Eileen Díaz McConnell is a sociologist, a social demographer, and Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University (ASU). In 2021, ASU President Michael Crow appointed her as a President's Professor, a permanent designation that rewards enthusiasm and innovation in teaching.
Past and present research interests include media representations of U.S. Latinx population growth, how nativity and legal status shape housing, wealth, and other outcomes for Mexican and Central American immigrants in the U.S. and their families, and immigration and racial attitudes in the age of Trump. She teaches courses on Latinx migration, social demography, and how to carry out ethical and culturally competent research with and for Mexican and other Latinx communities.
Raised in Corpus Christi and San Antonio, Texas, Eileen is the proud daughter of a Colombian immigrant Mamá from Medellín, Colombia and an Irish American Dad from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. She earned her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 and previously worked at Indiana University and the University of Illinois.