Pamela Ann Quiroz, Ph.D.
Director of Center for Mexican American Studies and Professor of Sociology/ University of Houston
Pamela Anne Quiroz is Director of Center for Mexican American Studies and a Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston. She has been a Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago (PhD University of Chicago), a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the Great Cities Institute at UIC, and a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Quiroz’ research interests focus on identity development as it occurs in different social contexts: the impact of school organization on the development of student identities; how English speaking Latinos navigate ethnic identity and ethnic authenticity; the intersecting identities of people who engage in personal advertising; and the identity development of transracially adopted children. Quiroz’ interest in adoption intersects with her personal life as she not only researches adoption but she and her husband are also adoptive parents of two sons. Her most recent publication speaks to this issue as Quiroz explores “Adoptive Parents Raising Neoethnics” (in B. Risman and V. Rutter’s Families As They Really Are, WW Norton, forthcoming). She has recently been selected as Co-Editor of Social Problems, the journal of the Society for the Study of Social Problems [2013-2017] and she is also the North American Commissioning Editor for the international journal, Children’s Geographies [2013-2018]