Harriett Romo, Ph.D.

Dr. Harriett Romo has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Austin and taught in Nicaragua and inner city Los Angeles for six years. She has Master’s degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and from the University of California, San Diego. She directed the InterUniversity Program for Latino Research grants competition and publications at the Center for Mexican American Studies at UT Austin from 1985-1990. At the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) she has been the Director of the UTSA Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) since its inception in 2005 and has been the Director of the UTSA Mexico Center since its inception in 2006. She received an endowment from the Bank of America to fund the CAPRI and grants from the federal government and foundations to fund the Mexico Center. Her book, Latino High School Graduation (with Toni Falbo) was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Prize for research of value to the community. Her research has involved collaborations with the University of Washington, Seattle to study language acquisition of infants in bilingual homes and with Mexican universities to study transnational families funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. She has published articles on language acquisition, Latino foster youth, immigrant children, and Mexican immigrant families. Her sociology textbook Race and Ethnic Relations in America (with S. Dale McLemore) is used widely in college sociology classes. She published an essay on Mexican transnational immigration in the Journal Latin American Politics and Society, spring 2009, has an edited book (with Raquel Marquez) Transformations of La Familia on the U.S,-Mexico Border with Notre Dame Press, 2008, and published an edited collection of research on Mexico published by the University of Veracruz in 2012. Her article “Formal and Informal Institutions in the Construction of Transnational Lives: A study of Mexican and Mexican American Experiences in San Antonio, Texas—A Mexican Majority U.S. City” appeared in the edited collection Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century published in 2013. In 2016, UT Press will publish Mexico-U.S. Immigration: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Border, a collection of research articles on Mexican migration to the U.S. by U.S. and Mexican scholars. She directed grants from the U.S. Health and Human Services for nine years that helped Head Start (a program for children in poverty) teachers earn college degrees. She received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve the quality of early childhood education and to explore how housing impacts college access for foster youth. She currently directs a research project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to explore the impact of oil and gas exploration in Eagle Ford Shale on affordable housing and a project to improve educational and housing outcomes for foster youth transitioning out of state care. These grants engaged UTSA students in research projects in the community. She has evaluated educational programs for infants, toddlers, preschool children, and foster youth. She teaches classes on the Sociology of Childhood, Language and Society, Race & Ethnic Relations in the U.S., Immigration, Border Studies, and Qualitative Research Methods.


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