- Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
- Academic Programs:
- History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education; International and Comparative Education
- Research Areas:
- Latina/o education, Latina/o ethnic identity development, sociology of education
- ED 4260
- (812) 856-8582
I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago in 2006 and joined the IU faculty that same year. I am jointly appointed in ELPS and in the Latino Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. My research focuses on Latino/a education, Latino/a ethnic identity development, and sociology of education issues more generally.
In the past, my research focused on issues of engagement in school. More specifically, the work examined whether Latino youth were academically challenged in their high school courses and whether students viewed these challenges as positive or negative.
Currently, I am working on two lines of inquiry. The first examines where and how Latino/a students get information about the college application process. This work suggests that despite high educational aspirations, Latino/a students struggle to access information about colleges and universities. The other explores how Latino ethnic identity among Latino/a undergraduates impacts participation at the Latino cultural center on campus.
My work has been published in journals such as: Race Ethnicity and Education, Latino Studies Journal, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Adult Development, and Journal of Latinos and Education.
Understanding the Latinx Experience: Developmental and Contextual Influences
Vasti Torres, Ebelia Hernández and Sylvia Martinez