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Research Interests

Professor Aparicio is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on two major areas of research: 1- ethnographic research on the ways in which people of color (including immigrants and Latinos) and youth engage with and construct local politics, develop coalitions, and transform public space; and 2- analysis of the relationship between policy and racial/ethnic disparities in various sectors, including public health care.

Professor Aparicio's most recent research – funded by the National Science Foundation – is an ethnography of race and public space in contemporary suburbia; more specifically, she is examining suburban Latino and immigrant populations, inter-group relations, and the transformation of suburban public spaces. She has also worked with city and nonprofit organizations examining racial and ethnic disparities; this work has covered areas such as healthcare, welfare reform, education, and the construction industry.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, City University of New York

… → 2004

Anthropology, MA, City University of New York, Hunter College

… → 1997

Anthropology, BA, State University of New York Binghamton University

… → 1994

Research interests keywords

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Ethnography
  • Urban processes and transformation
  • Spanish-speaking Caribbean
  • United States
  • Racial formation
  • Urban studies
  • Racial/ethnic disparities
  • Immigration
  • Contemporary politics


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