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History, Politics & Society

Faculty: Eric Vega

Eric Vega, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
(951) 785-2441
(951) 785-2442, fax


M.A. University of California, Riverside, 2004
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 2010

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

“Standardizing Children—Instigating Action: An Analysis of Multiple Identities on the Participation Process of Teachers within an Educational Social Movement”, in progress.

“Welfare is Not For Sale: Campaigns Against Welfare Privatization in Milwaukee.”  (with Ellen Reese and Vincent Giedraitis), Social Justice, 2006, Vol. 33: 38-53.

“Mobilization and the Scale of Threat: Resistance to Welfare Privatization in Four American Cities.” (with Ellen Reese and Vincent Giedraitis), Sociological Focus, 2005, Vol. 38: 287-309.

Book Chapters

“Neighborhood Environments: A Multi-Measure, Multi-Level Approach” (with Ross D. Parke, Shoon Lio, Thomas Schofield, Louis Tuthill and Scott Coltrane).  In The Environment of Human Development: A Handbook of Theory and Measurement, edited by L. C. Mayes and M. Lewis.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

“Imagining the Future of Immigrant Fathers” (with Ross D. Parke, Jeffrey T. Cookston, Norma Perez and Scott Coltrane).  In On New Shores: Understanding Immigrant Fathers in North America, edited by S.S. Chuang and R.P. Moreno.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.

“Parental Monitoring in a Neighborhood Context:  Isolating the Effects of Ethnicity, Social Class, and Perceived Threat” (with Scott Coltrane, Scott Melzer and Ross D.  Parke).  In Situated Fatherhood, edited by William Marsiglio, Kevin Roy, and Greer Litton Fox.  Lanham: Rowan and Littlefield, 2005.

Papers and Reports

“The role of student and parent perceptions in the educational achievement of language minority students: A qualitative approach” (with Ross D. Parke, Sharon Duffy, Raymond Buriel, Scott Coltrane, Sabine French and Karen Pyke).  For the Linguistic Minority Research Institute, 2004.

“University-Industry Relations in the Market for Online Courses and Degrees” (with Steven Brint and Katrina Paxton-Jorgenson).  Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, 2002.

Selected Presentations

“Imagining the Future of Immigrant Families”. Presented at the annual Departmental Assembly in the Department of World Religions.  La Sierra University, 2013.

“Literacy and Life Changes among U.S. Latinas”.  Presented at Latino Literacy Week. California State University, San Bernardino, 2011.

“Aiming High? – Relative Understandings of Educational Aspirations, Expectations and their Effects on Motivation and Mobility”. Paper presented at the California Sociological Association in Riverside, California, 2010.  

“Quality of Parent-Child Relationships and Perceptions of Discrimination Impact on Behavioral Problems in Mexican American Adolescents” (with Michele Adams, Pricilla Diaz, Delia Saenz and Amy A. Weimer). Symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2007.

“Neighborhoods and the Perceptions of Violence” (with Shoon Lio, Louis Tuthill and Scott Coltrane). Paper presented at the Pacific Sociological Association in Oakland, California, 2007.

“Do you know where your children are?: Parental monitoring in Mexican American families as a function of parent gender, child gender, and reporter” (with Michele Adams, Melinda E.  Baham, Sanford L. Braver, Scott Coltrane, Jeffrey T. Cookston, Karina R. Horowitz and Delia Saenz). Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development in Boston, Massachusetts, 2007.

“The Ripple Effects of Ethnic Discrimination in Mexican American Families” (with Ernestine Avila). Paper presented at the California Sociological Association in Riverside, California, 2006.  

“Imagining the Future of Immigrant Fathers” (with Ross D. Parke, Jeffrey T. Cookston, and Norma Perez). Paper presented at the On New Shores: Understanding Immigrant Fathers in the United States in Syracuse, New York, 2005.

“English Language Learners.” Paper presented at the California Educational Research Cooperative, sponsored by the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside, 2004.   

“Public Policies, Mobilization, and Strategies: Campaigns Against Welfare Privatization in Four Cities” (with Ellen Resse and Vincent Giedritis).    Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Conference in Chicago, Illinois, 2002.

Contact Us

Department of History, Politics, and Society
La Sierra University,
4500 Riverwalk Parkway,
Riverside, CA 92515


Andrew Howe
(951) 785-2065


Office Location:
La Sierra Hall
Room 302


Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


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