Grad Students

Irene I. Vega

Contact Information

Office  Haines 103
Irene I. Vega, Doctoral Candidate

Vega will graduate in June of 2017 and has accepted the UCI Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law and Society.

Fields of Study

International Migration, Law and Society, Race/Ethnicity, Educational Inequality


Irene I. Vega's dissertation examines how state laws and bureaucratic discretion shape the implementation of federal immigration law.



Vega, Irene I. & Vilma Ortiz. 2017. Mexican Americans and Immigration Attitudes: A Cohort Analysis of Assimilation and Group Consciousness. Social Problems. Online first.

Vega, Irene I. 2014. Conservative Rationales, Racial Boundaries: A Case Study of Restrictionist Mexican Americans. American Behavioral Scientist, 58(13), 1764-1783.

Oseguera, Leticia, Angela M. Locks, & Irene I. Vega. 2009. Increasing Latina/o Students’ Baccalaureate Attainment: A Focus on Retention. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 8(1), 23-53. 

 de los Santos, Alfredo & Irene I. Vega. 2008. Hispanic Presidents and Chancellors of Institutions of Higher Education in the United States: 2001and 2006. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 7(2), 156-182.


Armenta, Amada & Irene I. Vega. Forthcoming. Latinos and the Crimmigration System in Race, Ethnicity, and Law, edited by Mathieu Deflem. In Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, Volume 22. Bingley, UK: Emerald Insight Publishing.

 Figueroa, Julie L., Patricia Perez & Irene I. Vega. 2016. (Re)constructing Latino masculinity: Using Academic Narratives to Understand College Transitions. In Saenz, V., L. Ponjuan, and J. Figueroa. Latino Males in Higher Education. Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Vega, Irene I., Leticia Oseguera & Gilbert Q. Conchas. 2015. “Race, Brotherhood and Engagement in the Urban Context: A Case Study of Structured Peer Bonding and Engagement among Boys of Color,” in Cracks in the Schoolyard: Achievement Cases on Latino Education, edited by Gilberto Q. Conchas. New York: Teacher’s College Press.


Vega, Irene I. Cultivating Moral Authority and Offering Compliance: The Legitimation Narratives of U.S. Border Patrol Agents. Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Farrell, Amy, Geoff Ward & Irene I. Vega. Latino Threat and Federal Immigration Sentencing

Grants and Awards


CSRC - IAC Research Grant, 2015 ($5,000.00)

UCMEXUS Small Grant Competition, 2015 ($1,500.00)

UCMEXUS Dissertation Research Grant, 2016-2017 ($12,000)


Eugene Cota-Robles, 2011-2016

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant, 2012

Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Program, 2013-2016

Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship, 2013

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, 2013

Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, 2013-2014


Ingrid Eagly (UCLA Law School)

Ruben Hernandez-Leon

Roger Waldinger

Vilma Ortiz (Chair)