Veronica Terriquez will spend the year writing a book about the political activism of the adolescent and young adult children of immigrants. Drawing on multiple data sources collected in the 2010s, she demonstrates how grassroots youth organizing groups in California are promoting collaboration between these young people and their African-American peers in efforts to get out the vote and to seek policy reforms. Her book will highlight organizational practices that facilitate a transformative political socialization process, empowering young people with the civic skills, knowledge, and motivations to collectively demand more equitable and inclusive government and social institutions.
Informed by over two and half decades of connections to social movement organizations in California, her work has implications for local and regional policies affecting Latinx, immigrant, and other low-income communities. Her research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Social Science & Medicine, Community Development, Education Policy and other journals. Terriquez is currently an associate professor of sociology at University of California, Santa Cruz. In fall 2021, she will assume the directorship of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, holding appointments in the Chicana/o and Central American studies and urban planning departments.