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 Research Cluster, the Social Control Cluster, and the Human Rights Program.

Dr. Patler’s research focuses on migration, inequality, and crimmigration. She is currently conducting two longitudinal and 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. Additional research focuses on legally vulnerable workers. Dr. Patler has received multiple grants and awards for her research, including awards from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, National Science Foundation, 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 two decades 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.

CV available here.

**Recent Publications (click here for a full list)**

Patler, Caitlin, Erin Hamilton, Kelsey Meagher,* and Robin Savinar.* 2019. “Uncertainty about DACA May Undermine its Positive Impact on Health for Recipients and their Children.”Health Affairs. 38(5): 738-745.

  • Health Affairs Featured Article

Hamilton, Erin, Caitlin Patler, and Jo Haile. 2019. “Growing up without Status: The Integration of Unauthorized Children and Children of Unauthorized Parents.” Sociology Compass. Online first.

Patler, Caitlin, Jeffrey O. Sacha, and Nicholas Branic. 2019. “The Black Box within a Black Box: Solitary Confinement Practices in a Subset of U.S. Immigrant Detention Facilities.” Journal of Population Research. 35(4): 435-465.

Patler, Caitlin. 2018. “To Reveal or Conceal: How Diverse Undocumented Youth Navigate Legal Status Disclosure.Sociological Perspectives. 61(6): 857-873.

  • Editor’s Pick for “quality, relevance, and contribution to the discipline.”
  • 2018 Sociological PerspectivesBest Article Award

Patler, Caitlin, Erin Hamilton, and Robin Savinar*. 2018. “DACA Uncertainty May Undermine its Positive Impact on Psychological Wellbeing.”UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.

Patler, Caitlin. 2018. “Undocumented Youth Organizations, Anti-Deportation Campaigns, and the Boundaries of Belonging.” Social Problems. 65(1):96-115.

Patler, Caitlin and Whitney N. Laster Pirtle. 2018. “From Undocumented to Lawfully Present: Do Changes to Legal Status Impact Psychological Wellbeing Among Latino Immigrant Young Adults?Social Science & Medicine. 199(1):39-48.

Patler, Caitlin. 2017. “Undocumented Disadvantage, Citizen Advantage, or Both? The Comparative Educational Outcomes of Second and 1.5-Generation Latino Young Adults.” International Migration Review. Online first.

Patler, Caitlin and Tanya Golash-Boza. 2017. “The Fiscal and Human Costs of Immigration Detention and Deportation in the United States.” Sociology Compass.

Patler, Caitlin and Nicholas Branic. 2017. “Patterns of Spouse and Child Visitation during Immigration Detention.” RSF: The Russell Sage Journal of the Social Sciences 3(4):18-36.


Contact Information

Caitlin Patler, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, UC Davis

email: patler @ ucdavis.edu
Twitter: @CaitlinPatler