My dissertation research focuses on Puerto Rican migration to Orlando, Florida. I draw on migration and citizenship frameworks to study the arrival, settlement, and incorporation (labor market, social, and political) of island- and mainland-born Puerto Ricans in the region. I examine the meanings of U.S. citizenship for Puerto Ricans and how conceptions of citizenship change overtime and in relation to other groups. I am also interested in relations between Puerto Ricans and other Latino groups, particularly, how differences in legal status affect panethnic relations and the construction of panethnic projects in Orlando.
Fields of Study
Race and Ethnicity, Migration, Incorporation, Citizenship, Latin@ Sociology, Qualitative Methods
Abrego, Leisy, and Ariana J. Valle. 2015. “Salvadoran-Americans.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies. Ed. Ilan Stavans. New York: Oxford University Press. URL: www.oxfordbibliographies.com
Valle, Ariana J. 2010. “The Vitality of Spanish In Barrio Logan, San Diego,” In Multilingual San Diego: Portraits of Language Loss and Revitalization, pp. 37-53. Ed. Ana Celia Zentella. San Diego: University Readers Publication.
Works In Progress
Valle, Ariana J. “I’m Not Mexican!:” Second-Generation Central Americans and the Formation of an Ethnoracial Identity in Los Angeles.
Valle, Ariana J. “We’re the Same on Paper but We’re not Accepted as Equals”: Negotiating Legal and Social Understandings of U.S. Citizenship among Puerto Ricans in Florida.
Grants and Awards
2016 UCLA Institute for American Cultures: Chicano Studies Research Center, Research Grant
2016 UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, Juntos Podemos/Together We Can Scholarship
2016 UCLA Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
2015 UCLA Institute for American Cultures: Chicano Studies Research Center, Research Grant
2014 UCLA Department of Sociology Summer Research Award
2013-2014 UCLA, Center for American Politics and Public Policy, Marvin Hoffenberg Research Fellow
2013-2014 UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Award
2012-2013 UCLA Department of Sociology Excellence in Teaching Award
2013 UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award
2012 UCLA Chancellor’s Prize Summer Mentorship Award
2012 Ford Foundation, Honorable Mention, Predoctoral Fellowship Program
2011 UCLA Chancellor’s Prize Summer Mentorship Award
2011 National Science Foundation, Honorable Mention, Graduate Reasearch Fellowship Program
2010-2015 UCLA Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship
"'Magic Kingdom Dreams, Florida Realities': Puerto Rican Migration and Settlement in Orlando, Florida," Puerto Rican Studies Association, Biennial Conference, October 27-29, 2016. University of Maryland, Hyattsvilee, Maryland.
“'Ellos creen que los Puertorriqueños somos inmigrantes': Encountering Incompatible Legal and Social Understandings of U.S. Citizenship in Florida," Latina/o Studies Association Conference, July 7-9, 2016. Pasadena, California.
“'We’re the Same on Paper but We’re not Accepted as Equals': Negotiating Legal and Social Understandings of U.S. Citizenship among Puerto Ricans in Florida," Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education, April 1-2, 2016. New Haven, Connecticut.
"'I’m Not Mexican!:' Second-Generation Central Americans and the Formation of an Ethnoracial Identity in Los Angeles," Latina/o Studies Association Conference, July 17-19, 2014. Chicago, Illinois.
“'I’m Not Mexican!’: Central American Second Generation and Identity Formation in Los Angeles,” UC-Wide Immigration Conference, February 22, 2013. UCLA, Los Angeles, California.
“From Boomtown to Bust Town: The Impact of the U.S. Economic Crisis On Guanajuatense and Mexican Migration to Dalton, Georgia,” American Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting 2012, November 17, 2012. San Francisco, California. (Co-presentation with Dr. Rubén Hernández-León and Dr. Victor Zuñiga)
“Central American 2nd Generation: Identity Formation in Los Angeles,” American Sociological Association, Annual Meeting 2012, August 18, 2012. Denver, Colorado. Roundtable Presentation
“The Vitality of Spanish in Barrio Logan, San Diego,” Luso-Hispanic Immigration in the US: Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Perspectives, April 22, 2011, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
“The Vitality of Spanish in Barrio Logan, San Diego,” VOX California: Cultural Meanings of Linguistic Diversity, April 3, 2009, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California
Vilma Ortiz (Chair), Rubén Hernández-León, César Ayala, Ana Celia Zentella (UCSD, Ethnic Studies)
C. Phil., Sociology, UCLA, 2015
M.A., Sociology, UCLA, 2012
B.A., Economics, UCSD, 2006