Patrisia Macias

Assistant Professor of LALS and Sociology


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (2007)

M.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (1998)

Research Interests

Borders and Migration / Security Studies and Policing / Law and Society/ Crimmigration / Political Sociology / Race and Ethnicity / Ethnography / Comparative Historical Methods

Patrisia Macias-Rojas recently joined the Global Urban Immigration Cluster Initiative at UIC.  Her research interests are in race, law, and migration.  Her current project, which draws on ethnographic and historical methods, contributes to the interdisciplinary field of law and society, particularly scholarship concerned with the intersections of criminal justice and immigration enforcement. She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Deportation-to-Prison Pipeline: America’s New Immigration Regime (New York University Press, 2016).  Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andrew Mellon Program in Latin American Sociology, and the Social Science Research Council.


2015-Present Assistant Professor, Sociology Department and Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
2013-2014 Visiting Scholar, American Bar Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
2012-2013 Scholar-in-Residence, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy
2012-2014 Associate Professor, Sociology, Sarah Lawrence College
2007-2012 Assistant Professor, Sociology, Sarah Lawrence College

Globalization and Migration/ Immigration Law and Policy in Comparative Perspective/ International Migration and Border Controls/ Introduction to Social Theory/ Latin American and Latino Sociology/ International Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity/ Introduction to Sociology/ Punishment and Imprisonment in Comparative Perspective/ Intersections of Criminal and Immigration Law Enforcement

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Contact Information

Office: 4140A BSB, MC 312
Phone: 312-996-4662