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Patrisia Macías-Rojas, PhD

Assistant Professor

LALS and Sociology


Building & Room:

4140A BSB


1007 W Harrison St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4662

Office Hours - Spring 2020
Tuesday 03:15pm – 04:15pm
Thursday 03:15pm – 04:15pm


Research Interests: Crimmigration, Borders and Migration, Sociology of Punishment, Race and Ethnicity, Law and Society, Political Sociology, Ethnography, Comparative Historical Methods

Bio: Patrisia Macías-Rojas is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Latin American and Latin Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research examines the social reproduction of race through legal liberalism, mass incarceration, and immigration enforcement. Of particular interest is researching historical linkages between border controls and domestic policing in the immigration and criminal justice systems.

Combining history and ethnography her recent book, From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America (New York University Press, 2016) analyzes how civil rights reforms and mass incarceration transformed immigration and border enforcement. From Deportation to Prison won the 2017 Oliver Cromwell Cox book award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

Prior to joining Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC, she taught in the Sociology Department at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Professor Macías-Rojas received her MA and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Courses Taught:
Globalization and Migration, Politics of Migration, Migration, Citizenship, and Border Security, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Punishment, Latin American and Latino Sociology, Introduction to Social Theory, Introduction to Sociology

Watch Patrisia Macías-Rojas on the Tavis Smiley show in September 2016 discuss her new book, From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America.