Cabrera's research focuses on the racial dynamics on college campuses with a primary focus on the influence of Whiteness. He is additionally deeply involved in the legal controversy regarding Mexican American Studies in Tucson, Arizona. Overarching themes in Cabrera's writing includes critically analyzing racial privilege, the racial politics of contemporary ethnic studies, and programmatic assessment. He recently served as an expert witness in the Mexican American Studies case, is an affiliated faculty with UT Austin's Project MALES, an American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) faculty fellow, and one of Tucson's "40 Under 40" (2015).
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Provides a critical synthesis of Whiteness in higher education scholarship.
Offers "white immunity" as a theoretical development of "white privilege."
Demonstrates empirically the educational efficacy of the banned Tucson Mexican American Studies program. It played a central role in the current court case (Arce v. Douglas).
Demonstrates the extremely racist ways White male undergraduates view their Asian American peers, despite professions of the "myth of model minority."
Empirically explores the behind-closed-door racist joke telling behaviors of White male undergraduates.
Documents how White male undergraduates use their racial privileges to challenge racism.