Cassaundra Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Cassaundra Rodriguez joined the Sociology Department at UNLV after earning her doctorate degree in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2017. She specializes in the areas of immigration and citizenship, Latinx sociology, family, race and gender. In particular, her research primarily tackles questions on (1) how citizenship and race are constructed in media and public discourse, and (2) how belonging is negotiated and claimed by immigrant and Latinx communities. Currently, she is working on a book project (under contract with NYU Press) that centers on how members of Mexican mixed-status families – that is families that include U.S. citizens and undocumented immigrants – experience belonging and manage illegality in their lives.
Dr. Rodriguez has been recognized with awards from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS), and grant funding from the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity where she is also an NCID Diversity Scholar. During the 2020-2021 academic year, Professor Rodriguez will be a Woodrow Wilson Early Career Fellow. This fellowship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, recognizes exceptional early-career faculty with promising research projects. Her research articles are published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociology Compass, and Currents. Her public sociology contributions appear in Medium and Latinx Voices and she was recently quoted in USA Today.
As a former first-generation college student herself, Dr. Rodriguez appreciates the knowledge and experience that students bring to the classroom. Professor Rodriguez regularly teaches a number of courses, including classes on family, gender, and Latinx communities in the United States. In 2020, Dr. Rodriguez earned the UNLV College of Liberal Arts William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching.