Elizabeth Vaquera

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Director, Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute

Elizabeth Vaquera, who received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, comes to GW from the University of South Florida where she was a tenured associate professor of sociology. Her research focuses on the wellbeing of vulnerable and diverse groups, and the character and importance of race and ethnic identity in outcomes such as education, health and emotional and social wellbeing.

Her work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, and she is the co-author of several books, the most recent of which, Education and Immigration, examines the educational experiences of immigrants and their children living in the U.S. Vaquera is the recipient of several federal grants by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.