Amber Villalobos

Amber Villalobos

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Amber D. Villalobos is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California – Los Angeles and a student affiliate of the California Center for Population Research.  Her research examines race and class differentials in access and returns to education and the implications of these differentials for social stratification, inequality, and mobility. She is particularly concerned with understanding how educational experiences affect one’s life chances. Current projects examine: teacher effects on students of different backgrounds at the K-12 level; effects of high school experiences on college chances and the transition to adulthood; and the effects of college completion on family formation and single parenthood in particular.


  • M.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
  • B.A. Sociology (highest honors, special honors), The University of Texas at Austin, 2011

Fields of Study

Social Stratification/Mobility; Education; Demography; Family

Awards & Grants

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014-2019
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Traineeship, 2014-2015
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship (UCLA), 2014
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (UCLA), 2013-2018
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2010


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