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Associate Professor of Sociology

Silvia Dominguez is a versatile scholar with diverse research interests, and Integrative, creative, and collaborative approaches characterize her work. She focuses on inequalities worldwide, particularly those related to cities and municipalities, poverty, immigration, race, violence, social networks, and space. She has regional expertise in Liberia, Chile, and Barcelona. Her research has been published in prestigious journals such as Social Problems, American Behavioral Scientist, and Vulnerable Children and Youth, as well as numerous edited volumes. Silvia’s book, Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Immigrants and Social Networks (New York University Press, 2011), explores how immigrant women living in public housing get ahead through diverse social networks and self-propelling agencies. She co-edited the book Mixing Methods in Social Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2014) with Bettina Holstein, which showcases studies that combine methods to study various issues. Silvia is working on a book manuscript on microaggressions with David Embrick to be published by New York University Press and ethnographic research on museums and space. She is also conducting an ethnographic study of immigrant women in Recoleta, a find of neo-municipality in Santiago, Chile.

At the request of Massachusetts General Hospital, Silvia developed a policy against gender-based violence in Liberia after doing field research there.  She is also an independent forensic evaluator for Massachusetts, and her work aims to prevent deportations and keep families together. Moreover, the United States Census Bureau has recognized her expertise in ethnography, specifically in studying low-income populations.

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  • 2011 Guest, Humanities Center, Northeastern University; Book Release Party, Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing and Immigrant Networks.
  • 2011 Guest Presenter, The Latino Cultural Center and the Snell Library “Meet the Author” Series, Northeastern University; Book Reading, Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing and Immigrant Networks.
  • 2010 Recognized by the United States Census Bureau as an Ethnography Expert on Latino populations.
  • 2009 – 2010 Recipient, Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship.
  • 2007 – 2009 Health Disparities Fellow, National Institute of Health.
  • 2006 – 2007 Finalist, Kellogg’s Health Scholars Program, Harvard School of Public Health.
  • 2006 Urban Health Research Institute Fellowship, Northeastern University.
  • 2005 Finalist with Celeste Watkins, Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research,Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work and Family.
  • 2005 Honorable Mention with Celeste Watkins, Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (Article) Award, American Sociological Association; Race, Gender, and Class Section.
  • 2004 Dissertation Proposal Award, Community, Families, and Work Research Institute at Brandeis University
  • Silvia Dominguez. Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing and Immigrant Networks, 2011. New York University Press.
  • Silvia Dominguez and Tammi Arford “It is All About Who You Know: Social Capital Based Interventions to Eliminate Health Disparities Among Low-Income Populations. Health Sociology Review. 2011.
  • Silvia Dominguez and Isidro Maya-Jariego “The Acculturation of Host Individuals: Immigrants and Personal Networks.” Community Psychology (2009).
  • Silvia Dominguez and Amy Lubitow. “Transnational Ties, Poverty, and Identity: Latin-American Immigrant Women in Public Housing.” Family Relations. (2008).
  • Silvia Dominguez. “Estrategias de Movilidad Social: el Desarrollo de Redes para el Progreso Personal.” Redes. Spain (2004)
  • Silvia Dominguez and Celeste Watkins. “Creating Networks for Survival and Mobility: Examining Social Capital Amongst Low-Income African-American and Latin-American Mothers.” Social Problems (2003). In 2005, this article was a Finalist for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research given by the Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for work and family. That same year the article also received an honorable mention from the section Race, Gender, and Class from the American Sociological Association for its Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award Committee.