Associate Professor of Sociology

Expertise: Race and ethnicity, Sociology of education, Diversity in education, Undergraduate persistence, Educational attainment of Latinas/os

Dr. Vaquera specializes in Race and Ethnicity and Sociology of Education. She completed her undergraduate work at Western Michigan University and received her MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Mexico. In the course of her career, she has worked from various vantage points (community organizer, mentor, instructor, administrator, and researcher), on the issue of Latina/o educational attainment. Putting theory into practice, Dr. Vaquera co-directs Project ¿Q.U.E.?, a middle-school science and math program for Latino students. She is also actively involved in evaluation work examining Latino and low income student participation in engineering programs in Texas and New Mexico. Thus, her interest in this field is informed from first-hand experiences as well as traditional academic training. Dr. Vaquera has been teaching full time at John Carroll University since 2004.

Dr. Vaquera had been teaching full time at John Carroll University since 2004. She regularly teaches the following courses:

SC 101: Introduction to Sociology

SC 255: Prejudice and Discrimination

SC 355: Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations

SC 353: Latina/o Transnational Experience

SC 460: Social Research Methods