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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.
She specializes in Mexican Migration to the U.S., Racial/Ethnic Social Demography, and Latina/o/x Studies.
Her scholarship, teaching, and service hopes to improve the mobility and well-being of Mexican and other Latinx communities. Her current research interests include documenting the impacts of the U.S. immigration and deportation system on individuals, families, and the larger community; analyzing the content of media coverage and public opinion surrounding Latinx population growth, other ethnoracial diversification, and contemporary migration to the United States. 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. Before coming to Arizona State University, she worked at Indiana University, the University of Illinois, and as a contractor with the U.S. Census Bureau.
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