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Jessica Vasquez-Tokos

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  • Title: Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Phone: 541-346-5165
  • Office: 715 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter 2018: Monday 1-3 PM and by appointment
  • Interests: Family Life Course and Society, Race and Ethnicity, Qualitative Approaches
  • Curriculum Vitae


Professor Vasquez-Tokos received her B.A. in English from Princeton University (1998) and her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley (2007). She was a faculty member at the University of Kansas beginning in 2007 until joining the University of Oregon faculty in 2012. Her research and teaching areas include: race/ethnicity, Mexican Americans/Latinos, gender, family, and intermarriage.

Her first book, Mexican Americans Across Generations: Immigrant Families, Racial Realities (New York University Press, 2011, and published under the name Jessica M. Vasquez), is on the racial/ethnic identity formation of Mexican Americans and was listed in Choice 's “Annual Outstanding Academic Titles.” She spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City writing her second book on Latino family formation. In 2012 she was also a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California. Her articles on have been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies (her co-authored 2009 article won the “ Best Article Award” from the Latino/a Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association), Sociological Perspectives, and Sociological Spectrum.

In 2015 the journal Social Problems published her article titled "Disciplined Preferences: Explaining the (Re)Production of Latino Endogamy".

Research Interests

  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Mexican Americans/Latinos
  • International Migration/Assimilation
  • Family, Gender, Identity
  • Research Methodology

Teaching Areas

  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Latinos/as in the U.S.
  • International Migration/Assimilation
  • Research Methodology


Vasquez-Tokos, Jessica, and Kathryn Norton-Smith. 2016. "Talking Back to Controlling Images:  Latinos’ Changing Responses to Racism over the Life Course." Ethnic and Racial Studies:1-19.

Vasquez-Tokos, Jessica. 2015. “Disciplined Preferences: Explaining the (Re)Production of Latino Endogamy.” Social Problems 62 (3): 455-475.

Vasquez, Jessica. 2014. "Race Cognizance and Colorblindness: Effects of Latino/Non-Hispanic white intermarriage." Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 11(2):273–293.

Vasquez, Jessica. 2014. “The whitening hypothesis challenged: Biculturalism in Latino and non-Hispanic white intermarriage,” Sociological Forum 29 (2): 386-407.

—. 2014. "Gender across family generations: Change in Mexican American masculinities and femininities." Identities: Global studies in culture and power 21(5):532–50.

Vasquez, Jessica M. 2010. "Blurred Borders for some but not 'Others': Racialization, 'Flexible Ethnicity,' Gender, and Third Generation Mexican American Identity." Sociological Perspectives 53(1):45-71.

Vasquez, Jessica M., and Christopher Wetzel. 2009. "Tradition and the Invention of Racial Selves: Symbolic boundaries, collective authenticity, and contemporary struggles for racial equality." Ethnic and Racial Studies 32(9):1557-75.


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