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Greetings, I am Josefina Flores Morales.

I am a fourth year doctoral student in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am originally from Mexico, and I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I graduated with a B.A. in psychology from UCLA. I am a first generation college student and am committed to equity in health and education.

Research Interests

My research is about how immigration status influences the lives and deaths of individuals in the United States.  I am interested in the socioeconomic and health outcomes and immigrants and racialized minorities. I recently published an op-ed about the relationship between aging and immigration in the United States. It is available in the Public Health Post.

Research Support

I am in the inaugural cohort of the Health Policy Research Scholars program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. My research has also been supported by: the UC Collaborative to Promote Immigrant and Student Equity, the California Center for Population Research, the UC Network on Child Health, Poverty and Public Policy, and the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for Financial Security.


I have published my research in the Journal of Immigrant Minority Health, Demographic Research, and the Community Development Innovation Review. I have forthcoming publications in Latino Studies and Sociology Compass.