Cristina Lacomba (She/her)

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Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 2014
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Cristina Fernández-Lacomba Gutiérrez received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in December 2014. Before coming to the University of Washington, Dr. Lacomba lectured in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University, from 2018-2021, the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University from 2014-2016, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from September 2016-2018. Her areas of expertise include international migration, social movements, law and immigration, ethnicity, identity, and language. Her research has focused on Latin American migration to the United States and Spain. Her work has investigated comparatively how immigrants engaged in political organizations navigate their environment to improve policy by voicing their demands to governments.

Dr. Lacomba is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation work that will be published with Columbia University Press. Her research has been published in the journals EthnicitiesSocial Politics, Urban Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Ethnic and Racial Studies,  along with a book chapter with Lynne Reinner Publishers. She has been engaged in immigrant community organizations both conducting research and providing language (Spanish-English) services and has researched the effects of DACA on immigrant young adults. Dr. Lacomba's work has received funding from the Fulbright Commission in Spain and the Mutua Madrileña Foundation. She is passionate about matters of culture, language, and collective identity at large. 

Dr. Lacomba will teach courses such as Survey of Sociology (Soc 110), Public Schooling in America (Soc 292),  Global Migration (SOC 401A), Immigration and Ethnicity (Soc 467), Sociology of Education (Soc 492), or Special Topics in Ethnicity and Identity (Soc  401).



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