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Dr Vanessa Delgado


Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington State University, United States



Vanessa Delgado is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington State University. She employs qualitative methods to examine how Latino/a families navigate punitive immigration laws and policies and a restrictive socio-political climate. Articles from her research are published in Law & Policy, Journal of Latinos and Education, Sociology Compass, Socius, Sociological Forum, Social Sciences, and Journal of Marriage and Family.



Delgado, Vanessa. 2023. “Uncovering Youth’s Invisible Labor: Children’s Roles, Care Work, and Familial Obligations in Latino/a Immigrant Families” Social Sciences 12 (1), 1-13.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2023. “Civic Engagement and Latina Immigrant Mothers’ Remote Learning Involvement During COVID-19” Sociological Forum 38 (1), 192-213.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2023. “Decoding the Hidden Curriculum: Latino/a First Generation College Students’ Influence on their Younger Siblings Educational Trajectory” Journal of Latinos and Education 22 (2), 624-641.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2022. “Leveraging Protections, Navigating Punishments: How Adult Children of Undocumented Immigrants Mediate Illegality in Latinx Families” Journal of Marriage and Family 83 (5), 1427-1445.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2022. “Family Formation Under the Law: How Immigration Laws Construct Contemporary Latino/a Immigrant Families in the US” Sociology Compass 16 (9), 1-13.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2022. “Can Universities Counteract Immigrant Illegality? Examining the Role of University-Based Institutional Support on Californian Undocumented College Students’ Experiences” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 8, 1-13.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2020. “‘They think I’m a lawyer’: Undocumented College Students as Legal Brokers for their Undocumented Parents” Law & Policy 43 (3), 261-283.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2020. “Children of Immigrants as “Brokers” in an Era of Exclusion” Sociology Compass 14 (10), 1-11.


Children of immigrants, Latino/a families, undocumented immigrants, transition to adulthood
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