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Thank you for visiting. I am Josefina, a current doctoral student in the department of sociology at UCLA. I love to dance bachata, salsa, and kizomba. For fun, I blog about my dancing experiences. I am dabbling into poetry as of late. I also spend most of my free time having conversations about Fortnite or linear algebra with my 10-year old brother.

I am a proud alumna of John H. Francis Polytechnic Magnet High School. In 2016, I earned my B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. During this time, I played the valve trombone in a Mexican banda. During my college years, I advocated for increased college access of undocumented students, volunteered with immigrant youth high school students, worked as a citizenship class teacher at the non-profit Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, and interned at the Children’s Institute. I was also a research assistant for the Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education, and the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools.  Directly after undergrad, I spent a year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Sociology Department where I completed my first year of graduate studies. There, I fell in love with demographic methods. I continued my studies in sociology at UCLA, where I am affiliated with the California Center for Population Research.

I am in the inaugural cohort of the Health Policy Research Scholars program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This program includes training in health policy, leadership, and communication to promote a culture of health. As a part of this program, I have taken coursework from health policy experts and faculty at George Washington University.

My research is about how immigration influences the lives and deaths of individuals in the United States. The first line of my work explores the experiences of immigrant youth in high school and college. A second line of work explores older-age economic outcomes by immigration status. I aim to bridge the immigration and life course literatures. 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.

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