Caitlin Patler

 Caitlin  Patler


Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Office: 2246 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
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Research Interests

  • Citizenship
  • Immigration
  • Mobility


Caitlin Patler, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Sociology. Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty, she was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the UC Irvine Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Dr. Patler’s research explores citizenship and legal status as axes of stratification that significantly shape opportunities for mobility. She analyzes how immigration status impacts education, employment, and health among immigrants and their families. Her work also explores how immigrants experience and resist exclusion in everyday life, within institutions such as schools, and through detention and deportation policies. She is currently conducting longitudinal mixed-methods research on the impacts of long-term immigration detention and on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Dr. Patler 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 has received multiple grants and awards for her research, including an Action Research Project grant from the Sociological Initiatives Foundation, a Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award from the American Sociological Association and National Science Foundation, and the American Sociological Association Sidney Spivack Community Action Research Award.

Relevant Research for the Migration Research Cluster

  • Patler, Caitlin and Roberto G. Gonzales, “Framing Citizenship: Media Coverage of Anti-Deportation Cases Led by Undocumented Immigrant Youth Organizations.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41:9 (2015), 1453-1474.
  • Patler, Caitlin, "The Economic Impacts of Long-Term Immigration Detention in Southern California." UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (2015).
  • Patler, Caitlin, and Jorge A. Cabrera, "From Undocumented to DACAmented: Impacts of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, Three Years Following its Announcement." UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (2015).
  • Patler, Caitlin, “Racialized Illegality: The Convergence of Race and Legal Status among Black, Latino and Asian-American Undocumented Young Adults.” In Carty, Victoria, Rafael Luévano and Tekle Woldemikael, Eds. Scholars and Southern Californian Immigrants in Dialogue: New Conversations in Public Sociology (2014).
  • Terriquez, Veronica, Uriel Rivera, and Caitlin Patler, “Leaders on Campus and in the Community: The Civic and Educational Pathways of California Dream Network Members.” University of Southern California Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (2013).
  • Veronica Terriquez, John Rogers, Alejandra Johnson-Vargas, and Caitlin Patler, “Powerful Learning: The Impact of CHIRLA’s Wise Up! On Members’ Educational and Civic Pathways.” University of Southern California Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (2013).
  • Veronica Terriquez and Caitlin Patler, "Aspiring Americans: Undocumented Youth Leaders in California." University of Southern California Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (2012).
  • Patler, Caitlin, and Lauren D. Appelbaum, “Reaching the Dream: The Federal DREAM Act, the California Dream Act and Undocumented Student Activism.” UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Research & Policy Brief 10 (2011).
  • Patler, Caitlin, “Alliance-Building and Organizing for Immigrant Rights: The Case of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles,” in Milkman, Ruth et al. (editors), Low-Wage Worker Organizing and Advocacy: The L.A. Model (2010).

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