Juan Manuel Pedroza
2020–2021 Emerging Poverty Scholar Fellow
Juan Manuel Pedroza is an Assistant Professor of Demography, Migration and Inequality in the University of California, Santa Cruz Department of Sociology and a scholar of inequality devoted to understanding what makes the difference between hardship and upward mobility in people’s lives. Over the past decade, he has examined immigrant and Hispanic/Latinx poverty as well as inequalities in immigrants’ access to the social safety net. He focuses on mechanisms of (a) exclusion that hinder upward mobility among immigrant families and (b) integration designed to ensure equality of opportunity for low-income working families. His latest research identifies poverty and income inequality between Afro-Hispanic/Latinx and other Hispanic/Latinx households, immigrants’ access to the safety net, diminished housing stability and physical health among Hispanic/Latinx noncitizens in high deportation metros, and immigrant crime victims’ access to justice.