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Jody Agius Vallejo

Jody Agius Vallejo specializes in immigrant integration, race/ethnicity, and social stratification. Her book, "Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class," examines patterns of mobility and socioeconomic incorporation among the Mexican-origin middle class in Southern California. Her newest project, "The Latino Elite: Entrepreneurship, Community, and Mobility," is a study of middle-class and professional Latino entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. Vallejo's third project, in which she is a Co-Pi with Lisa Keister (Duke), examines heterogeneous assimilation outcomes of today's new immigrants via the lens of wealth accumulation and business ownership, with a focus on Chinese Americans. Other projects include analyses of middle-class Mexican Americans' experiences of subtle discrimination and microagressions in the white collar workplace and the mechanisms, such as early familial obligations, that lead to differential patterns of educational attainment between Mexican Americans and Chinese and Vietnamese Americans.