Summer Lopez Colorado

Summer Lopez Colorado

Graduate Student

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Summer Lopez Colorado is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Their graduate research explores two threads of research that center intersectional praxis and inequailty in the U.S. The first thread of research centers the socio-legal construction of gender, race and disability in the policing of sex work. The second thread of research and subject of her dissertation pertains to mobility, civic engagement, and kinship support networks among Latinx alumni affiliated with Latina-based sororities. She is a Ronald E. McNair scholar and is committed to becoming a professor and supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds to attain higher education.


  • B.A. Sociology, cum laude, Cornell University (2018)
  • M.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (2020)

Fields of Study

Racial stratification; crime, law and deviance; disability in society; educational inequality; Black and Latinx feminist methodology; mixed methods

Awards & Grants

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ~ 2018-2021
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program (UCLA) ~ 2019
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (UCLA)
  • Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award (UCLA)
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar (Cornell University)

Conference Presentations

  • “Tracing the Contours of Sexual Legal Violence: Criminal Justice Intervention, Durable Disadvantage, and Within-Group Stratification in the NYC Sex Trade” Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 2020, (Accepted for regular paper session, but cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • “Biracial Black Identity, Educational Attainment, and the Legacy of the One-Drop Rule” Population Association of America Annual Meeting in Denver, CO April 2018. (Poster Session)
  • “A Reforming Color Line: Measures of Multiracial Populations and Educational Inequality” American Sociological Association Annual Conference in Montreal, QC August 2017. (Roundtable Session)


  • Vilma Ortiz
  • Cecilia Menjívar
  • Natasha Quadlin