Aranda

Elizabeth Aranda

Affiliations
Professor of Sociology, University of South Florida
Areas of Expertise:
  • Children & Families
  • Immigration
  • Race & Ethnicity

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About Elizabeth

Aranda’s research and teaching areas of expertise are on the immigration of Latinos in the United States and Florida, as well as Puerto Rican migration. Her research addresses issues such as how Latino young adults identify; how undocumented youth and young adults negotiate their presence in this country and manage the trials of being undocumented (including DACA’s affect); and the emotional challenges that Latinos often face regarding racism and inequality. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Services Council in Tampa, Florida, and has worked informally with the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

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The New Challenges Facing Young Undocumented Immigrants

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Publications

Emotional Bridges to Puerto Rico: Migration, Return Migration, and the Struggles of Incorporation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).

Examines the experiences of integration among Puerto Ricans living in a northeastern city and Puerto Ricans, who after having lived in the mainland U.S., returned to Puerto Rico. 

Making a Life in Multiethnic Miami: Immigration and the Rise of a Global City (with Sallie Hughes and Elena Sabogal) (Lynne Rienner Press, 2014).

Examines the many factors that shape emigration decisions among Latin American and Caribbean immigrants, as well as the challenges faced in making a new home in Miami. 

"The Paradoxes of DACA: Challenges for Young Undocumented Immigrant Identities and Belonging," (with Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez and Elizabeth Vaquera), Russell Sage Foundation, October 14, 2015.

Examines the benefits that undocumented young adult immigrants have gained through DACA, as well as the challenges that DACA presents when only some become eligible. Illustrates the burdens that affect young adults with DACA when they are the only ones in their families that have a provisional stay of deportation.

"Racism, the Immigration Enforcement Regime, and the Implications for Racial Inequality in the Lives of Undocumented Young Adults" (with Elizabeth Vaquera). Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1, no. 1 (2015): 88-104.

Argues that the immigration enforcement regime, consisting of national and local apprehension and detention practices coupled with the network of immigrant prisons, is a form of structural racism as it results in a disproportionate number of Latino immigrants in detention and removal proceedings. Illustrates the resulting racial inequalities that confront young adults and spill over into areas of their lives such as work, education, and relationships.

"Personal and Cultural Trauma and the Ambivalent National Identities of Undocumented Young Adults in the U.S." (with Elizabeth Vaquera and Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez). Journal of Intercultural Studies 36, no. 5 (2015): 600-619.

Argues that undocumented youth and young adults experience personal traumas related to their undocumented status, resulting in cultural traumas that shapes the contours of their American identities. Focuses on how they feel culturally American, despite experiencing a collective trauma that represents a barrier to feeling accepted in the U.S. society.

"Puerto Rican Families in Central Florida: Prejudice and Discrimination and Their Implications for Successful Integration" (with Fernando Rivera). Women, Gender, and Families of Color 4, no. 1 (2016): 57-85.

Examines the integration experiences of Puerto Ricans in Central Florida and how discrimination erodes their feelings of belonging in their respective communities.

In the News

Elizabeth Aranda quoted in Rafi Schwartz, "Florida Republican's Anti-Sanctuary City Ad Features an Immigrant Murdering a White Woman" Splinter, January 30, 2018.
Elizabeth Aranda quoted on Puerto Rican migration in Justin Wm. Moyer, "Virginia is Where This Family Now Lives, but Puerto Rico Will Always be Home" The Washington Post, November 14, 2017.
Elizabeth Aranda quoted in Dylan Matthews, "What the Hurricane Maria Migration Will Do to Puerto Rico - and the U.S." Vox, October 5, 2017.
"How DACA Affected the Mental Health of Undocumented Young Adults," Elizabeth Aranda (with Elizabeth Vaquera), The Conversation, September 5, 2017.
"The American Nightmare Dreamers Fear," Elizabeth Aranda, CNN, August 31, 2017.
"Let Poor Workers Unionize to Attain American Dream," Elizabeth Aranda, Miami Herald, April 18, 2006.
"Poor and Homeless in Miami," Elizabeth Aranda, Miami Herald, February 7, 2007.
"Latino Swing Voters and Higher Ed," Elizabeth Aranda, Tampa Tribune, February 27, 2012.
"Minorities Often Face Pressure to Fit In," Elizabeth Aranda, Orlando Sentinel, March 11, 2013.
"GOP Still Not in Tune with Latinos," Elizabeth Aranda, The Lakeland Ledger, April 16, 2013.
"Lost Investments – Wasted Talent," Elizabeth Aranda, Letter of the Day, The Tampa Tribune, April 30, 2014.
"Lawmakers Can Give Dreamers Chance at Higher-Ed Success," Elizabeth Aranda (with Elizabeth Vaquera), Orlando Sentinel, May 1, 2014.
Elizabeth Aranda quoted on immigration crisis in Melissa Eichman, "Amid Immigration Crisis, Guatemalan Student Concerned for Friends Back Home" Bay News 9, July 11, 2014.
Guest to discuss child immigrants coming to the U.S. on Bay News, Elizabeth Aranda, August 6, 2014.
"Immigration Reform Will Save Lives," Elizabeth Aranda (with Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez), CNN, November 18, 2014.
Elizabeth Aranda quoted on growth of the Latino population, "Major Hispanic Population Growth on Treasure Coast" Treasure Coast Palm Newspaper, November 15, 2015.