Cassaundra Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Cassaundra Rodriguez specializes in the areas of immigration and citizenship, race and gender, family, media, and labor. She earned her doctorate degree in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she also served as the managing editor for the journal Gender and Society. Dr. Rodriguez’s research primarily tackles questions on how citizenship is a negotiated ideal for racialized groups and how work can be the site of raced and gendered inequality. Currently, she is working on a book project based on her dissertation research, which received funding support from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), as well as recognition from the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS). Using interview and participant observation data, her book centers on how members of Mexican mixed-status families – that is families that include U.S. citizens and undocumented immigrants - experience and articulate legal and social forms of belonging. Building from some of this data, she is writing an article on how citizen youth manage responsibility to their families, as well as another piece on how parents narrate gendered post-deportation plans. Her articles have been published in the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, The Sociological Quarterly, and Sociology Compass.