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Dr. Harriett Romo has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She received her BS from the University of Texas Austin and taught in Nicaragua and inner city Los Angeles for six years. She has Master’s degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and from the University of California, San Diego. She directed the InterUniversity Program for Latino Research at the Center for Mexican American Studies at UT Austin from 1985-1990 and served as Assistant Professor at Texas State in Sociology and an Associate Professor at UT Austin in Education before coming to UTSA in 1999. She has been the Director of the UTSA Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) since its inception in 2005 and has been the Director of the UTSA Mexico Center since its inception in 2006. She received a million dollar endowment from the Bank of America to fund the CAPRI and grants from the federal government and foundations to fund the Mexico Center. Her book, Latino High School Graduation (with Toni Falbo) was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Prize and featured at the American Sociological Association meeting in the Author Meets Critic session. Her research has involved collaborations with the University of Washington, Seattle to study language acquisition of infants in bilingual homes and with Mexican universities to study transnational families in San Antonio funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. She has published articles on language acquisition, foster youth, immigrant children, and Mexican immigrant families. Her textbook Race and Ethnic Relations in America (with S. Dale McLemore) is used widely in college sociology classes. She published a review essay on Mexican transnational immigration in the Journal Latin American Politics and Society, spring 2009, has an edited book (with Raquel Marquez) Transformations of La Familia on the U.S,-Mexico Border with Notre Dame Press, 2008, and published an edited collection of research on Mexico published by the University of Veracruz in 2012. She directed grants from the U.S. Health and Human Services for nine years that helped Head Start teachers earn Associate and Bachelor’s degrees. She received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development focused on early childhood education and how housing impacts college access for foster youth. These grants also engaged UTSA students in research projects of value to the community. She has evaluated Early Reading First, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Even Start projects. She teaches classes on the Sociology of Childhood, Language and Society, Race & Ethnic Relations in the U.S., Border Studies, and Qualitative Research Methods.


  • Ph.D., University of California at San Diego
  • M.A. University of California at Los Angeles
  • B.S., University of Texas at Austin

Recent Courses

  • Border Studies
  • Children and Society
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Qualitative Research
  • Language and Society

Research in Progress

  • The Civic Engagement of Dream Act Students
  • How Housing Impacts College Access for Foster Youth
  • Four-Year Graduation Rates at an Hispanic Serving Institution
  • Language Acquisition of Bilingual Infants

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