Mario is a first-year Ph.D. student of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Mario received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology at the University of Texas at El Paso with department honors. While at The University of Texas at El Paso, Mario’s research examined the barriers that undocumented populations, such as day-laborers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, experience when searching for employment. In addition, his research focused on unpacking the labor conditions these marginalized populations experienced once employed. Mario decided to shift his research agenda to focus on employment related physical and mental detriments and their resolution coupled with a focus on the health policies and coverages that either address, or fail to address, these possibly life-altering situations.
Two questions guide Mario’s research: Why do Latinos do what they do to earn an income, and is this ultimately advantageous and safe? And: What are the effects of national policies, such as the Affordable Care Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, on marginalized populations found in the United States? With these questions in mind, Mario will research the disparities and barriers that first generation, 1.5, and second generation Latino/as face when accessing healthcare, education, and employment once in the United States. Specifically, Mario will use quantitative methods to measure these variables and their intersectionality along the U.S.-Mexico border and in contemporary immigrant receiving sites, with the ultimate goal of comparing Latino outcomes in cities known as traditional receiving Latinos and contemporary receiving sites. This research will contribute to the scholarly work focusing on race, immigration, health inequities, and the effects of national immigration and health policies.
Southwestern Sociology Association Executive Board Member – Student Representative University of New Mexico Health Center Fellowship Recipient