Vanessa Delgado

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington State University • CCWT Affiliate

Vanessa Delgado is a Sociologist and an Assistant Professor at Washington State University. Her research examines the incorporation pathways and educational experiences of Latino/a immigrant families. She employs qualitative methods to examine how Latino/a families navigate punitive immigration laws and policies and a restrictive socio-political climate. Her research has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociological Forum, Sociology Compass, Social Sciences, Law & Policy, Journal of Latinos and Education, and featured in public outlets such as The Society Pages, Latino Rebels, CalMatters, California Health Report, and Northwest News Network.

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Recent Publications

Delgado, Vanessa. 2023. “Uncovering Youth’s Invisible Labor: Children’s Roles, Care Work, and Familial Obligations in Latino/a Immigrant Families” Social Sciences 12 (1), 1-13.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2023. “Civic Engagement and Latina Immigrant Mothers’ Remote Learning Involvement During COVID-19” Sociological Forum 38 (1), 192-213.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2023. “Decoding the Hidden Curriculum: Latino/a First Generation College Students’ Influence on their Younger Siblings Educational Trajectory” Journal of Latinos and Education 22 (2), 624-641.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2022. “Leveraging Protections, Navigating Punishments: How Adult Children of Undocumented Immigrants Mediate Illegality in Latinx Families” Journal of Marriage and Family 83 (5), 1427-1445.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2022. “Family Formation Under the Law: How Immigration Laws Construct Contemporary Latino/a Immigrant Families in the US” Sociology Compass 16 (9), 1-13.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2022. “Can Universities Counteract Immigrant Illegality? Examining the Role of University-Based Institutional Support on Californian Undocumented College Students’ Experiences” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 8, 1-13.

Conchas, Gilberto Q., Socorro Cambero, Vanessa Delgado, Jess Lee, and Leticia Oseguera. 2022. “Perceptions of Inequality as Racial Projects: Uncovering Ethnoracial and Gendered Patterns among First-Generation College-Going Asian American Students” Journal of Leadership, Equity, and Research 7 (1), 2-22.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2020. “‘They think I’m a lawyer’: Undocumented College Students as Legal Brokers for their Undocumented Parents” Law & Policy 43 (3), 261-283.

Delgado, Vanessa. 2020. “Children of Immigrants as “Brokers” in an Era of Exclusion” Sociology Compass 14 (10), 1-11.