Assistant Professor of Sociology
(Ph. D, University of California – Irvine)
The University of Connecticut
Sociology Dept., Oak Hall, Unit 1068
Storrs, CT 06269-1068
Tel : 860-486-4422
Area of Speciality:
Social Movements; Political Sociology; Race/Ethnicity; Latino Politics; Education; Gender and Sexuality; Qualitative Methodologies
Daisy Reyes is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and El Instituto: The Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut. In a series of research projects, she examines how race and ethnicity are constructed and mobilized within institutions, with particular focus on sites critical for social mobility, like colleges and universities. Her book Learning to Be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics draws on in-depth interviews with 60 undergraduates and 20 months of ethnographic research to show how three institutions—an elite liberal arts college, a public research university, and a regional public university—distinctly shaped how Latino students came to understand their ethnoracial identities, politics, and the opportunity structure in the United States.
She currently serves as a Council Member for the Latina/o Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and as Secretary for the Sociology of Education Association. She is a 2014-2015 Faculty Fellow of the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education.
She teaches courses about social movements, political sociology, race and education, and Latinos in the United States. She earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in History from the University of California Santa Barbara, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis on Chicano-Latino Studies from University of California Irvine. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Connecticut, she taught at the University of California Merced.
Current Research/Selected Publications:
Reyes, Daisy Verduzco. 2017. “Disparate Lessons: Racial Climates and Identity Formation Processes Among Latino Students.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. 14 (2):1-24. doi:10.1017/S1742058X17000054
Reyes, Daisy Verduzco. 2016. “Conundrums of Desire: Mexican-Origin Mothers’ Sexual Discourses.” Sexuality and Culture. 20(4) 1020-1041. DOI :10.1007/s12119-016-9372-z.
Reyes, Daisy Verduzco. 2015. “Inhabiting Latino Politics: How Colleges Shape Students’ Political Styles.” Sociology of Education 88(4) 302-319