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Assistant Professor: Sociology

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Ph.D. Sociology, Washington State University, 2017
M.A. Sociology, CSU Dominguez Hills, 2011
B.A. Sociology & Behavioral Science (double major), CSU Dominguez Hills, 2010


José Luis Collazo Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. He is a first-gen college graduate and a child of Mexican immigrant parents. His parents and community are his greatest inspiration in pursuing higher education. He earned a BA and MA in Sociology at CSU Dominguez Hills and his PhD at Washington State University. He contributes a lot of his success to the mentoring and training he received in the CSU system and the McNair Scholars Program. Prior to CI, he worked at CSU San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona.

Collazo’s teaching and research interests include immigration, Latinx/e sociology, medical sociology, race & ethnicity, social inequality, and work & organizations. As of now, his research predominantly focuses on the social inequalities Latin Americans face in their country of origin and abroad. For instance, he is investigating the adaptation experiences of Latin American immigrants in Italy. Also, he is examining retired Latin American immigrants’ stress levels in the U.S. and how their stress might affect their expectations in returning to their home country. Another body of research he focuses on is how organizational factors affect third-party observers’ perception and reaction toward discrimination. Currently, he is examining how viewing a worker as a “good worker” affects third-party observers’ labeling and reaction to sexual harassment in the workplace.

In the classroom, Collazo is committed to providing a student-centered learning environment that emphasizes, (1) students’ consistent participation with course material, (2) placing oneself and others in the context of the course material, and (3) assigning course material relatable to students. His students are given the opportunity to listen to others’ stories and to reflect on their lived experiences and its connection with the course content via storytelling.

Collazo is originally from South Los Angeles and excited to be part of the Ventura County community. Beyond academics, he enjoys hiking, running, cooking/eating, traveling, popular culture (tv shows and music), sporting events and most importantly spending time with the family. He is always looking for new things to try out, like places to eat, music to hear, etc., so provide suggestions.

Representative Courses Taught

  • SOC 450 Seminar in Sociology
  • SOC 332 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 311 Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOC 300 Social Inequalities
  • SOC 201 Social Problems



Health, Immigration, Latinx/e Sociology, Remitting Behaviors, Return Migration, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Inequality, Work & Organizations

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