Caitlin Patler, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Davis. She is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Poverty Research, the Migration Studies Cluster, the Social Control Cluster, and the Human Rights Program.
Dr. Patler’s research explores citizenship and legal status as axes of stratification that significantly shape opportunities for mobility. She analyzes how immigration status impacts education, employment, and health among immigrants and their families. Her work also explores how immigrants experience and resist exclusion in everyday life, within institutions such as schools, and through detention and deportation policies.
She is currently conducting two longitudinal mixed-methods research studies on: 1) immigration detention, deportation, and the intersections of immigration and criminal law, and 2) the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Dr. Patler has received multiple grants and awards for her research, including awards from the Russell Sage Foundation, Sociological Initiatives Foundation, and the American Sociological Association.
Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty, Dr. Patler was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the UC Irvine Department of Criminology, Law and Society. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow, and a UCLA Center for the Study of Women Paula Stone Legal Research Fellow. She received her M.A. in Sociology and her B.A. with College Honors in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies from UCLA.
Dr. Patler’s research is informed by over 15 years of work with immigrants’ rights organizations focused on immigration detention, access to education for undocumented youth, and low-wage labor markets. She has volunteered with No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid organization on the U.S.-Mexico border. In her free time, Patler is a member of the Pico-Union Boxing Club and a long-distance runner.
Patler, Caitlin. In Press. “Undocumented Disadvantage, Citizen Advantage, or Both? The Comparative Educational Outcomes of Second and 1.5-Generation Latino Young Adults.” International Migration Review.
Patler, Caitlin and Nicholas Branic. In Press. “Legal Status and Patterns of Spouse and Child Visitation during Immigration Detention.” RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.
Patler, Caitlin and Whitney N. Laster Pirtle. 2017. “From Undocumented to Lawfully Present: Do Changes to Legal Status Impact Psychological Wellbeing Among Latino Immigrant Young Adults?” Social Science & Medicine. Online first.
- Featured on Youth Circulations Blog, ImmigrationProf Blog, and American Sociological Association Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility “My Two Cents” Column
Patler, Caitlin. 2017. “Undocumented Youth Organizations, Anti-Deportation Campaigns, and the Boundaries of Belonging.” Social Problems. Online first.
Caitlin Patler, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, UC Davis
email: patler @ ucdavis.edu