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PhD, Stanford University (2000)
MS, Carnegie Mellon University (1991)
BA, University of Illinois-Chicago (1989)

Recent Courses

First Year Seminar Fact,Fiction, & Public Belief
Introduction To Sociology
Quantitative Research Methods
Sociology Of Global Social Problems

Research Interests

Migration Studies, Urban Inequality, Poverty, Social Policy, and Organizations.

Grants/Sponsored Research

Presidential Authority Grant, Russell Sage Foundation. “Together but without Mixing: Mexican Migrants and Puerto Rican Relations in New Urban Destinations.” (Principal Investigator: $35,000) (2008).

Adelphi Internal Development Research Grant (Principal Investigator: $3000) (2014).

Adelphi Internal Development Research Grant (Co-Principal Investigator: $2000) (2016).

Artistic/Creative Work

Media Appearance. "Immigration: Presidential Candidates Stance." Fresh Outlook - Ebru TV. November 8, 2015.

Blog. "Learning the Principles of Social Network Analysis (SNA) to Better Understand Mexican Migration." AU Center for Health Innovation "Think About It" Blog. April 20, 2015.

Quoted in article on immigration in Connecticut by Meir Rinde. "Just Don’t Get Sick." Hartford Advocate. September 21, 2006.

Book Chapters

Olvera, Jacqueline (2015). "The Northeast". In Susan Oboler and Deena J. González (Eds.). Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law and Social Movements. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Olvera, Jacqueline (2009). "Economic Restructuring". In Deborah Carr (Eds.). Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. McMillan USA.

Refereed Articles

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Olvera, Jacqueline (2016), Managing the 'Dirty Work' of Illegality. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, (forthcoming).

Olvera, Jacqueline (2016), The State, Unauthorized Mexican Migration, and Vulnerability in the Workplace. Sociology Compass, 10(2), 132-142.

Olvera, Jacqueline (2015), The Growth of Ethnic Organizations in the Context of Neighborhood Change:Organizational Ecology in Postwar San Francisco. City & Community, 14(1), 27-46.

Olvera, Jacqueline R. (2015), Organizational Density and Neighborhood Employment. Journal of Poverty, 19(3), 239-260.

Olvera, Jacqueline and Douglas Rae (2011), Post-urbanism, Incorporation, and Migration. International Migration, 49(4), 23-47.

Olvera, Jacqueline (2004), The spatial distribution of neighborhood employment: San Francisco 1950-1970. Focus, 23(2), 47-48.

Szelenyi, Szonja and Jacqueline Olvera (1996), The Declining Significance of Class: Does Gender Complicate the Story? Theory and Society, 25, 725-730.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

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(2015, October). The Ecology of Convenience: Retail Restructuring and Gentrification in NYC. AU College of Arts and Sciences Works-In-Progress, Garden City, NY.

(2011, November). Hidden in Plain Sight: ‘Illegality’ in Contemporary Immigrant America. Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA.

(2011, October). “Dignity and Boundary Work among Mexican Migrants”. Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU, New York, NY.

(2011, July). Urbanism and Multiculturalism. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades, Mexico City, Mexico.

(2010, September). American Society and Social Policy. SIPA, Columbia University, New York, NY.

(2010, March). The Social Context of Immigration Law. Third Annual Conference on ‘Rightist’ Movements, CUNY Grad Center, New York, NY.

(2010, January). Negotiating ‘Illegality’ in New Immigrant Destinations. Barnard Center for Research on Women, New York, NY.

(2006, August). Understanding Central American Immigration and the Children that Migrate. Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies (CLAIS). Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Olvera, Jacqueline and Stacey Sutton (2015). The Ecology of Convenience: Retail Restructuring and Gentrification in NYC. In Everyday Life in the 21st Century City. Auditorium al Duomo, Florence, Italy.

Olvera, Jacqueline (2015). Citizen-Alien Boundary and Its Implications for Work. In Eastern Sociological Society. New York, NY.

Olvera, Jacqueline. (2014). Managing the “Dirty Work” of Illegality. In 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.

Olvera, Jacqueline. (2014). The invisible work of making and managing social and ethnic distinctions. In Eastern Sociological Society. Baltimore, MD.

Olvera, Jacqueline. (2010). Even the Gringos Speak Spanish: Boundary work among Mexican migrants. In Eastern Sociological Society. Boston, MA.

Olvera, Jacqueline. (2009). Examining the Policy Preferences of Latinos Toward Undocumented Immigration. In 104th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work


Olvera, J. 2010. "Rich Democracies, Poor People." Intern'l Review of Modern Soc 36(1): 90-93.

Olvera, J. 2008. "Listening to Harlem." J. of Urban Affairs 30(1):106-108.

Honors and Accomplishments

AU Center for Health Innovation (CHI) Summer Scholar (2015)
AU Center for Health Innovation (CHI) Summer Scholar (2014)
CSISS Workshop Participant, Center for Spatially Integrated Social Sciences, University of California-Santa Barbara (2005)
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin (2004)
Fragile Families Data Workshop Participant, Social Indicator Survey Center & School of Social Work, Columbia University (2003)
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, National Poverty Center, University of Michigan (2000-2003)

Professional Activities


Council Member, Latino section, American Sociological Association (2001-2005)
Member, American Sociological Association
Member, Eastern Sociological Society
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Social Forces
Reviewer, City & Community


General Education Committee (2015 to present)
AU Research Conference Faculty Reviewer (2015)
College of Arts and Sciences Academic Affairs Committee (2013 to 2015)
Levermore Global Scholars Advisory Committee (2014 to present)
African, Black & Caribbean Studies Advisory Committee (2014 to present)
Library Committee, Department Representative (2013 to present)

Community and Corporate Leadership

Research Associate, Ford Foundation BESOL Initiative, New York, NY May 2013- Sept 2013

Research Consultant, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Little Rock, AR May 2012 – Aug 2012

Policy Consultant, OIC of America, Philadelphia, PA Nov 2011- Jan 2012