Latinas, and History & Culture of Latinos in the U.S.

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