Elizabeth Aranda



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Elizabeth Aranda is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Immigrant Well-Being Research Center in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida. Her research addresses migrants' emotional well-being and how they adapt to challenges posed by racial and ethnic inequalities, legal status, and other challenges associated with adaptation in a new place. She has published two books, Emotional Bridges to Puerto Rico: Migration, Return Migration, and the Struggles of Incorporation (2006), and with Hughes and Sabogal, she is lead author of the book, Making a Life in Multiethnic Miami: Immigration and the Rise of a Global City (2014). Dr. Aranda has published her scholarship in journals such as Social Forces, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, The Sociological Quarterly, Gender & Society, Social Science Research, and Social Problems, among others. Her current work is a) on the lives of undocumented young adults in Florida and how they navigate the terrain of immigration policies and inclusion/exclusion, and b) how Puerto Rican post-disaster migrants construct home in new places.


Ph.D., Temple University, 2001