Degree: Texas A&M University, 2007
Maria Isabel Ayala, (Ph.D., Texas A&M) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at Michigan State University. Her research agenda examines the social impact that the unique and complex racialization of Latinos in the United States has on their social behavior. Challenging the assumption that there is a common Latino experience, she argues that Latinos within-group differential opportunities for social mobility based on today’s more fluid and yet, still hierarchical racial structure play a critical role in their differential educational attainment. Moreover, she explores the role of identities in changing these structures.