Elizabeth González Cárdenas, PhD
Cárdenas holds a doctorate and an MA from UCLA in social sciences and comparative education, with a specialization in Race and Ethnic Studies. Her current project, “L@s Semiller@s de Chicana/o Studies,” focuses on the impact of the early Chicana/o Studies programs on the intellectual, curricular and pedagogical approaches, in regard to first generation college students at institutions in Southern California. She will spend her time at the CSRC studying the CSRC Administrative Files and the CSRC Internal Files housed at UCLA Special Collections.

Vanessa Díaz, PhD
Díaz is this year’s CSRC IAC visiting researcher and a Ford fellow. She is a journalist, filmmaker, and scholar. In 2015, she earned a PhD in anthropology at the University of Michigan. She has done extensive research on hip-hop culture in Cuba. In 2006, she completed her independent feature-length documentary Cuban HipHop: Desde el Principio. She is currently adapting her dissertation, “Manufacturing Celebrity and Marketing Fame: An Ethnographic Study of Celebrity Media Production,” into a book manuscript. Her dissertation research focuses on hierarchies of labor as well as ethnoracial and gender politics in the production of celebrity-focused media.

Carlos M. Haro, PhD
Haro, assistant director emeritus of the CSRC, will continue his multi-year research into Chicano education, oral histories, and comparative and international education. He will also assist with the preservation of the Sal Castro Collection at the CSRC.

Celia Lacayo, PhD
Lacayo holds a doctorate in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA with the Institute of American Cultures in the sociology department. Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, immigration and media. In her multi-method dissertation "Mapping Latino Racialization: White Attitudes Towards Latinos and Policy Preferences in Orange County California," she examined white attitudes towards Latinos and their policy preferences, as well as the role of media stereotypes to understand contemporary race relations and stratification. Her current research examines white racial ideologies and Latino segregation.

Rafael Arriaga Martínez, PhD
Martínez holds a doctorate in social sciences from Sorbonne University in Paris, France.  He has an MA in Sociology from the University of Vincennes in Saint-Denis. He also lectures at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus, and at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. His research focuses on the immigration debate in the United States based on the assumption of 9/11 attacks and the violence along the US-Mexico border promotes the comprehension of immigration as a clash of civilizations.

Lindsay Pérez Huber, PhD
Pérez Huber holds a doctorate from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and is an assistant professor of social and cultural analysis of education in the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach. Her research and publications use interdisciplinary perspectives to analyze racial inequities in education, the structural causes of those inequities, and how they mediate educational trajectories and outcomes of students of color.

Katy M. Pinto, PhD
Pinto is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her current research focuses on educational and health inequality for Latinos and focuses on the structural factors that affect educational and health outcomes.